Rampant Robert Thornton claims inaugural World Seniors Championship title

Robert Thornton secured the 2022 World Seniors Championship title in emphatic fashion with a 5-1 victory over Martin Adams in the final at The Circus Tavern.

A ruthless Thornton dropped only three sets in five wins en route to clinching the £30,000 top prize in Purfleet as he created a slice of darting history by becoming the first name on The Legends trophy.

The former World Masters, UK Open and World Grand Prix winner turned on the style in the final with ten maximums and a 92.6 average to deny Adams glory.

Thornton had kicked off the day with a 4-2 victory over 2011 Players Champion Kevin Painter in the Semi-Finals and took control of the final early on with six consecutive legs to take a two-set lead.

A blistering first set saw ‘The Thorn’ fire in legs of 14, 11 and 13 darts for an average of 118.66, while he added a 116 checkout in set two.

Adams stopped the rot by securing his first leg in set three but only for Thornton to reply with three straight legs to extend his lead to 3-0.

The fourth set went to a deciding leg, but it was Thornton who again held firm to seal it and move further clear.

A resilient Adams dug deep to get his first, and only, set on the scoreboard as he survived multiple match darts from the Scot to edge the fifth and stay alive in the contest.

Thornton, however, crushed any hopes of a miraculous comeback as he wrapped up the title in set six on double two.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” said Thornton. “I’ve got to make history twice this week. I opened the first match and I’ve won it – first on, last off, that will do me.

“I’ve been comfortable all week and felt brilliant up there.

“This is the first event of its kind and I’m very happy to be the first name on the trophy.

“Words can’t describe it. I’m looking forward to the next one now, I’m enjoying my darts again.”

Adams secured a Semi-Final victory over nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins in the afternoon session by four sets to two, having also defeated Richie Howson and Larry Butler to reach the latter stages.

The three-time BDO World Champion admitted: “The consistency just wasn’t there tonight, maybe I was a little bit tired.”

“Robert always seems to hit a 180 at the right time and they’re the ones that hurt the most.

“Fair play to Robert, he played absolutely brilliant.

“I think I can take a fair bit of confidence out of it. This has been the first stage event I’ve played in for quite some time and I can go to Lakeside now with a bit more confidence than I came here with.

“I’m extremely proud to be part of it, for a few years I’ve said ‘wouldn’t it be nice to have a World Seniors?’ and it’s happened. It can only grow and grow.”

The World Seniors Tour continues at Lakeside in Frimley Green from May 28-29 with the World Seniors Masters.

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World Seniors Championship 2022 Day Four Results

Sunday February 6

Afternoon Session

Semi-Finals
Kevin Painter 2-4 Robert Thornton
Terry Jenkins 2-4 Martin Adams

Evening Session

Final
Robert Thornton 5-1 Martin Adams

World Seniors Championship Darts | Day Four Preview and Order of Play

The inaugural World Seniors Championship draws to a close at the Circus Tavern on Sunday as the final four vie to become the first name on the new trophy.

The historic first staging of the World Seniors Championship began with 24 players on Thursday, now just four remain in the running for the £30,000 title.

The Semi-Final line-up features three multiple major winners and a player bidding to lift a televised title for the first time after so many near misses down the years.

The afternoon session plays host to the Semi-Finals before the final takes centre stage in the evening over an extended format.

The opening Semi-Final tie sees 2011 Players Champion Kevin Painter come up against former UK Open and World Grand Prix winner Robert Thornton.

The duo have been arguably the two stand-out performers of the tournament so far but have had contrasting routes to the Semi-Final stage.

Painter battled his way through a five-set marathon with Tony O’Shea on opening night, having led 2-0, before whitewashing 2020 BDO World Champion Wayne Warren in nine consecutive legs.

The Artist then brushed aside 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor in Saturday night’s Quarter-Finals by three sets to nil and for the loss of just three legs.

