DARTS: Winmau woe for Wolfie, but a decent World Championship draw

Martin Adams lost in the semi-final of the Winmau Masters.

Martin Adams lost in the semi-final of the Winmau Masters.

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Martin Adams was beaten in the semi-finals of the prestigious Winmau Masters in Hull last night (October 11).

Adams lost a thriller to American qualifier Larry Butler, five sets to four following a topsy turvey encounter full of high scores and big check outs. Butler who knocked out three BDO World Champions on his way to the final was beaten 7-2 by number one seed Glen Durrant in the final.

Adams will be disappointed to lose to Butler, a rank outsider at the start of the week, especially after winning the first two sets.

But Butler reeled off four sets in a row to stand on the verge of victory before missing seven ‘match’ darts to allow Adams back into the tie. Adams saved himself at one point with a 121 checkout involving a bull finish.

That led to a deciding, best-of-three legs, set. Adams broke for a 1-0 lead, but Butler broke back straight and sealed his shock win with a 13-dart leg.

Market Deeping man Adams, who was seeded two for an event he was trying to win for the fourth time, had beaten David Concannon of Northern Ireland 3-1, Polish player Krzysztof Ratajski 3-2 and Englishman Pip Blackwell 3-1 on his way to the semi-final.

Peterborough’s Dennis Harbour failed to come through the qualifiers.

Number two seed Adams will play the winner of a qualifying tie between Matthew Medhurst of the Netherlands and Canada’s Jeff Smith in the first round of the BDO World Championships at Lakeside.

Harbour will play seventh seed Daryl Fitton in his first round tie.

The World Championships run from January 2-10, 2016.