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.