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Williams Wins World Seniors Title

Williams in action during the final

Williams in action during the final

Mark Williams won the Betway World Seniors Championship on his debut in the event, beating Fergal O’Brien 2-1 in the final in Blackpool.

Williams is only 39 but he became eligible to enter the tournament when the age limit was changed from 45 to 40, because he turns 40 by the end of the season. And he took full advantage by going all the way to the £18,000 first prize after an enthralling two days of snooker at the Circus Arena.

The Welshman has enjoyed a welcome return to form in recent weeks, reaching the semi-finals of the Welsh Open and the final of last weekend’s Gdynia Open in Poland. That left him dashing from one side of Europe to the other on Monday – from the Baltic Coast to the Fylde Coast – but he arrived in Blackpool on time and went on to beat Darryn Walker, Dominic Dale and John Parrott without dropping a frame, before getting the better of Irishman O’Brien in the final.

Former British Open champion O’Brien won a tense opening frame with a 39 clearance, before Williams levelled with a fine break of 73. the left-hander then dominated the deciding frame with runs of 21, 26 and 47 to add the senior crown to the World titles he won in 2000 and 2003.