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1995 Embassy World Championship
Sheffield (Apr 14-30)

[ First | Second | Quarters | Semis | Final | Centuries | Notes | Prizes ]

First round

STEPHEN HENDRY    SCO  (1) bt Stefan Mazrocis      (73) 10-3 (Hendry: 128,114)
TONY DRAGO        MLT (16) bt Paul Cavney         (163) 10-2
RONNIE O'SULLIVAN      (9) bt Dave Harold          (19) 10-3 (O'Sullivan: 112,111; Harold: 103)
DARREN MORGAN     WAL  (8) bt Anthony Davies  WAL  (64) 10-3 (Morgan: 100)
JOHN PARROTT           (5) bt Brian Morgan         (30) 10-5 (Parrott: 129)
JOE SWAIL         NIR (12) bt Nigel Gilbert        (49) 10-8
DAVID ROE             (13) bt Billy Snaddon   SCO  (36) 10-6
JIMMY WHITE            (4) bt Peter Francisco SAF  (61) 10-2
Gary Wilkinson        (22) bt JAMES WATTANA   THA   (3) 10-8
TERRY GRIFFITHS   WAL (14) bt Alain Robidoux  CAN  (32) 10-6
NIGEL BOND            (11) bt Stephen Lee          (40) 10-8
ALAN MCMANUS      SCO  (6) bt John Higgins    SCO  (51) 10-3
Mark Davis            (65) bt KEN DOHERTY     IRE   (7) 10-7
PETER EBDON           (10) bt Rod Lawler           (45) 10-2 (Ebdon: 107)
WILLIE THORNE         (15) bt Tai Pichit      THA   (-) 10-6
Andy Hicks            (33) bt STEVE DAVIS           (2) 10-7
Before the first round match between Jimmy White and Peter Fransisco, there were unusual (huge) bettings all over Great Britain on a 10-2 win for Jimmy White. The match finished 10-2... WPBSA was informed before the match and the President of the Embassy World Championship organization watched every frame of it, but he haven't made any comments yet.

Second round

HENDRY       (1) bt DRAGO        (16) 13-6  (Drago: 117)
O'SULLIVAN   (9) bt D MORGAN      (8) 13-8
PARROTT      (5) bt SWAIL    NIR (12) 13-11 (Parrott: 115, 110)
WHITE        (4) bt ROE          (13) 13-7
Wilkinson   (22) bt GRIFFITHS    (14) 13-9
BOND        (11) bt MCMANUS       (6) 13-10 (Bond: 115, McManus: 100)
EBDON       (10) bt M Davis      (65) 13-7
Hicks       (33) bt THORNE       (15) 13-7  (Hicks: 117, 100)

Tony Drago still managed a smile after his championship tilt ended at the hands of Stephen Hendry. "I enjoyed it really... I played some brilliant frames but that isn't enough to win matches." "I don't think Stephen played that well but he didn't really have to. Sure, he can win it again but now that I am out of it, I hope Jimmy White wins the title."

Darren Morgan seemed a bitter man efter watching a healthy lead crumble to a hefty defeat against Ronnie O'Sullivan. "I outplayed him yesterday. At 8-4 down he couldn't pot a ball but I let him get away with it," he said. Ronnie O'Sullivan won nine frames in a row to win 13-8. He's now looking forward to a quarter-final clash with Stephen Hendry. "I cant't wait... I'm in the quarter-finals and I haven't even played well yet." "I donb't know what it says about the standard of snooker these days but I played better when I was 12."

Jimmy White has been eliminated from the WPBSA inquiry into alleged match-fixing but there will be a further probe inte Peter Fransisco. The WPBSA have announced that they will continue their inquiry into the South African on May 8th.
Jimmy White looked relaxed after the meeting. "I've been eliminated... that's the biggest odds-on bet of all time", he joked, after six hours of talks in a Sheffield hotel on Wednesday.
Peter Fransisco made no comment but his solicitor, Baldir Singh, said the player denied any allegations.


