From Cambridge Evening News:
MARTIN Adams strode into March United Services Club yesterday (Sunday, 21 January) with a big silver trophy tucked under his arm, a £70,000 prize safely in his bank account and a wolfish smile on his face.
A week after putting his supporters through mental torture in a pulsating final, the new Lakeside World Professional Darts champion was back on familiar territory, swapping his memories of the champagne razzmatazz at Frimley Green for the lager tops and more spartan surroundings of Cambridgeshire’s home venue.
But Adams was unfazed. He has been around long enough to realise every game he plays now will be his opponents’ world championship final, every one will be out to succeed where the gallant Phill Nixon failed.
First to try was Tony Bradley in Cambridgeshire’s Inter-Counties League match against Glamorgan. But like the titanic final – which made an estimated five million TV viewers ignore the Antiques Roadshow as they sat gripped by Adams’ impersonation of a stunned rabbit as the juggernaut of Nixon’s recovery gathered momentum – there was no fairytale ending.
Whereas the Durham multi-dad, dragged himself back from the brink of a whitewash only to fall 7-6, Bradley was despatched swiftly and cleanly 3-0 in Cambridgeshire’s draw.
It was low-key but Adams would not have it any other way. There is nothing flash about the Deeping St James-based player who has no intention of dumping Cambridgeshire for a larger county such as Yorkshire or Lancashire – “join them? I’d rather beat them” – or for jumping ship to the gaudy TV-driven circuit that is the PDC.
Suggestions he would follow the Dutchmen Jelle Klaasen, Vincent van der Voort and Michael van Gerwen, who quit to join the rival organisation before the empties had been cleared away at Lakeside, were swiftly quashed. “I’ve got no plans to change,” said the man now known to millions as Wolfie. “Why would I? The situation is that if I went over to the PDC I wouldn’t be able to represent England.
“I’m England captain and there is no greater honour than to be captain of your country.
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