1985 world champion Dennis Taylor has brought the curtain down on his 49-year career after a 3-0 defeat to Barry Pinches at the World Seniors Championship.
Taylor – who turned professional in 1972 – ended his 28-year stint on the main World Snooker Tour in 2000, but combined his TV punditry work with exhibitions and part-time appearances on the World Seniors circuit.
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The 72-year-old Northern Irishman most famously lifted the world title in 1985 with an 18-17 victory over six-times winner SteveDavis that was watched by 18.5 million viewers on BBC Two and was settled with Taylor slotting the final black ball after midnight at the Crucible.
World number 100 Pinches – 22 years younger than the double ranking event winner – made a break of 74 in the second frame on his way to securing a meeting with Patrick Wallace in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
"That match against Barry was my last competitive match ever," said Taylor, who later kissed the world trophy amid a socially distanced round of applause inside the Sheffield venue. "And what a way to finish here in the Crucible Theatre.
I've enjoyed every minute of the seniors tour. The standard is getting so high. There's no way I can compete with these youngsters these days.
Defending champion Jimmy White was a 3-0 winner against Tony Knowles. White enjoyed a break of 72 in the second frame in securing a quarter-final with Darren Morgan.
1997 world champion Ken Doherty – who lost last year's final 5-4 to Jimmy White having led 4-0 – contributed breaks of 102 and 55 in a 3-0 triumph against 1986 Crucible winner and Eurosport pundit Joe Johnson.

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He will meet David Lilley in the last eight at the Sheffield venue.
Brazil's Igor Figueiredo will face Stephen Hendry in the quarter-finals after completing a 3-0 success against 1991 world champion John Parrott.

Last 16 results

  • Jimmy White 3-0 Tony Knowles
  • Lee Walker 2-3 Darren Morgan
  • Igor Figueiredo 3-0 John Parrott
  • Stephen Hendry 3-0 Patsy Fagan
  • Michael Judge 2-3 Patrick Wallace
  • Barry Pinches 3-0 Dennis Taylor
  • David Lilley 3-1 Philip Williams
  • Ken Doherty 3-0 Joe Johnson

Quarter-final draw

  • Jimmy White v Darren Morgan
  • Igor Figueiredo v Stephen Hendry
  • Patrick Wallace v Barry Pinches
  • David Lilley v Ken Doherty
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