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BDO WC: Martin “The Assassin” Atkins Falls to Andy Boulton

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Karaoke fan Andy Boulton hit the right note to gun down 10th seed Martin The Assassin Atkins 3-2.

The 42-year-old from Leeds became the sixth seed to crash in the unpredictable first round of the championship, buckling under the pressure of the latest star to emerge from the tungsten-hard darts mecca of the Potteries.

The match became the first to go to a tiebreak and it was the man who sings at county matches who found the winning melody.

Atkins had high hopes of a good run and improve on second round appearances during the past two years but Boulton refused to be overawed.

He battled back from 1-0 down to take the opening set 3-2 hitting a maximum in the deciding leg. Atkins blazed back to take the second, hitting an 11-darter to clinch the fifth leg, with Boulton requiring 44 and then took the third 3-0 including two 16 dart finishes.

The Leeds man fired out his second 180 of the match in the fourth set but on-form Boulton hit a 14-dart finish, exiting on double 16, to take the game into a deciding fifth set.

Atkins moved ominously 2-1 ahead, Boulton overcoming double trouble to level and take the game into a tense tiebreak.

An 18-darter clinched with a 127 checkout eased him into the lead with both players struggling to hit the big scores in the sixth leg, Atkins left himself double tops but saw his title aspirations thwarted once again, this time by Boulton, who was calling the tune with a 74 victory flourish.

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