DARTS: WINNING HABIT AS MONK IS THROUGH.
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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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jan 7, 2003|
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