Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q-School Super Seniors

This is the qualifying event for the “Super Seniors” tournament. Players must be 55 or older to be able to compete in this one and there were no main tour players in the draw.

You will find all detailed results here

This is how it unfolded…

Last 24

Lee Taylor 3-0 Colin Bark
Mukesh Parmar 3-0 Steve Whalley
Richard Pipe w/o Paul McCulloch
Andrew Milliard w/o Peter Bardsley
Dean Reynolds 3-1 Kevin Kelly
Chris Cookson 3-2 Richard Wykes
Ashley Beal 3-1 John Rees

Last 16

Gary Filtness 3-0 Lee Taylor
Mukesh Parmar 3-0 Lindon Paxford
Richard Pipe 3-0 Dennis Tristram
Ian Brumby 3-0 Patsy Fagan
Tony Knowles 3-2 Andrew Milliard
Dean Reynolds 3-0 Ian Spawton
Chris Cookson 3-1 Ray Grail
Ashley Beal 3-0 Richard Emery

Quarter-finals

Gary Filtness 3-2 Mukesh Parmar
Ian Brumby 3-1 Richard Pipe
Dean Reynolds 3-2 Tony Knowles
Ahley Beal 3-0 Chris Cookson

Semi-finals

Gary Filtness 3-0 Ian Brumby
Ashley Beal 3-0 Dean Reynolds

The Final

Gary Filtness 4-0 Ashley Beal

This is a remarkable victory for Gary, who has suffered from very painfulback injuries for months, will definitely need an operation, withdrew from other Q-school events, but saved his best for this one! And he couldn’t believe he did it!

Congratulations Gary Filtness!

See you at Ally Pally … eerh?

Surely this has to be at Upton Park now!

😎😂

Rokit World Seniors 2021 – Q School World Championships – Results

This is the qualifying event for the 2021 Rokit World Seniors Snooker Championship. Two spots were for the grabs.

The players currently competing on the Main Tour are highlighted in orange.

You will find all detailed results here

Last 96

Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-0 Ahmed Alhasimi
Ivor Fitzpatrick 3-2 Simon Chandler
Rod Lawler 3-1 Gary Milne
Mukesh Parmar 3-0 Darren Mills
Stuart Reardon 3-2 Mark Taylor
Declan Hughes 3-0 Andy Papaiacovou
Mohamed Abdekader 3-0 Dean Reynolds
Mike Nixon 3-0 Karl Walker
Steve Crowley 3-0 Peter O’Malley
Gerard Greene 3-1 Chris Jones
Kevin Palmer w/o Peter Bardsley
Peter Lines 3-0 Ian Brumby
Andrew Norman 3-1 Neil Herd
Andrew Booker 3-1 Richard Wykes
David Lilley w/o Alfie Burden
Ashley Beal 3-0 John Snape
Kuldesh Johal 3-1 Paul Davies
Lee Taylor w/o Lee Walker
Mark Garderton w/o Anthony Bonner
Nigel Bond w/o Minesh Doshi
Andy Lavin 3-2 Jim Buck
Barry Pinches 3-0 Martin Williams

Last 64

Ant Parsons w/o Michael Judge
Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-0 Steve Walley
Steven Thomas 3-2 Mark Ball
Phil Williams 3-0 Gary Coulson
Ivor Fitzpatrick 3-1 Richard Emery
Rod Lawler 3-0 Steve Bird
Wayne Townsend 3-0 Mukesh Parmar
Gary Filtness 3-0 Stuart Reardon
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Declan Hughes
Matt Ford 3-2 Richard Jones
Gary Thomson w/o Mohamed Abdelkader
Dean Sycamore w/o Mike Nixon
James Brown 3-2 Steve Crowley
Tony Knowles 3-2 Gerard Greene
Darren Morgan 3-2 John Hunter
Leo Fernandez 3-1 Kevin Palmer
Patrick Wallace 3-1 Peter Lines
Andrew Norman 3-1 Mohammad Aurangzaib
Rhydian Richards 3-2 Andrew Booker
David Lilley 3-1 Lee S. Martin
Ashley Beal 3-2 Jonathan Bagley
Johnny Stevens 3-1 Adam Denham
Mark Gray 3-0 Kuldesh Johal
Stuart Watson 3-0 Lee Taylor
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Mark Gardenton
Hans Blankaert v Martin McCrudden – both players withdrew
Nigel Bond 3-0 Andrew Greaves
Andy Lavin 3-2 Sean Lanigan
Barry Pinches 3-1 Andy Milliard
Chris Cookson 3-2 Patsy Fagan
Dave Finbow 3-0 Abid Manzoor
Rory McLeod 3-1 Andy Hicks

