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Last Updated: Monday, 8 January 2007, 17:36 GMT
Adams pledges Lakeside allegiance
By Mark Barden

Lakeside top seed Martin Adams
The difference between the two sides is what the PDC does is sports entertainment, and what we do is purely sport

Martin Adams
Martin Adams has pledged his loyalty to the British Darts Organisation and its Lakeside World Championships showpiece.

Adams, the favourite to lift his first title at Frimley Green, says he would never follow former champion Raymond van Barneveld to the rival PDC.

He told BBC Sport: "It's worked out well for Raymond but the BDO is part of a world system and I believe in that.

"I've got no problem with the PDC and what it does, but we are the sport - it's as simple as that."

Adams, 50, also said he would never sacrifice the England captaincy, which he has held since 1994, to switch camps.

"I'm very proud to play for my country, and I want that to continue. If I went to the PDC it would stop, so there's very little chance of me ever crossing over."

Van Barneveld, a four-time Lakeside winner, joined the PDC circuit last year and beat 13-time world champion Phil Taylor in a thrilling world final on New Year's Day.

Adams claimed: "The difference between the two sides is what the PDC does is sports entertainment, and what we do is purely sport.

Having reached the final and three other semi-finals, I keep telling myself it's about time I won it

Martin Adams

"The PDC will bill their final between Raymond and Phil as the greatest ever which, again, I haven't got a problem with, but there will always be other great finals.

"Previously, people said the greatest final was in 1992 at the Lakeside between Phil and Mike Gregory, which also went all the way to a sudden-death leg.

"Yes, Raymond hit 180 maximums 21 times against Phil, but Ted Hankey had 22 when he won the Lakeside title in 2000 in a final that only went six sets and lasted just 46 minutes."

Adams, known as 'Wolfie', opened his Lakeside campaign with a 3-0 win over England team-mate Tony O'Shea.

He next faces Co Stompe, who beat his fellow Dutchman and 2006 champion Jelle Klaasen in the first round.

Also making early exits were second seed Gary Anderson, third seed Michael van Gerwen and seventh-ranked Darryl Fitton, boosting the hopes of Adams.

Martin Adams supporters at Frimley Green
'Wolfie' always has plenty of support at the Lakeside

He admitted: "It's opening up for me but any of the top eight seeds have the capability to win. There are some very dangerous players in this tournament.

"I used to feel the pressure (of being seeded), but this is my 14th consecutive year at the Lakeside, so for me now seeding is just a number.

"It doesn't matter which number I've got - as long as I've got one, I'm happy. The fact that it's number one doesn't really bother me."

Adams, who lost the 2005 final to Van Barneveld, was last the top seed in 1996 and agrees a first world crown is long overdue.

"Having reached the final and three other semi-finals, I keep telling myself it's about time I won it," he said.

Adams knows, with the likes of Klaasen and Van Gerwen - who beat him in the 2006 World Masters final - on the scene, he needs to win that first title sooner rather than later.

"The future of our sport is young guys like Michael and Jelle," he said.

"You may not have seen great performances from them this week but, hopefully, they will be back here time and time again."

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