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Champion Martin Adams breezes into Lakeside semis

BDO World Darts Championship
Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey Dates: 1-9 January
Coverage: Live on BBC Two, BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website

Martin 'Wolfie' Adams blows down the house with 161

'Wolfie blows down the house with 161 finish

Defending champion Martin Adams marched into the semi-finals of the BDO World Darts Championships at Lakeside with a dominant 5-1 win over Ross Smith.

Number one seed Adams needed 59 minutes to overcome his rival, firing checkouts of 161 and 121 and a closing 116.

Martin Phillips faced a tougher route into the last four after coming from behind to beat Gary Robson 5-4.

Robson had opened up a 3-1 lead but Phillips hit back to 4-4 before a fine 164 checkout helped him to victory.

And the unseeded Phillips believes he can go all the way and lift the title after ousting the 13th seed from the quarter-finals.

"Deep down I think I can do it," said the Welshman. "The match with Gary was a battle.

"The way he started I was struggling to keep up but I did as I always do, just plodded on. I will not give up until the game is over. There was emotion but I do not show it."

Adams' victory puts him within one match of his fourth final appearance and a third title.

Only Eric Bristow, John Lowe and Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld have won the BDO title three times - with Bristow winning five in total - during the 34-year history of the tournament.

"The 116 went in sweet as a nut but that's my job, that's what I have to do," said Adams, who is making his 18th appearance at Frimley Green.

"I have come here to win the title this week. I want to do what Eric Bristow - my idol, who inspired me - did and repeat his three on a spin, which he achieved between 1984-86."

England's Trina Gulliver stretched her impressive record in the women's final for the 10th successive year after beating Russia's Irina Armstrong 2-0.

Gulliver will play Rhian Edwards, who beat second seed Deta Hedman 2-0.

"I was very happy with that game apart from my doubles," said the Welshwoman. "I was definitely more relaxed."

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