The World Seniors Darts Masters keeps on rolling. In the opening couple of matches of the Saturday evening session, Neil Duff and Robert Thornton secured their progression to the quarter-finals thanks to wins over David Cameron and Colin McGarry.
In the first matchup of the session, defending champion David Cameron took on the reigning WDF World Champion, Neil Duff. It was Duff who took the opening set, but as Cameron proved on his fairy-tale run last year he doesn't give up without a fight and soon after he was leading 2-1.
Schedule Saturday night at World Seniors Darts Masters including Robert Thornton and Phil Taylor
After Duff moved back in front at 3-2, the Northern Irishman was sat on double 12 for the match, only to see Cameron prove just why he is a champion a take out a skin-saving 156 checkout to level up the tie at 3-3, sending us to a deciding set.
Duff then missed a dart at double top for a 4-3 win. Cameron again was on hand to punish, nailing double 10 and sending the match into a last leg decider. That was the last action of Cameron's title defence however as Duff took out an ice-cold 82 finish to take the match.
Two-time World Seniors Champion Robert Thornton was up next. He was going to have it all his own way in this one however and it was his opponent Colin McGarry who took the opening set.
Once 'the Thorn' began to settle however, his quality began to show. The Scotsman raced through the following two sets. Moments later courtesy of double 16, Thornton was 3-1 up and what had seemed to be turning into a challenge, was quickly becoming comfortable.
McGarry just couldn't seem to stop the rot and after taking out double 14 last dart in hand Thornton was one leg away from the win. In the following leg though, Thornton missed a dart at tops for the match allowing McGarry to prolong the encounter. A handful more missed match darts in the following leg gave McGarry another opportunity and again he was on hand to pull it back to 3-2.
In the following set though, Thornton was finally able to get the job done and book a second-round tie with John Part.