WSS ROKIT 2021 UK Championship Postponed to 2022

This has just been announced on social media 

Bonus Arena, Hull

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We regret to announce the UK Seniors tournament has been postponed until January.

Due to the continuing challenges and restrictions for overseas travel, a decision has been made to delay the competition. The event would have been the first to take place at the Bonus Arena, Hull since March 2020.

However, a decision has been taken to delay the tournament – set to feature Jimmy White, Joe Johnson and Ken Doherty – from 12-15 August to 4-7 January 2022.
It is hoped the international snooker legends based overseas will be able to take part by moving the event to next year.

Tickets already purchased for the event remain valid for the equivalent new dates in January. The full draw for the event will take place next month.
To book tickets for the 2022 event visit –> Bonus Arena Hull Website

It’s unfortunate of course but probably the best decision given the circumstances

WSS ROKIT 2021 UK Championship Qualifiers 2 – Phase 2 results

A bit late but …

Here is what happened in Reading, as the Q-School 2, Event 2 and Super Seniors 2 were played to a conclusion.

Event 2 yielded the last two qualifiers for the coming UK CHampionship in Hull: Lee Walker and Peter Lines. All results and scores for this event are available here. 

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Peter Lines, who just regained his spot in the main tour via the Q-School is an extremely hard worker and passionate about his sport. Lee is a coach and someone who will go out of his way to support snooker at all levels. I remember him, and Michael White, a few years back, traveling about 50 km to spend an afternoon with disabled players. They made time for everyone. Congratulations to both! 

The Super Seniors Event 2 was won by the rustproof, evergreen, ever-vocal Gary Filtness.

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Well done Gary!

Congratulations to Mark Beale who will join Michaela Tabb and Ian Wagstaff at the Bonus Arena, Hull for the Rokitofficial 2021 UK Seniors Snooker Championship. Mark has done many of our qualifiers over the past few years, and totally deserves this opportunity to officiate on the big scene. Good luck Mark, enjoy!

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WSS ROKIT 2021 UK Championship Qualifiers 2 – Phase 1 results

The second batch of qualifiers for the 2021 Seniors UK Championship is underway in Reading. The first Q-School event of the week as well as the first Super Senior event concluded yesterday.

Congratulations to Rod Lawler and Wayne Cooper the Event 1 finalists.

They will play in Hull next month.

You will find everything you need to know about this event – draw, matches results and scores – by following this link.

Congratulations also to Darren Morgan who won the Super Seniors Event 1

Dareen Morgan - 2021 UK Champs Qualifiers - 2 - Super Seniors 1 Winner

Everything about that event can be found here.

The second phase of these qualifiers starts today.

You can follow the scores and find the results here for the qualifying event 2 and here for the Super Seniors 2

Good luck to all involved!

The coming UK Championship Q-School Events Draws and Schedule

The following information was shared by Jason Francis on Facebook.

Those events take place next week

The Draw for the Rokitofficial Uk Seniors event 1 is as follows…

Patrick Wallace V Chris Taylor
Garry Coulson V Adrian Morrissey
Lee Martin V David Brock
Johnathan Bagley V Gary Widdecombe
Jamie Brown V Richard Wykes
Neil Craycraft V Richard Jones
Patsy Fagan V James Burrett
Rod Lawler V Alfie Burden

Stuart Watson V Mukesh Parmar
Adam Denham V Seamus Smith
Dean Sycamore V Tony Corrigan or Colin Bark
Lee Richardson V Minesh Doshi
Wayne Townsend V Andy Battams
Steve Crowley V Gareth Edwards
Darren Morgan V John Parr
Mark Ganderton V Dean Reynolds or John Snape

Aaron Canavan V Igor Figueiredo
Kevin Palmer V Sean Vaz or Chris Cookson
Gary Filtness V Peter O’Malley
Lee Walker V Shaf Hussain
Peter Lines V John Welsh or Les Dodd
Mark Ball V Jonathan Sumner
Rory McLeod V Stuart Reardon
Andrew Greaves V Darren Bradstock

