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  Saturday, 12 January, 2002, 00:28 GMT
Adams sweeps into semis
Martin Adams
Adams reached the semi-finals for the second time
Martin Adams (Eng) (2) 5-1 Wayne Jones (Eng)

Second seed Martin Adams eased into the semi-finals of the Embassy World Darts Championship with a convincing 5-1 win over Wayne Jones.

Jones had produced the result of the tournament in the previous round to oust last year's runner-up and the 2000 champion Ted Hankey.

However, an upset was never on the cards against Adams, who produced an assured performance.

Adams will now face Tony David in the last four after the Australian staged an epic comeback to beat Bob Taylor 5-4 in the evening's other match.

'Wolfie' was already 2-0 ahead before Jones took his only set of the match, helped by a 121 checkout.


Martin's finishing was better than mine
Wayne Jones

But Adams restored his two-set cushion before the interval and when the match resumed, it quickly became apparent that there was no way back for the 36-year-old Midlander.

Jones had four darts at a double to keep the contest alive at 1-2 down in the sixth set but could not go out, and Adams stepped in to hit a double top which secured his first Embassy semi-final since 1995.

"To be honest, I don't think the scoreline reflected the game," said 45-year-old Adams, from Peterborough.

"There are still a few parts of my game that aren't 100% but hopefully I can put them right for the semi-final tomorrow."

Jones insisted he would made more of a contest of it had he made a better start.

"Martin's finishing was better than mine - every time I left him a shot of around 110 or 120 he checked out."

Jones, who psyched himself up for the match against Hankey by downing seven pints, had kept his preparations more low-key this time.

Aussie comeback

"I had a few beers but I wasn't as pumped up tonight," said the former World Masters runner-up.

David booked his passage into the last four after one of the performances of the tournament.

The haemophiliac, who cannot straighten his throwing arm, became the first Australian to reach the Embassy semi-finals after claiming the final three legs of the ninth set.

"It was hard work to come back from 2-0 and 4-2 down but I always felt I was still in the match," said the 34-year-old from Queensland.

"I told myself I could do it. When I hit the winning double 10 I couldn't believe it - it was amazing. But I feel sorry for Bob - he's a lovely bloke."

Taylor, dubbed 'The Bear', admitted the nerves began to affect him at crucial moments.

"Twice I thought I was home and dry," he said Taylor.

"I started thinking the wrong things and just didn't have the ability to put it away. It's hard to keep steady up there."

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