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Adams wins Masters final thriller

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Adams wins thrilling Masters final

England's Martin Adams beat Scott Waites 7-6 in a thrilling final to claim the Winmau World Masters.

Adams, who lost to Michael van Gerwen in the 2006 final, missed three darts for the match but eventually hit double 16 to claim the title.

There was never more than a set between the players and it needed two extra legs in the final set to split them.

But the 2007 BDO world champion Adams, 52, held his nerve to collect a winner's cheque for 25,000.

The number three seed, who averaged more than 105 to beat Tony O'Shea in the semi-finals, was never behind after the third set, but nor did he look certain of victory.

After the first two sets went with the darts, Waites - who beat Robert Wagner in his semi-final, broke the throw in the third set - hitting a 127 out-shot in the process.

But he failed to take full advantage, failing to get down from 58 with three darts in the decisive leg of the fifth set, allowing Adams to level.

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The pair continued to trade sets and out-shots, Adams hitting a 160 to claim a 1,000 prize for the highest checkout and, more importantly, the seventh set.

Adams missed the bull when going for a 121 out-shot in the next set allowing Waites to level yet again as the match headed, seemingly inexorably, towards a decider.

Waites though was always under the pressure of throwing to remain level and at 6-5 down must have feared the worst as Adams put in a strong set to close on the title.

However, with the title just 20 points away and with three darts in his hand Adams threw a loose dart into the double 15 bed to bust and give Waites the chance to level again. Nervelessly he hit 96 to level the set and the same finish in the next leg to win it.

The final set reached 1-1 in legs after Adams missed a 118 out-shot, forcing decider legs with one player having to be two legs clear.

And this time Adams' nerve held as he held his own leg and then hit the double to win the title.

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