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Post subject: Pot Black - Legends Playtesting  PostPosted: Nov 21, 2017 - 04:06 PM

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Ahead of the release of the ATG set for Pot Black I thought I would post the results from my latest play-testing tournament, the Snooker Legends Trophy.

32 ATG's are assembled at The Hexagon for this eagerly anticipated tournament. Each round will be decided by a random draw and the final will be played as a best of 19 frames.

Cue the music (pardon the pun!)....

The late, great, David Vine is in the presenters chair and the draw has been made for the first round with two standout ties:

Jimmy White v Ronnie O'Sullivan
John Virgo v Ding Junhui
Tony Knowles v John Pulman
Fred Davis v Alex Higgins
John Higgins v Ken Doherty
Shaun Murphy v Mark Selby
Joe Johnson v Bill Werbeniuk
Cliff Thorburn v Peter Ebdon
Steve Davis v Joe Davis
Mark Williams v John Spencer
Dennis Taylor v Eddie Charlton
Ray Reardon v Graeme Dott
Neil Robertson v Terry Griffiths
John Parrott v Willie Thorne
Stephen Hendry v Stuart Bingham
Kirk Stevens v Doug Mountjoy

All first round matches will be played as best of 7 frames.

Join David Vine tomorrow for the results from round one of the Snooker Legends Trophy.


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David Vine introduces the action as 32 legends of snooker get ready to do battle on the green baize.....

1st Round (best of 7 frames)

J White 2-4 R O'Sullivan

What a match to start the tournament, with The Whirlwind beaten by The Rocket. The quality in this match was outstanding, but after O'Sullivan raced into a 3-0 lead it was always going to be an uphill struggle for Jimmy to win the match. White showed all his break-building qualities to win the next two frames, with a century quickly followed by a break of 70. O'Sullivan, however, was unfazed and clinched the match in frame six.

J Virgo 1-4 Ding Junhui

Ding too good for JV, although Virgo did make a century break to win his solitary frame.

T Knowles 3-4 J Pulman

Knowles will wonder how he lost this one, having lead 3-0. Gritty stuff from Pulman sees him into the 2nd round.

F Davis 1-4 A Higgins

The Hurricane wasn't in full force but it was more than enough to dispose of Davis.

J Higgins 3-4 K Doherty

Sorry Andy, but John Higgins fell at the first hurdle. This seemed unlikely when the Scot made breaks of 74 and 89 to open up a 3-1 lead. Doherty, plucky as ever, clawed his way back into the match and held his nerve to make a break of 55 to clinch the deciding frame.

S Murphy 4-2 M Selby

Selby's 56 in frame five reduced Murphy's lead to 3-2 but the 2005 World Champion had the edge on the night to win 4-2.

J Johnson 2-4 B Werbeniuk

Johnson's century in frame five got him back into the match but Werbeniuk was a worthy winner.

C Thorburn 4-0 P Ebdon

The Grinder was in top form, notching breaks of 68 and 103, on his way to a comfortable 4-0 victory.

S Davis 2-4 J Davis

The battle of the Davis' went the way of Joe and he made a break of 64 to clinch the match. Steve will be disappointed to lose the match having made two breaks over 80.

M Williams 0-4 J Spencer

John Spencer experienced an incredible run of scoring to whitewash Mark Williams. Spencer, unbelievably, made century breaks in all of the first three frames with Williams reluctantly glued to his seat. The Welshman had his chance in frame four but Spencer was at his very, very to snatch it and win 4-0.

D Taylor 4-0 E Charlton

Not a match of high quality but Taylor cruised past a disappointing Charlton.

R Reardon 4-0 G Dott

The six-time world champion was far too strong in this one, making a century break in frame two and 67 in frame three. The popular Welshman far too strong tactically for the Scot.

N Robertson 1-4 T Griffiths

Robertson will be disappointed with his performance and Griffiths too full advantage to move into round two.

J Parrott 4-2 W Thorne

Parrott always had the edge in this match against a disappointing Thorne, who never really got going.

S Hendry 4-1 S Bingham

Breaks of 51, 69 and 71 helped the seven-time world champion to a comfortable victory. The Scot looking strong.

K Stevens 3-4 D Mountjoy

A cracking match to end the opening round, with Stevens opening up a 3-1 lead before Mountjoy wore his way back level before pinching a nail-biting decider. Stevens will be hugely disappointed to go out having made a century break in the opening frame, along with other breaks of 77 and 55.

So, Steve Davis and John Higgins are two big casualties in the opening round and all is to play for.

Len Ganley and Michaela Tabb made the draw for the 2nd round, which are best of 9 frame matches, and here it is:

Terry Griffiths v Dennis Taylor
Ken Doherty v Alex Higgins
John Pulman v Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ding Junhui v Shaun Murphy
Stephen Hendry v John Parrott
John Spencer v Ray Reardon
Bill Werbeniuk v Cliff Thorburn
Doug Mountjoy v Joe Davis

A repeat of the 1979 World Championship Final then as Griffiths takes on Taylor and two of the greatest rivals, Spencer and Reardon, meet again. John Pulman has the unenviable task of taking on Ronnie O'Sullivan and an all-Canadian affair sees Webeniuk taking on Cliff Thorburn.