Last 32

Ant Parsons 3-0 Dharminder Singh Lilly
Phil Williams 3-2 Steven Thomas
Rod Lawler 3-0 Ivor Fitzpatrick
Wayne Townsend w/o Gary Filtness
Matt Ford 3-0 Aaron Canavan
Dean Sycamore w/o Gary Thomson
Tony Knowles 3-1 James Brown
Darren Morgan 3-1 Leo Fernandez
Andrew Norman 3-0 Patrick Wallace
David Lilley 3-0 Rhydian Richards
Johnny Stevens 3-2 Ashley Beal
Mark Gray 3-0 Stuart Watson
Wayne Cooper bye
Nigel Bond 3-0 Andy lavin
Barry Pinches 3-0 Chris Cookson
Dave Finbow 3-2 Rory McLeod

Last 16

Ant Parsons 1-3 Phil Williams
Wayne Townsend 3-0 Rod Lawler
Matt Ford 3-0 Dean Sycamore
Darren Morgan 3-1 Tony Knowles
Andrew Norman 1-3 David Lilley
Johnny Stevens 1-3 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Nigel Bond
Barry Pinches 3-2 Dave Finbow

Quarter-finals

Phil Williams 1-3 Wayne Townsend
Matt ford 0-3 Darren Morgan
David Lilley 3-1 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 1-3 Barry Pinches

Semi-finals

David Lilley 4-2 Wayne Townsend
Barry Pinches 4-3 Darren Morgan

Congratulations David Lilley and Barry Pinches!

See you at the Crucible!

Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q-School UK Championships – Results

The Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q School UK Championship started on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 and finished in the small hours of Sunday, January 10, 2021 

You can find all the results here

The main table was streamed on Facebook.

Last 96

Mike Gardenton 3-0 Darren Mills
David Lilley 3-0 Andy Hickx
Ashley Beal 3-2 Lee Taylor
Declan Hughes 3-2 Ivor Fitzpatrick
Stuart Reardon 3-1 Richard Wykes
Andy Lavin 3-2 Dean Reynolds
Gary Milne 3-0 Richard Jones
Gerard Greene 3-2 Abid Manzoor
Mark Taylor 3-0 Andrew Booker
Kuldesh Johal 3-0 Martin Williams
Karl Walker w/o Martin McCrudden
Nigel Bond 3-0 Ahmed Alhasmi
John Hunter w/o Minesh Doshi
Jim Buck 3-2 Steve Crowley
Ant Parsons 3-0 Chris Cookson
John Snape 3-0 Neil Herd
Mukesh Parmar w/o Peter Bradsley
Mike Dixon 3-1 Kevin Palmer
Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-2 Steven Thomas
Barry Pinches 3-0 Simon Chandler
Rod Lawler w/o Lee Walker

Last 64

Patrick Wallace 3-0 Mike Gardenton
David Lilley 3-0 Andy Papaiacovou
Rhydian Richards 3-2 Ashley Beal
Paul Davies 3-2 Mark Ball
Peter Lines 3-0 Jonathan Bagley
Wayne Townsend 3-1 Declan Hughes
Mark Gray 3-0 Stuart Reardon
Richard Emery 3-1 Mohamed Abdelkader
Wayne Cooper 3-0 Adam Denham
Darren Morgan 3-2 Andy Lavin
Gary Milne 3-1 Andrew Greaves
Tony Knowles 3-0 Gerard Greene
Kuldesh Johal 3-1 Patsy Fagan
Dave Finbow 3-0 Karl Walker
Nigel Bond 3-1 Aaron Canavan
Rory McLeod 3-0 Peter O’Malley
Andrew Norman 3-0 Steve Whalley
John Hunter 3-2 Andrew Milliard
Jim Buck 3-1 Gary Coulson
Ant Parsons 3-0 Sean Lanigan
Steve Bird 3-2 John Snape
Hans Blankaert v Anthony Bonner – both players withdrew
Phil Williams 3-2 Gary Filtness
Stuart Watson 3-0 Chris Jones
Matt Ford 3-2 Ian Brumby
Mukesh Parmar 3-1 Johnny Stevens
Dean Sycamore w/o Alfie Burden
James Brown 3-0 Mike Nixon
Dharminder Singh Lilly 3-2 Lee S. Martin
Barry Pinches 3-1 Mohammad Aurangzaib
Leo Fernandez 3-1 Rod Lawler

