Robert Thornton denies Phil Taylor to claim World Seniors Matchplay title

Robert Thornton secured his second televised title of 2022 at the World Seniors Matchplay in Hull courtesy of a tense 12-10 victory over Phil Taylor in the final.

Thornton, who claimed the inaugural World Seniors Championship title in February, made further history by becoming the first name on the World Seniors Matchplay trophy.

The 54-year-old produced a series of stirring fightbacks on a dramatic final day of action at the Bonus Arena to land the £10,000 top prize.

The tenacious Scot recovered from 7-3 down to edge out Martin Adams in the Semi-Finals, before overturning a 7-5 defeat to deny Taylor in the final.

“To win it, especially against the 16-time champion of the world, you can’t ask for anything sweeter than that,” said Thornton.

“Phil says he’s not practicing – don’t kid me! He’s still practicing, he wants to win these, everybody does.

“My biggest aim is to get my PDC Tour Card back and if I wasn’t to do it, my biggest aim after that is to defend the titles I’ve won and maybe win more.”

Thornton, who defeated Brian Dawson in Round One, began his charge on Sunday with an 8-6 victory over Terry Jenkins in the Quarter-Finals.

He then returned in the evening to pull off a remarkable comeback with six consecutive legs from 7-3 down to deny three-time World Champion Martin Adams.

Taylor, chasing down a maiden Seniors title, took command of the final in the early exchanges, opening up leads of 4-2, 6-4 and 7-5.

Thornton kickstarted his revival with a 13-darter in leg 13, and though Taylor moved within a leg of victory, the 16-time World Champion squandered multiple match darts and allowed the Scot to send the match into a tie break.

Thornton moved in front at 9-8, and after Taylor levelled again, the former UK Open and World Grand Prix winner took out 81 on the bullseye to regain the upper-hand.

An 82 checkout from Taylor was countered by a 100 finish from ‘The Thorn’ to make it 11-10, and he duly sealed the deal in the next leg to avert the need for a sudden death decider.

Taylor, who was also runner-up at the World Seniors Masters in May, started the day by defeating his old rival Peter Manley 8-4.

He then battled past another former rival in Kevin Painter 12-10 in a marathon tie break contest, producing a vintage 164 checkout along the way and surviving multiple missed match darts from ‘The Artist’.

Painter had earlier defeated in-form debutant qualifier Colin McGarry 8-5 with a 92 average despite a 170 checkout from the Northern Irishman.

Adams whitewashed Lisa Ashton 8-0 in the Quarter-Finals but was left to rue what might have been after squandering a four-leg lead against Thornton.

Televised World Seniors action will return in 2022, with the tour set to incorporate a £200,000 prize fund with the addition of a fourth ‘major’ event.

World Seniors Matchplay 2022 Day Three Results

Sunday July 3

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals
Robert Thornton 8-6 Terry Jenkins
Martin Adams 8-0 Lisa Ashton
Phil Taylor 8-4 Peter Manley
Kevin Painter 8-5 Colin McGarry

Evening Session

Semi-Finals
Robert Thornton 9-7 Martin Adams
Phil Taylor 12-10 Kevin Painter

Final
Robert Thornton 12-10 Phil Taylor

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World Seniors Matchplay 2022 | Day Three Preview and Order of Play

The inaugural World Seniors Matchplay champion will be crowned in Hull on Sunday as the final eight battle it out for the title.

Three former World Champions plus the current World Seniors champion are among the notable stars still in the running for glory at the Bonus Arena.

The afternoon session on Day Three plays host to the Quarter-Final ties, before the Semi-Finals and final take place in the evening, with £10,000 on offer to the winner.

Arguably the pick of the Quarter-Final ties features the renewal of a longstanding rivalry between 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor and pantomime villain Peter Manley.

The duo contested three World Championship finals, with Taylor coming out on top on each occasion, and ‘The Power’ also came from a set down to prevail 3-1 in their most recent meeting at the World Seniors Championship in February.

Taylor made the World Matchplay his own during his PDC career, securing the title at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on a record 16 occasions.

Now, he aims to become the first name on the new World Seniors Matchplay trophy, but will be eyeing a marked improvement on his opening display which saw him average just 75 in an 8-4 win over Deta Hedman on Friday.

Manley will be out to avenge that defeat at The Circus Tavern earlier this year and was involved in a gruelling battle of his own on Saturday, recovering from 5-0 down to edge past John Part 11-10 in a marathon sudden death contest.

