‘ Wolfie’ out to call the Lake­side tune against Jimmy Hen­driks

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Darts - By Mark­plum­mer

Martin Adams ad­mits he must avoid­ing slip­ping up on a po­ten­tial ba­nana skin at the start of his 20th con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ance in the Lake­side World Cham­pi­onship. Adams has been an ev­er­p­re­sent at Frim­ley Green since 1994 while putting to­gether a record- break­ing run.

He launches his bid for a fourth world ti­tle when tak­ing on Dutch young­ster Jimmy Hen­driks in an open­ing round match­sched­uled­tobe­screened live on BBC tele­vi­sion on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Adams­said:“I’m very proud to be mak­ing my 20th suc­ces­sive ap­pear­ance in the tour­na­ment.

“I cer­tainly don’t want it to end af­ter one match. Los­ing is never a nice feel­ing, es­pe­cially on that fa­mous stage.”

But Adams is the first to ad­mit that Hen­driks’ stand­ing with the book­ies as a 100/ 1 out­sider doesn’t dothis con­test jus­tice.

“This is far from be­ing an easy game,” in­sisted Adams.

“Jimmy is one of a new wave of young tal­ents coming to the fore in the game­and­heisav­ery handy player.

“He has done well through­out the year and has earned his place at the Lake­side.

“I’ve known­hisol­dman­fora fewyearsand­heal­way­sen­sures his lad’s feet stay firmly on the ground.”

The win­ner of the Adams ver­sus Hen­driks clash will face ei­ther young­ster Richie Ge­orge or rank out­sider Dave Prins in the sec­ond round.

Ge­orge is the highly- rated son of leg­endary dart­ing fig­ure Bobby Ge­orge.

“Youcan’tlook­too­fara­head, but there is noth­ing in myquar­ter of the draw to frighten me,” added Adams.

Martin Adams proudly holds aloft the fa­mous Lake­side World Cham­pi­onship tro­phy.

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