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World Snooker Championship: Mark Selby leads Shaun Murphy 10-7 in Crucible final in front of near-full crowd | Snooker News


Mark Selby leads Shaun Murphy 10-7 in the 2021 World Snooker Championship final at the Crucible in Sheffield; the shoot was watched by a near-full crowd wearing face masks; the final ends on Monday May 3

Last updated: 02/05/21 23:58 pm









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Fans gathered in the Crucible in Sheffield to watch the World Snooker Championship on Sunday in what was the first near-full crowd at a UK sporting event in over a year.

Fans gathered in the Crucible in Sheffield to watch the World Snooker Championship on Sunday in what was the first near-full crowd at a UK sporting event in over a year.

Mark Selby established a 10-7 lead over Shaun Murphy in the 2021 World Snooker Championship final, in front of a near-full crowd at the Crucible.

The event, which was used as part of a UK government pilot program to allow crowds to return under a relaxed coronavirus rules, saw a crowd of around 600 fans for both sessions. A full house is expected on Monday.

Inside the Crucible, Selby fought back to win seven of nine images from Sunday night’s session and will take a healthy advantage heading into Monday’s closing sessions.

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Snooker fans give their opinion on the return of near-full crowds for the first time in a year to attend the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible

Snooker fans give their opinion on the return of near-full crowds for the first time in a year to attend the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible

The Leicester man called an 85 clearance to narrow the gap to 5-4 and although Murphy immediately restored his lead to two frames there were signs the momentum was changing.

Selby duly took the next two frames at level 6-6, and although Murphy managed to back down, it was to prove his significant final contribution of the night.

Mark Selby took advantage of a dominant night to take a 10-7 lead

Mark Selby took advantage of a dominant night to take a 10-7 lead

Selby proceeded to reel the next four frames, ending a dominant session coming out triumphant from a long period of safety play that sealed his lead.

It came after Murphy had already established a 5-3 lead at the end of Sunday’s opening session, as he looked to win his second crown and his first since 2005.

Darts player Gerwyn Price (back, center) watched the action

Darts player Gerwyn Price (back, center) watched the action

Previously, it was Murphy who seemed willing to regret a mistake by missing what was effectively a frame ball for a 3-0 lead.

Murphy had continued where he left off in his semi-final against Kyren Wilson by winning the first two frames of the final, and a 65 break left him poised to extend his advantage.

But a missed red proved to be the only opportunity Selby needed to clear the brown and take the frame, and a break of 89 in the next saw the three-time champion level up.

If the change in momentum sounded ominous, Murphy quickly regained his balance with a 75 break to regain the lead and should have restored his two-frame advantage only for a failed black to allow Selby to go 3-3. .

Murphy won the next with a break of 64 despite an extended offer from Selby to defend himself from needing three snookers, but it was Selby who had a lot to think about after his unusual mistake gave Murphy the initiative. early.