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OUT to lunch on Wednesday. Bit of a do. The Cafe Royal, as a matter of fact: you know, all those mirrors, big chandeliers, nice Peppercorn Steak, Panache of Veg, Pastry Tulip Filled With Seasonal Fruits, Coffee and Liqueurs, the business. It was, as that smooth Mr David Vine put it, 'The number one social event in the snooker calendar.' Petits Fours, too.

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THE car park was crammed, the ticket kiosk besieged. Inside the hall they had run out of chairs and people were sitting on the floor or standing in corners. The heat was intense. Unlikely though it may seem, the focus of these hordes was a game involving rackets and shuttlecocks. Mansfield had gone badminton-crazy.

Snooker: Henderson pockets the cash: Little-known Scot records his biggest pay-day after knocking out world No 4 White

EUAN HENDERSON pulled off the biggest surprise of the season when he ended Jimmy White's attempt to win the Skoda Grand Prix for a third time in Derby yesterday.

Snooker: Parrott put out by wild card Hallett

MIKE HALLETT, who only sneaked into the tournament by the back door, sent John Parrott out through the front yesterday when he ejected the former world champion from the Regal Masters in Motherwell, winning 5-3 to reach the last eight of the pounds 150,000 event.

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Cliff Wilson, snooker player: born 10 May 1934; Welsh Amateur Snooker Champion 1956, 1977, 1979; World Amateur Snooker Champion 1978; married (four sons); died 21 May 1994.

Captain Moonlight: Snookered White

YOU MIGHT think it's easy handling the affairs of a leading personality, just pick up the phone, mention a few figures, take your percentage, feet up, Bob's your uncle and it's a villa outside Marbella. But it's not. No. It can be hard work, demanding, debilitating. Take poor Alan Stockton, who looks after the well-known snooker player, Jimmy White. White, you will recall, recently lost

Snooker: White left waiting another year: Champion Hendry first with condolences for ill-fated opponent

STEPHEN HENDRY received a new Bentley yesterday, a gift from his sponsors to mark his third successive World Snooker Championship. Jimmy White, meanwhile, was accepting condolences.

Snooker: White strives to throw off his unwanted burden: The best player never to win World Championship exhibits both sides of his character before seizing the overnight advantage

WHENEVER Jimmy White plays snooker the words 'if only' spring to mind. It is a consequence of reaching five Embassy World Championship finals and failing to win any.

Database: How prize money at Wimbledon has grown

Year Men's Women's Total champ champ champ champ 1968 pounds 2,000 pounds 750 pounds 26,150 1973 pounds 5,000 pounds 3,000 pounds 52,400 1978 pounds 19,000 pounds 17,100 pounds 279,023 1983 pounds 66,600 pounds 60,000 pounds 978,211 1988 pounds 165,000 pounds 148,500 pounds 2,612,126 1993 pounds 305,000 pounds 275,000 pounds 5,048,450 1994 pounds 345,000 pounds 310,000 pounds 5,682,170

Snooker: Hendry armed for final fight

SINCE he slipped and fell in his hotel bathroom on the first Thursday night of the Embassy World Championship here, the defending champion Stephen Hendry has become owner of the most famous fractured forearm in Britain. No one expected the 25-year-old Scot to go home straight away, but few would have given much for his chances of a long-term stay.

Snooker: Hendry's pursuit of hat-trick hits the pain barrier: White stands on the verge of his fifth successive final as Morgan's vaunted durability disintegrates under pressure of occasion

THE SCARES about Stephen Hendry are increasing as he gets nearer to becoming only the second player after Steve Davis to win the World Championship three years in succession at the Crucible. Yesterday, for about four hours, it appeared he might have to withdraw from the tournament altogether.

Snooker: Davis lets Hendry off hook

Stephen Hendry had described his semi-final with Steve Davis in the Embassy World Championship as a massive battle and last night there was little indication who will be the victor.

Snooker: World Championship: Hendry becomes one-armed bandit

STEPHEN HENDRY was in pain. You could tell from the concerned look and the sling supporting his left arm backstage at The Crucible. There was little evidence otherwise.

Snooker: White a brighter shade than pale: Potter in the pink as early night pays off in World Championship

Early nights, if he thinks about them at all, probably mean mounted men on the way to the Crusades as far as Jimmy White is concerned.

Snooker: Morgan makes Wattana struggle

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