Haunted Mick lays ghost

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But Pi­etersen said: “There have. They made a com­plaint to the coach and the cap­tain, and they talked to the team about it... and Swann and Broad dis­agreed with the cap­tain and the coach and said, ‘No, we de­mand an apol­ogy; we de­serve an apol­ogy’.

“A young­ster... they would get at him... if he dropped the ball or if he let a bats­man off the mark, or if he didn’t save two runs.

“We’re sup­posed to be in an en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple can go and en­joy them­selves, get the best out of them­selves... not be scared to take a catch or field a ball.” MICKEY MANSELL says he had been haunted for a year un­til Mon­day’s maul­ing of Ian White in the World Grand Prix. The North­ern Ir­ish­man shocked White in the first round and faces Gary An­der­son in Dublin tonight.

Mansell (left) missed three match darts to knock out Si­mon Whit­lock last year, and ad­mit­ted: “That has haunted me for 365 days.

“Ev­ery time I have thrown darts it has been in my head and I was


de­ter­mined if I had an op­por­tu­nity against Ian, I’d take it.

“I’m re­lieved be­cause there was a lot of pres­sure. You’re play­ing in front of an Ir­ish crowd, and they gave se­ri­ous support, it’s a bril­liant feel­ing.”

An­der­son will be a far more for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent when they meet for a place in the last eight of the £400,000 tour­na­ment. The Scot over­came a tricky match against home­town hero Bren­dan Dolan, but av­er­aged almost 99 against the 2011 run­ner-up.

The No.6 seed’s av­er­age was the high­est on the open­ing night and he said: “Bren­dan never got go­ing.

“He’s steady and Mickey will be the same on Wed­nes­day – he’s steady and a great player.”

Phil Tay­lor al­ready looks like the man to beat after drop­ping only one leg against Steve Beaton. He now faces An­drew Gild­ing.

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