Hankey v Kist: Terrible Ted too tough for Kist
Lakeside debutant Christian Kist takes on Frimley Green veteran Ted Hankey this Saturday evening, for a place in the BDO World Championship final.
There can be no disputing that Kist has been the breakthrough player of the week. The Dutchman has consistently thrown averages in the 90s, hit more 180s than any player still in the tournament and nailed his doubles when it matters. He’s beaten quality players in Jan Dekker and Alan Norris. But he has yet to encounter anything like the examination Hankey will oversee.
Kist’s quarter-final against Norris was played in a jovial manner as both players shared a laugh between throws and legs. There’ll be none of that from The Count. When he gets up on that Lakeside stage Hankey is there to win a darts match, at any cost.
And it is that mean streak that makes him the betting value to qualify for his fourth Lakeside final at odds of 11/8 with Boylesports.
Hankey will upset Kist’s natural rhythm by taking his time between throws and when collecting his darts from the board. He’ll whip the crowd up into frenzy. He’ll knock the Dutchman out of his rhythm. He’ll hit big finishes when it matters. He’ll do whatever it takes.
On the evidence of form and three-dart averages seen this week so far, Kist is way out in front. But at this stage of proceedings it’s about more than just throwing an arrow at a board. I once read somewhere that winners are born, not made. Hankey was definitely born, not even Frankenstein would make something as terrifying at the oche as The Count.
• O'Shea v Kist: A worthy final to savour
• O'Shea v Harms: The year of the Silverback
• Kist v Norris: Dutch delight for Vroomshoop flinger
• Hankey v Atkins: Count to take out the Assassin
• Harms v Jennings: Sparky has lit up Lakeside
• O'Shea v Adams: Wolf to tame Silverback
• Waites v Hankey: You can Count on Ted
• Kist v De Vos: Dutchman to Kist the lipstick
• Winstanley v Norris: Chuck your money Over The Top
• Adams v Stone: Champ to cruise through
• O'Shea v Montgomery: Ross to Boss the 180s
• Green v Harms: Seeded duo to go all the way
• Van de Pas v Norris: Chuck to use experience
• Winstanley v Ten Berge: Over The Top of the 180s
• Waites v Boulton: Waites has Scott the lot
• Hankey v Barden: Out for the Count
• Phillips v Harms: Welshman to keep Wes at Harms length
• Adams v Mitchell: First round tester for the champ
• Fitton v Green: Dazzling Darryl to get off to a flyer