Thornton fights his way into Seniors semis

By Phil Lanning

ROBERT THORNTON admits he loves to fight with himself after reaching the last four of the World Seniors Championship.

The Ayrshire ace rolled back the years with a stunning 3-0 win over Dave Prins at the Circus Tavern earlier tonight.

Thornton, 54, averaged 112.73 in the second set and is now the red-hot favourite to take the crown, seven years after his last PDC major title win at the World Grand Prix.

He said: “I felt comfortable at that speed. It was a good finish, made easier because Dave had left himself a bogey number. 

“I watched Dave’s game this afternoon and he played awesome against John Lowe. I thought I hope he doesn’t play like that tonight. 

“But he never started off the way he can. I’ve played him quite a few times and that’s probably one of his worst games against me.

“I was nervous in the first set. My wife always says to me if you feel nervous just walk back to your table and take a big deep breath and let it out. There you go darling I did what you told me!

“I still have a go at myself if I hit a 180. It’s just me, it keeps me focused. Everyone says why do you fight with yourself? If I win the trophy I will give it to my wife.

“I don’t care who I play, whether it’s Phil (Taylor) or Kevin (Painter). I used to care but I don’t now.” 

Images by Taylor Lanning