Many of us will have been following today’s top players in the World Snooker Championship over the last few weeks, but several of the commentators will be the stars of the 2014 Legends Cup tournament.
The tournament is coming to The Hexagon on Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26, and snooker fans will be able to see some of the sport’s best known faces playing live.
Jimmy ‘Whirlwind’ White will be captain of the England team, which will be taking on the Rest of the World, led by Stephen Hendry.
5 times World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will be joining White along with Steve Davis and nine times ladies world champion Reanne Evans.
Tony Drago, Mark Williams and Dechawat Poomjeang, or The Poom, will be on Hendry’s team.
Jimmy said: “This is the third event of this kind and I’m so excited because this tournament is going to be one of the biggest in the snooker calendar.
“It’s grown and grown and to have Ronnie O’Sullivan as one of the first to put his name down shows how much the players enjoy it.”
He continued: “It’s similar to a Ryder Cup competition and if it gets close on the single games we are going to go down to a black ball game.”
There will be four sessions over two days consisting of doubles and singles matches and each match carries a point.
The first team to get 18 points wins the cup.
The players have 29 world titles between them so the audience will see a collection of the most decorated players in snooker history.
Snooker’s funny man and commentator John Virgo will host.
White and seven-times World Champion Hendry have had their share of battles in the past and White said the players are still very competitive in these matches.
He said: “We have had some great matches together. Unfortunately, he beat me in four World Championships but I’ve beaten him a few times as well.”
He continued: “I’m honoured to be captain and to have Davis on the team.
“He’ll do the safety, Ronnie will do the potting and I’ll be in charge of strategy.
“I’m not being sexist, but none of the guys want to lose to Reanne but she can beat anybody.
“I went to India with her and she beat six male professionals.
“There is pressure on the girls because it’s not traditionally a girls’ sport but there is also pressure on the guys.”
The Legends Cup was watched by 12.3 million people on Eurosport around the world last year when the Rest of the World team beat England and Northern Ireland to capture the cup they had lost 12 months earlier.
White is looking forward to bringing the tournament to Reading.
He said: “The great thing is I’m so pleased we are at The Hexagon because we had the Rothmans there for 17 years and I’m absolutely delighted.
“It’s one of the best venues on the circuit because the audience can look down on the tables.”
The weekend will kick off with an opening ceremony at the Crowne Plaza hotel, on Caversham Bridge, on Saturday, May 24.
Snooker fans will be able to enjoy a three-course meal, mingle with the players and find out the pairings and match-ups for the first session the next day. The sessions will be played at 1pm and 7pm on Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26. To book call (0118) 960 6060 or visit www.readingarts.com.
Win tickets to see Snooker Legends at The Hexagon
We’ve teamed up with the organisers of Snooker Legends to offer two lucky readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to the event.
Snooker fans will be able to see their favourite players up close and feel the excitement as Team England and Team The Rest of the World battle it out.
We’ve got one pair of tickets to the 1pm session on Sunday, May 25, and one pair of tickets to the 1pm session on Monday, May 26, to give away.
To be in with a chance of winning answer the following question:
Who will be captaining Team England at Snooker Legends at The Hexagon?
a) Ronnie O’Sullivan
b) Stephen Hendry
c) Jimmy White