The World Seniors Championship was launched last night with a Sportsmans’ Dinner at which a good time was had by all.
It ended with a rousing version of the U2 song ‘With Or Without You’ by Peter Ebdon (pictured), who remained in good spirits despite having exited the tournament earlier in the evening.
Ebdon was beaten 2-0 by Nigel Bond, who potted an excellent black using the rest to win the opener before dominating the second.
Willie Thorne conducted a charity auction and interviewed each of the seniors, all of whom are looking forward to a weekend of renewing old friendships and on-table rivalries.
Co-organiser Joe Johnson has drawn Steve Davis in the quarter-finals in a repeat of the 1986 and 1987 World Championship final.
Fans’ favourites Jimmy White tackles legendary Canadian ‘Grinder’ Cliff Thorburn.
Ken Doherty v Nigel Bond (11am)
Steve Davis v Joe Johnson (12pm)
Dennis Taylor v John Parrott (3pm)
Cliff Thorburn v Jimmy White (4pm)