Murphy One Frame Up After Thrilling First Day

Shaun Murphy leads Stuart Bingham 9-8 at the end of a thrilling first day’s play in the final of the Betfred World Championship at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Bingham, 38, is playing in his first Crucible final, and recovered from 3-0 and 8-4 behind.

Murphy, the 2005 champion and 2009 runner-up, made top breaks of 121 and 106, but Bingham compiled 123 to move just one frame behind at the end of Sunday’s play.

Final (Best of 35 frames)

Monday 4 May

14:00 & 19:00 BST

Shaun Murphy (Eng) 9-8 Stuart Bingham (Eng)

First session: 103-44 (68), 69-51 (59), 74-5 (65), 0-105 (105), 15-68 (56), 90-0 (90), 7-55, 30-73 (65)

Second session: 74-57 (Murphy 74, Bingham 57), 106-1 (106), 121-14 (121), 97-41 (51), 1-76 (76), 7-129 (123), 0-113 (89), 76-0 (76), 22-67 (53)