Deeping St James darts legend Martin Adams is through to the Lakeside World Championship quarter-finals once again after a return to form.
Adams sailed into the quarter-finals yesterday with a 4-1 win over Scotland’s Ross Montgomery in the second round.
Adams, playing in a record-breaking 21st consecutive world championships, held his nerve to score his doubles and take the win despite being outscored by Montgomery for much of the tie.
The three-time former world champion will now take on Dutch thrower Jan Dekker in the quarters tonight.
Adams has progressed through the rounds this week with ease, including a surprising whitewash over last year’s runner-up Tony O’Shea in the second round.
Adams, affectionately known as ‘Wolfie’ in the darts world, beat O’Shea 3-0 in just 23 minutes on Tuesday. He won all nine legs against O’Shea, who is a three times runner-up at Lakeside.
In the preliminary round on Saturday, Adams eased past Canadian thrower David Cameron to claim a 3-1 win at Frimley Green.
Adams said: “I’m loving every minute of this tournament.
“It is great to be back on the Lakeside stage playing good darts in front of the greatest crowd you will find anywhere in darts.
“I felt confident going into the tournament after enjoying some excellent practice so I’m not surprised by my form.
“If anything there is probably still a bit more to come from me.”
Adams won the Lakeside title in 2007, 2010 and 2011.
The Deepings player looks back to his best after a dip in form last year. In 2013 the 57-year-old dropped out in the first round after personal issues away from the sport affected his game.
Adams said: “The landlady in the pub, she said to me 12 months ago, ‘You are not hungry. When you are hungry you will play good darts again.’ Well I am hungry again now.”
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