Thornton, meanwhile, is yet to drop a set en route to the Last Four, having stormed past former World Champions Bob Anderson and Trina Gulliver before also overcoming qualifier Dave Prins 3-0 in the Quarter-Finals.

Thornton, who competed in the recent PDC Qualifying School and Challenge Tour, has averaged above 90 in each of his three matches so far and has been deadly on the doubles.

The second Semi-Final sees three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams take on nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins.

Adams, who has been one of the most active players in the field in terms of match practice over the past two years, has rolled back the years once again at the age of 65.

Wolfie dug deep to edge out home favourite Richie Howson 3-2 in his opener before coming from a set down to knock out 1994 World Matchplay winner Larry Butler 3-1 in the Quarter-Finals.

Adams’ clutch finishing has been a highlight of his game this weekend, landing checkouts of 150, 157 and 153 in his first outing against Howson.

Jenkins, meanwhile, has enjoyed an impressive return to form this weekend which began with a straight sets win over former UK Open champion Roland Scholten.

He then recorded back-to-back 3-1 wins over four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton and 2001 Lakeside Champion John Walton and now vying to reach a first televised final since the 2014 European Championship.

The action gets under way from 1pm GMT, with Semi-Finals to be contested over the best of seven sets (best of five legs per set) and the final best of nine sets. The tie break rule is in operation if the score reaches 2-2 in the the final set.

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World Seniors Championship 2022 Day Four Schedule

Sunday February 6

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)

Semi-Finals
Kevin Painter v Robert Thornton
Terry Jenkins v Martin Adams

Evening Session (8pm-11pm)

Final

Kevin Painter thrashes Phil Taylor in World Seniors Championship Quarter-Finals

Kevin Painter pulled off a straight sets rout of Phil Taylor in the Quarter-Finals of the 2022 World Seniors Championship at The Circus Tavern on Saturday.

Painter went into the contest on the back of a staggering 30-match winless run against Taylor, stretching back to 2001, but ended the wait in style by sweeping aside the 16-time World Champion for the loss of just three legs.

Former Players Champion Painter, who whitewashed Wayne Warren in nine consecutive legs on Friday, secured the opening set 3-1 before coasting to the second without reply.

Taylor produced a 119 checkout as he rallied to force a third set decider, but ‘The Artist’ crushed any chances of a fightback by closing out victory in the fifth leg.

“It wasn’t a classic game, everyone expected it to be nuts but it’s nice to just win the game,” said Painter.

“Me and Phil have had many battles here down the years, neither of us are as good as we used to be but it’s just nice to get a win.

“I’d have liked to have beaten Phil three-nil when he was at his peak but you’re still playing who you’re playing.

“I didn’t know what to expect from Phil. Obviously he will be disappointed but I just had to play my game.”

Painter will now face Robert Thornton in Sunday afternoon’s Semi-Finals after the Scotsman coasted past qualifier Dave Prins in straight sets.

Thornton maintained his perfect run at the Circus Tavern so far by making it three consecutive victories without dropping a set as he averaged 91 in another solid display.

Five-time Lakeside qualifier Prins had earlier stormed to a 3-0 victory over three-time World Champion John Lowe in nine consecutive legs.

Three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams sealed his spot in the Semi-Finals with a 3-1 success over former World Matchplay winner Larry Butler.

Adams, who had edged out home favourite Richie Howson in a deciding set on Friday night, recovered from a set down to reel off three on the spin for victory over America’s Butler.

Butler had battled his way into the Last Eight courtesy of a dramatic tie break win over 1983 World Champion Keith Deller.

Deller took the first set in a decider but was left to rue missed opportunities to press home his advantage throughout the contest as Butler dragged himself over the line.

Adams will now meet Terry Jenkins in the Last Four after the nine-time major finalist clinched victories over Lisa Ashton and John Walton on a memorable day in Purfleet.

Jenkins began the day with a 3-1 success over four-time Women’s World Champion Ashton with an 86.5 average before producing a 135 checkout in defeating 2001 Lakeside champion Walton in the evening.

