The First Round action continues at the 2022 World Seniors Masters on Saturday with two unmissable sessions at Lakeside. The…
The First Round action continues at the 2022 World Seniors Masters on Saturday with two unmissable sessions at Lakeside.
The opening night of the inaugural event saw pre-tournament favourite Phil Taylor coast into the Quarter-Finals with a 4-0 whitewash of John Part, with Kevin Painter was sent crashing out in the Preliminary Round by David Cameron.
Canadian qualifier Cameron battled back from 3-1 down to snatch a 4-3 victory and will now take on reigning World Seniors Champion Robert Thornton in the evening session on Saturday.
Thornton, who stormed to victory at the Circus Tavern in February for the loss of only three sets, has already seen Painter bow out in his section of the draw and will fancy his chances of another strong run this weekend.
The Scot registered four of the top six match averages in that event and will look to end North American hopes here by denying WDF World Championship qualifier Cameron.
The afternoon session sees three-time World Champion Martin Adams take to his beloved Lakeside stage once again to face former European Championship finalist Wayne Jones.
Adams was beaten in the final of the World Seniors Championship but will be keen to bounce back from a disappointing First Round exit to Jarred Cole at the recent WDF World Championship.
Jones, meanwhile, marked his Seniors debut with a 4-1 win over Roland Scholten, but the scoreline did not tell the whole story of the match, with ‘The Wanderer’ having to dig deep at crucial times and battle his way over the line.
Multiple major finalist Terry Jenkins aims to continue the promising form he displayed in reaching the Semi-Finals at The Circus Tavern when he comes up against Richie Howson.
Howson defeated Darryl Fitton in the World Seniors Championship before going down 3-2 to Adams and returns as a WSDT Order of Merit qualifier.
The winner of that match will return later in the evening to face ten-time Women’s World Champion Trina Gulliver – who recently picked up a PDC Women’s Series title.
Two former World Masters champions collide as Deta Hedman takes on Colin Monk for the right to face Thornton or Cameron in Sunday’s Quarter-Finals.
Hedman, World Master in 1994 and 2013, let a one-set lead slip against Peter Manley in Purfleet and was beaten in straight sets by Tori Kewish in the recent WDF World Championship.
Monk, the 1996 World Master, is making his Seniors debut, having last appeared at Lakeside in 2004, and has competed in the Live League in recent months.
The opening match of the day sees four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton take on three-time BDO World finalist Tony O’Shea.
Ashton is a three-time World Masters winner and having dropped off the PDC circuit at the end of last season, currently leads the Women’s Series Order of Merit.
O’Shea, World Masters runner-up in 2004 and 2012, lost out to Kevin Painter in a last-set decider in the World Seniors Championship and will be poised for another formidable test here.
Two former World Champions go head-to-head in search of their first win on the Seniors circuit as Keith Deller meets Bob Anderson.
Deller, the 1983 World Champion, was narrowly beaten by Larry Butler at The Circus Tavern and has returned to local competitions and practiced with a number of PDC professionals in preparation for his return to Lakeside.
Anderson, 74, was comprehensively beaten in straight sets by eventual champion Thornton in February but did land a 180 in the final leg, accompanied by the famous ‘finger point’ celebration.
Another clash of two former World Champions and World Masters winners sees John Lowe take on Les Wallace.
At 76, Lowe is the oldest player in the competition and gave a strong account of himself earlier this year in defeat to Dave Prins at The Circus Tavern.
Wallace, the 1997 World Champion, was narrowly beaten 3-2 by John Walton on his return to televised action and will look to mark his 25-year world title anniversary with a win.
The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of seven sets. All sets are the best of three legs.
World Seniors Masters 2022 Day Two Schedule of Play
Saturday May 28
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Lisa Ashton v Tony O’Shea (R1)
Terry Jenkins v Richie Howson (Prelim)
Deta Hedman v Colin Monk (R1)
Martin Adams v Wayne Jones (R1)
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
John Lowe v Les Wallace (R1)
Trina Gulliver v Jenkins/Howson (R1)
Robert Thornton v David Cameron (R1)
Bob Anderson v Keith Deller (R1)