Some great snooker to come then and the Hexagon crowd and the watching millions are going snooker loopy.......


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2nd Round (best of 9 frames)

T Griffiths 1-5 D Taylor

Taylor gets his revenge for his defeat in the 1979 World Championship Final with a terrific win, sealing the match with a clearance of 91.

K Doherty 4-5 A Higgins

A great match which had Irish fans glued to their TV sets. The match was nip and tuck all the way but when Doherty levelled at 4-4 with a break of 72 the momentum appeared to be with him. Never write off The Hurricane though, as Higgins went for broke in the decider and made a breathless 98 break to win the match in a manner which only he could.

J Pulman 0-5 R O'Sullivan

The Rocket was far too good and rattled in breaks of 79, 92 and 112 en route to a whitewash.

D Junhui 5-3 S Murphy

An absorbing tactical battle that was in the balance at 3-3. Ding took frame seven and then wrapped up the match by winning frame eight.

S Hendry 4-5 J Parrott

Nobody saw this coming but the 1991 World Champion stunned Hendry to take a well deserved place in the quarter-finals. A see-saw match could have gone either way when the seven time world champion levelled the match at 4-4 with a break of 72, however, it was the Liverpudlian who emerged victorious with the aid of a 69 break in the decider.

J Spencer 5-2 R Reardon

One of the great rivalries rekindled and, although Reardon started the match as favourite, people should perhaps have remembered Spencer's form in the 1st round. Spencer duly continued his sparkling form, as he made breaks of 68, 55, 98, 75 and 66 to storm into the last eight. Reardon had no answer to Spencer's scoring power and the three time world champion is the man to beat in this form!

B Werbeniuk 5-2 C Thorburn

The battle of Canada threw up a shock, as it was Werbeniuk and not Thorburn who emerged the victor. Werbeniuk's victory was well deserved as well, as he knocked in break's of 73 and 102.

D Mountjoy 0-5 J Davis

This match was as one-sided as Pulman v O'Sullivan, as Davis outclassed Mountjoy to cruise into the quarter's. The first snooker 'legend' made breaks of 56 and 59 in frames 2 and 5 and brought the crowd to its feet with a 143 clearance in frame 3. Magnificent from Joe.

And so, the major shock in round two sees the great Stephen Hendry out of the tournament. Messrs O'Sullivan and Davis will be taking note and also keeping an eye on the form of a certain Mr Spencer.

Here is the line-up for the Quarter Finals:

R O'Sullivan v D Taylor
A Higgins v J Parrott
D Junhui v B Werbeniuk
J Spencer v J Davis

Four great matches in prospect, with Spencer v Davis jumping off the page. Will the winner of that one go on to win the tournament....? Who would your money be on folks?

Join David Vine at The Hexagon tomorrow for the highlights.


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Snooker Legends Trophy

Quarter-Finals (best of 11 frames)

R O'Sullivan 6-3 D Taylor

Dennis Taylor didn't play badly, however, Rocket Ronnie was just too good. O'Sullivan opened the match in irresistible form, knocking in back-to-back centuries and also made another 3 figure break in frame 4. A break of 53 by Taylor gave him a sniff at 3-5 behind but O'Sullivan then serenely made a break of 99 to win the match.

A Higgins 6-4 J Parrott

Neither player hit top form but Higgins appeared on track for a comfortable win when a 68 break helped him to a 5-1 lead. Parrott, however, grafted away and pulled the match back to 5-4 and put pressure back on the Irishman. The pressure didn't last long, however, as The Hurricane helped himself to frame 10 and a place in the last four.

D Junhui 5-6 B Werbeniuk

A great match and a huge surprise, as the larger than life Canadian continued his great run and squeezed into the semi-finals. Ding will be hugely disappointed as he never got near his top form and Werbeniuk took full advantage of his opportunity, with no lack of quality. With the pressure on in the deciding frame, Big Bill compiled a match-winning break of 54 to bring The Hexagon to its feet. The ever-popular Werbeniuk milked the applause, waving to all sides, barely believing that he is in the last four. Into the last four he is!

J Spencer 5-6 J Davis

Match of the tournament so far, as this ding-dong battle swayed one way and then the other. Spencer came into the match as the in-form player and opened up a 4-2 lead with breaks of 70, 58 and 58 again. Davis, however, would not go away and gradually reeled his opponent in and then forged ahead to lead 5-4 and have one foot in the final. Back came Spencer, winning frame 10 and taking the match in a nail-biting deciding frame. Neither player was able to make a telling break in the decider but the mental toughness of Joe Davis took him over the line and on course for the trophy.

Ted Lowe and Clive Everton made the draw for the Semi-Finals and drew one massive match:

Semi-Final Draw

R O'Sullivan v A Higgins
B Werbeniuk v J Davis

Joe Davis will fancy his chances against Big Bill but with pots like this who knows?

There is no doubt, however, as to the match most will want to watch, as a Rocket will collide with a Hurricane for a place in the final.

