Robert Thornton has gone back-to-back at the Circus Tavern retaining his World Seniors Darts Championship crown after a 5-2 sets win over local hero, Richie Howson as 'The Thorn' shows why he is the class of the field again.
Thornton only dropped two sets over the course of the weekend to Neil Duff and Howson in the final and adds a third major title also on the WSDT Tour with only the Masters alluding him last season which David Cameron won.
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It was all Thornton to begin the tie taking the first two sets only losing one leg in the process in a procession. Howson missed 135 on the bull and Thornton picked his pocket on double 10 to begin the third set.
Hitting a 180, Thornton though missed 100 and Howson hit a 180 and 161 checkout to send it the third set to a decider. But same outcome as Thornton hit a 98 checkout to go 3-0 up and two sets away.
A miscount proved costly though for Thornton and Howson sealed a reprieve closing out the fourth set and despite Thornton coming back to go one set away, Howson continued to battle. He took out 120 with Thornton waiting on 64 to win.
Thornton broke with a 180 and 51 checkout to begin the next set and aimed to leave no further way back for Howson.
He missed 89 for the win missing a match dart at the bull on Howson's throw and 'The Owl' stayed alive with a last dart 70 checkout. But Thornton ultimately was throwing for the win.
He kicked off with a 180 but so did Howson. Thornton fluffed his lines off 65 for the win and Howson broke throw to send the set to a decider.
Thornton was first to a finish on Howson's throw hitting 180 and leaving 73 and finally pinned it to claim the win.