Edward “Ted” Hankey (born February 20, 1968) is a former professional darts player from England. He has won the BDO World Darts Championship two times, in 2000 and 2009. His stage name is The Count, and his walk-on song was DJ Zany’s “Be on Your Way.”
Hankey was sentenced to two years in jail on May 12, 2022, for sexually abusing a lady aged 16 to 18 at the time of the occurrence in September 2021. He was also sentenced to ten years on the sex offender registry.
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In the 2012 Grand Slam of Darts, Hankey was placed in Group B alongside Michael van Gerwen, Robert Thornton, and Steve Beaton. Thornton whitewashed him 0–5, but he beat Beaton 5–3 to stay in the group.
However, needing a 5–0 or 5–1 victory over Van Gerwen in his final game to advance, Hankey battled mightily with a three-dart average of 59, missing five consecutive singles in the first leg (including two that completely missed the board) to set up a double. Van Gerwen eventually won the match 5–0 with a 90 average after Hankey was seen rubbing his left eye repeatedly and lost his equilibrium.
Two days later, it was discovered that Hankey had suffered a’stroke,’ had extremely high cholesterol and diabetes, and required six to eight weeks of rest, ruling him out of the 2013 World Championship qualification.
Back to the oche
Hankey returned to competitive darts for the first time in three months in February 2013, hoping to qualify for the UK Darts Masters, the first European Tour event of the year. In the final 96, he defeated Wayne Atwood before losing 3–6 against Keith Rooney.
In the second Players Championship, he advanced to the fourth round by defeating John Henderson 6–3, world number 15 Paul Nicholson 6–5, and world number four James Wade 6–1. Hankey lost 5–5 to Dennis Smith, missing one dart in the last leg to advance to his first PDC quarter-final.
Hankey qualified for the UK Open by defeating Bernd Roith and Dave Weston before losing to John Part 4–9 in the third round after leading 3–1. He qualified for his first European Tour event in July, but had to withdraw due to whiplash injuries sustained in a minor vehicle accident in September. He returned for the Grand Slam of Darts, but lost 5–3 against Scott Waites in his first group encounter.
Hankey, on the other hand, put in a fantastic performance in his next game against Dave Chisnall, scoring 170 from 3–3 and then 177 in the next leg to set up 32 and a 5–3 victory. In his final game, he overcame 2013 World Youth champion Michael Smith 5–1 to advance to the knockout stages, where he faced Simon Whitlock.
Hankey came back from a 6–1 deficit to win 10–9 and go to the event’s quarter-finals for the second time in his career. He faced Waites again, and his winning streak came to an end with a 16–10 loss.
Back to the BDO
Hankey’s two-year tour card expired after the 2014 World Championship, and he was dropped from the PDC because he was ranked 94th in the world, far outside the top 64 players who retain their professional status. He signed up for Q School but dropped out before the event started.
Soon after, it was reported that Hankey had decided to leave the PDC following an unsatisfactory stint there and would return to the BDO. His greatest achievements in his first season back in the BDO were two quarter finals as he almost missed out on automatic qualification for the Lakeside, finishing 29th in the BDO (top 28 qualified).
In the qualifying tournaments conducted in Hull, he also missed out on the Masters, Lakeside, and World Trophy. He qualified for the 2015 BDO World Trophy in 2015, but was defeated 6-4 by Sam Hewson in the first round. He provided commentary with John Gwynne for the rest of the tournament after the match.
Sarah (née Manning), a descendant of the Maltese Counts of Mont’Alto, married Hankey. Telford, Shropshire, was their home. They are the parents of three children. The court was notified that Hankey and his wife were divorcing when he appeared in court in May 2022.
Sexual assault conviction
Hankey was charged in March 2022 with sexually abusing a lady in September 2021; the victim was above 16 but under the age of 18. The event was caught on camera. On April 14, 2022, he pled guilty to the charge and was freed on conditional bail. He was sentenced to two years in prison and ten years on the sex offender registry on May 12, 2022 at Chester Crown Court.