The 2022 World Seniors Masters draws to a close at Lakeside on Sunday as the final eight vie for the…
The 2022 World Seniors Masters draws to a close at Lakeside on Sunday as the final eight vie for the inaugural title at the home of World Darts.
A tournament of upsets has seen a number of leading contenders bow out in the early stages, leaving the door open for a potential underdog to lift the trophy on Sunday evening.
However, a clutch of former World Champions remain in the running, as well as two in-form qualifiers with no regard for reputations.
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.
Sixteen-time World Champion Phil Taylor remains in pursuit of his first Seniors silverware and now faces a show-down against 1997 World Champion Les Wallace.
Taylor, who was comprehensively beaten at this stage of the World Seniors Championship by Kevin Painter in February, looks to move into the final session by denying the proud Scotsman a famous scalp.
Taylor eased past three-time World Champion John Part in four consecutive sets on Friday but will be eyeing a marked improvement on his match average of 85.
Wallace secured his first win on the Seniors Tour with a 4-1 success over John Lowe on Saturday, averaging 74 in a tough battle, and ‘McDanger’ knows he will require a vast improvement in order to trouble Taylor.
The opening match of the afternoon sees Canadian ace David Cameron take on 1996 World Master Colin Monk.
Cameron, who came through last month’s qualifying event in Reading, has proved the stand-out performer so far, knocking out Kevin Painter and World Seniors Champion Robert Thornton in a dream debut run.
The recent WDF World Championship qualifier has averaged 89 and 87 in his respective games and unlike his first two outings, goes into his latest fixture as firm favourite.
Monk’s return to Lakeside for the first time since 2004 saw him whitewash Deta Hedman 4-0 in a gruelling contest with an average of 70, and any repeat performance could spell the end of his debut Seniors campaign.
A repeat of numerous BDO World Championship encounters sees three-time Lakeside Champion Martin Adams take on three-time world finalist Tony O’Shea.
O’Shea has twice been defeated by Adams in straight sets on this stage and will be out for revenge as he plots a tilt at the title.
O’Shea saw off Lisa Ashton 4-2 with an 85 average in his opener, atoning for his agonising defeat to Painter in a sudden death set at The Circus Tavern earlier this year.
Adams, meanwhile, bounced back from his First Round exit at the WDF World Championship here last month by defeating former European Championship finalist Wayne Jones 4-2 from 2-0 down.
Runner-up in the World Seniors Championship, crowd favourite ‘Wolfie’ will be determined to go one better at the second time of asking but continues to play through the pain barrier with injury.
Richie Howson has taken the Seniors circuit by storm, topping the Order of Merit, and has dropped just two sets in dispatching Terry Jenkins and Trina Gulliver en route to the Quarter-Finals.
The former PDC Tour Card holder now comes up against 1983 World Champion Keith Deller – who recorded his first win on the Seniors Tour with a 4-1 success over Bob Anderson on Saturday.
Lakeside has traditionally not been a happy hunting ground for Deller, but the 62-year-old will look to change that 34 years after his last campaign at this famous venue.
The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with Quarter-Finals to be contested over the best of seven sets, Semi-Finals best of nine and the final best of 11. All sets are the best of three legs.
World Seniors Masters 2022 – Day Three Schedule of Play
Sunday May 29
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
David Cameron v Colin Monk
Phil Taylor v Les Wallace
Martin Adams v Tony O’Shea
Richie Howson v Keith Deller
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Cameron/Monk v Deller/Howson
Adams/O’Shea v Taylor/Wallace