Walton had opened up with a 3-1 victory over three-time World Champion John Part in the Second Round.

Sunday sees the inaugural World Seniors Championship draw to a close with the Semi-Finals in the afternoon, followed by the final over the best of nine sets in the evening.

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World Seniors Championship 2022 Day Three Results

Saturday February 5

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
John Part 1-3 John Walton
Lisa Ashton 1-3 Terry Jenkins
John Lowe 0-3 Dave Prins
Keith Deller 2-3 Larry Butler

Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
John Walton 1-3 Terry Jenkins
Dave Prins 0-3 Robert Thornton
Phil Taylor 0-3 Kevin Painter
Martin Adams 3-1 Larry Butler

World Seniors Championship Darts | Day Three Preview and Order of Play

The inaugural World Seniors Darts Championship enters its business end at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet on Saturday.

Day Three sees the four remaining Second Round ties take place in the afternoon, before the Quarter-Finals take centre stage in the evening.

Three-time World Champion John Part marks his return to the scene of his infamous PDC World Championship triumph in 2003 when he takes on 2001 Lakeside Champion John Walton.

Part, who recently participated in PDC Qualifying School, reached the Quarter-Finals of the UK Open as recently as 2018 and continues to compete to a high standard.

Walton came through a gruelling five-set battle with 1997 Lakeside Champion Les Wallace in his opener on Friday, leading 2-0 before missing multiple match darts but eventually recovering to close out victory.

Three-time World Champion John Lowe makes his return to competitive action to take on in-form qualifier Dave Prins for the right to face Robert Thornton in the evening’s Quarter-Finals.

Lowe, the oldest player in the tournament at 76, claimed his first world title back in 1979 before adding a second eight years later and a third in 1993.

In October 1984, he became the first player to hit a televised nine-dart finish and was the first person to win the World Championship in three separate decades.

Durham’s Prins, who made five previous Lakeside appearances, marked his Circus Tavern debut with a solid 3-1 victory over Paul Lim on Friday with a 90 average.

Keith Deller, the 1983 World Champion, marks his return to competitive darts with a tie against 1994 World Matchplay winner Larry Butler – who whitewashed former world number one Alan Warriner-Little in his opener.

Four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton, who lost her PDC Tour Card at the end of last season, returns to the big stage to take on multiple major finalist Terry Jenkins.

Jenkins was impressive in seeing off former UK Open champion Roland Scholten in straight sets on Friday, while Ashton featured in the recent PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace.

The stand-out tie of the evening session sees 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor renew his rivalry with Kevin Painter.

Taylor, who won 11 of his world titles at this venue, came from a set behind to defeat Peter Manley on Friday night but will be determined to improve on his match average of 81.

Taylor famously defeated Painter in a sudden death leg in the 2004 PDC world final, having trailed by four sets to one, but ‘The Artist’ comes into their latest encounter high in confidence having already won two matches.

Home favourite Painter edged out Tony O’Shea 3-2 on opening night before reeling off nine consecutive legs to whitewash 2020 BDO World Champion Wayne Warren with a 94.5 average.

The action gets under way from 1pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of five sets (best of five legs per set). The tie break rule is in operation if the score reaches 2-2 in the the fourth set.

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World Seniors Championship 2022 Day Three Schedule

Saturday February 5

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
John Part v John Walton
John Lowe v Dave Prins
Keith Deller v Larry Butler
Lisa Ashton v Terry Jenkins

Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Part/Walton v Ashton/Jenkins
Lowe/Prins v Robert Thornton
Phil Taylor v Kevin Painter
Adams/Howson v Deller/Butler

Phil Taylor battles past Peter Manley on World Seniors debut as Painter whitewashes Warren

Phil Taylor came from a set down to defeat Peter Manley on his World Seniors Championship debut at the Circus Tavern, while Kevin Painter and Robert Thornton enjoyed whitewash wins.

