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Summary

  1. Shaun Murphy 9-8 Stuart Bingham - resumes tomorrow 14:00 BST
  2. Watch the best clips of 2015 in Highlights
  3. Coverage on BBC Two - use play icon to watch
  4. Live from the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Until tomorrow

So we will back at 13:30 BST on Monday. And it promises to be a dramatic conclusion to this year's competition.

Shamoon Hafez's report from the Crucible is up on the BBC Snooker page now.

We will call it a day for now. So get some rest and we look forward to seeing you all again tomorrow. As always, thank you for your excellent comments.

Who will get their hands on this trophy? Shaun Murphy leads, but only just.

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I will be back tomorrow. Sleep well and see you then.

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David Fox: One of the most enjoyable snooker finals in years. Two really likeable players and characters. Can't wait for tomorrow.

Adam Hathaway: Shaun Murphy is a class act though. Got a feeling it's going to go down to the wire.

Carry On Countdown: Maybe the snooker Gods realise it's the 30th anniversary of 1985. Another black-baller?

'This match is wide open'

John Parrott

1991 world champion and BBC Sport expert

"That's the best session I've ever seen Stuart play. It has been a fabulous match we have seen this evening.

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"Judd Trump could not get rid of Stuart in the semi-final and he again shows that he just does not want to get beaten. It's a fantastic show of character from him tonight and he can be proud of what he has done.

"Both players are capable of winning three or four frames on the trot tomorrow. This match is wide open."

Shaun Murphy 9-8 Stuart Bingham (22-67)

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls that is all the action for today. And what a day it has been. Murphy leads 9-8 after Stuart Bingham takes the last frame of the day. We are set for a thrilling day tomorrow.

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Phil Verney: I think if Bingham wins this, he should be designated "the people's champion".

Shaun Murphy 9-7 Stuart Bingham

One red remaining. Murphy needs a snooker.

Shaun Murphy 9-7 Stuart Bingham

A nervous moment for Stuart Bingham as he pots a red, and then watches the cue ball rattle around the jaws of the pocket. But it stays on the table and he continues. He leads 61-22.

Shaun Murphy 9-7 Stuart Bingham

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Which way is this last frame of the day going to go?

Shaun Murphy 9-7 Stuart Bingham

So Murphy is guaranteed an overnight lead, but Bingham has been excellent in the second part of this session. Yet this frame remains a vital one. Bingham will be sleeping easier if he is only one behind tonight. A stunning long red from Murphy gets us going. But it soon becomes a safety exchange.

Shaun Murphy 9-7 Stuart Bingham (Murphy break of 76, 76-0)

Martina may be impressed by Stuart Bingham, but she, like everyone else, can only watch on as Shaun Murphy restores his two-frame lead with a fine break of 76 in the 16th frame. One more to go tonight. Today's play will end at either 10-7 or 9-8 to Murphy.

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Matt Lloyd: What a three frames from Bingham after a trouncing from Murphy earlier tonight. This has the hallmarks of a great final.

Matt Oswin: What will Murphy be thinking after winning the first four this evening?

John Burns: Stuart Bingham three in a row - this is a snooker masterclass. Keep it going, Stuart you're playing fantastic.

Shaun Murphy 8-7 Stuart Bingham

Steve Davis

Six-time world champion and BBC Sport expert

"Stuart's shown so much strength of character here because it would have been easy for the head to drop, going four frames behind."

Shaun Murphy 8-7 Stuart Bingham (Bingham break of 89, 0-113)

If it stays at this standard then we are going to be in for some finale tomorrow. Bingham has looked in serious trouble at first 0-3 down and then 4-8 behind. But he is showing his character to haul himself back into this match.

And in some style. A break of 89 comes straight after an effort of 123. Murphy has not potted a ball in two frames.

Shaun Murphy 8-6 Stuart Bingham

Stephen Hendry

Seven-time world champion and BBC Sport expert

"Tonight has been excellent so far. As you would expect as both players are heavy scorers when they get in."

Shaun Murphy 8-6 Stuart Bingham

Bingham falters on 24, But then gets another chance. This could be a third successive frame for him.

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Matt Oswin: Murphy's gone from not being able to miss to not being able to pot.

Charlie: Hate how the World Championship Snooker ends soon, it's been non stop action. Best I've watched in years!.

Phill: Incredible standard in this final, record number of centuries confirm this to be the greatest World Championships ever.

Don't worry Charlie, we've still got a potential 21 frames left.

Shaun Murphy 8-6 Stuart Bingham

John Parrott

1991 world champion and BBC Sport expert

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"These tables are tough. These two boys are making it look like a pool table, they're playing that well."

recordThat's a record

Shaun Murphy 8-6 Stuart Bingham (Bingham 123 break, 0-129)

Murphy won the first three, Bingham took four of the next five, Murphy claimed four in a row and now Bingham has won back-to-back frames.

His excellent break of 123 reduces the gap to 8-6. That is the 84th century break of the tournament. More than at any other World Snooker Championship. What a standard. What a match. Hope you're enjoying this.

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Shaun Murphy 8-5 Stuart Bingham

Bingham splits open the pack of reds well. Lots of work to do, but a good chance for another frame.

Shaun Murphy 8-5 Stuart Bingham

Shamoon Hafez

BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre

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"Shaun Murphy needs 10 more frames to win the World Championship for a second time, and once that goes into single figures, it will strike a psychological blow to opponent Stuart Bingham.