Last 32

David Lilley 3-0 Patrick Wallace
Paul Davies 3-1 Rhydian Richards
Peter Lines 3-0 Wayne Townsend
Mark Gray 3-2 Richard Emery
Wayne Cooper 3-2 Darren Morgan
Gary Milne 0-3 Tony Knowles
Kuldesh Johal w/o Mark Taylor
Dave Finbow 3-2 Nigel Bond
Rory McLeod 0-3 Andrew Norman
John Hunter 2-3 Jim Buck
Ant Parsons 3-0 Steve Bird
Phil Williams bye
Stuart Watson 3-1 Matt Ford
Mukesh Parmar 3-2 Dean Sycamore
James Brown 3-1 Dharminder Singh Lilly
Barry Pinches 3-1 Leo Fernandez

Last 16

David Lilley 3-1 Paul Davies
Peter Lines 1-3 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 3-1 Tony Knowles
Kuldesh Johal 3-1 Dave Finbow
Andrew Norman 3-2 Jim Buck
Ant Parsons 0-3 Phil Williams
Stuart Watson 3-1 Mukesh Parmar
James Brown 1-3 Barry Pinches

Quarter-finals

David Lilley 4-1 Mark Gray
Wayne Cooper 3-4 Kuldesh Johal
Andrew Norman 3-4 Phil Williams
Stuart Watson 1-4 Barry Pinches

Congratulations to David Lilley, Kuldesh Johal,

Phil Williams and Barry Pinches !

See you in Hull!

Rokit World Seniors 2021 Q-School Masters – Results

The Rokit World Seniors Q School Masters was in fact the very first snooker event  to start in the new year on Monday! 

Jason Francis and his team deserve huge praise for managing to get this Q-School going under the current circumstances.

You can follow the scores, and find all the results here

The main table is streamed on Facebook.

I will however post the results here as well, and this post will be updated as the tournament unfolds.

At the time of writing, the last 96 and last 64 round have been completed

Last 96

Peter Lines 3-0 Darren Mills
Nigel Bond 3-0 Barry Pinches
Mark Gray 3-0 Stuart Watson
Darren Morgan 3-0 Jim Buck
Rod Lawler 3-0 Muhammad Aurangzaib
Ant Parsons 3-1 Gary Milne
Andy Lavin 3-0 Chris Cookson
Mark Taylor 3-2 Ahmed Ahashmi
Declan Hughes 3-0 Dean Sycamore
Andrew Booker 3-1 Ray Grail
Steve Crowley 3-1 Rhydian Richards
Rory McLeod 3-2 Mark Ganderton – Rory is playing for Jamaica
Steven Thomas 3-2 Patsy Fagan
Andrew Norman 3-0 Ivor Fitzpatrick
Lee S. Martin 3-0 Neil Herd
Dave Finbow 3-1 Chris Jones
Aaron Canavan 3-0 John Hunter
Andrew Greaves 3-1 Andy Papaiacovou
Sean Lanigan 3-2 Abid Manzoor

