Thornton seals back-to-back World Seniors World Championships titles

On Sunday night at the Circus Tavern, Robert Thornton successfully defended his JenningsBet World Seniors Darts Championship title.

The Thorn earned a cool £30,000 for winning, bringing his total earnings from the WSDT to over £70,000. He finished by defeating local qualifier Richie Howson 5-2 in the final.

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.

Robert Thornton during the 2023 World Senior Darts Championship at the Circus Tavern, Purfleet, United Kingdom on 12th February 2023.

Thornton got off to the best possible start, taking the first three sets without opposition in a match of the highest calibre. Only one leg of the match required more than 18 darts, and both players averaged over 90 throughout the entire contest.

Howson earned his first chalk in set four, but after losing set five, he was facing a crushing defeat.

The Owl once more halted the charge in set 6, and he threatened to win set 7 by levelling the match at 2-2 by punishing the Scottish Ace for numerous missed match darts.

On his way to winning the World Seniors Darts Championship twice, however, the Ayrshire man was unstoppable.

“If you look at the field this year, it was absolutely immense. You’ve got Neil Duff, Gates, Scott Mitchell. I don’t think there’s a ceiling, it’s only going to get bigger. There’s so many Seniors that want to play darts but they can’t go Q-School so they can come and do this.”

Thornton seals back-to-back World Seniors World Championships titles 
Thornton seals back-to-back World Seniors World Championships titles 

WSDT World Championship Results


Quarter Finals

Robert Thornton 3-1 Neil Duff

Kevin Painter 3-1 Mark Dudbridge

Leonard Gates 3-1 Darryl Fitton

Richie Howson 3-1 Phil Taylor



Robert Thornton 3-0 Kevin Painter

Richie Howson 3-1 Leonard Gates



Robert Thornton 5-2 Richie Howson.