1985 Classic (snooker)

The 1985 Mercantile Credit Classic was the sixth edition of the professional snooker tournament which took place from 4–13 January 1985. The tournament was played at the Spectrum Arena, Warrington, Cheshire.

Mercantile Credit Classic
Tournament information
Dates4–13 January 1985
VenueSpectrum Arena
CityWarrington
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£200,000
Winner's share£40,000
Highest breakWales Terry Griffiths (137)
Final
ChampionEngland Willie Thorne
Runner-upCanada Cliff Thorburn
Score13–8
1984
1986

Willie Thorne won his only ranking title beating Cliff Thorburn 13-8. Notably, the final was played in three sessions with the last one on Sunday afternoon.

Main drawEdit

First Round
Best of 9 frames
Second Round
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 17 frames
Final
Best of 25 frames
  Steve Davis 5
  Silvino Francisco 0   Steve Davis 5
  Alex Higgins 5   Alex Higgins 2
  Marcel Gauvreau 3   Steve Davis 5
  Ray Reardon 5   Ray Reardon 1
  Mike Hallett 3   Ray Reardon 5
  Tony Meo 4   Eugene Hughes 1
  Eugene Hughes 5   Steve Davis 8
  Kirk Stevens 5   Willie Thorne 9
  Paul Medati 4   Kirk Stevens 1
  Willie Thorne 5   Willie Thorne 5
  Robby Foldvari 2   Willie Thorne 5
  Bill Werbeniuk 2   John Virgo 3
  John Virgo 5   John Virgo 5
  Eddie Charlton 1   Murdo MacLeod 0
  Murdo MacLeod 5   Willie Thorne 13
  Cliff Thorburn 5   Cliff Thorburn 8
  George Scott 1   Cliff Thorburn 5
  David Taylor 4   Steve Longworth 3
  Steve Longworth 5   Cliff Thorburn 5
  Terry Griffiths 5   Terry Griffiths 4
  Patsy Fagan 0   Terry Griffiths 5
  Dennis Taylor 3   Rex Williams 3
  Rex Williams 5   Cliff Thorburn 9
  Jimmy White 5   Joe Johnson 2
  Paddy Browne 2   Jimmy White 2
  John Spencer 2   Warren King 5
  Warren King 5   Warren King 1
  Tony Knowles 1   Joe Johnson 5
  Joe Johnson 5   Joe Johnson 5
  Doug Mountjoy 4   Cliff Wilson 0
  Cliff Wilson 5

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 25 frames. Referee: John Williams.
Spectrum Arena, Warrington, England, 12 & 13 January 1985.
Willie Thorne
  England
13–8 Cliff Thorburn
  Canada
First session: 82–0 (72), 57–81 (Thorne 52, Thorburn 77), 50–66, 92–14 (88), 29–64, 70–9, 53–66, 105–22 (105)
Second session: 49–44, 62–40, 4–123 (75), 118–10 (118), 58–112 (112), 69–67 (66), 7–113 (100), 29–73
Third session: 75–5, 63–33, 96–24, 69–32, 66–18 (54)
118 Highest break 112
2 Century breaks 2
7 50+ breaks 4

Century breaksEdit

(Including qualifying rounds)

ReferencesEdit