Excalibur Is The Seniors Master
By JR Lott 30/05/2022
Qualifier defeats 16 times World Champion to lift the inaugural Senior Darts Masters Trophy at Lakeside.
David Cameron wins World Seniors Darts Masters. Excalibur wins his first-ever TV title and completes the win in style defeating Phil Taylor 6-3.
Both men had convincing semifinal wins to set up the intriguing finale. The Power had shown glimpses of his old domination in a heavy defeat of Tony O’Shea whilst the 52-year-old Canadian has seen off fellow qualifier Richie Howson.
Few nerves were shown from either player in the opener as they both fired in 180s but it was Taylor who found an 87 checkout to win the first set after Cameron missed the opportunity to win it.
Reverse roles in set two, with Taylor getting the early break he had the chance to win both leg two and leg and leg three until Cameron got over the line with a 60 finish.
Despite the early flourish the nerves were jangling and both men were missing multiple finishing darts and showing some obvious frustration.
After the interval, David Cameron won set three with an early break and a hold, with Phil Taylor doing the same to Cameron in the fourth which included a 100 checkout from The Power with two double tops.
Set five Cameron found two breaks either side of a 116 checkout from Taylor to lead 3-2 at the break, with Taylor missing a set dart at the end of an attempted 120 checkout.
Excaliber found an extra gear after the break and extended his lead by three sets, after winning four out of the next five to move one away from the title.
The eighth set started with Cameron winning the first leg, meaning he was one away from the title, however, Taylor hit straight back winning leg two with ease, before punishing Cameron who didn’t get a match dart with 81 left with three darts in hand.
When the momentum looked like it was now with Taylor. Yet, again he missed a handful of darts on throw to take the opener in the ninth.
Canadian Cameron then took out 96 to win the title and complete the remarkable journey from qualifier to World Seniors Masters Champion.
World Seniors Darts Masters
Day Three Results
Sunday May 29
David Cameron 4-2 Colin Monk
Phil Taylor 4-3 Les Wallace
Tony O’Shea 4-1 Martin Adams
Richie Howson 4-2 Keith Deller
Phil Taylor 5-1 Tony O’Shea
David Cameron 5-2 Richie Howson
David Cameron 6-3 Phil Taylor
Images: Chris Sargeant and WSDT
Australia, Scotland and Northern Ireland among winning pairs.