6th November 2011, 2:43am
World Seniors Championship Betting: John Parrott should have comfortable time in quarter final
The remaining three quarter finals in the World Seniors Championship sees three more former world champions in action. Steve Davis will take on Dene O’Kane, John Parrott will play Karl Townsend and Darren Morgan will play the 1980 world champion Cliff Thorburn with all matches being over the best of three frames and with the 30 second shot clock in play after 10 minutes of each frame.
The opening quarter final should be a win for Steve Davis who showed all his competitive spirit in coming back from a frame down to Tony Drago in the first round before winning 2-1 with a 70 break thrown in. Dene O’Kane also came from a frame down against Neal Foulds and knocked in a half century of his own along the way but I expect Davis to come through there.
Darren Morgan was, for me, the best player of the opening day of this tournament when you factor in that he isn’t a regular player anymore unlike the White’s and Davis’ of this world. He completely controlled his match against Gary Wilkinson and his 83 break in the second frame was a break of a player who has put a bit of work in coming in here and who possibly has more to come. Cliff Thorburn lived up to his Grinder nickname against Doug Mountjoy but it would be a major surprise to me if Morgan doesn’t win this one and the odds reflect that.
Perhaps the closest match of the three will be the one involving 1991 world champion John Parrott and qualifier Karl Townsend. I have to say I wasn’t all that impressed with Karl Townsend in his first match and although JP was pretty poor in a match which went scrappy from early on, there were flashes that his old quality is in there somewhere he just needs to scratch the surface to find it. If he does find a little bit more then I would expect the BBC pundit to win this 2-0.
Back J.Parrott (-1.5 frames) to beat K.Townsend for a 3/10 stake at 2.63 with Betfred