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World Seniors Championship 2017 preview: Snooker legends return to the baize

Dennis Taylor will be a popular presence at the Baths Hall (credit:Getty Images)

The revamped 2017 World Seniors Championship commences this week at Baths Hall in Scunthorpe with plenty at stake for 12 snooker stars of yesteryear.

Following its demotion from the World Snooker tour at the end of last season, the popular novelty event returns with a brand-new look with a place in the World Championship qualifying rounds on offer to the winner, as well as a top prize of £10,000.



Open exclusively to all non-tour professionals over the age of 40, five former World champions have been invited to participate in Scunthorpe including 1980 Crucible king Cliff Thorburn and 1985 winner Dennis Taylor as well as Joe Johnson and John Parrott, who lifted the title in 1986 and 1991 respectively.

However, the biggest draw sees seven-time World champion Stephen Hendry back on the green baize five years after announcing his retirement from the sport, and would love to make one final venture to the Crucible, where his name will forever be etched in its history.

Seven-time World champion Stephen Hendry will be the main attraction in Scunthorpe (Warren Little/Getty Images)
Joining him as the other seeded players are former UK champion Patsy Fagan, along with more stars of the 1980s in Willie Thorne and Tony Knowles.

Meanwhile, four qualifiers will join the aforementioned eight having come through a lengthy process in order to appear alongside some of the game’s most iconic names.

Two former professionals will be on display in 2001 Crucible quarter-finalist Patrick Wallace and Peter Lines, who is already being touted as one of the tournament favourites following his fairytale victory over Neil Robertson at the UK Championship earlier this season.

Jonathan Bagley and Aiden Owens, who came through qualifying competitions in Leeds and Germany respectively, complete the field and will be relished the presented opportunity.

The tournament will run over three days from March 22-24 across four rounds at the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.

All matches up to and including the semi-finals will be contested over the best of five frames, while the best-of-seven will determine who lifts the trophy on Friday.



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