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World Seniors Championship Final: Jimmy White vs Ken Doherty

While one player is hoping to defend his crown, the other is attempting to win the tournament for the first time.

Jimmy White and Ken Doherty will contest the World Seniors Championship final at the Crucible Theatre on Saturday.

The pair emerged from tough semi-final encounters earlier today to set up a grandstand finale in Sheffield.

Reigning champion White produced a strong display to see off the challenge of old rival Stephen Hendry.

The 58 year-old compiled a wonderful 130 clearance as he laid to rest a few of the demons of yesteryear with a 4-2 triumph, having famously lost to the Scot in four Crucible finals for the professional World Championship during the 1990s.

Success for the “Whirlwind” this evening in the final would represent his third World Seniors Championship title, and a record-extending sixth seniors trophy overall.

Doherty, meanwhile, tallied runs of 85, 60, and 57 to overcome friend and fellow Dubliner Michael Judge in the last four.

It marks the first time that the 1997 world champion has reached the title decider of this prestigious event.

Victory for the 50 year-old would see him complete a unique set of world titles, having also won medals at world amateur and world under-21 level.

Doherty has faced White in one previous final on the World Seniors Snooker Tour, losing in the 2017 UK Seniors Championship.

Twelve months later, the Irishman did manage to go one better in that event to secure his sole victory on the circuit to date.

The duo’s first meeting occurred almost three decades ago in the 1991 Mercantile Credit Classic.

It promises to be an entertaining showdown for glory, with £20,000 on offer for the champion as well as an invitation into the lucrative Champion of Champions later this year.

Live coverage of the World Seniors Championship final is on the BBC in the UK, digital platforms in China, and Matchroom Live around the world.

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