Wednesday, May 18 2022

Cliff Thorburn left snooker with a loss to Kuldesh Johal in the first round of the British Seniors Championship.

The 1980 world champion, who made the first 147 break at the Crucible in 1983, was beaten 3-0 by Johal, 32 years younger.

Former world number one Thorburn, who finished second in two other world championships, said it would be his last competitive event.

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His highest break during the game was 15 while Johal scored a 47. Johal won the first frame 94-1 and also took the second by a comfortable margin.

Even though Thorburn pocketed more balls in the third quarter, he couldn’t avoid a 3-0 loss.

Eurosport’s Joe Johnson won the last two frames to beat Rod Lawler 3-2.

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Lawler took a 71 break in the opening frame and quickly took a 2-1 lead. But Johnson equalized after beating fourth frame 47-45 and then won the deciding game.

Stephen Hendry is the star attraction of the evening session, with Barry Pinches in opposition.

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