Adams survives to set up BDO final against Chisnall
BDO World Professional Darts Championships Venue: Lakeside Country Club, Frimley Green, Surrey Dates: 2-10 January Coverage: Live on BBC Two, BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website. Daily reports and scores on BBC Sport website
Wolfie survives Phillips comeback
Dave Chisnall will meet Martin Adams in the BDO World Championships final after a pair of pulsating semi-finals.
Unseeded 29-year-old Chisnall came back from 2-0 down to beat top seed Tony O'Shea 6-3 at Lakeside Country Club.
After levelling at 3-3, he romped over the line with some superb darts, including 164 and 121 checkouts.
Adams looked on course for a whitewash at 4-0 up but had to survive a Martin Phillips rally to win the other semi-final 6-4.
Welshman Phillips won just a single set before the interval and victory in the next set put Peterborough's Adams on the brink of victory.
But he missed two darts for the match in the seventh set and Phillips stormed back, reeling off three straight sets and making it 5-4 with a 116 checkout.
The next set was a nervy affair until, with the score at 2-2, Adams opened the deciding leg with a 180.
That seemed to deflate Phillips and Adams went on to close out the match and reach his third final at Frimley Green.
Chisnall upsets 'Silverback' to make final
Chisnall, who fought back from 4-1 down to defeat defending champion Ted Hankey in the last eight, produced another impressive comeback to reach his first final at the Lakeside.
"I can't believe it," he said. "I'd rather win the first two sets but I just kept battling.
"I love the big stage. I get more nervous at home. I'm going to get drunk tonight."
Chisnall, who was knocked out in the first round of last year's tournament, got off to the perfect start but O'Shea, last year's beaten finalist, was anything but rattled.
Chisnall outscored his opponent for much of the opening exchanges but O'Shea was the more clinical when it came to checkouts.
Chisnall, from St Helens, held his nerve to make it 2-1 after finally making a double at the seventh attempt and hit form in the fourth set, coming back from two legs down to square the match.
I think it's the understatement of the year to say he comes out flying after the interval - after the break he was awesome
Tony O'Shea on Chisnall
He produced an immaculate deciding leg, opening with a 180 and checking out with a double 18 at the first attempt.
In a tense fifth set, O'Shea produced a steely display to take the advantage at the interval.
Just as he did against Hankey, Chisnall flew out of the blocks after the break, taking the next two sets, while only giving up one leg to his more experienced opponent.
A rampant Chisnall fired two 180s in the last leg of the seventh set to take the lead in the match for the first time.
Stockport's O'Shea was visibly shaken as he struggled to post the big scores he needed to rein in his opponent.
And Chisnall saved his very best until last. His 164 checkout to take a 2-0 lead in ninth set was the highest finish of the week, and he rounded off the victory with a 20, treble 17 and bulls-eye for a brilliant 121.
"Early on I felt really good but I think it's the understatement of the year to say he comes out flying after the interval," said O'Shea.
"After the break he was awesome. I actually expected him to hit that 164. I just knew he was going to hit it.
"He's thrown the darts we've seen in the north of England for a long time. I can see the champion right here."
However, the excitement of the opening semi-final was more than matched by that of the second, as Adams withstood Phillips' fightback.
"There was a moment up there when Martin Phillips was really, really enjoying himself," said 'Wolfie' Adams. "When he's in that mood you know you've got a problem."
Adams said he took inspiration from his last appearance in the final when he led Phill Nixon 6-0, only to see his opponent pull it back to 6-all. On that occasion, Adams steadied himself to take the decider.
"I thought I've been here before," said Adams. " I thought 'just play like you did at the start of the match'.
"It all came good in the end."
Phillips, a 125-1 outsider at the start of the week, was delighted with his efforts.
"I'm very proud," he said. "I've been playing well for a couple of months now. I'll be back again next year."
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