1951 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 30 October 1950–24 February 1951
Final venue Tower Circus
Final city Blackpool
Country England
Organisation(s) Billiards Association and Control Council
Highest break Scotland Walter Donaldson (106)
Final
Champion England Fred Davis
Runner-up Scotland Walter Donaldson
Score 58–39
1950
1952

The 1951 World Snooker Championship was a professional snooker tournament. The final was held at the Tower Circus in Blackpool, England.[1] Donaldson made the highest break of the tournament with 106.[2]

For the fifth consecutive year, the final was contested by Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson. Davis won his third World title by defeating Donaldson 58–39 in the final.[1] In the direct comparison between them Davis led 3-2 after his wins in 1948 and 1949.

After defeating the then 45-year-old Sidney Smith — runner-up of 1938 and 1939 — in the quarter-finals, the 15 year younger John Pulman reached the semi-finals, where he played against the eventual winner Fred Davis, before he retired and gave Davis an early bye into the final.

Schedule[edit]

Match Dates Venue, City
Horace Lindrum v Albert Brown 30 October–4 November 1950 Scunthorpe
Fred Davis v John Barrie 13–18 November 1950 Bolton
Walter Donaldson v Kingsley Kennerley 27 November–2 December 1950 Scunthorpe
John Pulman v Sidney Smith 11–16 December 1950 Accrington
Fred Davis v John Pulman 22–27 January 1951 Burroughes Hall, London
Walter Donaldson v Horace Lindrum 22–27 January 1951 Burroughes and Watts Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne
Fred Davis v Walter Donaldson 16–17, 19–24 February 1951 Tower Circus, Blackpool

Main draw[edit]

[3][4][5]

Quarter-finals
Best of 71 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 71 frames
Final
Best of 97 frames
Scotland Walter Donaldson 41
England Kingsley Kennerley 30 Scotland Walter Donaldson 41
Australia Horace Lindrum 43 Australia Horace Lindrum 30
England Albert Brown 28 Scotland Walter Donaldson 39
England Fred Davis 42 England Fred Davis 58
England John Barrie 29 England Fred Davis 22
England John Pulman 38 England John Pulman[n 1] 14
England Sidney Smith 33

Qualifying[edit]

John Barrie met Sydney Lee at Burroughes Hall in London from 6 to 8 November. Barrie led 7–5 after the first day [6] and 15–9 after two days. He made a break of 101 on the second evening.[7] He eventually won 23–12.[8] Barrie then met Dickie Laws on the following three days also at Burroughes Hall. Barrie took a 8–4 lead,[9] increased to a winning 18–6 lead after two days.[10] The final score was 27–8.[11]

  Round 1
Best of 35 frames
    Round 2
Best of 35 frames
                 
    England  Dickie Laws 8
  England  John Barrie 23     England  John Barrie 27
  England  Sydney Lee 12  

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ John Pulman retired.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Hayton, Eric (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. p. 144. ISBN 0-9548549-0-X. 
  6. ^ "Barrie's good start". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 7 November 1950. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "Barrie increases lead". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 8 November 1950. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ "Barrie through". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 9 November 1950. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ "Barrie's good start". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 10 November 1950. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ "Barrie 12 ahead". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 11 November 1950. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "Snooker". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 13 November 1950. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)).