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Last Updated: Friday, 18 April, 2003, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
1983: Davis' title but Thorburn's 147
Steve Davis
Davis overcame the Canadian challenge
Although it was Steve Davis who won the title, the man of the tournament was undoubtedly Cliff Thorburn, who created snooker history by compiling a 147 maximum break during his second round match against Terry Griffiths.

The break, which started with a fluke, lasted 15 minutes, 20 seconds and its construction brought play on the adjoining table to a halt.

Thorburn would labour until 0351 to shake off Griffiths when his break of 75 eventually gave him victory at 13-12.

He then won three successive frames of 32, 53 and 61 minutes duration in recovering from 12-10 down to beat Kirk Stevens 13-12 in the quarter-finals. That match finished at 2.12 a.m.

In the semi-finals, Thorburn trailed Tony Knowles 15-13 but came back again to win a 45-minute deciding frame to reach the final.

Once there, however, he found his mental reserves had been exhausted and he was no match for Davis, who arrived in the final much the fresher having played 14 hours less snooker than Thorburn during the championship.

Davis pulled away to win 18-6 with a session to spare, his second triumph at the Crucible.


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