Tony Knowles V Darryl James
Gerard Greene V Darren Mills
Matt Ford V MarkBell
Steve Bird V Lee Cromie
Richard Emery V James Butterworth or James McGouran
John Hunter V David McDonnell
Simon Chandler V Mike Lucas or John Palmer
Wayne Cooper V Danny Crawford

The Draw for the Rokitofficial Uk Seniors event 2 is as follows…

Patrick Wallace V Keith Thomas
Kevin Palmer V Nigel Philips
Johnathan Bagley V Simon Chandler
Richard Emery V Sean Vaz
Jamie Brown V Alfie Burden
Karl Townsend V Danny Crawford
Patsy Fagan V David McDonnell
Steve Bird V Peter O’Malley

Stuart Watson V Dennis Tristram
Andrew Greaves V Garry Coulson or Minesh Doshi
Gary Filtness V David Brock
Rhydian Richards V Ian Whiting
Wayne Townsend V Igor Figueiredo
Dharminder Lilly V Dean Reynolds
Darren Morgan V Luke Simmonds
Gerard Greene V Chris Taylor or Andy Battams

Aaron Canavan V Gary Widdecombe
Mark Ganderton V Colin Bark
John Hunter V Stuart Reardon
Leo Fernandez V Les Dodd
Peter Lines V John Palmer
Lee Richardson V Adrian Morrissey
Rory McLeod V Chris Cookson
Rod Lawler V Tam Mustafa or James Burrett

Tony Knowles V Richard Wykes
Neil Craycraft V Tony Chappel
Matt Ford V Lee Cromie or Tony Corrigan
Steve Crowley V Shaf Hussain
Lee Walker V Andy Milliard
Lee Martin V John Welsh
Adam Denham V Gareth Edwards
Wayne Cooper V Ray Grall

The Super Seniors over 55 drew out two events to support the main qualifiers.

Event 1
Gary Filtness V Darren Morgan
Richard Wykes V Karl Townsend
Ray Grall V Les Dodd
Andy Milliard V Mike Lucas
Chris Cookson V Stuart Almond
Richard Emery V John Hunter
Dennis Tristram V John Welsh
Mukesh Parmar V David Brock

Event 2
Gary Filtness V Andrew Darken
Richard Wykes V Keith Thomas
Richard Emery V Les Dodd
Ray Grall V Karl Townsend
Andy Milliard V John Hunter
Patsy Fagan V John Welsh
Dennis Tristram V David Brock
Ashley Beal V Darren Morgan

In addition here is the schedule:

EVENT 1 AND Super Seniors 1 FORMAT.
TIME Tuesday 20th
9am Match Pre-Lims
PL1 Tony Corrigan V Colin Bark
PL2 Dean Reynolds V John Snape
PL3 John Welsh V Les Dodd
PL4 James Butterworth V James McGouran
PL5 Mike Lucas V John Palmer
10am
9 Stuart Watson V Mukesh Parmar
10 Adam Denham V Seamus Smith
12 Lee Richardson V Minesh Doshi
NB 11.30am
13 Wayne Townsend V Andy Battams
14 Steve Crowley V Gareth Edwards
15 Darren Morgan V John Parr
30 John Hunter V David McDonnell
32 Wayne Cooper V Danny Crawford
NB 1pm
11 Dean Sycamore V Winner of PL1
16 Mark Ganderton V Winner of PL2
21 Peter Lines V Winner of PL 3
29 Richard Emery V Winner of PL4
31 Simon Chandler V Winne of PL5
NB 2.30PM
22 Mark Ball V Jonathan Sumner
23 Rory McLeod V Stuart Reardon
24 Andrew Greaves V Darren Bradstock
NB 4PM Match
37 Winner Match 9 v Winner Match 10
38 Winner Match 11 Winner Match 12
39 Winner Match 13 Winner Match 14
40 Winner Match 15 Winner Match 16
NB 5.30PM
43 Winner Match 21 Winner Match 22
44 Winner Match 23 Winner Match 24
47 Winner Match 29 Winner Match 30
48 Winner Match 31 Winner Match 32
NB 7.30
51 Winner Match 37 Winner Match 38
52 Winner Match 39 Winner Match 40
54 Winner Match 43 Winner Match 44
56 Winner Match 47 Winner Match 48