Robert Thornton is out to become the first multiple winner on the World Seniors circuit, and the reigning World Seniors Champion comes up against ten-time major finalist Terry Jenkins in the Last Eight.

Thornton romped to glory in Purfleet before suffering an early exit to David Cameron at the World Seniors Masters in May, but began his campaign here by dispatching debutant Brian Dawson 8-5 with a steady 87 average.

Jenkins is looking to reach his second Semi-Final of the year, having done so at the World Seniors Championship, but ‘The Bull’ will be determined to brush up on his finishing after battling past Ronnie Baxter in his opener.

Colin McGarry has proved the stand-out performer of the tournament so far, averaging 89.7 in his Preliminary Round win over Keith Deller before setting a new Seniors record televised average of 95.43 in an 8-0 whitewash of Peter Evison on Saturday.

The Northern Irish qualifier now comes up against former Players Champion Kevin Painter in perhaps the most closely-matched tie of the Quarter-Finals.

Painter, semi-finalist at the Circus Tavern, made a perfect start by whitewashing three-time World Champion John Lowe on opening night, but will be braced for a much tougher examination here.

Meanwhile, two multiple World Champions collide as three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams faces four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton.

Adams is aiming to go one better than his runner-up spot at the inaugural World Seniors Championship, having thrashed 1988 World Champion Bob Anderson 8-2 in Round One.

The 66-year-old veteran will be poised for a tougher test from an in-form Ashton, who has seemingly transferred her blistering PDC Women’s Series form into this event, defeating Paul Hogan and Larry Butler on Saturday to reach the Quarter-Finals of a Seniors event for the first time.

All matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals are to be contested over the best of 15 legs, with Semi-Finals and the final best of 17.

Games will be extended if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a sudden death leg is required.

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World Seniors Matchplay 2022 Day Three Schedule

Sunday July 3

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals
Terry Jenkins v Robert Thornton
Lisa Ashton v Martin Adams
Phil Taylor v Peter Manley
Kevin Painter v Colin McGarry

Evening Session (7pm-10pm)

Semi-Finals
Jenkins/Thornton v Ashton/Adams
Taylor/Manley v Painter/McGarry

Final

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World Seniors Matchplay 2022 | Day Two Preview and Order of Play

A host of decorated darters will battle it out for places in the Quarter-Finals of the 2022 World Seniors Matchplay in Hull on Saturday.

The third World Seniors event of the year sees a star-studded field of players over the age of 50 competing at the Bonus Arena this weekend.

A below-par Phil Taylor battled past Deta Hedman on opening night, while Kevin Painter made the perfect start by whitewashing three-time World Champion John Lowe.

A further six Quarter-Final places are up for grabs over two sessions on Saturday, with the afternoon session also featuring two Preliminary Round ties.

Three-time BDO World finalist and crowd favourite Tony O’Shea kicks off the day’s action against Yorkshire’s Brian Dawson – who came through the qualifiers to earn his World Seniors debut.

The reward for the winner is a show-down with reigning World Seniors champion Robert Thornton later in the evening.

Thornton romped to glory at The Circus Tavern in February but will be looking to bounce back from his First Round exit to eventual champion David Cameron at the recent World Seniors Masters.

Four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton aims to register her first win on the World Seniors tour at the third attempt when she faces debutant Paul Hogan.

Ashton has picked up seven PDC Women’s Series titles this year and will feature in the inaugural PDC Women’s World Matchplay in Blackpool later this month.

Hogan, meanwhile, came through the qualifiers to clinch his place in this event and will be keen to bounce back from his disappointing First Round exit at the WDF World Championship in April.

Awaiting the winner of that tie in the evening session is 1994 World Matchplay winner Larry Butler – who reached the Quarter-Finals of the World Seniors Championship earlier this year.

Three-time World Champion John Part and 1999 World Matchplay finalist Peter Manley go head-to-head for the right to take on Phil Taylor in Sunday’s Quarter-Finals.

Part produced a stunning 164 checkout to seal a whitewash win over Paul Lim at Lakeside in May before losing out to Taylor, and the Canadian will be keen to set up a chance for revenge.

Pantomime villain Manley, meanwhile, returns to action for the first time since his defeat to Taylor at The Circus Tavern, having beaten Deta Hedman in the opening round on that occasion.

Colin McGarry aims to pick up from where he left off on Friday night when he returns to face 1996 World Matchplay champion Peter Evison.

McGarry landed three ton-plus finishes and averaged just shy of 90 in his rout of Keith Deller on debut, and now faces a player making his first televised appearance in 14 years and eyeing a debut win on the Seniors circuit.

