Mark Selby wins the world snooker champion for the fourth time at the Crucible
in Sheffield after defeating Shaun Murphy 18-15 in a thrilling final on Monday
Selby successfully preserved his three-frame lead over Murphy at the end of
the penultimate session of their final to go 14-11 in front
With Just three titles away now from Stephen Hendry’s record tally of seven,
the 37-year-old banked a £500,000 jackpot and replaced Ronnie O’Sullivan as
The Slowman beat the Showman and it means six-time champ
O’Sullivan is the only man still active who has succeeded more times in these
After months and months of playing to silence behind closed doors in Milton Keynes
due to lockdown measures, the finalists were greeted with one almighty roar on
the final day. When the players were announced by enthusiastic MC Rob Walker,
everyone rose for a standing ovation and screamed their lungs out.
Given everything we have been through this past horrid year, the joyous scenes
really did send shivers down your spine. It was very special. Thankfully, finally,
sport is back.
As part of a Government test pilot scheme, social-distancing rules were relaxed
but mask-wearing remained a requirement.
Wonderfully, it was practically a sell-out with 853 tickets sold for the afternoon session
and 866 for the evening.
In truth, the damage had been done on Sunday night – Selby led 10-7 overnight –
and the afternoon session was honors even at four-apiece