World Seniors field expanded to 24

By Editorial Staff 29/04/2021

World Seniors Darts has announced the first two of an additional eight players to be added to their inaugural field. Kevin Painter and Tony O Shea are both World Championship runners-up who have claimed major titles. The initial 16 players were all World Champions within the PDC or BDO systems. Booby George was amongst those named in ambassadorial roles.

Painter, who only retired from competitive action earlier this yeas, seemed genuinely delighted to be asked and was already looking forward to more:

"Very pleased to have been invited to take part in the World Seniors World Championship early next year, I'm sure it will be a huge success and hopefully lead to a senior tour"

Three-time World finalist Tony 'Silverback' O Shea, 59, also finds a birth amongst the 'eligible eight'. Tony is a World Cup singles winner as well as claiming many of the WDF/BDO's biggest Open titles. His walk-on is one of the most enjoyable in darts and he is sure to have many supporters in almost any darts crowd.

This leaves six further spaces in what looks likely to be a first-round of sixteen played down to eight and then slotted into a seeded last sixteen field. Many names have been suggested to complete the field with Peter Manley often suggested.

Who will get the nod and who will be the two to come through, the battle that will be, the Senior Q-School?

2022 World Seniors Darts Championship (confirmed players - age of the player in brackets);

Phil Taylor (60), Keith Deller (61), Bob Anderson (73), Martin Adams (64), John Walton (59), Wayne Warren (58), John Lowe (75), Ted Hankey (53), Dennis Priestley (70), Andy Fordham (59), Richie Burnett (54), John Part (54), Les Wallace (59), Tony David (53), Trina Gulliver (51), Kevin Painter (53), Tony O Shea (59).



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