The evening session kicks off with a clash between nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins and 1998 World Matchplay runner-up Ronnie Baxter.

Jenkins was a semi-finalist in the World Seniors Championship before going down 4-1 to Richie Howson at Lakeside, while Baxter is making his World Seniors debut, having dropped off the PDC circuit in 2018.

Twice a BDO world finalist, ‘The Rocket’ also finished runner-up in the World Masters and Las Vegas Desert Classic during a long career at the top level.

Two former World Champions collide as three-time Lakeside king Martin Adams faces 1988 champion Bob Anderson.

Adams was runner-up in the World Seniors Championship before losing out to O’Shea in the Quarter-Finals of the World Seniors Masters, and ‘Wolfie’ continues to remain competitive at the age of 66.

Anderson, 74, is the oldest player left standing in the competition and is eyeing his first World Seniors win at the third attempt, having lost out to Thornton and Deller so far this year.

The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 15 legs. Matches must be won by two clear legs and will be extended if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a sudden death leg is required.

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World Seniors Matchplay 2022 Day Two Schedule

Saturday July 2

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Tony O’Shea v Brian Dawson (Prelim)
Lisa Ashton v Paul Hogan (Prelim)
John Part v Peter Manley (R1)
Colin McGarry v Peter Evison (R1)

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Terry Jenkins v Ronnie Baxter (R1)
O’Shea/Dawson v Robert Thornton (R1)
Martin Adams v Bob Anderson (R1)
Ashton/Hogan v Larry Butler (R1)

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Phil Taylor battles past Deta Hedman at the World Seniors Matchplay

Phil Taylor dug deep to defeat Deta Hedman 8-4 on the opening night of the 2022 World Seniors Matchplay in Hull on Friday.

Taylor, the 16-time World Champion and 16-time World Matchplay winner, began his quest for a maiden Seniors crown with a battling win over the former Women’s world number one.

The pair went into the interval locked level at three legs apiece, but Taylor returned to win five of the next six and avoid a shock early exit at The Bonus Arena.

Hedman fired in a 158 checkout during the contest, but ‘The Power’ found his range in the second half of the tie to prevail, despite an average of just 75.

“It was hard work,” admitted Taylor. “Deta is a very steady player and I’ve known her since I first started my career, it was a difficult game.”

“I thought to myself ‘you’d better start pulling your socks up here otherwise you’ll be going home’.

“My preparation is not as good as it should be. My focus isn’t on darts, it’s on other things. 

“It’s about entertaining the fans, and they’re not watching what they should be. It’s either do it, or next year pull the plug.”

Hedman had earlier defeated 10-time Women’s World Champion Trina Gulliver MBE 8-5 in the Preliminary Round to earn her first win on the new Seniors tour.

Elsewhere, Colin McGarry marked his World Seniors debut with a dominant 8-3 victory over 1983 World Champion Keith Deller.

The Northern Irish ace, appearing in a televised event for the first time since the 2013 PDC World Championship, produced finishes of 117, 118 and 121 on his way to an impressive victory with an average just shy of 90.

Former World finalist Kevin Painter made a perfect start to his title quest by whitewashing three-time World Champion John Lowe 8-0 to coast into the Quarter-Finals.

Lowe, 76, was punished for a clutch of missed doubles early in the contest as ‘The Artist’ ran out a comfortable winner with a 140 checkout proving the highlight.

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World Seniors Matchplay 2022 Day One Results

Friday July 1

Trina Gulliver 5-8 Deta Hedman (Prelim)
Keith Deller 3-8 Colin McGarry (Prelim)
John Lowe 0-8 Kevin Painter (R1)
Phil Taylor 8-4 Deta Hedman (R1)

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World Seniors Matchplay 2022 | Day One Preview and Order of Play

The inaugural World Seniors Matchplay gets under way in Hull on Friday with a quartet of former World Champions taking to the stage.

The third World Seniors event of 2022 sees a star-studded field of players over the age of 50 battle it out at the Bonus Arena this weekend.

Unlike the recent World Seniors Championship and World Seniors Masters, the Matchplay will be contested over a legs format, with matches needing to be won by two clear legs.

Phil Taylor made the World Matchplay his own during his glittering career, securing the title at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on a record 16 occasions.

Now, he aims to become the first name on the new World Seniors Matchplay trophy at the age of 61, having lost in the final of the World Seniors Masters at Lakeside in May.

The Power awaits the winner of the Preliminary Round tie between female stars Trina Gulliver MBE and Deta Hedman – who kick off the night’s action.