Dharminder Singh Lily w/o Lee Walker
Johnny Stevens w/o Peter Bradsley

Last 64

Nigel Bond 3-0 John Snape
Rod Lawler 3-0 Karl Walker
Phil Williams 3-0 Peter O’Malley
Andy Lavin 3-0 Mohamed Abdelkader
Darren Morgan 3-1 Tony Knowles
Mark Taylor 3-2 Simon Chandler
Peter Lines 3-0 Adam Denham
Mark Gray 3-0 Martin Williams
Rory McLeod 3-0 Minesh Doshi
Matt Ford 3-1 Richard Wykes
David Lilley 3-1 Jonathan Bagley
Steven Thomas 3-2 Steve Bird
Dharminder Singh Lily 3-2 Stuart Reardon
Ant Parsons 3-2 Steve Whslley
Andy Hicks 3-0 Mukesh Parmar
James Brown 3-2 Andrew Milliard
Wayne Townsend 3-0 Dean Reynolds
Steve Crowley 3-0 Gary Coulson
Andrew Booker 3-0 Lee Taylor
Gary Thomson 3-1 Declan Hughes
Dave Finbow 3-0 Mike Nixon
Andrew Norman 3-2 Ian Brumby
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Kuldesh Johal
Andrew Greaves 3-0 Paul Davies
Sean Lanigan 3-0 Richard Jones
Gerard Greene 3-1 Mark Ball
Ashley Beal 3-0 Richard Emery

Gary Filtness w/o Hans Blankaert – my guess is that Hans was unable to travel from Belgium
Lee S. Martin w/o Anthony Bonner
Kevin Palmer w/o Martin McCrudden
Johnny Stevens w/o Alfie Burden – Alfie had to withdraw because his son has Covid-19
Leo Fernandez bye

Last 32

Mark Taylor – Gary Filtness w/o
Phil Williams 3-2 Andy Lavin
Nigel Bond 3-1 Rod Lawler
Darren Morgan 3-1 Peter Lines
Mark Gray 1-3 Ant Parsons
Dharminder Singh Lily 3-1 Matt Ford
David Lilley 3-1 Rory Mcleod
Steven Thomas 0-3 Leo Fernandez
Andrew Booker 0-3 Andy Hicks
Steve Crowley w/o Gary Thomson
James Brown 2-3 Wayne Townsend
Johnny Stevens 0-3 Andrew Norman
Gerard Greene 3-0 Dave Finbow
Aaron Canavan 3-0 Kevin Palmer
Sean Lanigan 0-3 Lee S. Martin
Ashley Beal 3-0 Andrew Greaves

Last 16

Gary Filtness –  Phil Williams w/o
Nigel Bond 1-3 Darren Morgan
Ant Parsons 3-0 Dharminder Singh Lilly
David Lilley 3-0 Leo Fernandez
Andy Hicks 3-0 Steve Crowley
Wayne Townsend 2-3 Andrew Norman
Gerard Greene 3-2 Aaron Canavan
Lee S. Martin 3-1 Ashley Beal

Quarter-finals

Phil Williams 0-3 Darren Morgan
Ant Parsons 1-3  David Lilley
Andy Hicks 3-1 Andrew Norman
Gerard Greene 3-2 Lee S. Martin

Semi-finals

David Lilley 3-0 Gerard Greene
Darren Morgan 3-0 Andy Hicks

The Final

Darren Morgan 4-3 David Lilley

Congratulations Darren Morgan! See you at Ally Pally!

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I have put the names of the senior players currently competing on the Main Tour in orange. As you can see there are a few of them, and the only one who lost so far is Barry Pinches who was beaten by another main tour player, Nigel Bond.

Amongst the name that caught my eye, are Andrew Norman and Mukesh Parmar.

Andrew was on the main tour for a few seasons, and was one of the “pilars” of the SWSA.  Everyone knowing Andrew, knows that he’s a lovely person. Andrew felt that playing on the main tour, and all the traveling it implied, was putting too much pressure on his family life. He missed the competition though, and had told me that he would get on the seniors tour as soon as he would turn 40, and here he is!

Mukesh Parmar was Mark Selby’s manager and friend for many, many years. I never knew that he was a player himself.

WSS 2021 Q-School – the draws are out.

The WSS 2021 Q-School will sart on January, 4, 2021. Four qualifying events will be played. The event has been recognised as an “Elite Sport” event and, as such is allowed to go ahead provided that all precautions and sanitary rules are followed when it comes to covid-19 prevention.

The event will be played in Reading, at the Crucible Sports and Social Club. The club is owned by Jason Francis. Practice will also be available at Jason’s club in Newbury.

