Kevin Burness and Richie Howson will compete in the 2022 World Seniors Championship after coming through the qualifiers. The World…
Kevin Burness and Richie Howson will compete in the 2022 World Seniors Championship after coming through the qualifiers.
The World Seniors Championship is a joint venture between MODUS Sports and Snooker Legends promoter Jason Francis, open to any amateur player over the age of 50.
The tournament runs from February 3-6 at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet – the legendary former home of the PDC World Championship.
The event will incorporate a top prize of £30,000 – exceeding that of the last BDO World Championship – and features 12 former World Champions from both PDC and BDO codes, plus a further ten invited players.
The qualifiers took place at The Crucible Club in Reading last weekend, with former PDC Tour Card Holder Howson defeating former PDC World Championship qualifier Ian Moss 6-5 in the final of Qualifier One.
Sunday’s Qualifier Two saw two-time PDC World Championship participant Burness defeat five-time Lakeside qualifier Dave Prins 6-3 in the final.
The field is headed by 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor, who was the first player to be confirmed back in April.
At 75, three-time World Champion John Lowe is set to be the oldest player in the line-up, ahead of 73-year-old Bob Anderson.
Wayne Warren, the 2020 BDO World Champion, will also be in action, alongside 1995 Lakeside Champion Richie Burnett.
Keith Deller, the 1983 World Champion, will also feature, having also won the League of Legends event back in 2009.
Ladies legend Trina Gulliver MBE will make her return to televised action, alongside two-time BDO World Champion Ted Hankey and 1997 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 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, who dropped off the PDC circuit at the end of last season, also features alongside former UK Open champion Roland Scholten and Singapore legend Paul Lim.
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 are to be shown live on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website in the UK. The draw will be confirmed in due course.
World Seniors Championship 2022 field
Richie Howson (Q)
Kevin Burness (Q)
Qualifier One Results (QFs onwards)
Colin McGarry 5-4 Jim McEwan
Richie Howson 5-4 Brian Dawson
Ian Moss 5-3 Dave Prins
Kevin Burness 5-4 Johnny Haines
Richie Howson 6-4 Colin McGarry
Ian Moss 6-2 Kevin Burness
Richie Howson 6-5 Ian Moss
Qualifier Two Results (QFs onwards)
Mark Layton 5-1 Paul Holloway
Kevin Burness 5-2 Johnny Haines
Dave Prins 5-1 Jim Walker
David Airey 5-1 Gareaint Thomas
Kevin Burness 6-1 Mark Layton
Dave Prins 6- 2 David Airey
Kevin Burness 6-3 Dave Prins