6th November 2011, 2:17am
White vs Taylor Betting: 1985 World champion can make this quarter final closer than people think
After a thoroughly enjoyable opening day of the World Seniors Championship which included lots of nostalgia and more importantly lots of top snooker, the quarter final draw has been determined ready for Sunday’s afternoon session. The pick of the quarter final ties is the one between defending champion Jimmy White and the 1985 world champion Dennis Taylor, who saw off the pre-event favourite Nigel Bond in the opening round.
Jimmy White came past a tricky and plucky Tony Knowles in his opening match. Knowles might well be disappointed that he didn’t make more of his chance in the second frame of their match but I’m sure the Whirlwind will be delighted with his form, winning his two frames with half century breaks which set a pretty solid standard in the event in all fairness. We know Jimmy is used to the bright lights and the big crowds and he showed it in his opener.
I have to say though I was really surprised by Dennis Taylor in his opening round. Like most, I thought Nigel Bond was a gimme winner when all was said and done but he barely got a looking as the Irishman took the opener with a coolly made 40 and then reduced his opponent, the Shootout champion earlier in the season, to just one point in the second frame. You could tell Dennis was delighted with his game afterwards and quite rightly so.
On Sunday I expect all the players who aren’t used to the TV lights and big crowds anymore to play better having had a taste of the spotlight and the occasion and I think Taylor can take a frame in this quarter final. When he was in the balls he knocked in some lovely pots and his position for the most part was pretty crisp. Taylor is a fierce competitor and will give his all throughout this and I sense although I fancy White to win with his experience in a tight tussle, that Taylor can pick up a frame here.
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