Australia's Addie Charlton won the first ever world match play snooker championships in Melbourne on Saturday (11 December), when he defeated Welshman Ray Reardon by seven frames in the final.
GV: snooker table in competition hall.
SV: Eddie Charlton receiving cheque.
SV: crowd applaud as Reardon receives prize.
GV AND CU: Charlton demonstrating play which led to his winning title. (8 shots)
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Background: Australia's Addie Charlton won the first ever world match play snooker championships in Melbourne on Saturday (11 December), when he defeated Welshman Ray Reardon by seven frames in the final.
SYNOPSIS: Sixteen of the world's leading players took part in the tournament which ran over two weeks. The final was the best of 61 frames with Charlton winning 31-24 and collecting the first prize cheque of 6500 dollars Australian (about 4000 sterling) Reardon collected 3500 Australia dollars (about 1800 sterling) for his second placing and said that Charlton had just "played too well".
After the presentation ceremony Charlton demonstrated the form that won him the championship. His highest break in the final was 69.
On his way to the final, Charlton beat fellow Australia Paddy Morgan in a semi-final. In his semi-final, Ray Reardon beat Englishman Graham Miles. Prize money totalling 30,000 Australian (about 20,000 sterling) was awarded during the championships. Sponsors hope the event will now be held annually.