England’s Mark Selby has won the UK snooker championship, the second most important tournament of the season, by defeating Shaun Murphy relatively comfortably. The score was 10-6.
Mark Selby came from 2-4 behind to defeat Shaun Murphy by 10-6 in the final of the UK championship, a major tournament on the snooker ranking tournament calendar.
After re-starting the second session at 4-4 (as the Digital Journal reported), Murphy secured two of the first three frames and held at 6-5 advantage. However, from this position, Selby launched into a four frame winning streak to complete his 10 frames to 6 victory and to clinch what was generally a scrappy final. The evening session especially was generally low in quality but high in drama. Unusually no century breaks were recorded by either player and there were only eight breaks over 50.
According to Sports Mole, Murphy had the chance to win the 16th frame, to reduce his arrears to7-9, but missed a couple of vita balls under pressure and Selby made certain of the title by clipping in the blue.
The frame scores were (Selby first):
11-64, 58-49 (54), 82-0 (66), 0-83 (83), 35-98 (98), 39-67, 81-0 (70), 77-1, 67-72 (M 65, S 58), 70-38, 63-53, 8-78, 79-34 (51), 107-0 (98), 64-31, 69-37
Delighted with his victory, Selby told BBC Sport:
“I am over the moon and it means a great deal. It makes it even more special to beat someone of Shaun's class. It was a strange game; it was not pretty. I was twitching all over the place. never really give in until the last ball is potted and that is me all over. If I was not like that, I would not have got to the final.”
The win moves Selby back to number 1 in the world rankings.
In terms of prize money, the Selby won £125,000 (around $200,000) and Murphy received £50,000 ($80,000).