Bond sets sights on Portsmouth finals

Nigel Bond in the 1994 World Championship final
Nigel Bond in the 1994 World Championship final
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Nigel Bond has booked his spot in the World Seniors Championship at the Mountbatten Centre.

The 1994 World Championship runner-up beat former world number five Gary Wilkinson in the final qualifying round.

Bond, who rattled in a break of 101 in the triumph, will now face 1985 Crucible king Dennis Taylor in the Sky-televised tournament on October 27 and 28.

Les Dodd, Barry West and Tony Chappel also progressed from the qualifiers to join Bond in the main draw.

Dodd defeated Steve Meakin 2-1 to set up a meeting with Alain Robidoux in the first round.

Chappel’s 2-0 victory over Patsy Fagan earned him a clash with Malta’s Tony Drago.

Meanwhile, West beat Ian Brumby 2-0 and will now play Dene O’Kane.

Elsewhere in the draw, Darren Morgan will take on Joe Johnson and six-time world champion Steve Davis will meet Cliff Thorburn.

Karl Townsend and Tony Knowles will go head-to-head and Jimmy White is set to face Mike Hallett.

Tickets are on sale and start at £10. VIP packages are also available. Call (023) 9262 6509 or visit worldsnooker.com/tickets

SCHEDULE: Saturday, October 27: 1pm: Darren Morgan v Joe Johnson; Dennis Taylor v Nigel Bond; Dene O’Kane v Barry West; Steve Davis v Cliff Thorburn. 7pm: Tony Drago v Tony Chappel; Karl Townsend v Tony Knowles; Alain Robidoux v Les Dodd; Mike Hallett v Jimmy White