Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams lost a 13-set thriller in the BDO World Final at Lakeside last night (Sunday).
Adams was edged out 7-6 by first-time finalist, and fellow England international, Scott Mitchell from Dorset. There was never more than a set between the pair in three-and-a-half hours of tense darts.
Eventually Adams paid for a string of missed doubles. He didn’t manage a single check-out until his 13th attempt and he struggled badly on favoured doubles such as 20 and 16 all night.
It was still a great tournament for the 58 year-old, one that yielded a £35k prize. Mitchell collected £100k for his efforts.
Adams said: “I could have played better in the early part of the game.”
“It certainly wasn’t the standard of my semi-final, but that’s the way darts goes sometimes.
“Fair play to Scotty as he beat me fair and square.”
Number three seed Adams started favourite against a player who had never previously been past the second round, but the match was evenly contested throughout.
Adams led 2-1 and 3-2, but fell behind 3-4, 4-5 and 5-6. Crucially the maestro from Market Deeping lost the deciding leg in the ninth set after leading 2-0 and fourth seed Mitchell struck a killer blow in the first leg of the final set after coming from miles back to finish 158 - comfortably his highest check-out of the match.
Adams survived a match dart in the 12th set, but couldn’t fight back again after falling 2-0 down in the deciding set.
Adams was chasing his fourth world title. He last won it in 2011.
Adams must have been fatigued by his superb 6-5 semi-final win over another Englishman Glen Durrant when he came back from a hopeless position to win 6-5.
The Deeping St James thrower had been in blistering form all week in his 22nd consecutive year competing in the event.
He had beaten Jan Dekker (3-1), Jim Widmayer (4-0) and Ross Montgomery (5-1) in earlier rounds.