Taylor, the 16-time World Champion, returned to the scene of some of his most memorable triumphs and battled his way to victory over his old rival Manley.

Manley, who defeated Deta Hedman in Round One on Thursday, ensured an early plot twist as he edged a cagey first set set in a deciding leg.

Taylor, however, found his range and hit back with three straight legs to draw level, and added the next two sets to close out a hard-fought win with an 81.3 average.

“I tried so hard, I was pushing and pulling them, I tried everything to get them straight,” admitted Taylor.

“We can’t play the darts that we used to but tomorrow is a different day, I’ve got to get my head on.

“It was like I was playing with my left hand, it was weird. I wasn’t trying too hard to beat Peter, I was trying to please the people who had paid money to see me.”

Taylor will now face Kevin Painter in the Quarter-Finals on Saturday in a clash which signals a repeat of the 2004 PDC World Championship final at the Circus Tavern.

Painter continued his dream start to the inaugural World Seniors Championship by thrashing 2020 BDO Champion Wayne Warren in straight sets.

The 2011 Players Champion followed up his last-set victory over Tony O’Shea on Night One by reeling off nine straight legs to cruise through with an average of 94.5.

“It was a cracking atmosphere in there tonight,” said Painter. “This is like the old days at the Tavern and you can see people are coming out to see proper darts.

“It’s not an exhibition here, we’re here to play some proper darts and do some damage.

“I played well, I felt a little bit nervous, I don’t know why. I expected a bit more from Wayne and I was waiting for him to kick on but he never got going.

“We all know how good Phil [Taylor] is and we all know what he can do. I’m not going to kid myself, he’s going to play well. I have to play well and if I can play like that, I’ll cause him a few problems.”

Meanwhile, Martin Adams turned on the style to defeat Richie Howson in a deciding set with some clutch finishing along the way.

Three-time BDO World Champion Adams trailed home favourite Howson by two sets to one but an inspired display of finishing saw him turn the tables, including checkouts of 150 and 157 as he forced a decider.

The 65-year-old then clinched victory in style with a 153 checkout to progress to the Quarter-Finals – where either Larry Butler or Keith Deller await.

Former World Matchplay champion Butler coasted to a straight sets victory over former world number one Alan Warriner-Little, reeling off nine legs without reply.

Qualifier Dave Prins pulled off an impressive 3-1 victory over Singapore legend Paul Lim with a 90 average to set up a Last 16 tie with three-time World Champion John Lowe.

John Walton held off a spirited fightback from fellow former Lakeside Champion Les Wallace to edge through a gruelling fifth set decider.

Walton had opened up a two-set lead before missing a dozen match darts, handing the Scotsman a route back into the match – which he seized by taking the next two sets.

However, Wallace’s hopes of completing the comeback were quashed as 2001 World Champion Walton regained his composure to get over the line.

Multiple major finalist Terry Jenkins stormed to a straight sets victory over former UK Open champion Roland Scholten to set up a Last 16 show-down with Lisa Ashton.

Former World Grand Prix and UK Open champion Robert Thornton dropped just one leg on his way to a straight sets rout of ten-time Women’s World Champion Trina Gulliver with a 92.6 average to continue his charge at the Circus Tavern.

Saturday sees the final four Second Round ties contested in the afternoon session before the Quarter-Finals are held in the evening.

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World Seniors Championship 2022 Results

Friday February 4

First Round

Afternoon Session
Les Wallace 2-3 John Walton
Paul Lim 1-3 Dave Prins
Alan Warriner-Little 0-3 Larry Butler
Terry Jenkins 3-0 Roland Scholten

Second Round

Evening Session
Wayne Warren 0-3 Kevin Painter
Martin Adams 3-2 Richie Howson
Phil Taylor 3-1 Peter Manley
Trina Gulliver 0-3 Robert Thornton

World Seniors Championship Darts Betting Tips and Accumulator Predictions

The inaugural World Seniors Darts Championship takes place at The Circus Tavern, and we’ve picked out our best betting tips for each day.

