Fab Four Through To World Seniors Championship

While yesterday it was Ronnie O’Sullivan lifting the PTC title at the South West Snooker Academy, today it was the turn of the seniors as the likes of Darren Morgan, Mike Hallett and David Roe battled it out for the four available places at the TV stages of the World Seniors Championship next month…

  • To view all of the results from today, please click here.

First man through to Peterborough was Welshman Darren Morgan who saw off his fellow former top 16 players Mike Hallett and David Roe without the loss of a frame today. That however does not tell the full story as during frame two of his match against Hallett, Darren fell 60 points behind early on before clearing with 68 to snatch victory. An active player on the amateur circuit as a participant during various Masters events in international competition, many are now tipping Darren to make an impact at the venue (have had several tweets to that effect this evening) and it is easy to see why.

There he will face Gary Wilkinson, perhaps more recognisable now as a member of World Snooker’s behind the scenes team, but also a former world number five who only eight years ago was able to take seven frames from Stephen Hendry at the Crucible. Today he defeated Gary Miller and then having dropped the opener, Tony Chappel who earlier in the day had made a terrific break of 101 against the silver fox David Taylor.

Also winning through was Steve Ventham who you may remember for his run to the final of the Junior Pot Black tournament back in 1983 where he lost out to defending champion John Parrott. Today he began with a narrow 2-1 victory against Grimsby’s Dean Reynolds before seeing off Andrew Milliard and finally Barry Stark to secure his long awaited return to the big stage.

There he will face Karl Townsend, a player who I must admit I am not all too familiar with, but who was able to today defeat David Singh, John McBride and Stephen Meakin.

The World Seniors Championship takes place at The Atrium, the East of England Showground, Peterborough between 5-6 November 2011 and tickets are still available here.