A gallant battle from the 56-year-old, but it's not enough to avert a 10-8 defeat to Craig Steadman which ends his professional career.
Davis will now head to Q School in May in a bid to regain his top flight status, but it would appear a long road back for the Romford veteran.
A sad day for snooker. Your thoughts? _
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— with Nick Nikolaidis and Andy D. Segal.
Mike "Fireball" Dechaine
Born: May 30th 1987
Birthplace: Waterville, Maine
Resides: Providence, Rhode Island
Other Sponsors: Snookers, Rhode Island
Playing Cue: OB-128 with an OB-1 Shaft (18.4oz)
Break Cue: Brown OB Break Cue (18.7oz)
"At the age of 11, my father took me into TJ’s Classic Billiards in Waterville, Maine. This was the first time I had ever played the game and I loved it instantly. For the next few years, I would visit the pool hall as often as my dad would let me and spend hours at the table. At the age of 14, my father allowed me to play in my first tournament, the 14 and under at the Super Billiards Expo (SBE). I won the tournament and from there, it was over. I decided that from that point on, I would strive to become one of the best pool players in the country. As I got a bit older, I would travel to every tournament in New England with some friends from Maine. I attended most of the Joss Northeast Tour Stops as well as many others. I quickly noticed that I was constantly getting better at a fast pace, which fueled my desire to pursue tournaments much bigger and further from home.
At the age of 19, I decided that after competing and winning both the 14 and under as well as the 18 and under at the SBE, it was time to dip my toes in the Amateur Open. With a field of 800+ participants, I found my way to the top, winning the $5k first prize and sealing the deal that I couldn’t participate in any other amateur events throughout the country. At this point, I consider myself to have gained “pro status.”
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Between them, the two blokes sitting in the bar at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Portsmouth have won the World Snooker Championship 13 times. In the Eighties and Nineties Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry bestrode a sport that regularly had as many as 20 million Britons transfixed in front of their television screens. On the day they meet The Daily Telegraph, however, the pair are playing in front of a couple of hundred diehards at the Seniors World Championship. And Davis reckons it is a pairing that should never have happened.
“By rights he shouldn’t be here,” he says, pointing his thumb at the still fresh-faced Hendry. “For this tournament there always used to be an age limit of 45. He’s 44, yet somehow he gets invited. Ken Doherty’s screaming. He’s only four months younger and he’s been told he’s not eligible. It’s absolutely outrageous they’ve let him in.”
“I got a call from the chairman about three months ago asking me to play,” says Hendry, by way of explanation. “I said I’m not old enough. He said, 'No the rules state as long as you’re 45 in the season you can compete’. So here I am.”
“That’s the most anyone’s got out of him in a decade,” says Davis of Hendry’s answer. “Boring sod.” Hendry rolls his eyes heavenwards and pretends to fall asleep.
The pair’s light-hearted bickering is being replicated all round the bar, which is the players’ green room for the tournament. There’s Tony Drago joshing with Joe Johnson. Dennis Taylor is sharing an apparently uproarious story with Willie Thorne. For the snooker nostalgist, it is like the grand old days again. Even Jimmy White is supposed to be playing. Though he was last seen heading off into the Portsmouth nightlife the previous evening, with a determined look on his face.