Ken Doherty and Barry Pinches each moved one step nearer to 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship glory after profitable their respective first spherical matches this afternoon on the Crucible Theatre.
Doherty suffered heartbreak within the last of final 12 months’s occasion when he misplaced to champion Jimmy White, however he started his quest to get again to the event’s title match with a ruthless 3-0 victory over Joe Johnson inside 50 minutes.
In a gathering of two former world skilled champions, Doherty made his intentions for this 12 months’s seniors occasion very clear, compiling a cultured clearance of 102 within the opening body.
‘The Darlin of Dublin’ continued to limit his opponent – the reigning Seniors Masters champion – as breaks of 33 and 30 helped him double his lead earlier than a run of 55 in body three iced a powerful efficiency; ending with a pot success fee of over 92%.
Talking to Rob Walker after the match Doherty mentioned: “I settled in very effectively within the first body – I made a pleasant break. I didn’t know what to anticipate immediately if I’m trustworthy. I used to be somewhat bit nervous beginning off. I’ve acquired some dangerous recollections coming again right here after final 12 months.
It’s such an exquisite venue; it’s such a disgrace there are not any folks right here to get pleasure from it with us but it surely’s nice to be again and have the seniors again on.”
Doherty will face David Lilley on Saturday within the final eight.
Pinches, who reached the ultimate of the aforementioned Seniors Masters on his final go to to the Crucible Theatre, acquired his marketing campaign off to an excellent begin with a 3-0 victory over 1985 World Champion Dennis Taylor.
The Norwich competitor started robust, potting a protracted pink off his opponent’s break-off and subsequently crafting a body profitable break of 69.
Taylor gained a slight foothold early on in body two however he was maybe unlucky to go away the ultimate pink on after escaping from a snooker; a possibility that was capitalised on by Pinches.
Certainly one of snooker’s all-time legends, Taylor accomplished a number of spectacular photographs within the third body earlier than former PTC skilled occasion winner Pinches made an effort of 74 to seal his progress into the quarter-finals the place he’ll cross cues with Patrick Wallace.
Following the end result, 72-year-old Taylor introduced his retirement from aggressive snooker.
The favored Northern Irishman has performed an important position within the success and growth of the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour since its inception. Taylor will proceed to play in exhibitions and be an envoy for the game along with his numerous broadcasting roles.