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1983 Masters (snooker)

The 1983 Benson & Hedges Masters was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between from Sunday 23 January to Sunday 30 January 1983 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England. The event was increased to 16 players and extended from 6 to 8 days. Although there were 16 players they were not the top 16 ranked players that would compete in the following years. BBC Television coverage did not start until 26 January and so only two of the eight first round matches were televised.

Benson & Hedges Masters
Tournament information
Dates23–30 January 1983
VenueWembley Conference Centre
CityLondon
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£55,000
Winner's share£16,000
Highest breakWales Terry Griffiths (128)
Final
ChampionCanada Cliff Thorburn
Runner-upWales Ray Reardon
Score9–7
1982
1984

Cliff Thorburn of Canada became the first overseas player to win the competition beating Ray Reardon in the final to win the first of his three titles. The first round match between Bill Werbeniuk and Alex Higgins made a record crowd at the Conference Centre of 2,876. The highest break of the tournament was 128 made by Terry Griffiths.

FieldEdit

For the first time there were 16 players in the event. Alex Higgins, the World Champion was the number 1 seed with Steve Davis, the defending champion seeded 2. Places were allocated to the leading 8 players in the world rankings. 6 players qualified (Bill Werbeniuk (ranked 9), John Virgo (ranked 19), Dean Reynolds (ranked 22), Tony Meo (ranked 24), Joe Johnson and Mark Wildman) and there were 2 wild-card entries, Jimmy White (ranked 10) and Terry Griffiths (ranked 14).[1] Joe Johnson, Dean Reynolds and Mark Wildman were making their debuts in the Masters.

Main drawEdit

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Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
            
1   Alex Higgins 4
  Bill Werbeniuk 5
  Bill Werbeniuk 3
5   Eddie Charlton 5
5   Eddie Charlton 5
  Tony Meo 3
5   Eddie Charlton 5
4   Cliff Thorburn 6
6   Kirk Stevens 3
  Terry Griffiths 5
  Terry Griffiths 3
4   Cliff Thorburn 5
4   Cliff Thorburn 5
  Joe Johnson 2
4   Cliff Thorburn 9
3   Ray Reardon 7
3   Ray Reardon 5
  Dean Reynolds 1
3   Ray Reardon 5
  Jimmy White 2
8   David Taylor 2
  Jimmy White 5
3   Ray Reardon 6
7   Doug Mountjoy 3
7   Doug Mountjoy 5
  John Virgo 1
7   Doug Mountjoy 5
2   Steve Davis 4
2   Steve Davis 5
  Mark Wildman 2

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: John Smyth
Wembley Conference Centre, London, England, 30 January 1983.
Cliff Thorburn
  Canada
9–7 Ray Reardon
  Wales
First session: 85–21 (60), 88–30, 1–77, 74–24 (59), 29–63, 57–25, 50–61, 72–44, 97–31, 66–28, 58–69, 74–68 (Thorburn 69, Reardon 54), 34–88 (65), 4–113 (113), 39–76, 77–19 (56)
69 Highest break 113
0 Century breaks 1
4 50+ breaks 3

Century breaksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Davis start favourite". The Times. 22 January 1983. p. 17.
  2. ^ "1983 Masters Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  3. ^ "The Masters". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  4. ^ "1983 Masters". CueTracker - Snooker Results and Statistics Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.