Super Ted Hankey was crowned Lakeside World Darts Champion after winning a thrilling 133-minute final against Stockport’s Tony O’Shea.

Both players were left exhausted after the match went to the full 13 sets but it was 40-year-old Hankey who collected his second world title, overcoming a stage jinx against the 47-year-old grandad.

The Count had previously lost all stage matches – apart from one – against the Cheshire sharpshooter over the past two decades but on this occasion he let his walk-on music “Be On Your Way” deliver the message to Silverback.

It was an absorbing final, which threatened to fizzle out after Hankey appeared to grasp it by the neck and move ominously into a 3-1 lead but then re-ignited as determined O’Shea continually defied the odds to keep battling back.

Hankey recorded 15 180s in the match – taking his tournament tally to 42 – just a handful short of his record set in 2000, while O’Shea notched 30 during the week and nine in the final.

Despite missing for a 116 checkout finished on double 20, Hankey held his composure to take the first leg of the match against the throw on double five but failed to stamp his authority as O’Shea levelled. The next two went with the throw, O’Shea firing home on double 16 after Hankey was disturbed by a shout from the crowd.

Hankey then missed three doubles, the Cheshire player annexing the opening set of the second set against the throw as he attempted to impose his authority on the game but he missed double 16, as The Count took double two. He fired in double 10 and then clinched the set 3-1 to level the match on double 12 after O’Shea missed double 16 for a 64 finish.

The Count fired in his first 180 of the match as he opened up a 2-0 third set lead but he didn’t look happy, sweating profusely and constantly talking to himself and grimacing, as O’Shea pulled back a leg, the Telford player missing double tops and then hitting double 10 for a 2-1 match lead.

Hankey then complained to referee Barry Gilbey about stage-side photographers. Earlier he had complained about fans shouting out when he was throwing for doubles.

The Count annexed the opening leg of the fourth set, and then after Silverback drove home a maximum but missed doubles Hankey swooped for a superb 111 finish completed witdouble tops, scooping the set unchallenged.

In a complete transformation with a couple of sets lead The Count’s style appeared silky smooth as he buried two 180s to take a 2-1 lead but missed a crucial four doubles with his throw for the set, O’Shea holding his throw in the fifth leg on double 20 to pull the match back to 3-2.

Hankey – the seventh seed – exited on 98 to take a 2-1 lead in the sixth and hit a 70 checkout completed on double 20 with his second dart for a 4-2 interval lead following an hour’s play.

Refreshed from the break, O’Shea hit his seventh 180 to edge 2-1 ahead, Hankey missing bull for a 164 set-equalling checkout and then punished for two further missed doubles as Silverback hit double 16 to again reduce Hankey’s match lead to a solitary set.

The Stockport steamroller rumbled on O’Shea hitting his fourth successive double 16 to take the opening leg of the next set against the throw, the seventh seed immediately levelling, taking the third with the throw and clinching the set on double nine after O’Shea missed a set saving double tops.

Twice Hankey trailed in the ninth set, levelling only to see battling O’Shea crash home a 14-darter finished on 54 to once again reduce The Count’s match lead to one set but a 3-0 success in the next restored Hankey’s two set leading margin.

The opening legs of the 11th were shared, Hankey clinching the third leg against the throw but then missing an opportunity to clinch the title on 62, as O’Shea after missing double tops, swept in double 10 to keep his title hopes alive, hitting double eight to take the match to 6-5 as chants of “Tony, Tony, Tony” echoed around the packed arena.

Both players smashed home 180s in the first leg of the next, O’Shea missing five crucial doubles to let in Hankey with a 76 checkout, finished on double 20 to move into a 2-0 set lead. Hankey then missed double tops for a match-winning 120 flourish, double 13 proving lucky as he exited on 81 to keep his interest alive. He added the fourth leg to take the set to 2-2.

Hankey blazed in a brace of 180s but missed double 20s and then a further three doubles for the title as cool O’Shea defied the pressure to hammer home double six to level the match.

The opening two legs went against the throw, Hankey blasting in his 15th 180 and then holding his nerve to clinch the title and £95,000 crown with double 10.

The jubilant champ confessed: “ When we got to 6-6 I thought I ain’t ever going to win it.

“Tony played so well, constantly putting pressure on me. I would hit a 180 to leave a shot and he would follow up hitting a maximum and come right behind me.

“When I won my first title it was great because I always want to win the Embassy world championship but this win is special. To win this second title means more to me for personal reasons. My home life is now more settled and everyone was here to see me win.

But I really thought I had blown my chance tonight,” admitted the new double champ.

Runner up Tony O’Shea added: “I was always there to nick doubles he missed. I would take a big breath and become a big bag of nerves! I enjoyed the game but I was a little tired towards the end…”

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