The over 50s tournament runs from February 3-6 and incorporates a top prize of £30,000 as televised darts returns to the former home of the PDC World Championship in Purfleet.

The line-up features 11 former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a further 11 invited players and two qualifiers.

The top eight seeds will enter the competition at the Second Round stage, awaiting the winner of an unseeded First Round tie.

The field is headed by 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor, who was the first player to be confirmed last April.

At 76, three-time World Champion John Lowe is set to be the oldest player in the line-up, ahead of 74-year-old Bob Anderson.

Wayne Warren, the 2020 BDO World Champion, will also be in action, alongside 1983 World Champion Keith Deller – who won the League of Legends event back in 2009.

Four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton is among the front-runners for glory, having competed on the PDC circuit in 2020 and 2021.

Another ladies legend – Trina Gulliver MBE – will make her return to televised action, alongside 1997 BDO World Champion Les Wallace.

John Part is one of two former PDC World Champions in action, while three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams and 2001 Lakeside Champion John Walton also accepted their invitations.

Former PDC world finalists Kevin Painter and Peter Manley are among the wildcards, as well as crowd favourites Tony O’Shea and Terry Jenkins.

Multiple major winner Robert Thornton also features, alongside former UK Open champion Roland Scholten and Singapore legend Paul Lim.

Two-time World Masters champion Deta Hedman, former World Grand Prix champion Alan Warriner-Little and qualifier Richie Howson complete the field.

We’ve selected our top betting tips for each day of the 2022 World Seniors Championship.

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World Seniors Championship Darts | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

Phil Taylor launches his latest quest for glory at the Circus Tavern on Day Two of the 2022 World Seniors Championship on Friday.

The opening night of the historic inaugural tournament saw Robert Thornton produce the stand-out performance by averaging 94.6 in a 3-0 win over former World Champion Bob Anderson, while home hero Richie Howson edged out Darryl Fitton 3-2 and Kevin Painter held his nerve to deny Tony O’Shea in a tie break.

Peter Manley came from a set down to defeat Deta Hedman 3-1 and set up a grudge clash with his old rival Phil Taylor in the Last 16.

The duo contested three World Championship finals on this iconic stage, with Taylor coming out on top on each occasion, and ‘One Dart’ is now eyeing a slice of revenge two decades on.

Manley, however, is likely to have to improve on his match average of 76 if he is to trouble Taylor – who retired from professional competition following defeat to Rob Cross in the 2018 PDC World Championship final.

Taylor picked up 11 of his 16 world titles at the Circus Tavern and was also involved in arguably the greatest game ever held at the venue in 2007 when he was beaten by Raymond van Barneveld in the sudden death leg of the World Final.

The Power, who has played only in exhibitions and online events since his retirement, starts out as red hot favourite to become the first name on the trophy and will be determined to put down a marker against Manley.

The afternoon session features the final four First Round ties, kicking off with a battle between two former BDO World Champions as 2001 Lakeside champion John Boy Walton faces 1997 winner Les Wallace.

Singapore legend Paul Lim, who featured in the recent PDC World Championship, returns to the Circus Tavern for the first time in 20 years as he takes on County Durham’s Dave Prins – who secured his spot as a reserve from the qualifiers list and has previously competed in the BDO World Championship on five occasions.

Larry Butler, winner of the inaugural World Matchplay in Blackpool back in 1994, opens up against former World Grand Prix champion Alan Warriner-Little for the right to face Keith Deller in the Second Round.

The evening session plays host to the first four ties in the Last 16, starting off with a show-down between 2020 BDO World Champion Wayne Warren and 2004 PDC World finalist Kevin Painter.

Painter led O’Shea 2-0 on opening night before being pegged back to parity, but dug deep to close out the match in a fifth set decider and mark a winning return to the big stage.