DAY 2
TIME Wednesday 21st
9am Match Pre-Lims
PL6 Sean Vaz v Chris Cookson
10am
17 Aaron Canavan V Igor Figueiredo
19 Gary Filtness V Peter O’Malley
20 Lee Walker V Shaf Hussain
5 Jamie Brown V Richard Wykes
6 Neil Craycraft V Richard Jones
NB 11am
25 Tony Knowles V Darryl James
26 Gerard Greene V Darren Mills
NB1pm
27 Matt Ford V MarkBell
28 Steve Bird V Lee Cromie
1 Patrick Wallace V Chris Taylor
2 Garry Coulson V Adrian Morrissey
18 Kevin Palmer V Winner of PL6
NB 2.30PM
3 Lee Martin V David Brock
4 Johnathan Bagley V Gary Widdecombe
7 Patsy Fagan V James Burrett
8 Rod Lawler V Alfie Burden
NB 4.30
35 Winner Match 5 V Winner Match 6
41 Winner Match 17 V Winner Match 18
42 Winner Match 19 V Winner Match 20
45 Winner Match 25 V Winner Match 26
46 Winner Match 27 V Winner Match 28
NB 6PM
33 Winner Match 1 V Winner Match 2
34 Winner Match 3 V Winner Match 4
36 Winner Match 7 V Winner Match 8
NB 8PM
53 Winner Match 41 V Winner Match 42
55 Winner Match 45 V Winner Match 46
49 Winner Match 33 V Winner Match 34
50 Winner Match 35 V Winner Match 36

DAY 3
Time Thursday 22nd
Match
9am SS1 Gary Filtness V Darren Morgan
SS2 Richard Wykes V Karl Townsend
SS3 Ray Grall V Les Dodd
SS4 Andy Milliard V Mike Lucas
SS5 Chris Cookson V Stuart Almond
SS6 Richard Emery V John Hunter
SS7 Dennis Tristram V John Welsh
SS8 Mukesh Parmar V David Brock
11AM
57 Winner Match 49 V Winner Match 50
58 Winner Match 51 V Winner Match 52
59 Winner Match 53 V Winner Match 54
60 Winner Match 55 V Winner Match 56
NB 1.30
SS9 Winner Match SS1 V Winner Match SS2
SS10 Winner Match SS3 V Winner Match SS4
SS11 Winner Match SS5 V Winner Match SS6
SS12 Winner Match SS7 V Winner Match SS8
NB 3PM
SS13 Winner Match SS9 V Winner Match SS10
SS14 Winner Match ss11 V Winner Match ss12
NB 4PM
61 Winner Match 57 V Winner Match 58
62 Winner Match 59 V Winner Match 60
NB 5PM
SS15 Winner Match SS13 V Winner Match SS14

