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Hungry ‘Wolfie’ Adams upsets Tony O’Shea at the darts world championship

Champion Darts player Martin 'Wolfie' Adams takes on the locals in aid of Newton Church at Tydd St Giles community centre. Kim Watson tries to beat Wolfie

Champion Darts player Martin 'Wolfie' Adams takes on the locals in aid of Newton Church at Tydd St Giles community centre. Kim Watson tries to beat Wolfie

Deeping St James darts legend Martin Adams has sailed into the second-round of the Lakeside World Championships with a surprising whitewash over last year’s runner-up Tony O’Shea.

The three-time former world champion Adams beat O’Shea 3-0 in just 23 minutes yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. Winning all nine legs against the unlucky O’Shea, who is a three times runner-up at Lakeside.

Adams, affectionately known as ‘Wolfie’ in the darts world, produced a steady display, hitting 11-dart and 13-dart legs to beat O’Shea.

Adams said: “I can’t believe it - you don’t do that to Tony O’Shea. He doesn’t let you, but today he let me and I don’t know why.

“You know he’s going to come at you and you’ve got to be putting him under pressure all the time, then hopefully you’ll come through on top 3-2. But 3-0, that’s unreal.”

Adams will now face Scotland’s Ross Montgomery in the second round today (Wednesday).

The Deepings player looks back to his best form after a dip last year.

The 57-year-old dropped out in the first round in 2013 after personal issues away from the sport, including a divorce, affected his game.

Adams said: “The land lady 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.”

Adams won the Lakeside title in 2007, 2010 and 2011.

In the preliminary round on Saturday Adams eased past Canadian thrower David Cameron to claim a 3-1 win at Frimley Green.

Coverage of the tournament is live on BBC TV, Red Button, and the BBC Sport website with highlights and coverage on BBC 2 until the competition’s close on Sunday.

 

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