2017 Snooker Legends UK Seniors Championship (Day 1)
24th-26th October 2017 / The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, England
KNOWLES DENIES QUALIFYING CLEAN SWEEP
Tony Knowles was the only seeded legend to progress on Day 1 of the new UK Seniors Championship, as qualifiers Les Dodd, Patrick Wallace and Jonathan Bagley continued their runs.
The tournament in Redhill, Surrey got underway with a thrilling 3-2 success for Dodd over 1985 World Champion Dennis Taylor.
After seeing the former World Number 36 take a 2-0 advantage, Taylor managed to claw his way back and force the Snooker Legends' unique Black Ball Tie-Breaker. However, it was Dodd who sunk an impressive long black to advance.
Former Crucible Quarter-Finalist Wallace eliminated Joe Johnson 3-0, in what was a reverse scoreline of their match at Baths Hall earlier in the year. Wallace pinched the first frame with a 27 clearance on the colours and never looked back.
Bagley once again proved his pedigree with a 3-1 victory over Cliff Thorburn, which included a 92 break in the opening frame - the highest effort of the day. The Leeds based cueist reached the Semi-Finals of the World Seniors Championship in Scunthorpe in March.
The most exciting and dramatic climax of the day was saved until last, though.
Former World Number 2 Knowles scrapped through in a Black Ball Tie-Breaker after opponent Gary Filtness squandered a glourious opportunity.
'TK' went 1-0 up but a break of 61 helped the qualifier level it. Filtness moved 2-1 in front and then carved himself an opportunity to win in Frame 4 but missed a relatively straightforward green to leave Knowles needing a snooker.
The top seeds enter the event on Wednesday.
There will be a Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland match when Wallace faces Ken Doherty (4th Seed) whilst Bagley will try to extract revenge on John Parrott (2nd seed) - the player who ousted him in the previously mentioned World Seniors Last 4 contest.
1992 UK Champion Jimmy White (3rd Seed) meets Dodd and the most successful player of all time Stephen Hendry (1st Seed) tackles Knowles.
Picture above is courtesy of Monique Limbos.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 24th October 2017