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DARTS: WINNING HABIT AS MONK IS THROUGH.

Byline: STEVE ROGERS

COLIN MONK swept past Shaun Greatbatch last night to keep his Embassy World Darts Championship dream on track.

Monk, beaten by Mervyn King in the semi-final last year, took advantage when Greatbatch struggled with his check-outs to see him off 3-0.

"My plan was to slow him down because I knew when he gets on a roll he would hit a ton or more on a regular basis," said Monk.

"It was the doubles which won it for me today. Shaun missed a few doubles but that was just pressure."

Monk meets world No.6 Tony O'Shea in the second round at Frimley Green.

O'Shea produced a top-class display to beat Ted Hankey 3-2.

Hankey made a flying start, taking the opening three legs.

O'Shea responded, hitting a 118 check-out in levelling at one set apiece.

Hankey took the third but O'Shea, a golf club greenkeeper from Stockport, again clawed his way back to take the match into a tie-breaker.

And after edging ahead on legs 4-3, he held his nerve best to nail a double 16 and secure a showdown with Monk.

1st rd: Colin Monk (Eng) bt Shaun Greatbatch (Eng) 3-0; (6) Tony O'Shea (Eng) bt Ted Hankey (Eng) 3-2.

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MONK: Winner
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 7, 2003
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