The inaugural World Seniors Matchplay gets under way in Hull on Friday with a quartet of former World Champions taking…
The inaugural World Seniors Matchplay gets under way in Hull on Friday with a quartet of former World Champions taking to the stage.
The third World Seniors event of 2022 sees a star-studded field of players over the age of 50 battle it out at the Bonus Arena this weekend.
Unlike the recent World Seniors Championship and World Seniors Masters, the Matchplay will be contested over a legs format, with matches needing to be won by two clear legs.
Phil Taylor made the World Matchplay his own during his glittering career, securing the title at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on a record 16 occasions.
Now, he aims to become the first name on the new World Seniors Matchplay trophy at the age of 61, having lost in the final of the World Seniors Masters at Lakeside in May.
The Power awaits the winner of the Preliminary Round tie between female stars Trina Gulliver MBE and Deta Hedman – who kick off the night’s action.
Both are seeking their first win on the World Seniors circuit, with recent PDC Women’s Series event winner Gulliver having lost to Robert Thornton and Richie Howson, while Hedman has been denied by Peter Manley and Colin Monk.
Keith Deller, the 1983 World Champion, starts out against Northern Irish debutant Colin McGarry for the right to face former World Matchplay champion Peter Evison in Round One.
Deller defeated his nemesis Bob Anderson at Lakeside to register his first win on the Seniors stage, before being edged out by Howson, and has recently competed in the Modus Live League.
McGarry, the 2013 Irish Matchplay champion, qualified via the WSDT Order of Merit, and returns to televised action for the first time since losing to Per Laursen in the 2013/14 PDC World Championship at Ally Pally.
Former Players Champion Kevin Painter aims to kick-start his title push by extending John Lowe’s wait for a first win on the World Seniors stage.
Painter thrashed Taylor in straight sets en route to the Semi-Finals at The Circus Tavern but was narrowly beaten 4-3 by eventual champion David Cameron in the Preliminary Round at Lakeside.
Three-time World Champion Lowe has lost out to Dave Prins and Les Wallace so far this year, and the 76-year-old faces perhaps his toughest test yet over the long distance legs format.
The action gets under way from 7pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 15 legs. Matches must be won by two clear legs and will be extended if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a sudden death leg is required.
World Seniors Matchplay 2022 Day One Schedule
Friday July 1
Trina Gulliver v Deta Hedman (Prelim)
Keith Deller v Colin McGarry (Prelim)
John Lowe v Kevin Painter (R1)
Phil Taylor v Gulliver/Hedman (R1)
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