"However, 'Ballrun' is a tough cookie nowadays, shown in victories over Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump. If Murphy wants to win the title this year, he is going to have to do it the hard way. Bingham won't be handing it to him on a plate."

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Martin Warren: Well done Stuart Bingham. Very important to win the frame after the mid-session interval that will do him the world of good.

Alice Wright: They both seem to be feeling the nerves now. Come on Stuart, this is your chance while Shaun keeps missing.

Shaun Murphy 8-5 Stuart Bingham (Bingham break of 76, 1-76)

Stuart Bingham makes a break of 76 and misses a red into the middle. But the frame comes his way soon after. We still need one more century for the outright record of most centuries in a World Championship. I thought it was going to come in that frame.

Shaun Murphy 8-4 Stuart Bingham

Stuart Bingham says he has dreamed of winning the world title. He needs a good end to the day to keep those hopes alive as he trails by four. But he is in business in the 13th frame.

Shaun Murphy 8-4 Stuart Bingham

We are back in action. But you haven't missed anything.

World title won't change me - Bingham

And there is another interesting interview. This time a pre-recorded interview with Stuart Bingham.

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"Winning the World Championship would be an unbelievable dream and the thoughts of winning the trophy have crossed my mind, but I have a really tough game against Shaun," says Bingham.

"I don't think winning it would change me. People would want more of me, but I don't think it would change me."

To watch both the Murphy and Bingham interviews, press the play button and rewind the coverage to the mid-session interval.

'I wasn't ready to be world champion'

Just like Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy, Shaun Murphy wants to change the past.

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In a fascinating interview broadcast during the mid-session interval, Murphy wishes he could jump in a DeLorean and delay his World Snooker Championship win from 2005.

"At 22 years old, I was probably nowhere near ready to win a world championship and when I fell short in the following years I was really disappointed," said Murphy.

"I would like to go back in a time machine and tell myself to chill out. If I could have my time again I would postpone the win for a few years as it set me unrealistic goals."

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PeterB: Stuart has made a couple of wrong choices of shots and it's those poor decisions that have cost him dear.

Shaun Murphy 8-4 Stuart Bingham

Mid-session interval.

Shaun Murphy 8-4 Stuart Bingham (Murphy break of 51, 97-41)

Played four, won four. A session to dream of so far for Shaun Murphy. A nightmare one for Stuart Bingham.

This game is running away from Bingham. He needs to stop the rot. And do it quickly. Or his hopes are going to be realistically over by the end of tonight's play.

Elsewhere in sport

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"A magnificent session of cricket, and an enthralling, finely poised Test match."

That's what they are saying over on the cricket coverage as England attempt to skittle out the West Indies before they chase down 192 to level the series.

Jimmy Anderson could be the tourists' saviour once again - England's record wicket taker has just nabbed the vital wicket of Chanderpaul to leave the Windies on 80-4.

Live text and radio coverage here.

Shaun Murphy 7-4 Stuart Bingham

Shamoon Hafez

BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre

"Looking at the mannerisms of the two players, Shaun Murphy would make an excellent poker player, keeping straight-faced at all times. You wouldn't know if he's missed an easy pot or stroked in a century break.

"Stuart Bingham, on the other hand, is all eyebrows, lips and shaking of the head. In the seventh frame, when he compiled 57 before Murphy hit back to take the frame with a 74, he sat in his chair looking like a glum kid who had lost a tenner and found a pound."

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Mitch: Stuart's had the first chance in every frame tonight. Just not scoring enough.

Shaun Murphy 7-4 Stuart Bingham

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Six reds, five blacks from Bingham. But any early hopes of a maximum 147 end as he then has to play safe on the sixth black ball. But still, a score of 41 to give him an early lead in the 12th frame.

Shaun Murphy 7-4 Stuart Bingham

John Parrott

1991 world champion and BBC Sport expert

"Shaun's hitting it really fantastically now. This is a taxing period now for Stuart Bingham. There's a massive frame coming up because Shaun's bouncing round the place at the moment."

Shaun Murphy 7-4 Stuart Bingham

One more century and it will be an outright record for the tournament.

Shaun Murphy 7-4 Stuart Bingham

Steve Davis

Six-time world champion and BBC Sport expert

"Shaun Murphy's killing it, he really is. Once again he's asked the question of Stuart Bingham and Stuart is starting to panic just a fraction.

"He was in among the balls and he talked himself into going for the plant. Perhaps it wasn't the right shot."

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Shaun Murphy 7-4 Stuart Bingham (Murphy break of 121, 121-14)

Shaun Murphy
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Sensational snooker from Shaun Murphy. Back-to-back centuries. This time a 121, including a party-piece to pot the black diagonally opposite to the pocket he looked to be shooting in. Wonderful.

Stuart Bingham looks as puzzled as Manny Pacquiao did in the early hours of the morning as he struggled to catch Floyd Mayweather in the big boxing encounter in Las Vegas.

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David Flaherty: This could be the session where Murphy pulls away. He did it in the semi-final in the second session v Barry Hawkins.

Martin Warren: Brilliant break of 106 by Shaun Murphy in that frame. Just hope Stuart Bingham can hang on in there.

Smeopnez: This looks like Murphy's all the way, so comfortable, so confident and scoring heavily at every opportunity.

Shaun Murphy 6-4 Stuart Bingham

Bingham tries a plant early in the 11th frame. He misses and trudges back to his seat. Can Murphy punish him? He has certainly brought his 'A' game to the Crucible tonight. A break of 74 in the opening frame of the session, followed by 106 in the next.