The main table will be streamed on Facebook.

Here are the draws:

WSS UK Chamionship Qualifiers draw

WSS Masters draw

Super Seniors  draw

World Championship draw

As you will see there is an interesting mix in there: great players from the past, recent past and current main tour seniors players and very talented amateurs.

Unfortunately, no Asian players are able to compete this time around.

Live scores and results will be available via the WPBSA Snooker Scores system

It has been a colossal effort from Jason and the WSS team to get this on its feet. Thank you to all those who made this possible, and good luck to all players.

Qualifying School in Jersey postponed

Unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 situation, the Qualifying School in Jersey had to be postponed.

Here is the message that Jason Francis shared on social media, on October 13, 2020.

Dear All,
It is with great regret that given todays announcement from Jersey we have no option but to postpone the seniors qualifying school. What started out as a challenge, and a resolve to get an event on, is no longer viable with only residents of Worthing and a few remote regions in the Uk now able to arrive in Jersey without a 5 day isolation period.
The new dates will be Monday January 4th to Sunday January 10th.
Play will begin on Tuesday 5th, everyone will need to arrive by 6pm on Monday 4th in case the self-isolation rule is still in place. With today’s announcement most flights will be cancelled so move quick to get them rearranged.
The Mayfair Hotel have agreed to honour and move bookings at no cost to players, please get in touch with them, they will also honour the rate. I cannot speak for any players staying in an unofficial hotel but you should contact them as soon as you can.
For those players who have already withdrawn you now have the option to come back in, irrespective of numbers in the field if you want your place back we will make it happen but you need to get in touch.
Also if you cannot attend between 4th – 10th January then you can apply for a refund and I will issue a form for this.
However please note if you withdraw now there is no guarantee you can get back in closer to the date as I had already filled the spots of everyone who had withdrawn and we still have a waiting list.
I am hopeful things will be a bit easier after Christmas but I also accept this is not ideal for everyone, but giving up and cancelling and depriving players of a chance to play in the crucible or against a legend would be worse.
For those who were waiting for the 20th, you’re automatically transferred into the new event date and unless I hear from you that will stay the same.
Current Jersey regions for Uk attached, you can see how little green was left.
We have moved as quickly as we can,
Regards
World Seniors Snooker.

Jason and the World Seniors Team are putting in every effort to get the WSS players playing whilst making sure it’s safe for everybody involved. It’s a huge challenge and they have no control over the pandemics situation and its consequences. They can only work hard and try their best, which they certainly do.

Seniors Q-school announced ahead of the coming 2020/21 season

The news was  aired by Jason Francis during the MSI of the Final two days ago.

This is the announcement by WPBSA:

The ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Tour has announced the launch of World Seniors Qualification School from which eight places at major Seniors tournaments in 2021 will be won.

To be held in Jersey from 2-8 November 2020, the event will be open to a maximum of 96 players, including both amateurs aged over 40 and for the first-time current World Snooker Tour professionals ranked 65-128 at the start of the 2020/2021 season.

Places in the following competitions will be contested over the course of the event:

  • 2021 UK Seniors Championship (4 places)
  • 2021 World Seniors Championship – (2 places)
  • 2021 Masters – (1 Place in the 2021 Masters)
  • 2021 Super Seniors over 55s – (1 place in the 2021 Masters)

Each of the eight qualifying players will be guaranteed to win a minimum of £1,000 at the final stages of the event.

All players will undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival (at no cost to them) and will be responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation.

Jason Francis, Chairman of World Seniors Snooker said: “We are delighted to be able to launch our new World Seniors Qualification School which I am sure will prove to be a fantastic week of snooker with big prizes on offer.

“Only this week we have seen the likes of Gary Filtness and Wayne Cooper overwhelmed by the chance to play at the iconic Crucible Theatre for the first time and through Qualification School even more opportunities will be created for players of all levels of experience to achieve their dreams.

“We also hope that by holding these qualification tournaments together, rather than over the course of several individual qualifying events, this will help to reduce travel and accommodation costs for our loyal players over the course of the season.”

Further information will be released by World Seniors Snooker in due course.

