Kevin Painter and Richie Howson among those to advance at World Seniors Darts Championships

Former world champion comes through Tony O'Shea epic.

Kevin Painter is through to the second round of the World Seniors Darts Championship after he came through an epic against Tony O'Shea.

Painter took a commanding early lead only to see O'Shea recover from 2-0 down and force a decider.

It was 'The Artist' who came out on top, though, eventually winning the final set 6-4 to set up a clash with Wayne Warren.

Elsewhere at the inaugural edition of the tournament, qualifier Richie Howson delighted the home crowd in Purfleet by getting the better of Darryl Fitton.

Howson lives just two miles away from the Circus Tavern, so he was not short of support as he faced off for a spot in the second round.

He had to recover from a 2-1 deficit to do it, though, but 'The Owl' was up to the task and he will now face Martin 'Wolfie' Adams in the second round.

In the other matches one night one, Robert Thornton beat Bob Anderson 3-0, while Peter Manley overcame Deta Hedman 3-1.

The tournament is open to former PDC and BDO players who are over the age of 50, although current PDC Tour card holders such as Peter Wright and Gary Anderson are ineligible.

Phil Taylor is taking part, though, with the 16-time former world champion entering the competition in the second round.

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