MARTIN ‘Wolfie’ Adams has retained his BDO World Darts title, defending his 2010 crown in the 2011 final yesterday.
Adams, from Deeping St James, beat third seed Dean Winstanley 7-5 in the final in the Lakeside World Championship to claim the title for the third time.
Adams was top seed but didn’t have it all his own way on the way to the £100,000 prize
The lead swung between the two players in the final on a nervy night for the reigning champion and the 54-year-old admitted he had been pushed all the way by an opponent 25 years his junior.
Wolfie said: “I had to dig very deep indeed to get myself through that game.
“Dean had me in all sorts of trouble and nothing was going right. I wasn’t hitting the big scores, I wasn’t finding my doubles and the darts were not going into the board how I wanted.
“I tried to relax but made myself too relaxed so then I had to shake myself up again. But Dean folded a bit towards the end and I managed to come through.”
Adams had breezed into a 2-0 lead but Winstanley grew in stature and recovered to snatch the fourth set. The pair then traded the next six sets with Adams looking shaky before regaining his composure when it mattered most.
Efficient finishing helped him with the 11th set to move to within touching distance of victory and it was at that point that Winstanley’s resistance was broken.
Adams’ latest success means he becomes the first man since the great Raymond van Barnveld back in 1999 to successfully defend the crown. And, even more impressively, he is now a member of an exclusive club of just three other players to have won the Lakeside crown on three or more occasions – Eric Bristow (five), van Barnveld (four) and John Lowe (three).
Wolfie added: “It feels great to have that wonderful trophy back in my possession again.
“I think this is the most special of all three as it sets me up to have a crack at the same hat-trick that Eric did.
“This tournament is always the culmination of a year of hard work and I guess I have to give thanks to the wife for putting up with me all through that.”