Welshman Ray Reardon won the Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship for the fourth time when he defeated Alex "Hurricane" Higgins in Manchester on Friday night (23 April).
MV Ray Reardon potting ball; potting pink; potting red; potting blue; potting red; potting green; potting red; potting black and missing red (2 shots)
SV Reardon accepting trophy (3 shots)
COMMENTARY: "Now he's played and the ball's gone into the pocket. Nos it could be the pink into the centre. And he has a red into the same pocket. Just a little spin leaving himself on the pink into the top. No he stays on the green. Now two reds, first red into the centre pocket. The audience spellbound at the moment as Reardon creeps quietly towards the coveted title -- world snooker champion. Onto the green, a little screw and he's followed through for one of the two reds. And he in fact has snookered himself. He's got to get position on one of those two reds above the pink. And that's not easy although he's left himself in the centre. I don't know how that didn't drop. Congratulations and applause all round. And a man from Wales, a miner for the fourth time has taken the world crown."
REARDON'S FINAL BREAK OF 25: REARDON WITH TROPHY.
Initials BB/2140 GB/DK/BB/2145
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Background: Welshman Ray Reardon won the Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship for the fourth time when he defeated Alex "Hurricane" Higgins in Manchester on Friday night (23 April).
In the final frame of his 27-16 victory, Reardon had scored a 25 break with ended when he failed to sink a red ball in the middle pocket.
His Belfast opponent returned to the table and took the rare step of conceding victory after missing a shot.
Reardon was never really troubled by Higgins. He played confidently and smoothly with a style that has marked him one of Britain's greatest players since the legendary Joe Davis.
Reardon won 6,000 pounds sterling (about 10,000 dollars U.S.) for winning the title which was contested by the world's top professional snooker players.
(This film is serviced with an English commentary by BBC sporting commentators. A transcript appears overleaf.)
SYNOPSIS: Welshman Ray Reardon won the Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship for the fourth time in Manchester on Friday night. His final break scored 25.