EVENT 2 AND SUPER SENIORS 2
TIME Friday 23rd
9am Match Pre-Lims
PL1 Garry Coulson v Minesh Doshi
PL2 Chris Taylor v Andy Battams
10am
1 Patrick Wallace V Keith Thomas
2 Kevin Palmer V Nigel Philips
3 Johnathan Bagley V Simon Chandler
4 Richard Emery V Sean Vaz
5 Jamie Brown V Alfie Burden
6 Karl Townsend V Danny Crawford
NB 11.30am
7 Patsy Fagan V David McDonnell
8 Steve Bird V Peter O’Malley
NB1.30pm
9 Stuart Watson V Dennis Tristram
10 Andrew Greaves V Winner oF PL1
11 Gary Filtness V David Brock
12 Rhydian Richards V Ian Whiting
13 Wayne Townsend V Igor Figueiredo
14 Dharminder Lilly V Dean Reynolds
15 Darren Morgan V Luke Simmonds
16 Gerard Greene V Winner of PL2
NB 3.30pm
33 Winner Match 1 V Winner Match 2
34 Winner Match 3 V Winner Match 4
35 Winner Match 5 V Winner Match 5
36 Winner Match 7 V Winner Match 8
NB 5PM Match
37 Winner Match 9 V Winner Match 10
38 Winner Match 11 V Winner Match 12
39 Winner Match 13 V Winner Match 14
40 Winner Match 15 V Winner Match 16
NB 7.00PM
49 Winner Match 33 V Winner Match 34
50 Winner Match 35 V Winner Match 36
51 Winner Match 37 V Winner Match 38
52 Winner Match 39 V Winner Match 40

DAY 2
TIME Saturday 24th
9am Match Pre-Lims
PL3 Tam Mustafa v James Burrett
PL4 Lee Cromie V Tony Corrigan
10am
17 Aaron Canavan V Gary Widdecombe
18 Mark Ganderton V Colin Bark
19 John Hunter V Stuart Reardon
20 Leo Fernandez V Les Dodd
21 Peter Lines V John Palmer
22 Lee Richardson V Adrian Morrissey
NB 12 noon
23 Rory McLeod V Chris Cookson
24 Rod Lawler V Winner of PL3
NB1pm
25 Tony Knowles V Richard Wykes
26 Neil Craycraft V Tony Chappel
27 Matt Ford V Winner of PL4
28 Steve Crowley V Shaf Hussain
29 Lee Walker V Andy Milliard
30 Lee Martin V John Welsh
NB 2.30PM
31 Adam Denham V Gareth Edwards
32 Wayne Cooper V Ray Grall
NB 4.30
41 Winner of Match 17 Winner of Match 18
42 Winner of Match 19 Winner of Match 20
43 Winner of Match 21 Winner of Match 22
44 Winner of Match 23 Winner of Match 24
NB 6PM
45 Winner of Match 25 Winner of Match 26
46 Winner of Match 27 Winner of Match 28
47 Winner of Match 29 Winner of Match 30
48 Winner of Match 31 Winner of Match 32
NB 8PM
53 Winner of Match 41 Winner of Match 42
54 Winner of Match 43 Winner of Match 44
55 Winner of Match 45 Winner of Match 46
56 Winner of Match 47 Winner of Match 48

DAY 3
Time Sunday 25th
Match
9am SS1 Gary Filtness V Andrew Darken
SS2 Richard Wykes V Keith Thomas
SS3 Richard Emery V Les Dodd
SS4 Ray Grall V Karl Townsend
SS5 Andy Milliard V John Hunter
SS6 Patsy Fagan V John Welsh
SS7 Dennis Tristram V David Brock
SS8 Ashley Beal V Darren Morgan
11AM
57 Winner Match 49 V Winner Match 50
58 Winner Match 51 V Winner Match 52
59 Winner Match 53 V Winner Match 54
60 Winner Match 55 V Winner Match 56
NB 1.30
SS9 Winner Match SS1 V Winner Match SS2
SS10 Winner Match SS3 V Winner Match SS4
SS11 Winner Match SS5 V Winner Match SS6
SS12 Winner Match SS7 V Winner Match SS8
NB 3PM
SS13 Winner Match SS9 V Winner Match SS10
SS14 Winner Match SS11 V Winner Match SS12
NB 4PM
61 Winner Match 57 V Winner Match 58
62 Winner Match 59 V Winner Match 60
NB 5PM
SS15 Winner Match SS13 V Winner Match SS14

Delayed UK Champs Q-School – all you need to know

This newsletter was sent by Jason Francis on Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Q-School 2 - UK 2021 Champs

Entries for the UK Seniors Q School open at 12 noon BST TODAY!

