1949 World Snooker Championship

The 1949 World Snooker Championship was a snooker tournament held at the Leicester Square Hall in London, England.[1]

World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates21 February–7 May 1949
VenueLeicester Square Hall
CityLondon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)Billiards Association and Control Council
Highest breakScotland Walter Donaldson (115)
Final
ChampionEngland Fred Davis
Runner-upScotland Walter Donaldson
Score80–65
1948
1950

For the third year running the final was contested by Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson. Davis became the second player to defend his first world title after Joe Davis in 1928 by defeating Donaldson 80–65 in the final,[1] although he had taken a winning lead of 73–58 on the previous day. The match was still in the balance with the score at 63–58 before Davis won 10 frames in a row to take the title.[2] Donaldson made the highest break of the tournament with 115 on the last day of his semi-final match against John Pulman.[3][4]

ScheduleEdit

Match Dates Venue, city
Walter Donaldson v Conrad Stanbury 21–26 February 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London
Sidney Smith v Alec Brown 28 February–5 March 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London
Fred Davis v Kingsley Kennerley 7–12 March 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London
John Pulman v Albert Brown 14–19 March 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London
Walter Donaldson v John Pulman 28 March–2 April 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London
Fred Davis v Sidney Smith 4–9 April 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London
Fred Davis v Walter Donaldson 25–30 April, 2–7 May 1949 Leicester Square Hall, London

Main drawEdit

Sources:[5][6][7]

Quarter-finals
71 frames
Semi-finals
71 frames
Final
145 frames
  Fred Davis 50
  Kingsley Kennerley 21   Fred Davis 42
  Sidney Smith 41   Sidney Smith 29
  Alec Brown 30   Fred Davis 80
  Walter Donaldson 58   Walter Donaldson 65
  Conrad Stanbury 13   Walter Donaldson 49
  Albert Brown 29   John Pulman 22
  John Pulman 42

QualifyingEdit

John Barrie withdrew for business reasons, giving Herbert Holt a bye into the final of the qualifying event.[8] Conrad Stanbury beat Herbert Francis 18–17 in his first round match played from 10 to 12 February 1949[9] and then beat Jackie Rea by the same score in a match played from 14 to 16 February. Stanbury then played Holt in the final of the qualifying from 17 to 19 February and recorded his third 18–17 victory, winning the exciting final frame.[10] All three matches were at Leicester Square Hall.

Round 1
Best of 35 frames
Round 2
Best of 35 frames
Round 3
Best of 35 frames
     
          Herbert Holt w/o  
          John Barrie w/d  
            Herbert Holt 17
  Conrad Stanbury 18         Conrad Stanbury 18
  Herbert Francis 17       Conrad Stanbury 18
          Jackie Rea 17    
     

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Snooker title for Fred Davis". Nottingham Evening Post. 7 May 1949. Retrieved 21 March 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Snooker and billiards". The Glasgow Herald. 4 April 1949. p. 2.
  5. ^ "World Championship 1949". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  7. ^ Hayton, Eric (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. p. 143. ISBN 0-9548549-0-X.
  8. ^ "J Barrie". The Times. 15 October 1948. p. 6.
  9. ^ "C Stanbury". The Times. 14 February 1949. p. 2.
  10. ^ "Snooker". The Times. 21 February 1949. p. 6.