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Mining Review 2/3: Cue for Ladies (1948)


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Meeting for a game of snooker at the famous Leicester Square hall, where the world championship tournaments are staged, are two miners' daughters.

Mrs Davis is the wife of a South Wales miner. She plays under the name of Miss Morris. When she was sixteen, her disabled father spent his compensation money on opening a billiard hall. There, his daughter learned snooker and showed she was as good as the men - or even better.

Her opponent here is the woman's professional snooker champion, Ruth Harrison from Newcastle, who won the title in 1934 and has held it ever since. In the wartime tournament, Agnes Morris, then a dark horse from Ammanford, beat all comers except for the invincible Miss Harrison.

And the two met again in the 1948 final. Ruth Harrison leaves Agnes Morris a snooker which catches the eye of one of the directors of the hall - none other than Joe Davis, who recently retired unbeaten as world snooker and United Kingdom billiards champion.

Every snooker player has his or her own way of dealing with a situation - but even lady champions can take their tip from the Sultan of Snooker. He follows on with a demonstration of some of those shots that only Joe Davis can do.