Enter here https://www.snookerlegends.co.uk/RWSS21_registration.html

Main Event details

Dates
Event 1 Tuesday 20th July to Thursday 22nd July 2021
Event 2 Friday 23rd July to Sunday 25th July 2021

Venue The Crucible Sports and Social Club, Reading, RG1 8EQ Crucible Sports & Social Club Reading

Entry Fee £100 payable by online entry system for each event.

Will include your 2021/22 Tour registration.

Number of Frames All matches to Quarter Finals Best of 5

Knockout, Roll on Roll off format.

Quarter Finals onwards Best of 7 Knockout.

Prize money
The two qualifiers each event will progress to the UK Seniors Championship which will be played from the 12th – 15th August 2021 at the Bonus Arena Hull.

They will be on a minimum £1000 prize money for that event.

Losing Semi-finalists in each event £400

Losing Quarter Finalists in each event £150

Players 128 places open for entry in this order

1, Current WST Tour players over 40 ranked 65-128 who have not already qualified for the final stages.

2, Current WSS tour players who entered qualifying School 1 or 2 in January or March 2022

3, WSS Ranked Tour Players

4, New tour players.

All must be over 40 on or before 20th July 2021

Draw To be conducted no later than 16th July 2021

Seeding Based on 128 entries.

The top 32 players who enter from the official WSS Ranking list will be seeded into position. Should the event not achieve 128 entries the higher ranked seeds will be placed automatically into the last 64 round and receive a bye in the last 128 round of matches.

Players
Players will need to agree to the terms and condition on entry.

Dress Code
Full match attire with a bow tie or lounge tie. Collared shirt, tailored trousers with shoes.

Broadcasting
Match table may be streamed live on the World Seniors Facebook page

COVID
The plan is to run the event without the requirement for COVID Testing. Should by the time of the event Government determine testing should be required this will be provided at no cost to the player. Players will be required to adhere to any venue policies in place at the time. 

The decision to delay the event was made so that the event can be run “covid restrictions and testing free”. Hopefully this will possible.

There will be  a Super Seniors event going on as well but the entries for this one are already closed.

Awsome Seniors

The 2021 Q-School finished last Sunday and it’s time to take stock of what happened over the 18 days of competion at the EIS. There were certainly plenty of positives for the Seniors players.

Four of the Seniors players who competed in WSS events over the last months managed to regain their professional status: Mick Judge, the reigning WSS UK Champion, Barry Pinches, Peter Lines and Alfie Burden. Alfie had lost his professional status at the end of the 2019/20 season and, at the time, his mindset was that he was finished with snooker and was to put his cue away for good. However, after a few months, he decided to to give the Seniors Q-School a go and he enjoyed playing and competing again. Fast forward and after success in the Professional Q-Scholl event, he’s back on the main tour.

Tony Knowles, aged 65, also entered the Q-School. He didn’t qualify for the main tour, but he certainly showed that he still can play! He finished ranked 46th out of 184 in the Order of Merit, having won five matches in the process. David Lilley, the reigning WSS World Champion, also did well at the Q-School: he did not qualify either but finished 8th in the Order of Merit. This means that he has a good chance to be invited to play in many of the Main Tour events this season.

Another Senior – Super Senior actually – made it into the WST News. Indeed Gary Filtness was credited by Stuart Bingham for a return to form and confidence that lead to a great semi-final run at the Crucible last April. Here is what Stuart had to say:

Over the last year I’ve been working with my new coach Gary Filtness and I’m now seeing the benefits. Getting back in that environment and only being beaten by the odd frame makes me definitely think I can win the World Championship again. I have that belief now. Looking forward to next season I know what I have to do. I’m trying to get myself a little bit fitter. I’m playing lots of golf and watching what I eat at the moment. I’m looking for a season where I win a tournament or two.

