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article imageMurphy and Bingham to contest world snooker final

By Tim Sandle     May 3, 2015 in Sports
Sheffield - The two-day first to 18 frames world snooker final will be an all-English affair, with former champion Shaun Murphy taking on Stuart Bingham at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield.
Shaun Murphy has reached this third world championship final and the 2005 champion is hoping that he can clinch his second world title. Standing in his way is debut finalist Stuart Bingham, who, at the age of 38, is experiencing a career revival. Bingham dispatched people's favorite Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals. On May 4, the winner will collect a first prize of £300,000 ($450,000).
To reach the final, Bingham battled past Judd Trump in a nail-biting semi-final match that when all the way to the wire, with Bingham clinching victory over the four sessions by the odd-frame, winning 17-16. The match was of a high quality with both players making two century breaks apiece. Excitingly, trump made his breaks in rallying from 16-14 down.
The frame scores were:
Session 1: 28-86, 66-64 (64,65), 47-64, 89-0 (89), 82-39, 75-56 (56,74), 0-81 (75), 77-0 (76)
Session 2: 63-43 (52), 6-119 (113), 51-72 (63), 74-9 (67), 75-41 (54), 35-66, 85-9 (85), 4-90 (64)
Session 3: 19-75 (61), 0-91 (91), 76-37 (67), 86-0 (62), 65-16, 78-23 (59), 79-87 (SB 56), 9-66 (65)
Session 4: 71-31, 0-88 (88), 5-103 (50), 110-8 (106), 0-76 (76), 102-15 (102) 14-114 (108), 0-129 (129), 62-6
Drama of a different order took place in the 23rd frame when, due to some tight safety play from Trump, Bingham gave away 36 points in foul shots.
In the other semi-final, Murphy won more comfortably in dismissing Barry Hawkins 17-9. Murphy was dominant in knocking in five century breaks, including a total clearance of 138. Although Hawkins made two centuries of his won he could not match Murphy's firepower.
The frame scores were:
Session 1: 93-35 (92), 69-63 (BH 63), 103-24, 51-60, 105-0 (105), 8-76 (69), 138-0 (138), 80-50 (79,50)
Session 2: 82-31 (73), 105-32 (105), 79-0 (79), 79-18 (72), 33-100 (79), 121-10 (121), 70-28, 86-0 (54)
Session 3: 65-1, 0-103 (103), 1-84 (57), 28-108 (104), 1-73 (73), 90-0 (90), 106-28 (106), 22-84 (76)
Session 4: 8-121 (103), 83-44 (83)
The final is likely to be close, although Murphy is a strong favorite to lift his second world crown. Speaking of his prospects to Inside Snooker, Bingham said: “I’ve got nothing to lose. I’ll be the underdog again but I’m enjoying it. I want to win but if I don’t, I don’t."
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