Grand Slam Darts: Scott Waites beats Ted Hankey to play Robert Thornton in semis
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 16/11/13 9:33am
Scott Waites and Ted Hankey give their immediate reaction after Waites sealed a 16-10 win to reach the semi-finals.
Robert Thornton will face Scott Waites in the semi-final of the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton after Waites ended the run of Ted 'The Count' Hankey.
It could have been a repeat of the most recent BDO world final at Lakeside with Tony O'Shea going up against Thornton in the first semi-final, but he was never firing on all cylinders as he lost out 16-6 to the Scot.
The controversial Hankey was up next after his amazing comeback win over Simon Whitlock in the last round, but although he was trying his old tricks again Lakeside champion Waites kept his cool to win out 16-10.
'Scotty Too Hotty' Waites was always just a step ahead of Hankey in the early stages just edging the first two sessions to lead 6-4 despite a fine 124 finish from Hankey and the following histrionics up on stage.
Former Grand Slam champion Waites soon increased his lead to five legs at 11-6 with a 146 finish, and Hankey never got closer, despite drawing Waites into some on-stage theatrics which this time did not work like they against Whitlock.
"I got a bit drawn in to Ted's game at points and was doing as much as he was doing at one stage," said Waites after the match. "But you've got to put up with what Ted's doing on stage in order to beat him and I was having a laugh with him at times as well.
"It is difficult to play Ted on this stage with the way the crowd reacts to him differently. I do regret being drawn in a bit but I won in the end so there's no problem.
"I've got a tough semi-final against Robert who beat Tony O'Shea quite easily in the end, but it'd be great to get back in the final and maybe face Phil Taylor."
Hankey admitted the better player won as his eventful week at the Wolverhampton Civic came to an end at the quarter-final stage.
"I came to play darts tonight and I didn't play as well as I can do and Scott was just better than me on the night," said Hankey. "I can play better, but I've struggled all week to be fair but overall I've enjoyed it down here."
Thornton v O'Shea
Neither Thornton nor O'Shea really played their best darts in the other quarter-final, but Thornton's better finishing saw him run out a handy winner with The Silverback having some real double trouble.
O'Shea missed 31 shots at double during the match, which could have been a lot closer than the 16-6 scoreline had he been able to finish better.
"Tony didn't play the way he's been playing recently as he's been unbelievable all week this week," said Thornton. "In the first half of the match it was my scoring keeping me in it.
"He missed a lot of doubles which is unusual for him as he's usually clinical on the finishing. But Tony's like a street fighter he'll keep coming at you and I knew that so I had to keep on going.
"It felt patchy at times, and I looked at the stats back stage and they looked patchy, but it's just the way I'm playing at the moment."