DARTS: Wolfie is beaten in a thriller after a grand performance

Martin Adams lost 10-9 in the last 16 of the Grand Slam of Darts.
Martin Adams lost 10-9 in the last 16 of the Grand Slam of Darts.
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Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams lost a last-leg thriller to bow out of the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton tonight (November 12).

Adams, from Deeping, was beaten 10-9 by Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts in the last 16. Huybrechts now moves on to meet tournament favourite Michael Van Gerwen in the quarter-finals.

It was a great effort from Adams who had won all three of his group matches to reach the knockout stages.

He was 3-1 up early on, but then lost five legs in a row to fall 6-3 behind. He recovered to 6-6, went behind again at 9-7, but produced two nerveless legs to take the match to a decider.

Unfortunately Huybrechts had the darts and made it count to finish on double 20 at the first attempt. Huybrechts slammed in 180s in three legs in a row towards the end, while Adams kept in touch with some outstanding finishing.

Both men finished with a three-dart average in excess of 100.

Adams, a BDO stalwart, won some new fans on a rare venture into battle with the cream of the players from rival organisation the PDC. The fans at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall were clearly on his side.

“I’ve had an immense time,” Adams admitted. “It was a pleasure to take on a young star like Kim and a pleasure to play in front of a crowd who so obviously love their darts.

“Hopefully I’ll be back next year.”

Adams had pipped fellow Englishman Steve Beaton 5-4 to set up a meeting with Huybrechts He also beat Ian White and Jelle Klaasen in group matches.