Selby maintains lead over Murphy heading into final session
Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 2-3 May
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Mark Selby held off a determined Shaun Murphy to maintain his three-frame lead in the World Championship final at a sold out Crucible Theatre.
Selby made the first century of the match and also won the afternoon’s final frame with a run of 69 to take a 14-11 lead into the final session.
Murphy, who trailed 10-7 overnight, fought back with breaks of 100 and 56 after falling 13-9 behind.
The best-of-35 final continues on Monday at 19:00 BST – live on BBC TV.
The penultimate session of the Championship marked a notable sporting milestone with a capacity crowd returning to a major UK sporting event for the first time since March 2020.
And after a huge roar that could be felt all over the Crucible, Murphy brought the auditorium to its feet again with an assured 77 to come back to 10-8.
The 2005 champion will, however, rue the conclusion of the 19th frame that felt as though it could have been pivotal to altering the complexion of the match.
Having forced a snooker out of Selby, the ‘Magician’ Murphy appeared favourite to pinch the frame but left the deciding black over the left middle.
While he took the following frame, three-time winner Selby’s response was emphatic, knocking in a superb 107 – the first century of the match – to set the tone for the next two frames – both won by the three-time winner.
With the coach of both players, Chris Henry, an intrigued spectator in the media room, Murphy once again exhibited his fighting qualities.