WDF World Cup Men Singles 1995

With a record number of entries of 40 men's teams the tenth WDF World Cup started in the Swiss city of Basel. With this fantastic number of entrees WDF Chairman Peter McMenamin and SDA President Felix Degen could already speak of a great success before the first dart was thrown. Not only the quantity was present also the quality continued to rise. Apparently there are no "weak countries" anymore in the darts world.

In the singles tournament English dominance was less than in the other events. At the last 32 stage Andy Fordham, Ronnie Baxter and Steve Beaton all lost their games so only Martin Adams remained in the last sixteen. There he knocked out Sean Palfrey (Wales) 4-1.

In the quarterfinals, the line-up was completed with Wayne Weening and Graham Hunt from Australia, Richie Burnett and Eric Burden on behalf of Wales, Roger Carter (USA), Stig Jørgensen (Denmark), and Andy Kröckel (Germany). The big surprise in the quarterfinals was the loss of Richie Burnett 4-2 against Roger Carter. Martin Adams won, but not easy against Wayne Weening 4-3. Graham Hunt also won 4-3 against Stig Jørgensen and Eric Burden qualified last for the semi-finals by seeing Andreas Kröckel off 4-1.

The semi-final between Eric Burden and Roger Carter ended in 4-0 after legs in 16-, 14-, 15- and 15 darts for Burden. This seems like a "walkover" but Carter was on a double in each leg, he just didn’t get a chance on them. The match between Graham Hunt and Martin Adams was a real thriller. In a 3-3 tie Adams was waiting on a double with Hunt on 151. The Australian hit the triple 20 and triple 17, but then went for the bull, which he misses by a hair. Adams couldn’t believe what he saw, but made good use of the miss of his opponent. Hunt’s explanation afterwards was that he thought he had seen 161 on the marker board.

The men's final between Adams and Burden was unfortunately less exciting. Eric Burden had two days of fantastic darts and Martin Adams also was in great form, but the final was to be a one sided affair. Adams immediately set the tone with a 120 finish in 15 darts in the first leg. Eric Burden missed three darts on his double in the next leg and Martin stepped in to punish. With another 15-dart leg Adams took the score to 3-0. After Burden had won the next leg in 18 darts, he got a chance in the fifth leg with his twelfth dart finish 121 on the bullseye, but he missed and hit the 25. Adams sat on 40 hit it with his first dart and claimed the World Cup singles title for himself and for his country.

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Venue: Switzerland Messe, Basel From: Wednesday 04 October 1995 Till: Saturday 07 October 1995

Champion

Martin Adams
Photographer: WDF World Cup Program
1995 WDF World Cup