Snooker legend Davis triumphs in Portsmouth

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Snooker star Steve Davis lifted the Seniors World Championship in Portsmouth after a weekend of action from the some of the game’s legends.

The six-time world champion defeated reigning champ Nigel Bond 2-1 in a high quality final at the Mountbatten Centre.

Steve Davis in action. Picture: Mick Young

Steve Davis in action. Picture: Mick Young

He finished off the match with a 68 break, after beating Dave Harold, Tony Chappel and 1985 champion Dennis Taylor en route to the final.

Davis said: ‘It’s been great fun. It’s a much more family atmosphere back stage. We try to enjoy ourselves a bit more. I enjoyed today - I played alright.

‘From my perspective it’s a pilgrimage, a get together and long may it continue.’

In the final, Bond got in first and some consistent potting saw him streak into a 63 point lead.

But a well-crafted plant got Davis back into the frame, and he went on to make a 47 break.

A cracking blue the length of the table saw Bond stretch his lead and leave Davis needing two snookers.

He laid them but Bond got out of both and then sunk the pink to go 1-0 up.

But two good breaks in the next two frames saw the ‘Nugget’ triumph.

Bond said: ‘All in all it’s been a fun weekend.

‘We have a laugh and a joke and hear stories from years back.

‘Again the crowd has been fantastic and I’m sure we will be back here next year.’

Earlier in the semis, Bond beat seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry 2-0, while Davis edged past Harold 2-1.

See The News on Tuesday for a full report plus pictures.

Full results:

ROUND ONE

DENE O’KANE 0-2 NIGEL BOND

TONY KNOWLES 1-2 DARREN MORGAN

TONY DRAGO 0-2 DAVE HAROLD

STEVE DAVIS 2-0 DENNIS TAYLOR

DOUG MOUNTJOY 0-2 JIMMY WHITE

ALAIN ROBIDOUX 1-2 TONY CHAPPEL

CLIFF THORBURN 2-0 PHILIP WILLIAMS

JOE JOHNSON 0-2 STEPHEN HENDRY

QUARTER FINALS

TONY CHAPPEL 1-2 STEVE DAVIS

JIMMY WHITE 1-2 STEPHEN HENDRY

DARREN MORGAN 0-2 DAVE HAROLD

CLIFF THORBURN 1-2 NIGEL BOND

SEMI FINALS

DAVE HAROLD 1-2 STEVE DAVIS

STEPHEN HENDRY 0-2 NIGEL BOND

FINAL

STEVE DAVIS 2-1 NIGEL BOND

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