Adams sees off Ashton in emphatic whitewash win, sets up repeat clash with Thornton at World Seniors Darts Matchplay

The first semi-final is confirmed at the World Seniors Darts Matchplay and it will be a repeat of the final of the World Championship between Martin Adams and Robert Thornton.

Adams was facing Lisa Ashton in what was billed as a potentially tough tie on paper but it was anything but for 'Wolfie' who sailed through in an 8-0 win with an 84 average.

In the early going, it wasn't vintage Wolfie as he sailed into a 3-0 lead albeit affording Ashton chances in 2/3 of the legs to get a leg on the board but he went into the break halfway to the finishing line with a 91 checkout after erasing a poor start to the leg.

On return, he went further to the brink with a key leg being to hold at 6-0 as he went 180, 180 before finishing off 46 for a 12 dart leg with Ashton herself leaving 121 after nine darts and after Ashton missed another chance to get a leg on the board, Adams broke and sealed victory with a 48 checkout from there.

He now faces Thornton who saw off Terry Jenkins in an 8-6 win as he erases his Lakeside disappointment and heads towards a potential second WSDT TV final later on.

To begin the tie, it was a close start with proceedings locked in at 3-3 at the break with both exchanging breaks of throw and neither player being able to consolidate.

On return, Jenkins hit a 180 and 140 and a 60 checkout for a 15 darter to finally hold at 4-3. Thornton hung onto his coattails with a hold of his own at 4-4 with a 110 checkout.

This went on at 5-5 with Jenkins trying to force a turning point in the form of a 170 checkout to level at 6-6 and break. But Thornton broke back with a 64 checkout to make it 7-6 before sealing the deal with a 66 checkout for 8-6 and the victory.

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