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Top 20 Crucible moments: #7 - Steve Davis' emphatic victory over John Parrott in the 1989 final

Steve Davis addresses the Crucible crowd in his winner's speech (credit:Grey Mortimer/Getty Images )

We’re counting down the top 20 Crucible moments as voted for by Live Snooker readers. At number seven, Steve Davis’ thumping victory over John Parrott in the 1989 final…

Steve Davis arrived at the 1989 World Championship aiming to put the icing on the cake of a very dominant decade of snooker.

The Nugget had won five World titles, six UK titles and two Masters titles, while also being world number one for the past six seasons.

He was going for an unprecedented hat-trick of consecutive Crucible crowns but it had been a fairly quiet campaign by his standards as, despite winning the International Open and Grand Prix earlier on, he had not lifted a ranking event trophy in the calendar year.

Nevertheless, the 31-year-old got off to a decent start by seeing off Steve Newbury 10-5 in round one before overcoming Steve Duggan and Mike Hallett with a session to spare in the second round and quarter-finals respectively.

A surprisingly comfortable 16-9 success over rising star Stephen Hendry in the semis secured his place in the final in Sheffield for the eighth time and seventh in succession.

Standing in his way of a sixth title was the in-form John Parrott, who had enjoyed impressive victories over Steve James, Dennis Taylor, Jimmy White and Tony Meo for a first appearance in the Crucible showpiece.

Although a huge favourite, Davis will have been expecting a hard-fought contest against the inspired Liverpool cueist.

However, despite Parrott winning the seventh frame to still be in with a decent chance at 5-2 behind, the reigning champion found another gear by reeling off six frames on the spin for a commanding 11-2 lead.

His opponent stopped the rot with 68 but was otherwise helpless, as Davis rattled off the next seven in a row to complete a comprehensive 18-3 victory.

It secured that sixth World crown for the Nugget, who equalled Ray Reardon’s tally, with, what remains to this day, the highest winning margin in Crucible history.


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Top 20 Crucible moments: #7 - Steve Davis' emphatic victory over John Parrott in the 1989 final

We’re counting down the top 20 Crucible moments as voted for by Live Snooker readers. At number seven, Steve Davis’ thumping victory over John Parrott in the 1989 final…

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