World Seniors winner Davis has no plans to retire

Steve Davis. Pic: Mick Young
Steve Davis. Pic: Mick Young
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SNOOKER legend Steve Davis says he has no plans to retire after lifting the World Seniors title in Portsmouth.

The ‘Nugget’ was the most consistent player during the championship weekend held at the Mountbatten Centre.

He beat Dennis Taylor, Tony Chappel and Dave Harold on the way to the final, where he overcome 2012 winner Nigel Bond 2-1.

And it seems the 56-year-old – who is ranked number 51 in the world – is loving the game more than ever.

The six-time world champion told The News: ‘I don’t see the point or the need to retire at the moment as I still like to have my finger on the pulse of the game, as I do stuff working with the BBC.

‘If I did retire I think I’d miss it, and until that stage where I wouldn’t miss it I’m not going to retire.

‘Part of me wants to see how long I can stay on the main tour, to set a yardstick.

‘There’s not many records I’ve got because Stephen Hendry nicked loads of them.

‘But what I want to try and do is create one that becomes very difficult to out-do which will be: “how old can you stay on the main tour?”

‘If I do drop off I will go into Q School (qualifying to become a professional) to see if I can get back on again.

‘Why not?’

It was the first title Davis had won in 16 years, since lifting the Masters against Ronnie O’Sullivan in 1997.

The World Seniors event – held in Portsmouth for the second year running – sees legends of the game come together to battle it out on the green baize.

This year Stephen Hendry competed for the first time, but he was knocked out by Bond in the semis.

Other stars from yesteryear who appeared included Doug Mountjoy, ‘The Grinder’ Cliff Thorburn, the ‘Tornado’ Tony Drago, the ‘Whirlwind’ Jimmy White, Canadian Alain Robidoux, New Zealander Dene O’Kane, and Welshman Darren Morgan.

Davis, who won the title on his fourth attempt, said: ‘I played in it the first year and got to the final and got to the final again.

‘I was thinking “well I’ll come down here and you never know what’s going to happen in a best of three”.

‘But there’s so many good players in it you can’t really guarantee winning a best of three tournament with the likes of Stephen Hendry, Nigel Bond, Dave Harold, Darren Morgan, let alone the likes of Dennis Taylor, Cliff Thorburn, Dene O’Kane – just because they’re a bit older doesn’t mean they’ve lost their talent.

‘They can still play so you’ve got to be careful.’

Last year’s winner Bond played well to reach the final.

He beat the likes of Tony Knowles and Thorburn as well as easily beating Hendry 2-0.

Bond won the first frame in the final but Davis was too strong for him in the next two, finishing with a fluent 68 break to land the title.

Bond told The News: ‘He (Davis) thoroughly deserved the win.

‘The crowds here in Portsmouth have been fantastic in the last two years so I’m sure we will be back again next year.

‘Backstage it’s been a good laugh seeing the old faces again, hearing the old stories.

‘It’s been a fun weekend.’