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Ted Hankey Quits Bdo After Kist Defeat

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Ted Hankey has announced he is leaving the BDO for the PDC Tour in the aftermath of a thrilling defeat to Christian Kist in the World Championship semi-final.

Hankey lost 6-5 having led 5-3, complaining that he lost concentration when the air conditioning was turned on.

'The Count' narrowly missed a bullseye for the match at 5-4 before Kist hit back, winning the next two sets for victory.

Dutchman Kist, a debutant at the Lakeside, will face either Tony O'Shea or Wesley Harms in Sunday's final.

Kist started the match strongly, taking a 2-1 lead, but Hankey slowly began to find his rhythm and looked to have the contest wrapped up when he clinched the eighth set to lead 5-3.

Kist won the ninth to reduce the deficit to 5-4 but Hankey had a shot at the bull to win the match in a nerve-jangling 10th set, only for his dart to land the wrong side of the wire.

'The Lipstick' stole that set to level the scores at 5-5 before taking the final set 3-0 as Hankey lost his cool, tossing away a dart and twice complaining to officials about a draught on the oche.

Qualifier Kist was shocked to reach the final at his first attempt: "I really can't find the words to say how I feel. It's a surprise, I cannot believe it. I never give up, I just keep going on and on."

15-time world champion Phil Taylor recently urged Hankey to join him on the PDC circuit, saying: "Ted should show some bottle, come over and have a go. We're both Stokies and I want to him come over."


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