First game of the session was between World Seniors debutant, John Henderson and former World Senior Darts Masters champion, David Cameron. Despite 'Hendo' being pre-tournament favourite with bookmakers, it was Cameron who started the brighter, racing into a 5-1 lead at the first interval. Henderson just couldn't find the rhythm for his throw, averaging a lowly 71.
After the break though, the big Scot was reborn, taking the first two legs to immediately halve his deficit. Unflustered by his opponent upping his game, Cameron kept his cool, kept plodding on and was soon on the brink at 7-3. With his back to the wall, Henderson managed to pull one back but it wasn't enough as Cameron secured himself an 8-4 triumph.
Next up, two of the all-time greats renewed their rivalry as John Part and Phil Taylor locked horns once again. Nineteen world titles between them, it was 'Darth Maple' who came out the blocks firing. Taylor though, held throw in the final leg of the session to stay in touch at 4-2 behind as the players headed off stage.
The pair have played each other numerous times over the years on the big stage, including in two World Championship finals. Whilst the standard here was a clear step down from then, both were having moments of quality. After the break it was Part again though, who was prevailing in the key moments moving 6-3 ahead.
Taylor might not have the consistent quality of his pomp, but he's still got that will to win. 'The Power' fought back and picked up three on the bounce to level the match at 6 apiece. With both holding throw and the score at 7-7, overtime would be required. A key break from Taylor, who had noticeably upped his game then put him one away at 8-7 and moments later Taylor booked his spot in the quarters courtesy of a 9-7 win.
"At the minute nobody fears me and it's horrible" - Taylor has point to prove at World Seniors Darts Matchplay