Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams is going great guns in the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton.
Three-time Lakeside champion Adams, who is playing alongside the best players from the PDC for the first time, won his second Group B game of the weekend last night (November 8) with a narrow 5-4 win over Dutchman Jelle Klaasen in a game where neither player was ultimately able to break throw.
Klaasen took out a 120 finish, a 13-darter and a 96 checkout as he shared the first six legs, and the game went to a decider where Adams was first to a finish as double eight maintained his perfect start to his Grand Slam debut.
Klaasen actually outscored Adams by an average of 11 but Adams’ resilience, combined with some poor shots and bizarre mid-leg play by the Dutchman at times conspired to give the Wolfman the win.
“I’m very, very pleased,” said Adams. “It was a tough test and I saw a lot of the Jelle Klaasen that I knew when he first hit the circuit, but he had one little thing where he just let me in and I’m very grateful to him.
“I’m enjoying it, loving it. The crowd are absolutely fantastic, they all love darts and that’s the main thing.”
Adams is in action again tomorrow night when he plays his final group game against Steve Beaton, who picked up his first win of the weekend yesterday with a 5-2 defeat of Ian White.
In his opening Group B match on Saturday, Adams beat number eight seed Ian ‘Diamond’ White 5-2.
The highlight of yesterday’s action was a nine-darter by Dave Chisnall in the third leg of his Group D clash with Peter Wright. HLFIEe hit two 180s before finishing 141 on double 12.