Both are seeking their first win on the World Seniors circuit, with recent PDC Women’s Series event winner Gulliver having lost to Robert Thornton and Richie Howson, while Hedman has been denied by Peter Manley and Colin Monk.

Keith Deller, the 1983 World Champion, starts out against Northern Irish debutant Colin McGarry for the right to face former World Matchplay champion Peter Evison in Round One.

Deller defeated his nemesis Bob Anderson at Lakeside to register his first win on the Seniors stage, before being edged out by Howson, and has recently competed in the Modus Live League.

McGarry, the 2013 Irish Matchplay champion, qualified via the WSDT Order of Merit, and returns to televised action for the first time since losing to Per Laursen in the 2013/14 PDC World Championship at Ally Pally.

Former Players Champion Kevin Painter aims to kick-start his title push by extending John Lowe’s wait for a first win on the World Seniors stage.

Painter thrashed Taylor in straight sets en route to the Semi-Finals at The Circus Tavern but was narrowly beaten 4-3 by eventual champion David Cameron in the Preliminary Round at Lakeside.

Three-time World Champion Lowe has lost out to Dave Prins and Les Wallace so far this year, and the 76-year-old faces perhaps his toughest test yet over the long distance legs format.

The action gets under way from 7pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 15 legs. Matches must be won by two clear legs and will be extended if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a sudden death leg is required.

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World Seniors Matchplay 2022 Day One Schedule

Friday July 1

7pm-11pm
Trina Gulliver v Deta Hedman (Prelim)
Keith Deller v Colin McGarry (Prelim)
John Lowe v Kevin Painter (R1)
Phil Taylor v Gulliver/Hedman (R1)

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World Seniors Matchplay Betting Tips and Accumulator Predictions

The 2022 World Seniors Matchplay takes place in Hull, and we’ve picked out our best betting tips for each day’s action.

The third World Seniors event of the year sees a star-studded field of 20 players over the age of 50 battle it out at the Bonus Arena from July 1-3.

The line-up features eight former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a host of other major winners.

Phil Taylor made the World Matchplay his own during his PDC career, securing the title at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on a record 16 occasions.

Now, he aims to become the first name on the new World Seniors Matchplay trophy at the age of 61, having lost in the final of the recent World Seniors Masters at Lakeside.

Reigning World Seniors Champion Robert Thornton is among the other frontrunners for glory, as well as former Players Champion Kevin Painter and three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams.

Other former World Champions in action include John Part, John Lowe, Bob Anderson, Keith Deller, Lisa Ashton and Trina Gulliver.

Ronnie Baxter, Peter Evison, Paul Hogan, Brian Dawson and Colin McGarry are making their Seniors debuts, while former World Matchplay winner Larry Butler returns to action.

We’ve selected our acca tips for each day of the tournament here.

World Seniors Matchplay Betting Tips

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

The 2022 World Seniors Matchplay takes place in Hull, and you can follow the latest results and schedule of play here.

The third World Seniors event of the year sees a star-studded field of 20 players over the age of 50 battle it out at the Bonus Arena from July 1-3.

The line-up features eight former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a host of other major winners.

Unlike the recent World Seniors Championship and World Seniors Masters, the Matchplay will be contested over a legs format, with matches needing to be won by two clear legs.

Phil Taylor made the World Matchplay his own during his PDC career, securing the title at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on a record 16 occasions.

Now, he aims to become the first name on the new World Seniors Matchplay trophy at the age of 61, having lost in the final of the recent World Seniors Masters at Lakeside.

Reigning World Seniors Champion Robert Thornton is among the other frontrunners for glory, as well as former Players Champion Kevin Painter and three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams.

Other former World Champions in action include John Part, John Lowe, Bob Anderson, Keith Deller, Lisa Ashton and Trina Gulliver.

Ronnie Baxter, Peter Evison, Paul Hogan, Brian Dawson and Colin McGarry are making their Seniors debuts, while former World Matchplay winner Larry Butler returns to action.

All matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals are to be contested over the best of 15 legs, with Semi-Finals and the final best of 17.

Games will be extended if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a sudden death leg is required.

