Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams was a big hit at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton last week.
Not only did the Deeping ace throw some great arrows to reach the last 16 stage but he also went down a bomb with the crowd at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton. They loved him.
It was Adams’ first venture into a ‘mixed’ event featuring the world’s top players from both codes and the three-time Lakeside Champion proved he could mix it with the best the PDC has to offer.
Adams said after his exit at the hands of Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts: “I’ve had an immense time and the crowd have been brilliant.
“I loved it out there and I love playing darts at the moment. I’ve enjoyed playing more in the last 12 months than I think I ever have done.”
Wolfie revelled in the group stages of his first appearance at the cross-code event, winning three out of three, but he was unable to prevail in a dramatic clash with his Belgian opponent.
He led 2-0 after hitting a 12-darter which included two maximums and another pair of 180s in leg four saw him lead 3-1.
Huybrechts, though, took the next five legs without reply to move into a 6-3 lead to turn the game on its head.
But Adams, much to the delight of the crowd, came storming back to level at 7-7.
Finishes of 79 and 70 gave Huybrechts a two-leg advantage but again the BDO stalwart fought back, taking out double 19 and tops to send the game into a decider.
Huybrechts held his nerve as he finished on tops for a 13-darter to finally claim the 10-9 win and end Adams’ challenge after one of the best games of the tournament.
Adams said: “Hats off to Kim, he played a great game there and it was a pleasure to play the young man.”
Adams hit three ton-plus checkouts (133, 136 and 116) as he beat number eight seed Ian White 5-2 in his opening group match and the 59-year-old finished with an average of 104.82.
He then went on to beat Jelle Klaasen and Steve Beaton by 5-4 margins.
Adams said: “There are no mugs in this competition. They can all do it. If it comes out on the day, any player can win anything.”
Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen won the tournament and picked with a brilliant 16-13 triumph over Phil Taylor.