Snooker - Davis to face Thorburn at World Seniors

Steve Davis and old rival Cliff Thorburn will stage a mini-repeat of their 1983 World Championship final when they meet in the first round of the World Seniors Championship in Portsmouth next month.

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The draw for the 16-man event saw Davis, the only man in the tournament still playing on the main tour at the age of 55, and Canada's Thorburn paired together 19 years after Davis usurped Thorburn 18-6 in the final of the sport's biggest tournament at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

Davis won six world titles in 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988 and 1989 while Thorburn collected his solitary World Championship in 1980.

The Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth holds event, open to over-45s, for the first time on October 27 and 28.

Six-times world championship final Jimmy White meets 1990 Masters runner-up Mike Hallett with last year's winner Darren Morgan - who downed Steve Davis 2-1 in the final of last year's tournament - will meet 1986 World Champion Joe Johnson.

1985 world champion Dennis Taylor will face one of the four players who come through the qualifying rounds.

World Seniors Championship full draw

Dennis Taylor v Qualifier 2 Darren Morgan v Joe Johnson Alain Robidoux v Qualifier 1 Dene O'Kane v Qualifier 3 Jimmy White v Mike Hallett Tony Knowles v Karl Townsend Steve Davis v Cliff Thorburn Tony Drago v Qualifier 4

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