Davis reigns supreme in Seniors

Photo by Joe Richardson

By Joe Richardson – reporter


Mark Davis clinched the 2016 World Seniors Snooker Championship last night, beating Darren Morgan 2-1 in the final at the Preston Guild Hall.

The world number 23 came through a deciding frame to claim his 5th non-ranking title, and pocket the £18,000 first prize.

Davis took a tense opening frame, before the 2011 Seniors champion Morgan produced a break of 55 to force a third and final frame.

In the end Davis proved too much for his opponent, producing an impressive match and tournament winning break of 76.

He was understandably delighted to have won the event live on Sky Sports.

“It feels brilliant, it’s a tough event, a lot of good players were here, and the best of three format makes it really cut throat.

“I’m over the moon to get my name on the trophy, with good money as well and I was really pleased with how I played.”

Davis comfortably beat yesterday’s star man Robert Milkins 2-0 in the quarter-finals, and then saw off Rory McLeod 2-1 in a scrappy affair.

Earlier in the evening, the sell-out Preston crowd were left disappointed when Morgan defeated Jimmy White 2-0 in the semi-finals.

In truth, the Welshman outplayed ‘The Whirlwind’ in the break-building and safety departments.

White could not replicate the terrific form he showed in his quarter-final, where he recorded an impressive 2-0 win over Dominic Dale, which included a superb final pink and black.

1st round

On Saturday defending World Seniors champion Mark Williams suffered a shock first round defeat to Anthony Hamilton at the Preston Guild Hall.

Williams, who is currently ranked 14th in the world, looked in good form taking the opening frame but Hamilton came roaring back in the second to force a decider.

It looked as if Williams would take the match, but an unexpected miss with the rest let his opponent in.

Thirty points behind coming to the table, Hamilton made a terrific break of 56 under pressure to secure victory, and knock out the two times world champion.

The most impressive performance of Saturday afternoon came from Robert Milkins, who took just 14 minutes to defeat Tony Drago 2-0.

Milkins looked in imperious form, as he made two superb frame-winning breaks of 81 and 86.

In the opening match, Nigel Bond booked his place in the quarter-finals, with a 2-0 win over Peter Ebdon.

The 2002 world champion failed to make any impact in the match, scoring just 17 points in both frames as Bond prevailed.

The final match on Saturday afternoon saw veteran Darren Morgan cruise to a 2-0 win over the 1986 world champion Joe Johnson.

Into the evening, there were wins for Mark Davis, Rory McLeod and Dominic Dale, who secured a 2-0 victory over John Parrot and made a break of 104 in the process.

Jimmy White, who was crowned World Seniors Champion back in 2010, ensured he progressed to the quarter-finals, beating Gary Lees 2-0.

In truth, the Welshman outplayed ‘The Whirlwind’ in the break-building and safety departments.

White couldn’t replicate the terrific form he showed in his quarter-final, where he recorded an impressive 2-0 win over Dominic Dale, which included a superb final pink and black.

 

 

 

 

 

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