More than ever …

Dare to Dream !

David Lilley is your 2021 Seniors World Champion

David Lilley beat Jimmy White by 5-3 to become the 2021 WSS ROKIT World Champion.

Congratulations David!

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Here is how we got there as reported by WST/WPBSA

Semi-Finals

White To Face Lilley In Final

Jimmy White will face David Lilley in the final of the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on Sunday evening.

The duo both came through semi-final tests during an intriguing afternoon session in Sheffield.

The prospect of a third consecutive world seniors championship title is now just a win away for the evergreen White, who ended the campaign of Brazil’s Igor Figueiredo.

A break of 60 helped White take the opener, before a couple of small contributions allowed him to move 2-0 up.

Figueiredo – the first South American to play a competitive match at the Crucible – registered runs of 36 and 44 to get on the board, but White chalked up an important frame four and then finished with a 47 clearance in the fifth to record a 4-1 victory.

Since the championship moved here in 2019, the popular Londoner has not lost a match in it. Should he win the title match, it would be his fourth triumph in the event overall.

Lilley showed no ill effects from his dramatic late-night victory over Ken Doherty as he strung together four consecutive frames to defeat Patrick Wallace 4-1 in the other last four tie. 

It was record eight-time Northern Irish national champion Wallace who opened his account first, as he emerged from a scrappy opening frame, although Lilley levelled it with the help of runs of 65 and 34. 

A pivotal moment in the contest came in the third frame. Wallace was on the cusp of retaking the lead but broke down on a break of 56. Lilley stayed in, and later pinched the frame on the final black. 

The man from Washington near Newcastle didn’t look back, constructing breaks of 89 and 69 in the next two frames to seal a 4-1 success.  

Lilley was a qualifier for this event having come through the first Q-School held in Reading at the start of the year. In total, he has won eight matches to reach the final where he will attempt to halt White, who himself is on an 11-match winning streak. 

The Final

Lilley Is World Seniors Champion

David Lilley claimed the biggest title of his career as he dethroned defending champion Jimmy White 5-3 in the final at the Crucible Theatre to win the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship.

Playing in the final stages of this event for the first time, Lilley’s title journey began in January when he entered the initial Q-School qualifying competition in Reading. Nine match wins and four months later, he was lifting the trophy at the sport’s most iconic venue.

The 45-year-old from Washington – who was making his competitive debut at the Crucible – had eliminated Philip Williams, Ken Doherty and Patrick Wallace to reach the title match. During his late-night quarter-final clash with Doherty the day before he produced a steely effort of 69 in a deciding frame to win 4-3.

Lilley settled his nerves in the final with a 74 break to claim the opener, before pinching a close second frame with a break of 35 to win on the pink. He then chalked up the third to put himself in firm control at 3-0.

Aiming for his third successive world seniors title – and fourth overall – White had done little wrong. He eventually managed to get a foothold in the tie, constructing a classy run of 85 to go into the mid-session interval on a positive note.

The Whirlwind continued to gain momentum on resumption, racking up contributions of 42, 63 and 56 in the following two frames for parity at 3-3 and to threaten another epic recovery, after coming back from 4-0 down to beat Doherty 5-4 in last year’s final.

A nervy seventh frame ensued, with White squandering a glorious chance on the colours to take the front. Lilley leaped on his unexpected opportunity to retake the lead at 4-3, before keeping his cool with a tournament winning break of 69 in frame eight.

Speaking to Rob Walker after his triumph, Lilley said: “I’m a bit speechless, I didn’t think I’d get this emotional. Jimmy is my hero – he’s everyone’s hero. I really don’t know what to say; I’m just so happy.”

As well as the title and trophy, Lilley banks £15,000 and is in position to claim a place at the prestigious Champion of Champions later this year in Bolton.

