MARTIN Adams remains on course for a hat-trick of BDO Lakeside World Darts titles after a thrilling sudden death success over John Walton on Monday night.
The defending champion and number one seed from Deeping prevailed 4-3 over his England team mate at Frimley Green.
Adams took the first set - with both players hitting some big scores - before Walton levelled, but “Wolfie” raced through the next 3-0 for a 2-1 lead.
Walton battled back in the fourth set to draw level again with his fourth attempt at double 12. Adams won the next but ‘John Boy’ refused to accept defeat and dragged himself back to level.
Walton went ahead in the decider only for Adams to level with a 106 checkout, and at 5-5 the match went to a sudden death final leg.
2001 winner Walton hit the bull, winning the right to throw first, but Adams kept pace and nailed a nail-biting victory on double 18.
He will now face Ross Smith in the third round.
On Saturday Adams kicked off his bid for glory with a nervy victory.
Wolfie saw off Tony West 3-1 to clear the first hurdle in the defence of his crown – despite losing the first five legs of his clash with the 100-1 outsider.
And Adams, who is bidding to equal Eric Bristow’s record of three BDO world titles, admitted that plenty of people would have loved to see him lose.
He said: “I am sure there are one or two people here who would like to see the champion beaten but I have to make sure I don’t lose.
“Tony played really, really well but on the day I came good.
“The sixth leg was the key one because I didn’t want to fall 2-0 down in sets. I just told myself ‘come on, son’ and thankfully hit a double.”