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Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Thursday evening's matches

    Stephen Hendry

    Stephen Hendry (Sco) v Nigel Bond (Eng)

    Stephen Hendry is perhaps the best player snooker has seen. He won seven World Championships, including five in a row, and was only 21 when he won his first. He was ranked No.1 in the world for eight years and also won five Masters tournaments in a row.

    Derbyshire’s Nigel Bond is 54 and still ranked No.83 after making the world top five in 1996-97. He lost 18-9 to Hendry in the 1995 World final and won the British Open in 1996, beating John Higgins. Bond won the Seniors event in 2012.

    Tony Knowles (Eng) v Peter Lines (Eng)

    Now 65, Bolton’s Tony Knowles was only 27 when he shocked reigning champion Steve Davis 10-1 in the opening round of the 1982 World Championship. He went on to reach the last eight that year and did so four more times in the next six years, although he never made the final.

    Leeds’ Peter Lines won the Seniors event in 2017 and is the father of another pro player, Oliver Lines. Now 50, Peter was world No 42 in 2009 and is still ranked 117 in the world and is also commentating on the action in Sheffield.

  2. Taylor out as Judge rules at Crucible

    Dennis Taylor

    Michael Judge put an end to Dennis Taylor’s hopes of a Seniors title with a rapid-fire 4-1 win and then revealed his opponent was one of the reasons he took up snooker in the first place.

    “It was a pleasure to play a legend like Dennis,” said Judge, who raced into a 3-0 lead in just 57 minutes, scoring 224 points to Taylor’s 68. “Seeing him pot that black in 1985 [to win the World Championship against Steve Davis] is what inspired me to start playing snooker.”

    Taylor won the fourth frame, taking the last three balls including a stylish blue - “that was me rolling back the years,” he said, before Judge completed a relatively simple win with a break of 60 in the fifth frame to set up a tie with Wayne Cooper in the next round.

  3. Cooper too strong for Filtness in battle of the debutants

    Wayne Cooper booked a quarter-final with Michael Judge after beating Gary Filtness in a match featuring players who had never played at the Crucible before. Filtness settled first, taking the first frame with a 39 break before Cooper replied with a 53 after a re-rack to win the second frame.

    Cooper’s 50 in the third frame proved decisive before the fourth frame – which took almost an hour to play – went to Filtness 62-26, raising the possibility of the pair having to finish at the end of the evening session to allow other scheduled matches to be played.

    Cooper prevented that by winning the last two frames, staving off a Filtness revival late in the fifth and, after another re-rack in the sixth, taking brown to pink to clinch the match.

  4. Whirlwind blows into quarter-finals

    Defending Seniors champion Jimmy White rolled back the years with breaks of 90, 73, 41 and 71 to eclipse former World champion Joe Johnson 4-1 in just over an hour and a half and reach the quarter-finals at the Crucible.

    Johnson won the first frame 42-35 when White missed a blue but then became largely a spectator as “The Whirlwind” cranked out the pots on the way to victory, finishing with a 71 after having warmed up with a 17 and a 30 in the fifth frame.

    “I settled down and played quite good,” said White afterwards. “I scored quite heavy after Joe won the first frame – it’s just good to be back playing at the Crucible – an amazing feeling.”

  5. Morgan through despite Wallace wobble

    Wales’ Darren Morgan, the runner-up from last year, is through to the second round courtesy of a 4-2 win over Patrick Wallace and despite Morgan throwing away a fourth frame he had, to all intents and purposes, already won.

    The players shared two error-strewn frames to begin the match, but Morgan’s 73 in the third frame – “from nowhere, it just clicked,” he said – gave him the lead. He was on his way to victory with another 73 in the fourth frame, but an in-off on the yellow and another 15 points in fouls gave Wallace more than the snooker he had needed to steal the frame.

    Morgan refocussed with a 32 to start the fifth frame and when Wallace made an error of shot selection, Morgan took advantage to end up 107-13 winner thanks to a break of 75. Another 75 from Morgan in the next frame then put the match beyond doubt.

    “To have a 70 in that next frame and then again in the one after that, it’s nice to know I can still do it,” he said. “Although the start was…ropey. Very ropey.”

  6. Seniors results from the Crucible

    Round One: Ken Doherty (Ire) bt Rodney Goggins (Ire) 4-3; Jimmy White (Eng) bt Joe Johnson (Eng) 4-1; Darren Morgan (Wal) bt Patrick Wallace (NI) 4-2; Aaron Canavan (Jer) bt Leo Fernandez (Ire) 4-3; Wayne Cooper (Eng) bt Gary Filtness (Eng) 4-2 Michael Judge (Ire) bt Dennis Taylor NI) 4-1.

  7. Canavan outlasts Fernandez to reach quarters

    Aaron Canavan of Jersey came back from the brink of defeat to beat Ireland's Leo Fernandez 4-3 in a two-part first-round match which saw the players returning late at night after their afternoon session overran with only five frames completed.

    Fernandez had led 3-2 at the break, having missed chances, especially in the fourth frame when the Channel Islands champion came back from 0-45 down to win, preventing Fernandez's win in the fifth frame from proving decisive.

    On the resumption at midnight, Fernandez missed a red to the centre when 47-0 up in frame six, allowing Canavan to inch his way back to levelling the match in 50 minutes of cautious snooker.

    The decider took the match to 01:20 on Thursday morning as Canavan almost gifted the win to his opponent after making 48, only for Fernandez to again fail to convert.

  8. What is it?

    19-22 August

    Some of the great names in snooker history go head-to-head for the World Seniors Championship.

    Defending champion Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry will headline this year's tournament, which is being held at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

    White, seven-time world champion Hendry, 1997 world champion Ken Doherty and UK Seniors champion Michael Judge are the four seeded players.

    Other notable names including 1985 world champion Dennis Taylor , 1986 winner Joe Johnson and former world runner-up Nigel Bond are also in the draw.

    Jimmy White
  9. BBC coverage

    Thursday, 20 August

    13:00-16:00 & 19:00-22:00 - BBC Red Button, BBC Sport online, BBC iPlayer

    Friday, 21 August

    13:00-16:00 & 19:00-22:00 - BBC Red Button, BBC Sport online, BBC iPlayer

    Saturday, 22 August

    12:00-15:00 & 19:00-22:00 - BBC Red Button, BBC Sport online, BBC iPlayer

  10. Get Inspired : How to get into snooker

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