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Winmau’s TED HANKEY is preparing himself for a big stage debut in the Speedy Services UK Open next Thursday, when he faces unknown amateur Danny Dutson on the opening night of ^The FA Cup of Darts^.

The two-time Lakeside Championship winner was the most high-profile player to join the PDC this year when he took up a Tour Card in January.

Hankey has since qualified to play in the UK Open in Bolton, where he has drawn Speedy Qualifier Danny Dutson in the Preliminary Round.

Hankey could also face Andy Jenkins and Mervyn King on the opening night of the £200,000 tournament - but insists that, after reaching the last 16 for the first time on the PDC circuit in Crawley last weekend, he^s ready for the challenge in Bolton.

"The first target was to qualify for the UK Open and I^ve got there, so I^m happy," said Hankey.

"I^m playing an amateur qualifier and I^m looking forward to it, but you can^t underestimate anybody.

"I^ve been in the PDC for five months and the standard I^ve seen is incredible, so I know I^ve got to play good darts.

"I had a great weekend in Crawley and I^m looking forward to Bolton now because I want to get on a roll.

"My problem has been finishing and hitting my doubles, but I^ve put a lot of time in with practice and I played really well in Crawley."

With professional players having competed in eight £35,000 Qualifiers to win their places in Bolton, the leading 32 will sit out next Thursday^s opening night before entering at the Third Round stage on Friday.

However, the early rounds will feature reigning champion James Wade, who finished 40th in the final UK Open Order of Merit, as well as last year^s two losing semi-finalists in Bolton, Mark Webster and Denis Ovens.

Paul Nicholson, Wayne Jones, Steve Beaton, Jelle Klaasen and Ronnie Baxter are also in action on Thursday, while Co Stompe and Alan Tabern will face each other for a place in the third round draw.

They are joined by the 64 amateur qualifiers who have won through the knockouts held in Speedy Superstores and Rileys Darts Zones over the past two months, and get the chance to share the stage with some of darts^ biggest names on the opening night.

Play in the early rounds is split across eight stages simultaneously in the Premier Suite at the De Vere Whites in Bolton, with the tournament screened live on Sky Sports HD.

The Preliminary Round action will begin on the Main Stage when PDC newcomer Tony West - the former World Masters champion who won a Tour Card in January - plays Rileys Qualifier Michael Burgoine.

Steve Beaton and Arron Monk then play Speedy Qualifiers Jon Jukes and Paul Boulton before Steve Brown meets Michael Barnard.

Dutch youngster Gino Vos then plays another amateur hopeful Paul Harvey before two-time World Champion Ted Hankey makes his UK Open debut against Danny Dutson, who won through the Speedy Qualifier in Leeds.

The Preliminary Round games on Board Two include Ovens - who has been a semi-finalist for the past two years - playing amateur Craig McCaskill, Steve Farmer^s clash with youngster Jamie Lewis, Andy Jenkins^ meeting with Rileys Qualifier Gus Santana and Scotland^s John Henderson up against Lee Bryant.

The winner of the game between Farmer and Lewis will meet Mark Stephenson in the first round on the Main Stage, with Nicholson - who knocked out Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson in Bolton 12 months ago - meeting either Harry Miles or Andy Melling.

Wolverhampton^s Jones plays Germany^s Bernd Roith or Rileys Qualifier Jason Wilson, and young star Adam Hunt - a winner on the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour last year - meets either Steve Maish or Dave Solly.

The Second Round games on the Main Stage will include reigning champion Wade beginning the defence of his title against one of four possible opponents; former UK Open quarter-finalist Mark Lawrence, Rileys Qualifiers Jamie Robinson, Glen Durrant or Stephen Bunting.

Mark Hylton, a quarter-finalist in Bolton last year, faces Spain^s Antonio Alcinas, 2011 semi-finalist Webster plays Johnny Haines and James Richardson plays Jim Walker.

Dutch pair Stompe - who plays Tabern - and Klaasen compete on Board Two in the Second Round, with that board also featuring a potential First Round contest between Hankey and Jenkins.

Ireland^s Connie Finnan, who won the Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay last year and competed in the World Championship, has withdrawn from the UK Open, meaning that his Preliminary Round opponent Andy Murray now receives a bye into the First Round.

The draw for the Third Round will be made at the conclusion of Thursday night^s play, with the top 32 players - including Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson - entering at that stage alongside the 32 survivors from Thursday^s play.

Tickets for the Speedy Services UK Open televised finals, from June 7-10 in the Premier Suite at De Vere Whites, Bolton, are still available by calling SeeTickets on 0844 871 8807 or by visiting

Speedy Services UK Open
Schedule of Play
Thursday June 7 (7pm-11pm)
All games the best of seven legs
Board One (Main Stage)
Preliminary Round
Tony West v Michael Burgoine
Steve Beaton v Jon Jukes
Arron Monk v Paul Boulton
Steve Brown v Michael Barnard
Gino Vos v Paul Harvey
Ted Hankey v Danny Dutson

First Round
Wilson/Roith v Wayne Jones
S Farmer/J Lewis v Mark Stephenson
Paul Nicholson v Miles/Melling
Maish/Solly v Adam Hunt

Second Round
Mark Hylton v Antonio Alcinas
Mark Webster v Johnny Haines
James Wade v Lawrence/Robinson/Durrant/Bunting
James Richardson v Jim Walker

Board Two
Preliminary Round
Denis Ovens v Craig MacCaskill
Steve Farmer v Jamie Lewis
Gus Santana v Andy Jenkins
Andrew Cornwall v John Bowles
Lee Bryant v John Henderson
Glen Durrant v Stephen Bunting

