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Steve Davis Triumphs: The Ginger Nugget Works His Magic Once More

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 24:  Steve Davis of England celebrates victory in his match against John Higgins of Scotland during the Betfred.com World Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre on April 24, 2010 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Antony HerbertAnalyst IIIApril 25, 2010

Snooker may be boring to some. Even I find myself occasionally drifting off to ‘Bedfordshire’ when matches are on.

Technically you can admire a players brilliance, but visually it needs to be either fast and effective or slow but tense to impact upon you and entice you further.

So how inspiring it was to see that yesterday, eighties legend Steve Davis showed that an old man on the wrong side of fifty can still achieve greatness in the Crucible arena.

Imagine the likes of David Beckham competing on a football pitch at fifty, or Steve Redgrave in a canoe as his hair all falls out; they’d have a skill or two still to portray, but little of the stamina left that is required to compete.

Just look at whats happening to Michael Schumacher in his return to Formula 1 and you will see that sometimes a sports star is just too old to be the epitome of excellence again.

Obviously snooker faces none of the same physical demands as either football, Formula 1 or tennis.

You can eat like a hippo and drink like a fish and still be an undeniable talent.

But for Steve to show a thing or two about the game when he is decades away from his peak is a testament to the continuing abilities that he possesses. Even more glorious was that his eventful and close climax to his second round fixture saw him defeat of all people, the defending champion John Higgins.

Now, even if Davis exited in the next round, he would provide one of or if not the talking point of the entire tournament.

Sadly so many will fail to notice this stunning victory and the merits it encompasses. Snooker gets little in the way of exposure or credibility anymore.

For those willing enough to care however, Steve Davis and his immensely rich reputation will live on for decades to come, and this result will be forged into the minds of anyone who dares to give up just because their body is not as strong as it used to be.

For those who want to continue battling against expectation, they will always have the chance to pull off a shining moment.

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