Over 90 gamers are set to compete throughout seven days of motion in Studying subsequent week, all aiming to safe one in every of 4 qualifying berths at this 12 months’s ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship on the iconic Crucible Theatre in Might.
Following the success of the inaugural Seniors Q-Faculty earlier this 12 months on the similar Crucible Sports activities and Social Membership venue, this newest version is the final alternative for hopefuls to get their names into the principle draw and step out onto snooker’s grandest stage in entrance of the BBC tv cameras.
The sphere consists of former winners of this championship, present predominant tour professionals, legendary names from the game and a big contingent of novice cueists.
Throughout every of the opening six days there might be 4 spherical robin teams. The highest participant from every group will advance to the top of day play-offs the place two will progress to ‘Finals Day’ Sunday.
The 12 remaining contestants will then be break up into 4 spherical robin teams of three (better of seven frames) with the winner of every group taking their place in Sheffield between the Sixth-Ninth Might for the ultimate phases, the place reigning champion Jimmy White might be defending the title once more.
The event breaks off on Monday and sees 2017 champion Peter Strains in the identical group as novice Wayne Cooper, who certified for and gained a match finally 12 months’s occasion on the Crucible.
Reigning Tremendous Seniors primary Gary Filtness – the participant Cooper defeated in spherical one final summer time – might be making an attempt to prime Group C, whereas the skilled Rory McLeod is in Group B.
A number of well-known names enter the fray on Tuesday with former rating occasion winner Tony Knowles positioned in the identical group as Alfie Burden.
Darren Morgan and Nigel Bond – winners of this title in 2011 and 2012 respectively – additionally start their campaigns on today, as does Lee Walker.
Former world seniors primary ranked participant Jonathan Bagley is one in every of Wednesday’s headline attracts; Kuldesh Johal and Stuart Watson – a Crucible qualifier for this occasion in 2019 – are highlights on Thursday.
Northern Irish duo Gerard Greene and 2018 runner-up Patrick Wallace will face one another in the identical group on Friday. Elsewhere, 1977 UK Championship winner Patsy Fagan and Rhydian Richards – one other qualifier from two years in the past – will even be on the baize.
The final day of first stage play on Saturday will function Jersey’s Aaron Canavan, winner of this title three years in the past in Scunthorpe.
For additional info, scores and outcomes all through the week in Berkshire, please go to WPBSA SnookerScores.
The ultimate day’s motion might be livestreamed on the World Seniors Snooker Fb web page.