Sport Martin Adams eyes Lakeside run when he begins BDO World Championship campaign

15:05  04 january  2018
15:05  04 january  2018 Source:   Press Association

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Lakeside legends Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams and Lisa Ashton both toe the oche on the opening day of the 41st BDO World Championship . Adams makes his 25th consecutive appearance at the championship – he lifted the trophy in 2007, 2010 and 2011

Two-time winner Martin Adams is relishing his return to the Lakeside oche for the BDO World Championship: MartinAdamsProstateCancerUK © Torch One time usage images MartinAdamsProstateCancerUK

Martin Adams is ready to let number two seed Mark McGeeney do all the worrying as the Lakeside veteran prepares for another crack at the BDO World Championship.

The 61-year-old Adams has won the title three times, and twice finished as runner-up, including a 7-6 defeat against Scott Mitchell in the 2015 final.

Adams returns to Frimley Green with renewed focus following a battle with prostate cancer, and is looking to better his run to the quarter-finals last year when edged out by Jamie Hughes.

A tough opener against McGeeney on Saturday afternoon provides an immediate stiff test.

Mark McGeeney holds nerve to knock out Martin Adams

  Mark McGeeney holds nerve to knock out Martin Adams Martin Adams was knocked out of the BDO Championship in the first round after a sudden death defeat by Mark McGeeney. Three-time BDO champion Adams was beaten 3-2 by the number two seed at Lakeside when McGeeney won the winner-takes-all 11th leg of the final set.Coventry-born McGeeney recovered from a missed double 16 for the match to knock out 61-year-old Adams on the tournament's first afternoon.Fourth seed Scott Mitchell had to work hard to see off Lithuania's Darius Labanauskas 3-2 in the evening session.

Trina Gulliver and Martin Adams with their 2007 BDO World Championship trophies. The 2007 Lakeside World Darts Championship was the 30th Championship and was held between January 6–14, 2007 at the Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey.

Defending champion Martin Adams says he will have the "upper hand" against Scott Mitchell in the first round of the BDO World Championship . BDO World Championship . Venue: Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green.

However, the popular Englishman known as 'Wolfie' now adopts a philosophical approach to the game, having completed a course of radiotherapy which at one stage left him not feeling like throwing darts at all.

Adams accepts his recent form has been "up and down like Tower Bridge", but intends to make the most of whatever opportunities come along at the Surrey venue, which hosts the BDO tournament from January 6 to 14.

"At least it is the devil you know (with Mark), but I will let him do the worrying," Adams told Press Association Sport.

"You can say, 'Well, it could have been an easier draw', but there are no easy games at Lakeside.

"I have always thought every match that you play is like a final and even the unknown players can turn it on if they warm to the stage."

Scott Waites knocks out fifth seed Ross Montgomery at BDO Championship

  Scott Waites knocks out fifth seed Ross Montgomery at BDO Championship Two-time winner Scott Waites progressed to the second round of the BDO Championship after defeating fifth seed Ross Montgomery in a 3-1 victory at Lakeside. Waites, the BDO champion in 2013 and 2016, won the first two sets in the deciding leg before the Scot stormed back to take the third 3-1.The Yorkshireman raced into a 2-0 lead in the fourth set but missed six match darts as Montgomery won the next two legs before Waites produced a stunning 11-dart leg to secure victory.Defending champion and first seed Glen Durrant averaged 95.29 as he breezed past Gary Robson in a 3-0 win to advance to the last 16.

Lakeside legend Martin Adams made it through to the quarter-finals of the BDO World Darts Championships after an impressive 4-1 victory over Jeff Smith but former winner Scott Mitchell bowed out.

The 2018 BDO World Darts Championship will take place from 6-14 January at the Lakeside Country Club at Frimley Green, Surrey. Martin Adams (13/8).

Glen Durrant will be out to retain the title he won 12 months ago with a 7-3 success over Dutchman Danny Noppert, while McGeeney is looking to build on his run to the final of the Winmau World Masters.

Elsewhere, number three seed Hughes, Mitchell and Scotland's Ross Montgomery will all be determined to make inroads at the tournament, along with the likes of Belgium's Geert de Vos and Wesley Harms of Holland.

Adams, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April 2016, is relishing his return to the Lakeside oche.

"I have recaptured my concentration levels now, that was the big thing," said Adams, BDO world champion in 2007, 2010 and 2011.

"I just couldn't concentrate on either playing darts or practising. It was hard work.

"I also had plantar fasciitis (policeman's heel), which made it very difficult to practise, because it made it so painful.

"But that is wearing off now, so I am back at the board regularly. It is a lot better than I was before, I could only put in 15 minutes if I was lucky.

"Concentration is good, the motivation is good, so I am hoping for good things back at the Lakeside."

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Reigning champion Glen Durrant battles back to reach BDO semi-finals .
Defending champion Glen Durrant survived an almighty scare before booking his place in the BDO World Championship semi-finals. On an exciting day in Surrey, all four of the last-eight contests went to a decisive ninth set.The 47-year-old found himself 4-1 down in the best-of-nine contest against Wales' Jim Williams.However, 15 180s and an average of 100.92 - the highest in a nine-set match at Lakeside - eventually saw Durrant prevail 5-4.Durrant will play fellow Englishman Scott Waites in the last four, after he also recovered from 4-1 down to beat Belgian Andy Baetens 5-4.

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