Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams insists he will have other chances to win a fourth BDO World Championship title.
The 58 year-old from Deeping St James was pipped 7-6 in a 13-set thriller in the 2015 Final at Lakeside last weekend by first-time finallist Scott Mitchell from Dorset.
That agonising defeat led some experts to wonder whether or not Adams could ever repeat the high level of performance he showed in reaching his fourth final in his 22nd successive appearance at the event.
But Adams has no such concerns. He predicts he will add to the third title he won in 2011.
“Who in all honesty is going to fancy taking me on, one-against-one, on the Lakeside stage?” Adams stated.
“I’m still the man to beat and I intend to prove that next year when I’ll have another go at winning the title.
“I can definitely win it again as there is nothing that can happen in the World Championships that can suprise me and few other players can say that.
“I’ve seen it all. I’ve played well, I’ve played poorly, I’ve won finals and lost finals.
“That experience is invaluable at a World Championships.
“Scotty Mitchell played well in the final and fair play to him.
“He’s a great player, but he will return next year as defending champion and that brings a whole lot of pressure with it.
“I had my chances in the final, but I just came up short. That’s life. It’s only a game of darts at the end of the day.”
There was never more than a set between Adams and Mitchell in the final despite the local man having ‘double, trouble’ throughout the three-and-a-half hour contest.
Crucially Mitchell took out a 158 finish in the first leg of the deciding set when Adams was poised to strike.
“I must admit I expected to have a shot at my double,” Adams added.
“I had my moments as well though in what was a close match all the way.”
Adams had won a higb-class semi-final 6-5 against Glen Durrant to earn the right to face Mitchell.
Adams collected £35k for his efforts. Mitchell won £100k.
Adams is back in BDO action at the end of this month when tackling the Dutch Open in Assen.