Hankey to set up Taylor clash with straightforward Beaton win


He’s already seen off Phil Taylor once at the Grand Slam of Darts and will set up another meeting with ‘The Power’ tomorrow if he comes through a tough second round game against Steve Beaton.

Hankey has won all three games of the tournament so far – including a 5-4 win against Taylor in their second Group H game – and is favourite in the darts betting at 8/13 to take this tie.

They have only met once before, with Beaton coming out on top 4-3 in a clash ten years ago. After his brilliant Performances so far, Hankey should have more than enough to win this time around.

Elsewhere, Raymond van Barneveld faces a tough task to make it through against Scott Waites. The Englishman brushed aside the competition to top Group E with a 100 per cent record but is still the outsider against Van Barneveld at 11/10.

With ‘Barney’ far from his best and struggling to recapture the form that saw him win the World Darts Championship in 2007, that could certainly be a bet worth taking on.

Finally, Colin Lloyd is looking to build on his 100 per cent start to the tournament with a win against Co Stompe in their second round game.

Lloyd has posted impressive victories against Van Barneveld, Darryl Fitton and Tricia Wright so far, while Stompe needed a narrow 5-4 victory against Martin Phillips in his final game to scrape through Group E in second spot.

Stompe has won five of their seven meetings so far, but Lloyd should continue his brilliant form and win this at 8/11.

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