Quarter-finals

HENDRY (1) bt O'SULLIVAN (9) 13-8

Frame scores: 22-83, 96-40 (60), 61-75, 62-15, 71-38 (51), 72-0 (62), 18-90 (65), 76-0 (72), 69-24 (62), 5-73, 28-67 (59), 97-0 (97), 14-63, 135-0 (103), 86-8 (86), 10-75, 0-82, 94-20 (88), 84-9 (84), 134-0 (133), 98-15

Stephen Hendry was full of praise for Ronnie O'Sullivan after brushing aside the teenager to reach the semi-finals.
"Ronnie's the most talented player I've ever seen. He'll win the World title one day, there's no doubt about that. But I played brilliantly this morning, I can't remember missing any pots."

WHITE (4) bt PARROTT (5) 13-11

Frame scores: 22-58 (53), 69-6 (51), 9-81, 61-14, 92-44 (58), 69-58 (69,58), 74-24 (63), 83-73 (51), 53-67, 78-9, 43-81 (67), 79-21 (54), 40-54, 31-64, 6-123 (123), 32-58, 90-0 (53), 1-67, 73-61, 39-72, 67-8, 60-36, 60-15

After the first session, Jimmy White led 6-2, but John Parrott managed to come back to level the scores at 8-8. In a close finish, Jimmy White finally took the match by 13-11 and now faces Stephen Hendry in the semi-finals.

Hicks (33) bt EBDON (10) 13-8 (Ebdon: 108)

Frame scores: 38-67, 0-95 (50), 0-89 (85), 57-45, 100-0 (92), 66-65 (Ebdon 58), 1-80, 76-3 (54), 79-17 (58), 72-9 (60), 23-80, 82-47 (64), 74-24 (65), 68-4, 75-50, 87-9 (59), 50-77 (69), 40-59, 89-23, 0-108(108), 75-4 (55)

Giantkiller Andy Hicks continued his amazing run at the home of snooker as he powered into the semi-finals. He's actually the first debutant to reach the semis since Terry Griffiths in 1979.

BOND (11) bt Wilkinson (22) 13-7

Frame scores: 9-65 (63), 82-33 (50), 64-0, 4-79 (78), 75-52 (55), 0-76, 70-50, 103-5 (61), 93-16 (65), 0-85 (85), 53-64, 23-62, 75-49, 60-22, 41-72, 82-0 (56), 83-1, 53-47, 82-41, 99-16

After an extremely boring and rather lousy match, Nigel Bond finally beat Gary Wilkinson and booked a semi-final clash with Andy Hicks. Who would have thought that Nigel Bond or Andy Hicks would reach the World championships final?

Semi-finals

HENDRY  (1) bt WHITE  (4) 16-12 (Hendry: 147, 121, 119, 105, 100)

Frame scores: 28-77 (71), 67-2 (63), 69-24, 1-73, 84-0 (54), 73-1 (62), 8-74 (73), 105-27 (105), 86-20 (86), 0-93 (89), 119-11 (119), 147-0 (147), 39-87 (67), 9-81 (80), 17-82 (82), 63-52, 121-16 (121), 63-62 (61 White), 78-5, 59-61 (58 Hendry), 11-83 (52), 73-0 (69), 75-14, 1-74 (74), 27-74 (68), 60-74, 72-0 (72), 107-0 (100)

STEPHEN HENDRY MAKES A 147 !!!

... and goes on to win the match.

Stephen Hendry steamed into his fifth world final by shattering Jimmy White's dreams with a 16-12 victory. Simple statistics do not tell the whole story but White failed to make a century at the Crucible; Hendry has a record nine.

Stephen Hendry paid tribute to Jimmy White after the match: "With what he's been through in the last few months it's a tremendous judgement of his character that he's playing at all." (What Stephen has in mind is White's testicle cancer, for which he had to undergo surgery in March.)

The Whirlwind himself said: "The way I've played all year I was just pleased to be playing better. I still feel I've got a lot to give." "I love this game and I'll keep coming back here as long as I feel I'm playing good snooker."

Stephen Hendry has become only the third player to make a maximum 147 at the world championships.

Cliff Thorburn was the first man to record a 147 maximum at the world championships in 1983 against Terry Griffiths. White himself also joined the exclusive club when hit a 147 three years ago against Tony Drago.

Stephen Hendry really is in a record-breaking mood this season!

