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World Snooker Championship: Mark Selby four frames to win his fourth Crucible title |  Snooker News

Mark Selby maintained his three-frame advantage over Shaun Murphy after the penultimate session of the World Snooker Championship final in Sheffield; Leicester’s 37-year-old is approaching his fourth world crown and first since 2017

Last updated: 03/05/21 17:38 pm

Mark Selby nears his fourth world snooker title

Mark Selby walked away from four frames of winning his fourth world snooker title after retaining his three frame lead over Shaun Murphy at the Crucible.

‘The Jester from Leicester’ maintained their three-frame lead over Murphy at the end of the penultimate session of their final in Sheffield on Sunday.

Selby landed the final crucial frame of the session and finished 14-11 ahead of the conclusion of their best-of-35 battle on Monday night.

Each player summoned a century but none showed their best form in a session in which Selby’s fighting spirit quashed Murphy’s flamboyant but somewhat erratic offers.

Ultimately, it’s Murphy who will be returned to his more disappointed locker room, having wasted his chance to cut the deficit to one frame following a botched cut in the last frame of the afternoon.

World Snooker Championship: Mark Selby four frames to win his fourth Crucible title |  Snooker News

Selby maintained her three-picture advantage over Murphy

Picking up 10-7 from behind, Murphy had drawn the first blood with a promising break of 77 and looked to make 10-9 when he got the pool table he needed, to let the black hang over the pocket. middle.

Selby duly potted him to reestablish his three-frame lead, but failed to punish Murphy for poor security in the next, with a failed black himself giving the 2005 champion the chance to clear the flushes and to reduce the deficit again.

A coolly distributed break of 107 put Selby in full control in the interval and, when Murphy missed a long red rash on the restart and saw his opponent stretch his advantage to four, it looked like the first time Selby had made it. the vital movement. .

But just like in his semi-final, where he recovered from a 10-4 deficit to beat Kyren Wilson, Murphy upped his game with his back to the wall, a stunning 100 bringing him down to 13-10 and a long red. brilliant helping. him above the line in the next.

But the pomp with which Murphy praised his reduction in arrears proved premature, as Selby gleefully brushed off a long red of Murphy’s bad breakup, and his subsequent 62 years ultimately proved to be enough to leave the Leicester man in full control.

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