First Round
Paul Whitworth v Gray/Evans
Temple/Clark v Mark Kelly
Jon Bott v J Jones/Spencer
Hankey/Dutson v Santana/A Jenkins

Second Round
Co Stompe v Alan Tabern
Stuart White v Beaton/Jukes/Dodds/Casey
Jelle Klaasen v Parody/Mason/Gleeson/Rimmer
J Crawley/Simm/Hayward v Mark Walsh

Board Three
Preliminary Round
Steve Hine v Jamie Hughes
Adam Smith-Neale v Rob Hawker
Andy Parsons v Dean Stewart
Steve Service v Damien Sherwood
John Scott v Brian Woods
John Nelson v Ross Smith

First Round
Robertson/Todd v Hill/Ellam
Beaton/Jukes v Dodds/Casey
Cousins/Burton v West/Burgoine
Heath/Pugh v Amos/Ettridge

Second Round
Andy Brown v Peter Wright
Matthew Edgar v Gordon/McDine/Brown/Barnard
S Taylor/L Russell/Heydon/Critchley v Roberts/Cornwall/Bowles
Bott/J Jones/Spencer v Ronnie Baxter

Board Four
Preliminary Round
Andy Murray Bye (Connie Finnan withdrawn)
Mark Lawrence v Jamie Robinson
Steve Werrett v Mark Barilli
David Dodds v Alan Casey
Dyson Parody v Steve Mason
Mark Layton v Michael Wiles

First Round
Dewsbury/Hardy v Ryan Murray
Miller/Frost v Broughton/Cooper
S Taylor/L Russell v Heydon/Critchley
Nelson/R Smith v Ovens/MacCaskill

Second Round
Keith Stephen v Robertson/Todd/Hill/Ellam
Peter Hudson v S Farmer/J Lewis/Stephenson
Parsons/Stewart/Scott/Woods v B Johnson/Daniels/Smith-Neale/Hawker
J Farmer/Littleton/Denoon v Vos/Harvey/Layton/Wiles

Board Five
Preliminary Round
Jason Wilson v Bernd Roith
Adrian Gray v Steve Evans
Paul Amos v Gary Ettridge
Nigel Heydon v Paul Critchley
Ian Gleeson v Kevin Rimmer
Ben Johnson v Stuart Daniels
Joey Palfreyman v Tom Gregory

First Round
Monk/Boulton v Pallett/Hendriks
Andy Murray v Service/Sherwood
Ladley/L Kelly v Shayne Burgess
Bryant/Henderson v Palfreyman/Gregory

Second Round
Dewsbury/Hardy/R Murray v William O^Connor
Mareno Michels v Shaun Griffiths
Alex Roy v Cousins/Burton/West/Burgoine
Mervyn King v Hankey/Dutson/Santana/A Jenkins

Board Six
Preliminary Round
Marc Dewsbury v Stephen Hardy
David Pallett v Jerry Hendriks
Harry Miles v Andy Melling
Josh Jones v Mark Spencer
Gareth Cousins v Ben Burton
Geoff Heath v Darrin Pugh
Steve Maish v Dave Solly

First Round
S Anderson/Murnan v D Russell/Greebe
Gordon/McDine v Brown/Barnard
Lawrence/Robinson v Durrant/Bunting
B Johnson/Daniels v Smith-Neale/Hawker

Second Round
Whitworth/Gray/Evans v Roland Scholten
A Murray/Service/Sherwood v Scott Rand
Ladley/L Kelly/Burgess v Stuart Kellett
Bryant/Henderson/Palfreyman/Gregory v Colin Osborne

Board Seven
Preliminary Round
Kirk Gordon v Kevin McDine
Scott Robertson v Mick Todd
Sam Hill v Jamie Ellam
Tony Broughton v Tony Cooper
Tony Littleton v Nicky Denoon
Kevin Simm v Mick Hayward

First Round
Werrett/Barilli v Bob Crawley
Andy Roberts v Cornwall/Bowles
Parsons/Stewart v Scott/Woods
Vos/Harvey v Layton/Wiles

Second Round
Sanwell/Hine/Hughes v Temple/Clark/M Kelly
Devon Petersen v Andrew Gilding
Monk/Boulton/Pallett/Hendriks v Maish/Solly/Hunt
Nelson/R Smith/Ovens/MacCaskill v S Anderson/Murnan/D Russell/Greebe

Board Eight
Preliminary Round
Glen Miller v Mark Frost
Stuart Anderson v Joe Murnan
Terry Temple v Matt Clark
Dan Russell v Toon Greebe
Scott Taylor v Lee Russell
Dave Ladley v Liam Kelly

First Round
Tommy Sanwell v Hine/Hughes
Parody/Mason v Gleeson/Rimmer
John Farmer v Littleton/Denoon
Jason Crawley v Simm/Hayward

Second Round
Darren Johnson v Michael Mansell
Prakash Jiwa v Werrett/Barilli/B Crawley
Nicholson/Miles/Melling v Miller/Frost/Broughton/Cooper
Wilson/Roith/W Jones v Heath/Pugh/Amos/Ettridge

Friday June 8
Third Round
Features players ranked 1-32 from UK Open Order of Merit plus 32 Second Round winners.
Best of 17 legs, played across eight boards.

Saturday June 9
Fourth Round
Last 32
Best of 17 legs, played across four boards

Fifth Round
Last 16
Best of 17 legs, played across two boards

Sunday June 10
Best of 19 legs

Best of 19 legs

Best of 21 legs

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