Jimmy White and David Lilley accomplished the semi-finals line-up for the 2021 ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship with victories in Sheffield on Saturday evening.
White stretched his undefeated run on this occasion on the Crucible Theatre to 10 matches, after a 4-1 overcome former winner Darren Morgan.
In a rerun of the title match right here in 2019, Londoner White racked up runs of 46 and 41 in taking the primary body, however Morgan lit up the stage within the subsequent with an incredible whole clearance of 134 – bettering the earlier match excessive break of 112 that he crafted in spherical one. It’s the highest break on this championship since 2015.
Welshman Morgan continued his effective scoring into the third body, though he missed on 52. He later had one other likelihood, nevertheless it was White who completed the body with a smile on his face as he cleared up with 36 to pinch it by a single level.
The Whirlwind would deal one other physique blow to his opponent in body 4. Morgan was on the cusp of levelling the match when on a break of 49 however a miss on a troublesome purple allowed White to clear with 40 and win on the black ball once more for 3-1.
Body 5 was a scrappy affair however the defending champion held the benefit virtually all through, later claiming it to arrange an intriguing final 4 tie with Brazil’s Igor Figueiredo.
Lilley produced a steely clearance within the deciding body to withstand a comeback from Ken Doherty and organize a semi-final date with Patrick Wallace on Sunday afternoon.
The tone for a topsy-turvy encounter was set in body one when Lilley cleared up with 31 to swipe it on the black. He then doubled his benefit in a low-scoring second body.
Along with his opponent struggling to settle, Lilley seemed like making it 3-0 when on a break of 41 and nearing the snookers required stage earlier than an sudden miss let the 1997 world skilled champion in. It was a chance Doherty grasped, developing a morale-boosting clearance of 63 to halve his deficit.
The following body noticed Irishman Doherty heading in direction of parity on an effort of 57 – however when he jawed a purple – roles have been reversed from the earlier body and three-time English Novice Champion Lilley mopped up with 55 to chalk up his second black ball success within the match.
Momentum would shift once more, although, as Doherty bounced again with assistance from 34 to pocket body 5, earlier than forcing all of it the best way come the conclusion of body six.
The six-time rating occasion winner edged nearer to finishing the turnaround earlier than a pink went awry on a run of 40. In what was the ultimate swing of the pendulum, Lilley seized his likelihood, compiling a cool break of 69 to undergo in dramatic circumstances.