The inaugural World Seniors Championship draws to a close at the Circus Tavern on Sunday as the final four vie…
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.
World Seniors Championship 2022 Day Four Schedule
Sunday February 6
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Kevin Painter v Robert Thornton
Terry Jenkins v Martin Adams
Evening Session (8pm-11pm)