Warren became the last-ever BDO World Champion two years ago and has since gone on to win the MAD world title and compete in the Grand Slam of Darts.

The Welshman opted not to enter the recent PDC Qualifying School and will look to replicate the form of 2020 on his return to action.

Three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams is among the strongly-fancied contenders for glory this weekend, but ‘Wolfie’ faces a tricky opening test against home hero Richie Howson.

Adams was one of the most active players during the first lock-down period, hitting nine-darters in online events, and continues to perform at a high standard at the age of 65.

Howson, who hails from nearby Rainham, held his nerve to defeat former World Trophy winner Fitton 3-2 in front of a raucous contingent of fans on Friday, and the qualifier will aim to pick up from where he left off as he eyes another big named scalp.

The final match of the evening sees multiple major winner Robert Thornton take on ten-time Women’s World Champion Trina Gulliver MBE.

Thornton, who has featured in Q School and on the Challenge Tour in recent weeks, came into the event as one of the most match-sharp contenders, and proved that with a polished First Round display against the Limestone Cowboy.

Gulliver, meanwhile, returned to competitive action during last year’s PDC Women’s Series, finishing eighth on the Order of Merit, and will look to give a good account of herself on her return to the televised stage.

The action gets under way from 1pm GMT, with all matches to be contested over the best of five sets (best of five legs per set). The tie break rule is in operation if the score reaches 2-2 in the the fourth set.

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World Seniors Championship 2022 Schedule of Play

Friday February 4

First Round

Afternoon Session
1.15pm Les Wallace v John Walton
2.15pm Paul Lim v Dave Prins
3.15pm Alan Warriner-Little v Larry Butler
4.15pm Terry Jenkins v Roland Scholten

Second Round

Evening Session
7.15pm Wayne Warren v Kevin Painter
8.15pm Martin Adams v Richie Howson
9.15pm Phil Taylor v Peter Manley
10.15pm Trina Gulliver v Robert Thornton

World Seniors Championship Darts 2022 live stream | How to watch live online

The inaugural World Seniors Darts Championship takes place at The Circus Tavern, and a live stream is available for all matches.

The over 50s tournament runs from February 3-6 and incorporates a top prize of £30,000 as televised darts returns to the former home of the PDC World Championship in Purfleet.

The line-up features 11 former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a further 11 invited players and two qualifiers.

The top eight seeds will enter the competition at the Second Round stage, awaiting the winner of an unseeded First Round tie.

The field is headed by 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor, who was the first player to be confirmed last April.

At 76, three-time World Champion John Lowe is set to be the oldest player in the line-up, ahead of 74-year-old Bob Anderson.

Wayne Warren, the 2020 BDO World Champion, will also be in action, alongside 1983 World Champion Keith Deller – who won the League of Legends event back in 2009.

Four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton is among the front-runners for glory, having competed on the PDC circuit in 2020 and 2021.

Another ladies legend – Trina Gulliver MBE – will make her return to televised action, alongside 1997 BDO World Champion Les Wallace.

John Part is one of two former PDC World Champions in action, while three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams and 2001 Lakeside Champion John Walton also accepted their invitations.

Former PDC world finalists Kevin Painter and Peter Manley are among the wildcards, as well as crowd favourites Tony O’Shea and Terry Jenkins.

Multiple major winner Robert Thornton also features, alongside former UK Open champion Roland Scholten and Singapore legend Paul Lim.

Two-time World Masters champion Deta Hedman, former World Grand Prix champion Alan Warriner-Little and qualifier Richie Howson complete the field.

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World Seniors Championship 2022 | Draw, Live Scores and Schedule of Play

The inaugural World Seniors Darts Championship takes place at The Circus Tavern, and you can the follow the latest results and schedule of play here.

The over 50s tournament runs from February 3-6 and incorporates a top prize of £30,000 as televised darts returns to the former home of the PDC World Championship in Purfleet.

The line-up features 11 former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a further 11 invited players and two qualifiers.

