Kevin Painter and Tony O Shea served up a tremendous encounter during the opening night of the World Seniors Darts World Championship last night.
Painter looked like he would run away with the match, as he won the opening 2 sets. The momentum began to turn midway through the next set as O Shea relaxed and began to find an impressive scoring rythym. The 3rd set went all the way to a decider, but O’Shea hung on to extend the contest.
The 4th set also went the way of O’Shea, who now had the momentum. taking us to a final set.
The rules state that the 5th set of any match must be won by 2 clear legs. At 5-5 there will be a sudden-death leg with no bullseye.
O’Shea broke early in the set to lead for the first time, and Kev began to look frustrated but a 156 checkout from Painter, the highest of the tournament so far, steered the match back in his favour.
The match narrowly avoided the sudden death leg with Painter winning the final set 6-4.
The Artist will take on Wayne Warren to open Friday evening’s session
Kevin Painter 3-2 Tony O’Shea
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