Stephen needed just 11 minutes and 48 seconds to secure his 147 maximum - and collect a cheque for 147 000 Pounds. He started his break with a superb long red. He picked the rest with apparent ease, including an awkward final red and blue - and sealed it despite being out of position on the black.

It was the Scot's first maximum in a ranking tournament - his only other in competition came in the European League. It was his 289th century break, his 47th at the world championships and his 44th ton of the season.


BOND (11) bt Hicks (33) 16-11 (Bond: 101, Hicks: 136)

Frame scores: 66-73, 63-39, 74-18 (61), 127-0 (64), 59-38, 61-47 (54), 70-45, 102-14 (101), 8-62, 88-41 (68), 0-87 (50), 78-0 (57), 72-58, 74-0, 63-59 (58), 72-35, 56-65, 66-3, 47-55, 54-66, 24-89 (80), 84-16, 0-136 (136), 0-80 (79), 20-103 (67), 42-79 (79), 65-21 (54)

After the match, Nigel Bond said: "Whoever I play in the final I am the underdog so I have nothing to lose. It would be a dream come true to win it." "Andy came out all guns blazing at 15-7 and I was glad to get to the interval so I could get my concentration back."

Andy Hicks won the first frame on a re-spotted black but after that Nigel Bond played brilliantly and won six frames in a row.

Final

HENDRY  (1) bt BOND   (11) 18-9 (Hendry: 124, 121, 103, 101 Bond: 111)

Frame scores: 20-68, 87-42, 74-29, 81-0, 8-72, 76-4, 0-105, 7-77, 85-1, 32-65, 1-90, 31-70, 13-74, 1-124, 25-70, 0-84, 9-75, 9-115, 41-74, 63-14, 73-59, 67-44, 19-76, 0-83, 36-92, 135-0, 28-103.

Stephen Hendry won his fifth world title and his fourth in a row by defeating Nigel Bond 18-9. This means he has won 20 consecutive matches in the World Championship - two more than Davis' earlier record. He was never threatened in the final and made three more century breaks. His total of 12 tons for the tournament equals the record for a ranking tournament. He has now made 52 World Championship centuries, 49 in this season and a record 294 in his career.

The scot earned a bit of pocket money in Sheffield. He got the first prize of 190.000, plus the 147.00 bonus for a maximum. The 16.000 for the highest break in the tournament gives him a total of 353.000. In addition he received the keys to a new Ferrari (200.000) from his sponsors. That's what I call a good payday! The money took his career earnings to 4,156,975 - 16,000 more than Davis and a new record. He has won more than 700,000 this season, which is also a record.

Hendry became the first man in the modern era to win four consecutive world titles. Steve Davis won three in 1987-89. Now his target must be to overcome Davis in number of titles won. He's just one behind Davis' total of six victories. Hendry has now won 22 ranking events and 52 major titles.

Century Breaks

147 Stephen Hendry
136 Andy Hicks
133 Stephen Hendry
129 John Parrott
128 Stephen Hendry
124 Stephen Hendry
123 John Parrott
121 Stephen Hendry
119 Stephen Hendry
117 Tony Drago
117 Andy Hicks
115 Nigel Bond
115 John Parrott
114 Stephen Hendry
112 Ronnie O'Sullivan
111 Nigel Bond
111 Ronnie O'Sullivan
110 John Parrott
108 Peter Ebdon
107 Peter Ebdon
105 Stephen Hendry
103 Dave Harold
103 Stephen Hendry
103 Stephen Hendry
103 Ronnie O'Sullivan
101 Nigel Bond
101 Stephen Hendry
100 Stephen Hendry
100 Andy Hicks
100 Alan McManusy
100 Darren Morgan

Notes

I got most of this info from the postings Jonas Ödman <d94-jod@nada.kth.se> made to rec.sport.billiard.

Results can also be found in the World Snooker Archive and in BazWeb.

You can read all about last year's final.

.. and maybe you wonder how all the previous world finals ended?

Prizes


Winner:                   190,000
Runner-up:                115,000
Losing semi-finalists:     57,000
Losing quarter-finalists:  29,000
Last 16 losers:            15,500
Last 32 losers:             8,750

Highest break TV Stage:
147  Stephen Hendry        16,000

Maximum break TV Stage:
Stephen Hendry            147,000

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