There are still many uncertainties linked to the covid-19 crisis and the 20/21 season calendar is not yet available at the time of writing.

 

WSS ROKiT Phones.com 2020 World Seniors Snooker Championship – Jimmy White is your Champion

It was an extrordinary day at the Crucible as the ROKiT Phones.com 2020 World Seniors Snooker Championship concluded.

Jimmy White defended his title – the first ever player to defend a World title at the Crucible – beating Stephen Hendry in the semi-finals, Ken Doherty in the Final … and beating the infamous Crucible “Curse”.

Congratulations Jimmy!

Here are the reports by WPBSA:

The semi-finals:

Defending champion Jimmy White and Ken Doherty will contest the final of the 2020 ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre this evening.  

The pair will meet over the best of nine frames for the £15,000 first prize and a lucrative spot at the Champion of Champions after coming through their respective semi-finals during this afternoon’s session.

Over 32 years on since their first meeting here, White and Stephen Hendry added a new chapter to their legendary Crucible rivalry, and for the first time it was the Englishman that bested his nemesis at the one-table set-up in Sheffield.

After an edgy start White took the opener on the colours but a 64 break from Hendry – consisting of eight reds and blacks at the start of the second frame – helped him settle down and level.

The ever-popular Londoner then compiled efforts of 37 and 39 to move back ahead before a scintillating contribution of 130 – the highest of this year’s tournament so far – in the fourth frame put him one away from progression.

White looked like getting the job done in the next when on a break of 52, but after misjudging a tight pot on a red, Hendry later pounced with a typical match-saving 43. However, this would only prove to be a stay of execution for the seven-times world professional champion as runs of 36 and 55 got White over the line as a 4-2 winner.

“I played really well. It’s great to see Stephen practising and playing well again; he will be a big part of the seniors in the next five or six years. He’ll be back for revenge, no doubt.” White said after the game.

‘The Whirlwind’ is looking to become the first player in history to retain this title and win it for a third time in total.

Doherty is also on course to create a piece of snooker history as he aims to become a world champion in four different categories throughout his illustrious career.

In all-Irish affair between two practice partners, ‘The Darling of Dublin’ also put in a classy performance, producing a string of breaks as he overcame UK Seniors champion Michael Judge 4-1.

The 1997 world professional champion made breaks of 46 and 47 to go one up, but the former world number 24 squared it with the aid of a 49 in the next.

However, Doherty largely froze out his opponent for the remainder of the match, racking up further runs of 60, 80 and 57 to triumph with change to spare.

Speaking after the game Doherty said “I’m delighted to get through. I was delighted with how I played when I was in and amongst the balls. I scored pretty good, I felt very calm.”

“I’m just so excited to be in the final; Jimmy is a hero of mine, he’s a great mate of mine, it will be a pleasure and an honour to play him in the final of a world seniors here at the Crucible. It doesn’t get much better than that. It’s a dream come true.”

Stephen Hendry didn’t play quite as well as he did yesterday, but he will have a lot of positives to take from this event. He’s still got it.

The Final:

Jimmy White became the first player in history to successfully defend the ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Championship after he conjured up an astonishing comeback to oust Ken Doherty 5-4 in an epic final at the Crucible Theatre.

‘The Whirlwind’ pockets a £15,000 first prize and a coveted place in the Champion of Champions later this year. Having initially won the title in 2010, this is a record-extending third time he has captured the ultimate prize on the seniors circuit.

Hopes of retaining the trophy looked all but over for White and his adoring legion of fans during the first half of what would be an unforgettable night of action in Sheffield.

Aiming to create history himself by adding a seniors crown to the junior, amateur and professional world championships he has collected during his illustrious career, Doherty appeared to be coasting to victory before the mid-session interval.

It was one-way traffic from the Irishman, who capitalised on his opponent’s inability to settle down by compiling breaks of 93, 46, 44 and 56 to take a 4-0 lead into the break and move just one away from glory. However, as is so often the case, the interval swung the match dramatically.

White refused to relinquish his title; a run of 42 in frame five got him on the board, and he continued to grow in confidence as he halved the original deficit with a decisive 44 in the next.

