From the outsider to becoming World Seniors Darts Master, David Cameron had a whirlwind run at the Lakeside last year but will look to recapture that at VIVA! in Blackpool this weekend.
Cameron is through to the semi-finals of the World Seniors Champion of Champions after a 10-5 win over Kevin Painter who was not at his best like Thornton in the opener but now a big chance awaits as he will face Richie Howson for a spot in the final.
Cameron doubled his lead early on with a 76 checkout. Painter missed double 20 for 154 but sealed his first leg with Cameron way back on 170. But Cameron continued his advantage opening up a 4-1 lead.
A 100 checkout saw Painter force his way back in though only to spurn chances to go one behind and Cameron mopped up to make it 5-2.
Cameron himself hit 100 and was 6-2 up. He missed 130 for 7-2 but Painter slipped in double six on double 10 and was left chasing. They were both on double two and Painter busted, Cameron returned to put all three on the wire.
Both missed again and Painter finally returned for double one with Cameron spurning a big chance to go three away.
Cameron hit 60 and went in at the interval 7-3 up. Cameron couldn’t get a shot at 100 and Painter sealed a rare reprieve at 8-4 down.
Cameron missed 80 for a 9-4 lead but Painter was shaking his head again as he wasn’t down to a finish and the Canadian went one away.
Cameron left 47 for the win but Painter had other ideas with a 142 checkout to make it 9-5. But finally he got his winning opportunity only to spurn two match darts at double 20.
Painter returned for the same target but put all three on the wire as Cameron pinned double five for the win.