White Crowned Senior Champion

Jimmy White beat fellow snooker legend Steve Davis 4-1 in the final to win the Wyldecrest Park Homes World Seniors Championship.

Whirlwind White produced a vintage performance in an emphatic victory over old adversary Davis in the new event at the Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford, before collecting the top prize of £20,000.

White, age 48, lost to Davis in the 1984 World Championship final and was denied the trophy six times at the Crucible - but can now count the World Seniors title among his list of honours.

A break of 45 helped White to the first frame. Davis made a 52 in the second before missing a red to a centre pocket, and his opponent stepped in with a superb 53 clearance. Londoner White extended his lead with a flawless 89.

He had a clear chance to settle it in frame four but accidentally feathered the white as he cued up for the final yellow at 34-46. Davis cleared to keep his hopes alive, but White dominated frame five with a top run of 44 for victory.

"I'm delighted, I had to be on my game because Steve was also playing well," said White. "When I feathered the white in the fourth I thought 'here we go again', but I managed to keep it together. My safety was very good and that's what won it for me.

"I've been putting a lot of hard work in recently, I've still got a lot of enthusiasm and I love playing. I'll be back on the table tomorrow and heading to Germany later this week for the EPTC event, and hopefully keeping this form going.

"This has been a brilliant event, all the players have had a lot of fun and it's been great entertainment for the fans. Hopefully it will become a regular event and I'll get the chance to defend the title."

Six-times World Champion Davis added: "Jimmy was superb, he put me under it from ball one. Missing the red in the second frame was expensive for me, but he seemed to play as well as ever."


Qualifying round:

Nigel Bond 2-0 Peter Ebdon

Nigel Bond 2-0 Ken Doherty
Steve Davis 2-0 Joe Johnson
John Parrott 2-0 Dennis Taylor
Jimmy White 2-0 Cliff Thorburn

Steve Davis 3-1 Nigel Bond
Jimmy White 3-2 John Parrott

Jimmy White 4-1 Steve Davis