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Snooker Legends Trophy

Semi-Finals (best of 15 frames)

R O'Sullivan 7-8 A Higgins

One of the great semi-finals was played out by two of the greatest of all time at a packed out Hexagon Theatre. Steve Davis and Ray Reardon joined David Vine in the studio for this one and both agreed that Messrs O'Sullivan and Higgins are rightly regarded as the two most 'naturally gifted' players in the game.

There could only be one winner, however, and Ronnie began the match as favourite to make the final.

Snooker fans were treated to an explosive start as both players hit top form early, with O'Sullivan making a century break in the opening frame and, not to outdone, Higgins rattled in a break of 137 in frame two. Breathless stuff! Gradually the game settled down and O'Sullivan's better tactical play helped him to a 5-3 lead. Typical of Higgins, however, he raised his game under pressure and won the next 3 frames, helped by a break of 79 and another century, to lead 6-5. This was the first time the Irishman had lead in the match.

The Rocket got back on track levelling the match and then put one foot in the final by winning frame thirteen to lead 7-6. Again, The Hurricane found something extra and produced his very best by clearing the table with a break of 104 to level the match at 7-7 and taking one of the great matches into a nail-biting deciding frame.

Understandably, neither player was able to reach the heights of their ability in the tension of the final frame however, to the delight of the crowd, it was Higgins who emerged victorious to reach the final.

A standing ovation was rightly afforded to both players after a match that will live long in the memory for those who witnessed it.

B Werbeniuk 5-8 J Davis

It was always going to be difficult, perhaps impossible, to follow such a great drama but Werbeniuk versus Davis provided a match that was closer than most had predicted.

Ultimately, however, Joe was too strong for Big Bill and was always a step ahead in the match. Davis rattled in a break of 60 in frame nine and then won the next frame to lead 7-3.

Werbeniuk, the crowd favourite, was not finished yet and won the next two frames to stay in the match at 5-7 behind, but his great run was ended when Davis made a break of 58 to win the match.

So, the final will be contested by two true legends of the game as Alex Higgins, the 'People's Champion', takes on the great Joe Davis.

Davis will start the match as favourite, but so did O'Sullivan in his semi-final.....


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Snooker Legends Trophy

Final (best of 19 frames)

Alex Higgins v Joe Davis

Now, on the BBC, it's time to join David Vine for the Snooker Legends Trophy Final.....

The great David Vine is joined in the studio by three of the all-time greats of snooker, as Ray Reardon, Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry analyse the qualities of the finalists and make their predictions.

Joe Davis starts the match as favourite, but Reardon reminds the viewers not to underestimate Alex Higgins, who has been in sparkling form in the tournament so far.

Session One

The general consensus was that Higgins needed to start the match well and he did just that, winning all of the first three frames to take the early initiative. A mixture of a hangover from the semi-finals and the tension of the final appeared to be affecting both players but it was Higgins that was the more composed and, after a break of 55 helped him to win frame four, he took full advantage of Davis' slow start to win the last frame of the session to lead 5-0 at the break. Higgins 5-0 Davis

A scoreline no-one would have predicted at the start but a big lead for Higgins and the first frame of the next session could be a very important one to win.

During the interval the BBC show a classic music montage

Session Two

A lot of emphasis was given in the studio to the result of frame six and it was Davis that took it, to his relief, and he quickly followed it up by winning the next frame and reducing Higgins' lead to 5-2 with a break of 72. Davis was now in full flow and took the next two frames and, even though Higgins won the last frame of the session, was happy to be right back in the match. Higgins 6-4 Davis

How a match can change quickly. It was all Higgins in the first session but Davis now is asking all the questions, having dominated the second session. Higgins pinching the last frame of the session could be so important.

More classic footage for the TV viewers during the break

Session Three

A key session. Davis won the opening frame but Higgins took the next two to lead 8-5. A tactical, sometimes scrappy affair, then suddenly came to life as Joe Davis made breaks of 62 and 94 to take the last two frames of the session to reduce the arrears to just one frame and bring the Hexagon crowd to its feet. Game on! Higgins 8-7 Davis

Back in the studio Ray Reardon thinks that Joe Davis now has the momentum and will be difficult to stop. To be honest though, it's anyone's title to win.

While the watching masses await the final session, David Vine invites all to sit back and watch the combined genius of Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins and Joe Davis.....

Session Four

Davis began the final session in fine form, making his third 50+ break in a row, and clearing the table with a break of 77 to level the match for the first time. A dramatic final, however, then swung back in the favour of the Irishman when Higgins retook the lead and moved tantalisingly close to the title and his best was yet to come. The ultimate crowd pleaser, who had only made one break of over 50 in the match, went for broke in frame 18 and made a swashbuckling break of 61 to leave Davis requiring snookers. Davis, ever the sportsman, conceded and shook ‘The Hurricane’ by the hand. Higgins 10-8 Davis

The Hexagon crowd rose to its feet to acclaim Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins as the winner of the Snooker Legends Trophy.

A great tournament and a great win for the 'People's Champion'.

The Pot Black Legends set is still on course for a pre Christmas release, so watch this space.


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