The top eight seeds will enter the competition at the Second Round stage, awaiting the winner of an unseeded First Round tie.

The field is headed by 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor, who was the first player to be confirmed last April.

At 76, three-time World Champion John Lowe is set to be the oldest player in the line-up, ahead of 74-year-old Bob Anderson.

Wayne Warren, the 2020 BDO World Champion, will also be in action, alongside 1983 World Champion Keith Deller – who won the League of Legends event back in 2009.

Four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton is among the front-runners for glory, having competed on the PDC circuit in 2020 and 2021.

Another ladies legend – Trina Gulliver MBE – will make her return to televised action, alongside 1997 BDO World Champion Les Wallace.

John Part is one of two former PDC World Champions in action, while three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams and 2001 Lakeside Champion John Walton also accepted their invitations.

Former PDC world finalists Kevin Painter and Peter Manley are among the wildcards, as well as crowd favourites Tony O’Shea and Terry Jenkins.

Multiple major winner Robert Thornton also features, alongside former UK Open champion Roland Scholten and Singapore legend Paul Lim.

Two-time World Masters champion Deta Hedman, former World Grand Prix champion Alan Warriner-Little and qualifier Richie Howson complete the field.

Two-time World Champion Dennis Priestley, two-time world finalist Bobby George and 2009 Women’s World Champion Francis Hoenselaar have each accepted ambassadorial roles.

All matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals will be contested over the best of five sets, while the Semi-Finals and final are best of seven sets.

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World Seniors Championship 2022 Schedule of Play

Thursday February 3

First Round

7pm-11pm
Robert Thornton 3-0 Bob Anderson
Peter Manley 3-1 Deta Hedman
Tony O’Shea 2-3 Kevin Painter
Darryl Fitton 2-3 Richie Howson

Friday February 4

First Round

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Les Wallace 2-3 John Walton
Paul Lim 1-3 Dave Prins
Alan Warriner-Little 0-3 Larry Butler
Terry Jenkins 3-0 Roland Scholten

Second Round

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Wayne Warren 0-3 Kevin Painter
Martin Adams 3-2 Richie Howson
Phil Taylor 3-1 Peter Manley
Trina Gulliver 0-3 Robert Thornton

Saturday February 5

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
John Part 1-3 John Walton
Lisa Ashton 1-3 Terry Jenkins
John Lowe 0-3 Dave Prins
Keith Deller 2-3 Larry Butler

Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
John Walton 1-3 Terry Jenkins
Dave Prins 0-3 Robert Thornton
Phil Taylor 0-3 Kevin Painter
Martin Adams 3-1 Larry Butler

Sunday February 6

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)

Semi-Finals
Kevin Painter 2-4 Robert Thornton
Terry Jenkins 2-4 Martin Adams

Evening Session (8pm-11pm)

Final
Robert Thornton 5-1 Martin Adams

World Seniors Darts Championship 2022 Odds | Taylor favourite for Circus Tavern triumph

Phil Taylor has been installed as firm favourite in the betting odds to claim the inaugural World Seniors Championship title in 2022.

The 16-time World Champion will return to the Circus Tavern in Purfleet from February 3-6 – home to some of his most iconic triumphs throughout the 90s and 2000s.

Taylor heads a star-studded 24-player field, which is comprised of former World Champions, major winners and qualifiers over the age of 50.

Taylor, 61, retired from professional competition following defeat to Rob Cross in the final of the 2017/18 PDC World Championship, but has remained active in exhibition and online events in recent years.

The Power is one of eight seeds who will enter the tournament at the Second Round stage, and will await the winner of the tie between multiple PDC world finalist Peter Manley and former Women’s World Master Deta Hedman.

Skybet make Taylor the best-priced even money favourite to become the first name on the World Seniors Championship trophy.

Robert Thornton follows in the market at 5/1, with the former UK Open and World Grand Prix winner having recently competed in the PDC Qualifying School and Modus Live League.

