2017 Snooker Legends UK Seniors Championship (Day 3)
24th-26th October 2017 / The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, England
WHITE WINS 2017 UK SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP
A quarter of a century on from winning the professional version, Jimmy White completed a double by claiming the inaugural UK Seniors Snooker Championship.
The third and final day at the Harlequin Theatre saw both Semi-Final matches played in the afternoon session.
Number 3 seed White advanced to the final after eliminating the last remaining qualifier, Jonathan Bagley, 3-1 in a relatively low scoring affair.
Despite losing, Bagley will surely be pleased of his ongoing efforts in these events having reached the same stage during the World Seniors Championship in March.
In-form Ken Doherty then put on a solid performance to defeat top seed Stephen Hendry 3-0, registering breaks of 49, 70, 40 and 45 in the process.
Given his form of the last couple of months and during his two previous matches in Redhill, the Irishman probably started the final as a slight favourite. He was rated as the pre-tournament favourite before a ball was struck.
However, the ever-green White produced yet more suitable matchplay snooker, recovering from losing the opening frame to take overall success with a 4-2 victory.
After a couple of barren months on the professional circuit for the Whirlwind, this title glory is certainly timely. It is his second major trophy at Seniors level; the 55 year old won the 2010 World Seniors Championship. He was presented the retro trophy by the first ever UK Championship winner in 1977, Patsy Fagan, and also banks a very handy £7,500.
Doherty's loss is another disappointment in a UK final having been on the losing side of the professional event three times before. He does however have the consolation of registering the highest break at the Harlequin Theatre this week because of his 137 against Patrick Wallace in the Quarter-Finals.
In between major professional competitions, this tournament has been the ideal filler for fans.
The event has been meaningful, which is important as opposed to a one-off exhibition. I think the balance is right too; a mixture of amateurs and some of the biggest ever names in the sport is refreshing, whilst the short format will always make it competitive and often leads to a dramatic climax.
Elsewhere this season on the Seniors Tour we'll see a Masters, an Irish Masters and an expanded World Championship where this time 8 qualifiers will line up at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.
As the Snooker Legends creator Jason Francis says - Dare to Dream!
Picture above is courtesy of Monique Limbos
Written and published by Michael Day on the 26th October 2017