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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 09:00 GMT 10:00 UK
Q&A: Davis and Parrott
BBC Sport asked the snooker messageboard users to post their questions for legends of the green baize, Steve Davis and John Parrott.

We picked a handful and asked the chirpy duo to give their answers.


Steve Davis and John Parrott
Davis and Parrott will be competing and presenting at the World Championship

The average age at the Crucible is the highest it's been for a while. Do you think this is a sign of the newer generation not being as good as the last one?
From Chasmmi

JP: I didn't know it was. Well, there's me, you (Steve) and Jimmy White - they just can't get rid of us.

SD: The fact John's qualified pushed the average up! Just because the older players are there doesn't mean they can't turn a trick or two.

A lot of the younger players at the qualifying stages knock each other out. Until the likes of me and Jimmy are comprehensively beaten, then they will just have to wait.

Do world ranking points and positions mean as much to you as you get older?
From G_Freak
JP: There's a certain level I don't want to drop below, like 64. From Steve's point of view he wants to be in the top 16 when he's 51. I'm sure that's what he wants to do.

Would you like to see a return of team snooker, like the World Doubles played at the Derngate and the World Team Cup?
From BadTemperedCyril

SD: The circuit's not big enough. If you have a three-man team, it's not a team.

JP: We've played in it. It just went on too long.

With the success of the Premier League, do you think there should be a second division?
From Rambon

SD: First, people have to sit down and watch it. Secondly, who's going to sponsor the second division, it's hard enough to get sponsors for the first division.

Would either of you do a Dennis Taylor and appear on Strictly Come Dancing?
From Upton_gal

JP: No!

SD: He had plenty of b******s to do that. I've been approached to do these celebrity reality shows. If you've got an interest in that, do it, but as far as I'm concerned, no.

What is the hardest snooker shot to perfect?
From Ironfist

SD: The one to win a match! But also the ones off the cushion, a lot of players struggle with that.

JP:I like cushion shots. For me, definitely a masse (An extreme form of swerve, played with an almost vertical strike) - can't play one, never could do. Steve's good at those though.

I understand that you two and some of the other members of the BBC team like to have a round of golf during the Worlds. Who generally has the upper hand?
From The White

JP: Grossly unfair question! Although we had a good game against Willie Thorne and Dennis Taylor last year.

SD: Yes. Last time we played Dennis and Willie, we mullered them. When it comes down to the best golfer it's either John or Stephen Hendry.




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