1981 World Team Classic

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State Express World Team Classic
Tournament information
Dates 24 October –1 November 1981
Venue Hexagon Theatre
City Reading
Country England
Format Non-ranking event
Total prize fund £40,000
Winner's share £12,000
Final
Champion England England
Runner-up Canada Canada
1980
1982

The 1981 World Team Classic sponsored by State Express was the new name of the team snooker tournament. It moved to the Hexagon Theatre in Reading and it had now has seven teams competing with Ireland playing in their own countries and Scotland competed for the first time which they lost to the Republc of Ireand in a play off to reach the round obin stage of the comeptition. All matches including the final were now played in the best of six matches with a tie break frame between the captains if it stayed 3-3. England won their first title with captain Steve Davis winning three of the four matches against Eddie Charlton of Australia, Dennis Taylor of Northern Ireland and Ray Reardon of Wales in the final .

Main draw

Teams

Country Player 1 Player 2 Player 3
 Wales Ray Reardon Terry Griffiths Doug Mountjoy
 England Steve Davis John Spencer David Taylor
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins Dennis Taylor Tommy Murphy
 Canada Cliff Thorburn Bill Werbeniuk Kirk Stevens
 Australia Eddie Charlton Paddy Morgan Ian Anderson
 Ireland Patsy Fagan Dessie Sheehan Eugene Hughes
 Scotland Eddie Sinclair Matt Gibson Ian Black


Qualifying Round

Team 1 Score Team 2 Date
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 4–2 Scotland Scotland

Group A

Team 1 Score Team 2 Date
England England 4–3 Australia Australia
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 4–1 Australia Australia
England England 4–3 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland

Group B

Team 1 Score Team 2 Date
Wales Wales 4–2 Canada Canada
Wales Wales 4–0 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
Canada Canada 4–2 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland

Semi-Finals

Team 1 Score Team 2 Date
England England 4–2 Canada Canada
Wales Wales 4–3 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland

Final

Final: Best of 7 matches. Referee:
Hexagon Theatre, Reading, England. 1 November 1981.
 England
Steve Davis, John Spencer, David Taylor
4–3  Wales
Ray Reardon, Terry Griffiths, Doug Mountjoy
Spencer v Reardon: 37–63, 91–45, 54–66
Davis v Mountjoy: 87–45, 100–14
Taylor v Griffiths: 77–48, 33–72, 64–71
Spencer v Griffiths: 75–63, 7–114, 105–0
Taylor v Mountjoy: 30–77, 34–94
Davis v Reardon: 80–32, 59–11, Play off: 69–52
Highest break
Century breaks
50+ breaks

References

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