Igor Figueired won the “Shot of the Championship” prize for his fantastic “plant double”

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And this conclude a fantastic event. It was very enjoyable. All commentators and pundits did a great job: thank you Dennis Taylor, John Virgo, Mike Dunn, Patsy Fagan and Rob Walker. 

Congratulations to the four referees as well

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And of course to the man who started it all Jason Francis!

See you next year at the Crucible … hopefully with a crowd!

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2021 WSS ROKIT World Championship – QF

All quarter-finals wre played yesterday and here are the reports by WPBSA as posted on WST website:

Afternoon session:

Figueirdo And Wallace Into Semis

Igor Figueiredo and Patrick Wallace are both through to Finals Day at the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship after they won their quarter-final matches at the Crucible Theatre this afternoon.

In a clash of current main tour players, Brazilian Figueiredo reproduced the impressive form that saw him nearly qualify for the world professional championship here last month, as he eliminated Stephen Hendry 4-1 with a string of breaks.

It was King of the Crucible Hendry who held the upper hand early on in the contest, after registering a run of 76 to claim the opening frame.

However, that was as good as it got for the Scot as the South American levelled up with the help of 31 and 41 breaks, before really finding his scoring groove and taking the lead with an effort of 100 – the third century of this year’s competition so far.

Figueiredo broke down on a break of 30 in frame four, but his opponent failed to capitalise and a returning contribution of 61 put him one away from victory at 3-1.

With his back against the wall, a determined Hendry looked like reducing his arrears in the fifth, but ran out of position on 62 and went in-off when attempting a tricky red. A clinical Figueiredo subsequently fashioned the perfect counter-attack, clearing up to and including the black for 68 to claim a 4-1 victory.

The 43-year-old is now just one match away from his second final on the world seniors circuit having been runner-up to Ken Doherty in the 2018 UK Seniors Championship in Hull.

Twenty years on from losing a tight quarter-final at the Crucible Theatre in the world professional championship, Wallace this time finished on the correct side of a close last eight affair at the venue after ousting Barry Pinches 4-2.

The Northern Irishman took a protracted opening frame on the pink, and was set fare to extend his lead in frame two whilst on a break of 43, before missing and having to watch Pinches reply with a classy 83 clearance which made it 1-1.

Wallace produced efforts of 55 and 59 to retake the lead with frame three, although Norwich cueman Pinches squared it again after a fragmented fourth frame.

For the third time in the match Wallace went in front with the aid of a crucial break of 31, before getting over the line in a nervy sixth frame.

Igor Figueiredo played really well in his quarter-final against Stephen Hendry. Stephen’s attacking approach suits him to the core. Stephen Hendry is still a long way to get his game back where he needs to be.

The Patrick Wallace v Barry Piches affair was painful to watch in the early stages. Both improved afterwards … fortunately.

Evening session:

White And Lilley Set For Final Day

Jimmy White and David Lilley completed the semi-finals line-up for the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship with victories in Sheffield on Saturday night.

White stretched his undefeated run in this event at the Crucible Theatre to 10 matches, after a 4-1 triumph over former winner Darren Morgan.

In a rerun of the title match here in 2019, Londoner White racked up runs of 46 and 41 in taking the first frame, but Morgan lit up the stage in the next with an amazing total clearance of 134 – bettering the previous tournament high break of 112 that he crafted in round one. It is the highest break in this championship since 2015.

Welshman Morgan continued his fine scoring into the third frame, although he missed on 52. He later had another chance, but it was White who finished the frame with a smile on his face as he cleared up with 36 to pinch it by a single point.

The Whirlwind would deal another body blow to his opponent in frame four. Morgan was on the cusp of levelling the match when on a break of 49 but a miss on a difficult red allowed White to clear with 40 and win on the black ball again for 3-1.

Frame five was a scrappy affair but the defending champion held the advantage almost throughout, later claiming it to set up an intriguing last four tie with Brazil’s Igor Figueiredo.

