Wolfie will cross the great divide to face the ‘big boys’

Martin Adams will be playing in the Grand Slam of Darts.
Martin Adams will be playing in the Grand Slam of Darts.
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Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams has confirmed he will be crossing darts’ divide in the Grand Slam of Darts later this year.

The tournament brings together the top players from the PDC and BDO, but in previous years, ‘Wolfie’ has declined his invitation to compete.

This year, the three-times BDO world champion from Deeping St James, has decided he will play in the tournament at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall between November 7 and 15.

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor will be defending his title and the other confirmed entries from the PDC are world champion Gary Anderson, Michael van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis, Ray van Barneveld, Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall and PDC world youth champion Keegan Brown.

The BDO have invited world champion Scott Mitchell, along with Geert de Vos and Martin Phillips - winners of the World Trophy and World Masters respectively - and Adams.

Adams confirmed he will be taking part via Twitter and the 59 year-old added: “The reason I’m taking part is because I was asked to by the BDO.

“Had they not asked me, I would not have done it. There’s no mystery.

“People will say I’m playing with the big boys, but I am one of the big boys. I was a big boy when some of these players were still in short trousers.

“I have known a lot of the PDC players for years and have done a lot of exhibition work with them as well.

“To me, this isn’t a big deal. It’s just another tournament. It just happens to be a tournament I haven’t played in before, that’s all.”

The news that the BDO will be staging their own qualifiers for the Grand Slam is a sign that relations between the rival governing bodies are improving.

Taylor was among the 16 “rebels” who broke away to form the PDC - then known as the WDC - more than 20 years ago and among his many titles are six Grand Slam of Darts victories.

He’s won the last two Grand Slams and in the tournament’s eight-year history, Scott Waites is the only BDO player who’s ever lifted the trophy.

In 2010, he wiped out an 8-0 deficit against James Wade in the final to win 16-12.

Adams, granted the freedom of Deeping St James in April, is in red-hot form.

He topped the County Premier Division averages this season and earlier this month he threw a nine darter at the BDO International Open at Brean Sands.

Adams was also a dart away from only the second nine darter in BDO world championship history in January.

He wired double 12 in his semi final against Glenn Durrant and went on to lose the final to Mitchell.

POST OFFICE SINGLES

There’s another open knockout singles tournament at the Post Office Club in Bourges Boulevard tomorrow (Friday, June 19).

Entry fee is £3, registration is at 7.45pm and there’s a guaranteed prize of £50.

Last tournament winner was Jon Clifton.