Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams was a big hit at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton last week.
Not only did the Deeping ace throw some great arrows to reach the last 16 stage but he also went down a bomb with the crowd at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton. They loved him.
It was Adams’ first venture into a ‘mixed’ event featuring the world’s top players from both codes and the three-time Lakeside Champion proved he could mix it with the best the PDC has to offer.
Adams said after his exit at the hands of Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts: “I’ve had an immense time and the crowd have been brilliant.
“I loved it out there and I love playing darts at the moment. I’ve enjoyed playing more in the last 12 months than I think I ever have done.”
Wolfie revelled in the group stages of his first appearance at the cross-code event, winning three out of three, but he was unable to prevail in a dramatic clash with his Belgian opponent.
He led 2-0 after hitting a 12-darter which included two maximums and another pair of 180s in leg four saw him lead 3-1.
Huybrechts, though, took the next five legs without reply to move into a 6-3 lead to turn the game on its head.
But Adams, much to the delight of the crowd, came storming back to level at 7-7.
Finishes of 79 and 70 gave Huybrechts a two-leg advantage but again the BDO stalwart fought back, taking out double 19 and tops to send the game into a decider.
Huybrechts held his nerve as he finished on tops for a 13-darter to finally claim the 10-9 win and end Adams’ challenge after one of the best games of the tournament.
Adams said: “Hats off to Kim, he played a great game there and it was a pleasure to play the young man.”
Adams hit three ton-plus checkouts (133, 136 and 116) as he beat number eight seed Ian White 5-2 in his opening group match and the 59-year-old finished with an average of 104.82.
He then went on to beat Jelle Klaasen and Steve Beaton by 5-4 margins.
“I was very pleased to win three out of three because I played three great players,” said Adams.
“There are no mugs in this competition. They can all do it. If it comes out on the day, any player can win anything.”
Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen won the tournament and picked up a winner’s cheque for £100,000 with a brilliant 16-13 triumph over Phil Taylor.
Adams’ Cambridgeshire team-mate Dennis Harbour, who will be joining Wolfie at the BDO World Championships in January, threw the first ever nine-darter in the Peterborough & District League on Monday night.
Playing for the Post Office, he hit 180, 180, 60, 57 and double 12 against Court’s Martin Rowell. He won his other two legs in 15darts and finished with a 38.55 average.
POST OFFICE SINGLES
There are two open singles tournaments at the Post Office Club in Bourges Boulevard this weekend.
Tomorrow there’s the usual fortnightly Friday night event (7.45pm) which offers a £50 prize while on Saturday (November 21) there is a charity competition in aid of Cancer Research with a guaranteed £100 prize.
Tomorrow it’s the usual 7.45pm start while on Saturday registration is at 11am for a noon start.