Lilley produced a steely clearance in the deciding frame to resist a comeback from Ken Doherty and arrange a semi-final date with Patrick Wallace on Sunday afternoon.

The tone for a topsy-turvy encounter was set in frame one when Lilley cleared up with 31 to swipe it on the black. He then doubled his advantage in a low-scoring second frame.

With his opponent struggling to settle, Lilley looked like making it 3-0 when on a break of 41 and nearing the snookers required stage before an unexpected miss let the 1997 world professional champion in. It was an opportunity Doherty grasped, constructing a morale-boosting clearance of 63 to halve his deficit.

The next frame saw Irishman Doherty heading towards parity on an effort of 57 – but when he jawed a red – roles were reversed from the previous frame and three-time English Amateur Champion Lilley mopped up with 55 to chalk up his second black ball success in the match.

Momentum would shift again, though, as Doherty bounced back with the aid of 34 to pocket frame five, before forcing it all the way come the conclusion of frame six.

The six-time ranking event winner edged closer to completing the turnaround before a pink went awry on a run of 40. In what was the final swing of the pendulum, Lilley seized his chance, compiling a cool break of 69 to go through in dramatic circumstances.

Darren Morgan scored the highest break of the tournament so far in the only frame he won but didn’t otherwiseimpress me. He looked frustrated. Jimmy White was solid.

It was a disappointing evening and a disappointing performance from Ken Doherty. He fought hard but it was not enough. David Lilley played well, especially considering that he had issues with his tip.

Ronnie was around all day, watching and supporting the tournament and the sponsor

 

And Andy Chubb took this wonderful photograph of this wonderful arena. Shot of the tournament for me that!

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2021 Seniors World Championship – Last 16

The last 16 round at the WSS ROKIT 2021 World Championship was plaeyd over the last two days. This is the outcome:

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So here is what happened over the last three days.

Wednesday was media day. Rob Walker who works as MC, pundit, commentator and journalist recorded interviews with the players. Those interviews were shown as part of the last round coverage.

Four matches were played on Thursday

Afternoon session results:

Darren Morgan 3-2 Lee Walker – David Lilley 3-1 Philip Williams

These matches reports are available on the new Seniors Snooker official Website.

Darren Morgan v Lee Walker was an excellent match. Darren played really well and, if he can keep this level, he is definitely one of the favourites for the title.

Evening session results:

Stephen Hendry 3-0 Patsy Fagan – Patrick Wallace 3-2 Michael Judge

These matches reports are available on the new Seniors Snooker official Website.

Stephen Hendry didn’t convince me despite the 3-0 victory. Patrick Wallace and Michael Judge served us an excellent match. It’s a shame that one of them had to go out in the first round really.

And four matches were played on Friday

Afternoon session results:

Ken Doherty 3-0 Joe Johnson – Barry Pinches 3-0 Dennis Taylor

These matches reports are available on the new Seniors Snooker official Website.

Both Ken and Barry played well but weren’t actually put under any pressure by their opponents.

Right after the match Dennis Taylor announced that he is retiring from competitive snooker but will continue to do exhibitions and play in Legends events. Everyone present at the venue paid tribute to the 1985 World Champion.

All the Best Dennis!

Evening session results:

Jimmy White 3-0 Tony Knowles –  Igor Figueiredo 3-0 John Parrott

These matches reports are available on the new Seniors Snooker official Website.

Jimmy White looked extremely nervous at the start of the match but started to play better towards the end. Igor Figueiredo becamethe first South American to play at the Crucible and he played really well. He’s definitely a contender for the title. John Parrott played decent and came up with some great shots as well. This was an entertaining match.

Ronnie who is of course a ROKIT embassador popped in…

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It was an entertaining couple of days at the Crucible and the coverage is excellent.

All images above were shared on the WSS ROKIT Seniors Tour twitter …

All the detailed results are available here