1952 World Professional Match-play Championship

The 1952 World Professional Match-play Championship was a snooker tournament with the final held at the Tower Circus in Blackpool, England.[1]

World Professional Match-play Championship
Tournament information
Dates12 November 1951 – 15 March 1952
Final venueTower Circus
Final cityBlackpool
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)Professional Billiard Players' Association
Highest breakFred Davis (140)
Final
Champion Fred Davis (ENG)
Runner-up Walter Donaldson (SCO)
Score38–35
1952
1953
1952 World Professional Match-play Championship is located in the United Kingdom
Wellington
Wellington
Slough
Slough
Darlaston
Darlaston
South Shields
South Shields
Derby
Derby
Scunthorpe
Scunthorpe
Blackpool
Blackpool
Venues

The event was created following a dispute between the Professional Billiards Players' Association (PBPA) and the Billiards Association and Control Council (BACC).[2] The BACC claimed that the championship was primarily about honour, and financial consideration should come at second place,[3] whilst the PBPA members felt that the BACC was taking too large a share of the income from the events and established an alternative 'world championship' which became known as the World Professional Match-play Championship.[4]

Fred Davis won his fourth World title by defeating Walter Donaldson 38–35 in the final.[1] Davis also compiled the highest break of the tournament with a new championship record of 140.[5]

ScheduleEdit

Match Dates Venue, city Ref.
Jackie Rea v Jim Lees 12–17 November 1951 Wellington, Shropshire [6]
Albert Brown v John Pulman 27 November–1 December 1951 Slough [7][8]
Alec Brown v Rex Williams 17–22 December 1951 Darlaston, Staffordshire [9][10]
Jackie Rea v Kingsley Kennerley 7–11 January 1952 South Shields [11]
Albert Brown v Alec Brown 14–18 January 1952 Derby [12]
Walter Donaldson v Albert Brown 21–25 January 1952 Scunthorpe [13]
Fred Davis v Jackie Rea 4–9 February 1952 Wellington, Shropshire [14]
Fred Davis v Walter Donaldson 10–15 March 1952 Tower Circus, Blackpool [15][16]

SummaryEdit

Ten players entered the event. The two finalists in the 1951 World Snooker Championship, Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson were given byes to the semi-final stage in opposite halves of the draw. The remaining eight played two rounds to determine the other two semi-finalists.[17]

First RoundEdit

Sydney Lee withdrew, granting Kingsley Kennerley a walkover into the quarter-finals.[18] Jackie Rea defeated Jim Lees 33–28,[19] Albert Brown scored a 33–28 win over John Pulman,[8] and Alec Brown had achieved a winning margin at 33-17 before his last day's play against Rex Williams, finishing at 39–22.[10]

Quarter-finalsEdit

Kennerley took a 4–1 lead over Rea, who had won the first frame. At the end of the first day they were tied at 6-6.[20] Rea then took ten of the next day's twelve frames to lead 16–8,[21] and on subsequent days was 23–13, 25-17 and 29-19 ahead,[22] eventually finishing the match at 35–26.[23]

In the other quarter-final match, Albert Brown won six of the nine frames against Alec Brown on the first day.[24] He won the opening six frames on the second day, and finished that day 18-6 ahead,[25] maintaining a six frame lead at the end of the next day, which ended with him leading 24–12.[26] Alec Brown reduced the deficit on the fourth day by winning eight of the twelve frames played, meaning Albert Brown led 28-20 going in to the last day.[27] Albert Brown achieved a certain win at 31–22, and after the remaining scheduled frames were played, he was 36-25 ahead.[28]

Semi-finalsEdit

The first semi-final, between Walter Donaldson and Albert Brown, was played in Scunthorpe from 21 to 25 January 1952. Donaldson held a 21–15 lead after three days.[29] However, Brown reduced Donaldson's lead to two frames on the fourth day and the match ended 31–30.[30]

The second semi-final, between Fred Davis and Jackie Rea, was played at Wellington, Shropshire from 4 to 9 February 1952. After four days Davis led 29–11.[31] Davis took a winning 34–16 lead on the fifth day and eventually won 38–23.[32]

FinalEdit

The final started on 10 March 1952. In advance of the match, Davis and Donaldson issued a challenge to Horace Lindrum, who had effectively won the BACC-recognised 1952 World Snooker Championship by taking an insurmountable lead on 6 March, that the winner of their match would play him for £500 and gate receipts.[15] Davis won six of the eight frames in their first session, and they each won four frames in the second session, leaving the score at 7–5 to Davis after the first day. Donaldson had compiled a break of 104.[33] Donaldson recorded another century break, 106, in the twentieth frame, but Davis increased his lead over Donaldson to 14-10 by the end of the second day.[34] On the third day, Davis achieved a break of 140, a new world championship record, and Donaldson made a 111. Davis finished the day 21-15 ahead.[35] After another day's play, Davis was 29-19 ahead,[36] Donaldson won eight of the next twelve frames to reduce his arrears to six frames at 27–33.[37] Davis won the title, finishing the last day at 38–35.[16]

DrawEdit

Sources:[38][39][40]

Round 1
61 frames
Quarter-finals
61 frames
Semi-finals
61 frames
Final
73 frames
     
             
             
            Fred Davis 38  
  Jackie Rea 33         Jackie Rea 23  
  Jim Lees 28       Jackie Rea 35  
  Kingsley Kennerley w/o       Kingsley Kennerley 26  
  Sydney Lee w/d         Fred Davis 38
  Albert Brown 32         Walter Donaldson 35
  John Pulman 27       Albert Brown 36  
  Alec Brown 39       Alec Brown 25  
  Rex Williams 22         Albert Brown 30  
            Walter Donaldson 31  
                 
                 
     

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