A host of decorated darters will battle it out for places in the Quarter-Finals of the 2022 World Seniors Matchplay…
A host of decorated darters will battle it out for places in the Quarter-Finals of the 2022 World Seniors Matchplay in Hull on Saturday.
The third World Seniors event of the year sees a star-studded field of players over the age of 50 competing at the Bonus Arena this weekend.
A below-par Phil Taylor battled past Deta Hedman on opening night, while Kevin Painter made the perfect start by whitewashing three-time World Champion John Lowe.
A further six Quarter-Final places are up for grabs over two sessions on Saturday, with the afternoon session also featuring two Preliminary Round ties.
Three-time BDO World finalist and crowd favourite Tony O’Shea kicks off the day’s action against Yorkshire’s Brian Dawson – who came through the qualifiers to earn his World Seniors debut.
The reward for the winner is a show-down with reigning World Seniors champion Robert Thornton later in the evening.
Thornton romped to glory at The Circus Tavern in February but will be looking to bounce back from his First Round exit to eventual champion David Cameron at the recent World Seniors Masters.
Four-time Women’s World Champion Lisa Ashton aims to register her first win on the World Seniors tour at the third attempt when she faces debutant Paul Hogan.
Ashton has picked up seven PDC Women’s Series titles this year and will feature in the inaugural PDC Women’s World Matchplay in Blackpool later this month.
Hogan, meanwhile, came through the qualifiers to clinch his place in this event and will be keen to bounce back from his disappointing First Round exit at the WDF World Championship in April.
Awaiting the winner of that tie in the evening session is 1994 World Matchplay winner Larry Butler – who reached the Quarter-Finals of the World Seniors Championship earlier this year.
Three-time World Champion John Part and 1999 World Matchplay finalist Peter Manley go head-to-head for the right to take on Phil Taylor in Sunday’s Quarter-Finals.
Part produced a stunning 164 checkout to seal a whitewash win over Paul Lim at Lakeside in May before losing out to Taylor, and the Canadian will be keen to set up a chance for revenge.
Pantomime villain Manley, meanwhile, returns to action for the first time since his defeat to Taylor at The Circus Tavern, having beaten Deta Hedman in the opening round on that occasion.
Colin McGarry aims to pick up from where he left off on Friday night when he returns to face 1996 World Matchplay champion Peter Evison.
McGarry landed three ton-plus finishes and averaged just shy of 90 in his rout of Keith Deller on debut, and now faces a player making his first televised appearance in 14 years and eyeing a debut win on the Seniors circuit.
The evening session kicks off with a clash between nine-time major finalist Terry Jenkins and 1998 World Matchplay runner-up Ronnie Baxter.
Jenkins was a semi-finalist in the World Seniors Championship before going down 4-1 to Richie Howson at Lakeside, while Baxter is making his World Seniors debut, having dropped off the PDC circuit in 2018.
Twice a BDO world finalist, ‘The Rocket’ also finished runner-up in the World Masters and Las Vegas Desert Classic during a long career at the top level.
Two former World Champions collide as three-time Lakeside king Martin Adams faces 1988 champion Bob Anderson.
Adams was runner-up in the World Seniors Championship before losing out to O’Shea in the Quarter-Finals of the World Seniors Masters, and ‘Wolfie’ continues to remain competitive at the age of 66.
Anderson, 74, is the oldest player left standing in the competition and is eyeing his first World Seniors win at the third attempt, having lost out to Thornton and Deller so far this year.
The action gets under way from 1pm 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 Two Schedule
Saturday July 2
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Tony O’Shea v Brian Dawson (Prelim)
Lisa Ashton v Paul Hogan (Prelim)
John Part v Peter Manley (R1)
Colin McGarry v Peter Evison (R1)
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Terry Jenkins v Ronnie Baxter (R1)
O’Shea/Dawson v Robert Thornton (R1)
Martin Adams v Bob Anderson (R1)
Ashton/Hogan v Larry Butler (R1)
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