The 2023 World Seniors Snooker Championship – Day 1

The Crucible Theatre welcomed snooker again yesterday, as the 2023 World Seniors Snooker Championship got underway. Lee Walker is the defending Champion, but his defence was short-lived…

Here is the report published by WSS

Gerard Greene and Mark Davis were both winners during the opening session of the 2023 LLP Solicitors World Seniors Snooker Championship on Wednesday night at the Crucible Theatre.

In the tournament’s curtain-raiser, Greene dethroned reigning champion Lee Walker 3-1. 

Walker – who memorably ousted Jimmy White in the final here 12 months ago – looked sharp in the first frame as he made breaks of 52 and 31.

However, Greene responded well, registering an effort of 45 early on in frame two before potting a red from long range and making a 28 clearance to pink to level the match. Despite missing pots that his opponent could not fully capitalise on, Greene largely continued his momentum and claimed the next two frames to set up a date with either Peter Lines or Ben Hancorn in the last eight on Saturday. 

The winner of this title in 2016, Davis is in contention to be crowned again following a 3-0 victory against two-time ranking event champion Tony Knowles. 

With the opening frame in the balance come the final stages, late replacement to the event Knowles let slip a safety shot which Davis punished to go in front.

Davis would go on to compile runs of 59 and 51 in frames two and three respectively to help complete a 3-0 win and book his berth in the quarter-finals. 

Action in the 2023 LLP Solicitors World Seniors Snooker Championship resumes on Thursday night in Sheffield as Ken Doherty faces Alfie Burden, and Tony Drago meets Vito Puopolo. The winner of the latter match will be scheduled to play Davis on Saturday.

I’m at the Crucible and I was made to feel very welcome as I reconnected with friends who I hadn’t seen for many years … and, of course I took loads of pictures. Interestingly, although there is no Chinese player in the draw, the Chinese media is well represented on site and the event is streamed in China.

Here are three photo albums telling the story of the first day…

Before it started …

The Lee Walker v Gerard Greene match

The Mark Davis v Tony Knowles match