Momentum had visibly shifted and the unlikely recovery continued in a dramatic seventh frame. Both players had glorious opportunities to claim it on the colours – White missed a blue into the corner pocket, whereas Doherty failed to pot a tricky match ball pink with the rest after he misjudged his position from the blue. The reigning champion subsequently kept his nerve to sink the remaining two balls and get back within one.

With the tension rising, an unsteady Doherty broke down from a good position on a break of 32 in frame seven and White punished with a counter-attacking effort of 79 to force it all the way. The Englishman – who has painful memories of deciding frame defeats at the Crucible Theatre – then completed the seismic recovery in style with a break of 85.

Speaking after the match to BBC Sport’s Rob Walker, White said: “Once I got that frame [fifth] I settled a bit. I didn’t really get going but towards the end I felt really good because I’m playing well in practice so I know that my form’s there.”

“Luckily enough for me Ken missed a couple of balls which would have wrapped the match up. It’s a fantastic win; I’m a bit gutted for Ken because I’ve been here miles in front and got beat. This is a great win for me being 4-0 down.”

Contemplating what might have been, Doherty graciously said: “It completely changed after the interval. I missed a good few chances and Jimmy started to comeback, he played really well.”

“It’s a bit heartbreaking because it would have been nice to get my hands on the trophy but that’s snooker – it can be a great sport; it can be very cruel at times.”

Ken came on twitter later admitting that he felt devastated and that it will take some time for him to get over what happened there.

It was a fantastic event. Jason Francis and the team behind him deserve immense credit, not just for this event, but for how well they managed to develop the Seniors snooker tour and to give it real credibility. The quality was there for all to see – and enjoy – this week. This tour is not about a bunch of retired snooker players knocking a few balls around, it a real Tour, and it means an awful lot for the players involved in it.

In general the BBC coverage was excellent, Rob Walker in particular was fantastic … BUT they did it AGAIN (*): they pulled the snooker off just as the Final’s decider was to start, to show highlights of women golf. One event was happening LIVE and heading to a dramatic conclusion, the other was “past” and watching those highlights half an hour later wouldn’t have changed much for anyone interested in it.

This is the link to the semi-finals pictures album

And the link to the Final pictures album 

all images by Andy Chubb

(*) They had pulled the snooker off in 2013, just as Ronnie, defending champion and coming back after a year off, was about to finish his first round match. Barry Hearn wasn’t impressed.

 

 

 

 

QF day at the WSS ROKiT Phones.com World Snooker Championship

It was another fantastic day at the Crucible yesterday as the four seeds duly emerged from the QF round.

Here are yesterday’s results

QFresults

And the updated draw

DrawAfterQF

Those are the reports by WPBSA

Afternoon session

Stephen Hendry and Michael Judge are the first two winners to emerge from a bumper quarter-finals Friday at the 2020 ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Championship.

Seven-time world professional champion Hendry continues to roll back the years in Sheffield. Fresh from a brilliant recovery against Nigel Bond on Thursday night, the Scot produced another eye-catching display to defeat Aaron Canavan 4-1 in the afternoon session’s first match.

Hendry did have to bounce back from an early setback, though. On a break of 60 in the opening frame he missed a straightforward red and was made to sit as 2018 winner Canavan pounced with efforts of 39 and a 32 clearance to steal it.

However, ‘The King of the Crucible’ quickly rediscovered his stride, looking more like his old-self here as he registered runs of 75, 81 and 53 to claim four consecutive frames and seal a 4-1 victory with a near 95% pot success rate.

“There was some good stuff in there. I’m lacking match composure, but I’ve been working on some good stuff and my long game was great today. I am happy to still be in.” Hendry said to Rob Walker after the match.

Hendry would face career rival Jimmy White in a romantic semi-final clash should ‘The Whirlwind’ defeat Peter Lines later today. Asked about the prospect Hendry added “Magnificent. It would be amazing to play Jimmy out here again”.

Later in the afternoon session reigning UK Seniors champion Judge stayed on course for a unique seniors circuit double after dispatching Wayne Cooper 4-1.

Both players struggled to settle early on, but it was Dubliner Judge who adapted best in establishing a 3-0 advantage. Yorkshireman Cooper managed to avoid the whitewash with a swift effort of 59 in frame four, but Judge decided the outcome in the next – a break of 48 helping him get across the line.

