Wolfie just edged out in epic World Final

Martin Adams lost in the BDO World Championship final to Scott Mitchell.
Martin Adams lost in the BDO World Championship final to Scott Mitchell.
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Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams lost a 13-set thriller in the BDO World Final at Lakeside tonight (January 11).

Adams was edged out 7-6 by first-time finallist, and fellow England international, Scott Mitchell from Dorset. There was never more than a set between the pair in three-and-a-half hours of tense darts.

Eventually Adams paid for a string of missed doubles. He didn’t manage a single check-out until his 13th attempt and he struggled badly on favoured doubles such as 20 and 16 all night.

It was still a great tournament for the 58 year-old, one that yielded a £35k prize. Mitchell collected £100k for his efforts.

“I could have played better in the early part of the game,” Adams admitted. “It certainly wasn’t the standard of my semi-final, but that’s the way darts goes sometimes.

“Fair play to Scotty as he beat me fair and square.”

Number three seed Adams started favourite against a player who had never previously been past the second round, but the match was evenly contested throughout.

Adams led 2-1 and 3-2, but fell behind 3-4, 4-5 and 5-6. Crucially the maestro from Market Deeping lost the deciding leg in the ninth set after leading 2-0 and fourth seed Mitchell strick a killer blow in the first leg of the final set after coming fom miles back to finish 158 - comfortably his highest check-out of the match.

Adams survived a match dart in the 12th set, but couldn’t fight back again after falling 2-0 down in the deciding set.

Adams was chasing his fourth world title. He last won it in 2011.

Adams must have been fatigued by his superb 6-5 semi-final win over another Englishman Glen Durrant when he came back from a hopeless position to win 6-5.

Adams has been in blistering form all week in his 22nd consecutive year competing in the event.

He had beaten Jan Dekker (3-1), Jim Widmayer (4-0) and Ross Montgomery (5-1) in earlier rounds.

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