Thornton faces former World Champion Bob Anderson in Round One for the right to take on Trina Gulliver, though ‘The Thorn’ is situated in the top half of the draw alongside Taylor, with the pair on a collision course to meet in the Semi-Finals.

Three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams has been shortened in the outright market from 12/1 to 9/1, with ‘Wolfie’ placed in the bottom half of the draw and having produced some vintage form in recent Live League action.

Wayne Warren, the 2020 BDO World Champion, is the 11/1 fourth favourite but could run into Taylor in the Quarter-Finals, while Singapore legend Paul Lim follows at 14/1 and is one of only two players in the field to have competed in December’s PDC World Championship.

Four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton, who also featured at Ally Pally, was handed a place in the event after failing to regain her PDC Tour Card at Q School, and is 20/1 to claim glory at the Circus Tavern.

World Seniors Championship 2022 Odds

Phil Taylor
Robert Thornton
Martin Adams
Wayne Warren
Paul Lim
Terry Jenkins
Darryl Fitton
Lisa Ashton
Keith Deller
Kevin Painter
Richie Howson
Tony O’Shea
John Part
Dave Prins
John Walton
Roland Scholten
John Lowe
Larry Butler
Les Wallace
Bob Anderson
Deta Hedman
Peter Manley
Alan Warriner-Little
Trina Gulliver

 

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World Seniors Darts Championship 2022 Draw | Taylor to face Manley or Hedman

The draw for the 2022 World Seniors Darts Championship has been confirmed, with Phil Taylor to take on either Peter Manley or Deta Hedman at the Circus Tavern. 

The over 50s tournament, which takes place from February 3-6, incorporates a top prize of £30,000 and features 11 former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a further 11 invited players and two qualifiers.

The top eight seeds will enter the competition at the Second Round stage, awaiting the winner of an unseeded First Round tie.

The star-studded field is headed by 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor – who starts his quest to claim the inaugural World Seniors title with a clash against either former rival Manley or two-time Women’s World Master Hedman.

Taylor and Manley famously contested two PDC World Championship finals (2002 and 2006), and developed a box office rivalry in the noughties, while Hedman made her debut in the 2020/21 PDC World Championship and has also previously competed in the UK Open.

Wayne Warren, the 2020 BDO World Champion, has been drawn to face either three-time Lakeside finalist Tony O’Shea or 2004 PDC world finalist Kevin Painter.

Multiple major winner Robert Thornton will take on former World Champion Bob Anderson for the right to face ten-time Women’s World Champion Trina Gulliver MBE.

Three-time World Champion John Lowe, the oldest player in the field at 76, will face either Singapore legend Paul Lim or qualifier Dave Prins.

Three-time World Champion John Part awaits the winner of the tie between 1997 Lakeside Champion Les Wallace and 2001 Lakeside Champion John Walton.

Four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton, who dropped off the PDC circuit at the end of 2021, faces either former UK Open champion Roland Scholten or multiple major finalist Terry Jenkins.

Keith Deller, the 1983 World Champion, opens up against either 2001 World Grand Prix winner Alan Warriner-Little or 1994 World Matchplay champion Larry Butler.

Three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams will take on either former BDO World Trophy winner Darryl Fitton or qualifier Richie Howson.

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World Seniors Championship 2022 Draw

Last 16

Phil Taylor v Peter Manley/Deta Hedman
Wayne Warren v Tony O’Shea/Kevin Painter
Trina Gulliver v Robert Thornton/Bob Anderson
John Lowe v Paul Lim/Dave Prins
John Part v Les Wallace/John Walton
Lisa Ashton v Terry Jenkins/Roland Scholten
Keith Deller v Alan Warriner-Little/Larry Butler
Martin Adams v Darryl Fitton/Richie Howson

Format
First Round – Best of five sets
Second Round – Best of five sets
Quarter-Finals – Best of five sets
Semi-Finals – Best of seven sets
Final – Best of seven sets

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