On Thursday 22nd April 2010 I was back at the Crucible to watch reigning World Champion John Higgins face 6 times World Champion and legend Steve Davis
Before the snooker began Dennis Taylor was on the main stage giving certificates and trophies to some children. During the introductions all the players got great applause as they always do from the Crucible crowd. However, Steve Davis got a standing ovation from the crowd. It was incredible as everyone in the venue stood and applauded the 6 time World Champion.
The Nugget got off to the perfect start, knocking in a 53 break to take the first frame of the best of 25 frame match. John Higgins came back with a 60 break to get back on terms, but the legendary Steve Davis regained the lead with a 48 break.
We decided to take an extended interval, missing the 4th frame. This turned out to be longer than expected as the frame lasted over 30 minutes with John Higgins eventually levelling at 2-2. During the break I got a photo with Willie Thorne, who remembered me from being on the front row on the previous day and had a chat with Martin Gould before having a photo with him next to the World Snooker trophy.
I also got my picture with CJ de Mooi from TV show ‘Eggheads’, who has come to watch the snooker and has been here since the first day. He was very friendly and had also seen my t-shirt on the front row in yesterday’s evening session.
When we returned to the snooker, Steve Davis really started rolling back the years with a break of 72 to take a 3-2 lead. He then took a close 6th frame and the 7th with a break of 102 which was incredibly his first century break of the season! Steve managed to win the final frame of the session to take a 6-2 lead overnight.
It was wonderful to see Steve Davis really roll back the years and play the best snooker I have ever seen him play. He looked so determined and John Higgins hardly had a shot ina lot of the frames!