2017 Snooker Legends UK Seniors Championship (Day 2)
24th-26th October 2017 / The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, England
DOHERTY & BAGLEY RED-HOT IN REDHILL
Ken Doherty and qualifier Jonathan Bagley were the stand out performers during Day 2 of the inaugural UK Seniors Snooker Championship.
In an all-Irish affair, Doherty recovered from losing the opening frame to Patrick Wallace. The 1997 World Champion made a break of 48 to help level it and then constructed consecutive efforts of 137 and 100 to seal a 3-1 win. These were the first centuries of the event.
Leeds based cueist Bagley is the last qualifier remaining. He recorded impressive runs of 60, 47 and 89 to move 2-0 up on John Parrott, and then completed a clean sweep with another 47 and a 27 clearance on the colours.
The victory acted as revenge for Bagley, who narrowly lost to Parrott in the Semi-Finals of the World Seniors Championship in March.
Jimmy White began the day's action with a 3-1 success over Les Dodd.
The Whirlwind crafted a 58 to chalk up the opener, but a plucky clearance on the colours saw the former three-time Crucible qualifier draw all square. However, White produced a run of 44 - eventually winning on the colours, to re-establish a lead and then finished off with a very classy 89 in Frame 4.
Top seed Stephen Hendry was fairly comfortable during a 3-0 win against Tony Knowles, the only seeded player to have come through the Preliminary Round on Tuesday.
The tournament will be played to a conclusion on Thursday with the Last 4 scheduled for the afternoon and the Best of 7 Frames Final in the evening.
White will face Bagley whilst Hendry crosses cues with Doherty in a repeat of the famous 1994 UK Final. The champion will walk away with the replica retro UK Championship trophy and a winners purse of £7,500.
The event has been a very enjoyable one so far, but it has also been competitive and meaningful. Tomorrow should be very intriguing to watch.
Picture above is courtesy of Monique Limbos.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 25th October