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Embassy World Championship

Tour: Main Tour; Date: 12-28 Apr 1985; Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England; Type: Ranking; Defending champion: Steve Davis (a); Notes: See also results (31)
Final
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) 18-17 England Steve Davis (a) Head to head
Davis won all seven frames of the opening session to lead 7´┐Ż0.

The final between Davis and Taylor attracted 18.5 million viewers on BBC2, the programme finishing at 12:23 a.m. after Taylor had won the title. The viewership was the highest for any broadcast after midnight in the United Kingdom, and the most-viewed show on BBC2. The match became known as "the black ball final".

Session 1:
88-50 (SD 50); 93-0 (87); 49-2; 65-38; 95-1 (55); 85-6 (66); 83-20 (58);

Session 2:
121-0 (64, 57); 49-59; 76-27 (57); 48-63; 27-75 (61); 19-99 (98); 1-71 (70); 0-100 (56); 48-77;

Session 3:
25-68 (53); 72-43; 66-58; 45-80; 2-73 (57); 1-80 (55); 64-56; 58-46;

Session 4:
86-13 (86); 43-82 (61); 78-17 (66); 29-84 (70); 4-72 (57); 29-83 (79); 66-6; 81-0; 47-75; 24-71 (57); 62-66

Referee: John Williams

Semifinals
England Steve Davis (a) 16-5 Wales Ray Reardon (a) Head to head
Davis compiled the 100th century break made at the Crucible, a 106 break in frame 13. He reached his third straight World Championship final.
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) 16-5 England Tony Knowles (a) Head to head
Knowles led 2-0.
Quarterfinals
England Steve Davis (a) 13-6 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) Head to head
Wales Ray Reardon (a) 13-12 England John Parrott (a)  
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) 13-5 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) Head to head
England Tony Knowles (a) 13-10 England Jimmy White Head to head
re-spotted black in frame 19
Round 2
(Last 16)
1 England Steve Davis (a) 13-4 England David Taylor (a) Head to head
2 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) 13-7 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) Head to head
3 Wales Ray Reardon (a) 13-9 Ireland Patsy Fagan (a) Head to head
Reardon's cue tip came off in frame 22 when he was well ahead on points. He would have been allowed 15 minutes to replace his cue tip, but Fagan offered him to use his cue. Reardon accepted, using Fagan's borrowed cue to complete his victory.
4 England John Parrott (a) 13-6 Canada Kirk Stevens (a)  
5 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) 13-3 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (a) Head to head
Thorburn won with a session to spare.
6 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) 13-6 Australia Eddie Charlton (a) Head to head
7 England Jimmy White 13-11 England Tony Meo (a) Head to head
8 England Tony Knowles (a) 13-6 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) Head to head
Round 1
(Last 32)
1 England Steve Davis (a) 10-8 England Neal Foulds (a) Head to head
2 England David Taylor (a) 10-4 New Zealand Dene O'Kane (a)  
O'Kane's 1st time at the Crucible
3 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) 10-4 England Dean Reynolds (a) Head to head
4 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) 10-3 England Rex Williams (a)  
5 Wales Ray Reardon (a) 10-9 Ireland Eugene Hughes (a) Head to head
Hughes's 1st time at the Crucible
6 Ireland Patsy Fagan (a) 10-6 England Willie Thorne (a)  
7 England John Parrott (a) 10-3 England John Spencer (a)  
Spencer was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis shortly after the tournament; his vision was affected and he won only two matches all season.
8 Canada Kirk Stevens (a) 10-8 England Ray Edmonds (a)  
9 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) 10-8 England Mike Hallett (a)  
10 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (a) 10-8 England Joe Johnson (a)  
Werbeniuk's 143 in the tenth frame was the highest break of the tournament and the third highest made at the Crucible so far. He had not won a match all season.
11 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) 10-2 South Africa Silvino Francisco (a) Head to head
12 Australia Eddie Charlton (a) 10-3 Australia John Campbell (a)  
13 England Jimmy White 10-4 Wales Wayne Jones (a)  
W. Jones' 1st time at the Crucible
14 England Tony Meo (a) 10-6 England John Virgo (a) Head to head
15 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) 10-5 Scotland Murdo MacLeod (a)  
16 England Tony Knowles (a) 10-8 England Tony Jones (a)  
T. Jones' 1st time at the Crucible