The inaugural World Seniors Matchplay champion will be crowned in Hull on Sunday as the final eight battle it out…
The inaugural World Seniors Matchplay champion will be crowned in Hull on Sunday as the final eight battle it out for the title.
Three former World Champions plus the current World Seniors champion are among the notable stars still in the running for glory at the Bonus Arena.
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.
Arguably the pick of the Quarter-Final ties features the renewal of a longstanding rivalry between 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor and pantomime villain Peter Manley.
The duo contested three World Championship finals, with Taylor coming out on top on each occasion, and ‘The Power’ also came from a set down to prevail 3-1 in their most recent meeting at the World Seniors Championship in February.
Taylor made the World Matchplay his own during his PDC 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, but will be eyeing a marked improvement on his opening display which saw him average just 75 in an 8-4 win over Deta Hedman on Friday.
Manley will be out to avenge that defeat at The Circus Tavern earlier this year and was involved in a gruelling battle of his own on Saturday, recovering from 5-0 down to edge past John Part 11-10 in a marathon sudden death contest.
Robert Thornton is out to become the first multiple winner on the World Seniors circuit, and the reigning World Seniors Champion comes up against ten-time major finalist Terry Jenkins in the Last Eight.
Thornton romped to glory in Purfleet before suffering an early exit to David Cameron at the World Seniors Masters in May, but began his campaign here by dispatching debutant Brian Dawson 8-5 with a steady 87 average.
Jenkins is looking to reach his second Semi-Final of the year, having done so at the World Seniors Championship, but ‘The Bull’ will be determined to brush up on his finishing after battling past Ronnie Baxter in his opener.
Colin McGarry has proved the stand-out performer of the tournament so far, averaging 89.7 in his Preliminary Round win over Keith Deller before setting a new Seniors record televised average of 95.43 in an 8-0 whitewash of Peter Evison on Saturday.
The Northern Irish qualifier now comes up against former Players Champion Kevin Painter in perhaps the most closely-matched tie of the Quarter-Finals.
Painter, semi-finalist at the Circus Tavern, made a perfect start by whitewashing three-time World Champion John Lowe on opening night, but will be braced for a much tougher examination here.
Meanwhile, two multiple World Champions collide as three-time BDO World Champion Martin Adams faces four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton.
Adams is aiming to go one better than his runner-up spot at the inaugural World Seniors Championship, having thrashed 1988 World Champion Bob Anderson 8-2 in Round One.
The 66-year-old veteran will be poised for a tougher test from an in-form Ashton, who has seemingly transferred her blistering PDC Women’s Series form into this event, defeating Paul Hogan and Larry Butler on Saturday to reach the Quarter-Finals of a Seniors event for the first time.
All matches up to and including the Quarter-Finals are to be contested over the best of 15 legs, with Semi-Finals and the final best of 17.
Games will be extended if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a sudden death leg is required.
World Seniors Matchplay 2022 Day Three Schedule
Sunday July 3
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Terry Jenkins v Robert Thornton
Lisa Ashton v Martin Adams
Phil Taylor v Peter Manley
Kevin Painter v Colin McGarry
Evening Session (7pm-10pm)
Jenkins/Thornton v Ashton/Adams
Taylor/Manley v Painter/McGarry
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