The inaugural World Seniors Darts Championship enters its business end at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet on Saturday. Day Three…
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.
World Seniors Championship 2022 Day Three Schedule
Saturday February 5
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
John Part v John Walton
John Lowe v Dave Prins
Keith Deller v Larry Butler
Lisa Ashton v Terry Jenkins
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Part/Walton v Ashton/Jenkins
Lowe/Prins v Robert Thornton
Phil Taylor v Kevin Painter
Adams/Howson v Deller/Butler