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Adams makes flying start

Martin Adams' bid to lift the BDO World Championship title for a fourth time in eight years began in stunning fashion on Tuesday.

Adams, champion in 2007, 2010 and 2011, could hardly have had a tougher first-round opponent than three-time runner-up Tony O'Shea at Frimley Green but he brushed aside the challenge of the third seed in emphatic fashion, needing just 23 minutes to win all nine legs, sealing a 3-0 whitewash win.

O'Shea had reached the final in the last two editions as well as five years ago - losing each time to Ted Hankey (2009), Christian Kist (2012) and Scott Waites (2013) - but he will not even be gracing the second round this time.

Also on Tuesday afternoon at the Lakeside Country Club, top seed and title favourite Stephen Bunting safely progressed through with a 3-1 win over Jim Widmayer.

The other match in the session saw Scott Mitchell defeat Paul Hogan 3-2.

In the evening session, second seed James Wilson secured his spot in the next round after recovering from a set down to beat 2012 champion Kist 3-1.

Also, Dave Prins set up a second-round meeting with Bunting after defeating Jim Williams 3-0, while Glen Durrant progressed through by the same scoreline against Mike Day.