Speaking after the result the former world number 24 said “I kind of put a bit of pressure on my myself because I really didn’t want to miss out on the semi-finals. I felt good coming in, but as I went on even though I was ahead, I started feeling more and more nervous so I was just glad to get over the line and hopefully I can relax tomorrow and play a bit better. I have nothing to lose.”

If Ken Doherty can overcome Darren Morgan later there would be an all-Irish last four affair on Saturday afternoon. Judge practices with Doherty on his table in Dublin and thinking about a potential meeting said “It would be great to play Ken here at the Crucible. It would be an honour, but I think Darren will have something to say about that first.”

Evening session

The last four line-up for the 2020 ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Championship is now complete after Jimmy White and Ken Doherty claimed the final two spots during Friday night’s quarter-final session at the Crucible Theatre.

Reigning champion White set up a mouthwatering semi-final clash with career-long rival Stephen Hendry after defeating fellow main tour professional and 2017 winner Peter Lines 4-1 with a trio of sixty-plus breaks.

‘The Whirlwind’ lost a scrappy opening frame but responded with a well-constructed contribution of 79 to square it before a 62 helped him move 2-1 in front.

White continued to look determined, and with a gutsy run of 41 from the last two reds – including a glorious green down the side cushion with the extended rest – he went one away from progression. The ever popular and evergreen Londoner then finished the job with a 66 in frame five to keep at bay ‘The Crucible Curse’ and keep alive hopes of a third World Seniors Championship title.

The Hendry-White rivalry is the stuff of sporting legend. The pair famously contested four World Championship finals here at the Crucible Theatre in the 1990s with Hendry winning all four, although White did overcome his nemesis during their first and last meetings at the iconic venue.

There will be plenty of reminiscing, but plenty at stake when the two cross cues here once again tomorrow afternoon for a place in the final.

After his win, White spoke to Rob Walker; “When I got in the balls I felt really good. I’m getting more confidence in my cue action and I’m going for my shots. I’m back attacking.”

Looking ahead to his blockbuster tie with the Scot, White added “I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to it. I understand three million people will be watching on primetime in China tomorrow, but I love all that.”

Earlier in the evening – thirty years on from their first meeting as professionals – Doherty eliminated 2011 winner Darren Morgan in a quality encounter.

‘The Darling of Dublin’ set his stall out with a classy 67 clearance to deposit the opening frame but Morgan retaliated with a frame-winning 30 finish in the next. Further breaks were traded in the following two frames as Doherty made a 72 to move back in front before Morgan levelled once more with the help of a 66.

World professional champion here in 1997, Doherty inched ahead again before shutting the door on the Welshman as he compiled a decisive effort of 80 in the sixth frame to triumph 4-2 with a 91% pot success rate.

Doherty will meet fellow Dubliner and practice partner Michael Judge in an intriguing semi-final with both still hoping to create first-time history later in this tournament. Judge is aiming to hold the World and UK Seniors titles at the same time, whereas Doherty is trying to add this crown to his junior, amateur and professional world titles.

“I’m delighted to get through, it was a tough game; Darren played some really good stuff there. It’s nice to play and get a few breaks – I was delighted to get a break at the end there. I’m looking forward to the all-Irish clash for sure.” Doherty said after the game.

The semi-finals – which feature the tournament’s four seeded players – will take place from 12 noon with the White v Hendry showdown first up and Judge v Doherty to follow. The winners will then meet on Saturday evening for a best-of-nine finale to determine the destiny of the championship.

So that’s our “program” for this afternoon and it’s not to be missed!

This has so far been an awesome tournament!

Excellent commentary has been provided by Mike Dunn, Dennis Taylor, Ken Doherty, Peter Lines, Patrick Wallace, Tony Knowles,  Rodney Goggins and of course this man

RobWalker

Rob Walker has been everywhere except at the table playing. His formidable enthusiasm and his energy have brought something very special to the event. Thanks Rob!

And here is the link to the photo album for the QFs – all images by Andy Chubb

The theatre of dreams is waiting …

who will be crowned Seniors World Snooker Champion tonight? 

Photography Andy Chubb