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article imageSelby and Murphy to contest UK snooker final

By Tim Sandle     Dec 9, 2012 in Sports
Mark Selby, former world number one, will battle with Shaun Murphy, former world champion, for snooker's UK championship.
Snooker's UK championship is one of the most prestigious events on the circuit, standing second to the world championship. This year's final, World Snooker reports, sees two English players battling over a best-of-nineteen frames match: Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy.
This year's tournament is sponsored by William Hill (a UK gambling chain) and is taking place at the Barbican Centre in York. Last year the event was won by Judd Trump. In attempting to defend his title Trump went out in the first round.
To reach the final , Selby defeated Michael White 6-3, Ryan Day 6-4, and former world champion Neil Robertson 6-4. In his semi-final, the BBC summaries, Selby powered past Michael White by 9 frames to 4.
Selby won the first session of the semi-final 6-2 and completed a straightforward victory in the second session. En route to victory, Selby compiled a break of 121. Selby scored 901 points to Davis' tally of 487.
Murphy's route to the final consisted on wins over Robert Milkins 6-3, former world champion Graeme Dott 6-2, and Belgium's teenage sensation Luca Brecel by a narrow margin of 6-5.
Murphy's semi-final match was a tough and closely contested affair against Ali Carter, according a BBC match report. Murphy fought back form 4-8 down to defeat Carter 9-8. In the course of the game, both players compiled century breaks with Murphy having a run of 105 and Carter one of 101. In total Murphy scored 863 points to Carter's 818.
The final promises to be an interesting, and most likely tightly contested affair. It will be referred by Leo Scullion. Selby is the favorite with the betting odds to win the title, according to Pro Snooker at 8/11 on. With the prize money, the winner will earn £125,000 (around $200,000) and the runner-up will receive £50,000 ($80,000).
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