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World Seniors Matchplay 2022 Schedule

Friday July 1

7pm-11pm
Trina Gulliver 5-8 Deta Hedman (Prelim)
Keith Deller 3-8 Colin McGarry (Prelim)
John Lowe 0-8 Kevin Painter (R1)
Phil Taylor 8-4 Deta Hedman (R1)

Saturday July 2

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Tony O’Shea 7-9 Brian Dawson (Prelim)
Lisa Ashton 8-5 Paul Hogan (Prelim)
John Part 10-11 Peter Manley (R1)
Colin McGarry 8-0 Peter Evison (R1)

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Terry Jenkins 8-5 Ronnie Baxter (R1)
Brian Dawson 5-8 Robert Thornton (R1)
Martin Adams 8-2 Bob Anderson (R1)
Lisa Ashton 8-4 Larry Butler (R1)

Sunday July 3

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals
Terry Jenkins 6-8 Robert Thornton
Lisa Ashton 0-8 Martin Adams
Phil Taylor 8-4 Peter Manley
Kevin Painter 8-5 Colin McGarry

Evening Session (7pm-10pm)

Semi-Finals
Robert Thornton 9-7 Martin Adams
Phil Taylor 12-10 Kevin Painter

Final
Robert Thornton 12-10 Phil Taylor

Prize Fund
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £5,000
Semi-Final losers: £2,500
Quarter-Final losers: £1,250
Last 16 losers: £750
Total: £31,000

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World Seniors Darts Matchplay live stream | How to watch live online

The 2022 World Seniors Matchplay takes place in Hull, and a live stream is available for all matches.

The third World Seniors event of the year sees a star-studded field of 20 players over the age of 50 battle it out at the Bonus Arena from July 1-3.

The line-up features eight former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a host of other major winners.

Unlike the recent World Seniors Championship and World Seniors Masters, the Matchplay will be contested over a legs format, with matches needing to be won by two clear legs.

Phil Taylor made the World Matchplay his own during his PDC career, securing the title at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on a record 16 occasions.

Now, he aims to become the first name on the new World Seniors Matchplay trophy at the age of 61, having lost in the final of the recent World Seniors Masters at Lakeside.

Reigning World Seniors Champion Robert Thornton is among the other frontrunners for glory, as well as former Players Champion Kevin Painter and three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams.

Other former World Champions in action include John Part, John Lowe, Bob Anderson, Keith Deller, Lisa Ashton and Trina Gulliver.

Ronnie Baxter, Peter Evison, Paul Hogan, Brian Dawson and Colin McGarry are making their Seniors debuts, while former World Matchplay winner Larry Butler returns to action.

All matches will also be available to watch live on laptop, mobile and tablet in various other regions worldwide.

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World Seniors Matchplay 2022 Odds | Phil Taylor favourite for Hull triumph

Phil Taylor has been installed as the pre-tournament favourite to claim the 2022 World Seniors Matchplay title in Hull.

Taylor made the Matchplay his own during his PDC career, securing the title at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on a record 16 occasions.

Now, he aims to become the first name on the new World Seniors Matchplay trophy, with the event taking place at the Bonus Arena in Hull from July 1-3.

A total of 20 players will compete for the £10,000 title, with the line-up featuring eight former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a host of other major winners.

Taylor was thrashed three sets to nil by Kevin Painter in the Quarter-Finals of the inaugural World Seniors Championship at The Circus Tavern in February before finishing runner-up to David Cameron in last month’s World Seniors Masters at Lakeside.

His route to the final this time around includes potential show-downs with the likes of Trina Gulliver, John Part and Kevin Painter.

Taylor, 61, is the short priced 13/8 favourite with Bet365 to continue his Matchplay dominance into his Seniors career.

Reigning World Seniors Champion Robert Thornton is situated in the opposite half of the draw to ‘The Power’ and is the 9/2 second favourite to double his title tally.

Three-time World Champion Martin Adams, runner-up to Thornton in the World Seniors Championship, follows at 5/1 to lift the trophy, while former Players Champion Painter is well-fancied at 6/1 to claim glory.

Paul Hogan is making his Seniors debut as a qualifier and is 22/1 to go the distance, while WSDT Order of Merit qualifier Colin McGarry is an each-way prospect at 50/1 on his return to televised action.

Four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton is another popular each-way pick at 33/1, with recent Women’s Series event winner Trina Gulliver a 500/1 outsider.

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World Seniors Matchplay Odds

Phil Taylor
Robert Thornton
Martin Adams
Kevin Painter
Terry Jenkins
Tony O’Shea
Paul Hogan
Ronnie Baxter
John Part
Lisa Ashton
Larry Butler
Peter Evison
Colin McGarry
Peter Manley
Brian Dawson
Keith Deller
John Lowe
Bob Anderson
Deta Hedman
Trina Gulliver

 

*Odds correct at time of writing