Soulger Searches Seniors Triple Crown

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Leonard Gates returns to Seniors Circuit action this weekend in York for the 2023 World Seniors Darts Matchplay in York, his first televised tournament as a Winmau player.

The Soulger has claimed his first two Seniors Circuit tournament titles this year, winning the maiden Jenningsbet Champion of Champions back in March. The USA international defeated Richie Howson 13-10 in the Final at VIVA in Blackpool, having beat 10 Time World Champion Trina Gulliver in the Quarter’s and former 3 Time World Champion Martin Adams in the Semi’s.

Richie Howson during the 2022 World Seniors Darts Tour Masters Championship at Lakeside, Frimley Green, United Kingdom on 29 May 2022.

Gates has defeated The Owl in consecutive Seniors Circuit televised Finals, after also claiming the 2023 World Senior Darts Masters with a 6-2 victory in sets. Leonard included an impressive 95.86 average in the Semi Finals, to beat another multiple Seniors televised winner Robert Thornton 5-3 in the Semi Finals.
The Winmau player comes into the tournament as the 2nd Seed and will open his campaign against Northern Irish international Colin McGarry.

Number 1 Seed Robert Thornton is the defending Seniors Matchplay Champion, having beat Phil Taylor 12-10 in last year’s Final at the Bonus Arena in Hull.
The competition will have a new home in 2023, with the tournament to be played at the York Barbarican this Saturday live on TNT Sports.

The Thorn has shown since the introduction of the Seniors Circuit that he is the man to beat, having claimed back-to-back World Senior Darts Championship crowns at the Circus Tavern.

Robert Thornton during the World Senior Darts Tournament, Masters 2023 at Westlands, Yeovil on 24 June 2023

Thornton defended his title with a 5-2 victory over Richie Howson in the Final, having won the maiden event 12 months earlier with a 5-1 victory over Martin Adams in 2022.

Robert comes in as the Number 1 Seed and will take on fellow Red Dragon player and the reigning WDF World Champion Neil Duff.

Duffman found a weekly win on the MODUS Super Series earlier in the year, after beating the reigning WDF Boys World Champion Bradley Roes 4-1 in the Final at the Live Lounge.

Another Scotsman, John Henderson, will make his debut on the World Seniors Circuit this weekend in York, having impressed last week at the MODUS Super Series.

The Highlander topped Group A, but just fell short on Finals Night after losing to Fallon Sherrock MBE in the Semi Finals.

The Red Dragon player has found victories both in the Super Series and the PDC Challenge Tour this year, beating Dutch international Ron Meulenkamp 5-3 in the Final in Hildesheim of Event 7.

Henderson will open his 2023 World Senior Darts Matchplay campaign against former World Senior Masters winner David Cameron, and the 50 year old comes in as the Number 7 Seed.

Martin Adams will not feature in this year’s tournament after ruling himself out for personal reasons and will be replaced by Deta Hedman.

The competition will also feature a repeat of an epic former PDC World Championship Final, with 16 Time World Champion Phil Taylor set to face 3 World Champion John Part.

John Part during the 2023 World Senior Darts Championship at the Circus Tavern, Purfleet, United Kingdom on 10th February 2023.

The action will start from 1pm live on TNT Sports this Saturday, with former Lakeside winner Scott Mitchell opening the action against former Red Dragon Champion of Champions winner Paul Hogan from the York Barbican.

2023 World Seniors Matchplay:

Order of Play

Afternoon Session:

Scott Mitchell (6) v Paul Hogan
Richie Howson (8) v Trina Gulliver
Deta Hedman v Kevin Painter
Leonard Gates (2) v Colin McGarry

Evening Session:

John Henderson (7) v David Cameron
Robert Thornton (1) v Neil Duff
Phil Taylor (3) v John Part
Glen Durrant (5) v Jim McEwan


Images: WSDT


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