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Live Reporting

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  1. Thursday afternoon's matches

    Dennis Taylor
    Image caption: Dennis Taylor gave the Crucible an iconic moment with his 1985 win over Steve Davis

    13:00 BST:

    Wayne Cooper (Eng) v Gary Filtness (Eng)

    Bradford’s Wayne Cooper is 42 and comes to the Crucible as the replacement for Malta’s Tony Drago, who is unable to travel to Sheffield because of Covid concerns. Mainly an amateur, Cooper spent two years as a pro with a highest ranking of 90.

    Gary Filtness turns 57 the day after the Seniors final and the London-based coach has already tasted success at Seniors level in the last two seasons, including two wins over fellow-Crucible contender, Tony Knowles.

    Michael Judge (Ire) v Dennis Taylor (NI)

    Michael Judge (45) can point to having beaten John Parrott at the Crucible in 2001 – that after knocking out Jimmy White in qualifying – as a career highlight but he also missed out in the last qualifying round for the Worlds on seven occasions.

    Dennis Taylor, now 71, requires no introduction after winning the world title in 1985 in the famous last-frame nerve-shredder with Steve Davis. Known as much for his “upside-down” playing spectacles and his commentary as for his playing career, he made the Crucible quarter-finals nine times, the semis five times and the final twice.

  2. 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.”

  3. 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.”

  4. 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

  5. Doherty through after early scare

    Ireland's Ken Doherty had to come back from 3-2 down to get through the first round 4-3 against a determined Rodney Goggins, who threatened an upset when he got into his stride after trailing early on.

    Doherty started with breaks of 38 and 39 as he won the first two frames, but after a 41 and a clearance of 58 for Goggins in a 99-34 third frame, the match was anyone’s. Goggins levelled in the fourth frame and then had the better of the safety to take the lead with a 59-18 win in the fifth frame.

    Doherty then set the highest break of the match - a confident 63 – and set up a final-frame decider which he won with a break of 48 after Goggins missed a risky brown. “Thankfully for me it didn’t go in – I just tried to dig myself out of it in the last two frames,” said Doherty.

    “I settled down after frame three but Ken played a very strong couple of frames there,” said Goggins, who also wished his fellow Irishman the best for the remainder of the tournament.

  6. Thursday evening's matches

    Nigel Bond
    Image caption: In a game known for its amusing player nicknames, Nigel Bond's "Basildon" and "00-147" are standouts

    19:00 BST:

    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 in the world after reaching the 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.

  7. 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

  8. What is it?

    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. Get Inspired: How to get into snooker

    Whether you choose to play competitively or socially, snooker is sure to get your brain working.

    It requires skill and concentration and will improve your focus and hand-eye coordination.

    Anyone can play regardless of age, gender or ability and it's not an expensive sport to get into.

    Snooker is essentially a simple sport, once the rules of the game have been learnt.

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    Video caption: Get Inspired: How World Snooker is helping build confidence in the community