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Summary

  1. Stuart Bingham beats Shaun Murphy 18-15
  2. Bingham was playing in his first World final
  3. Murphy won in 2005, runner-up in 2009
  4. Watch the best clips of 2015 in Highlights

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodbye

All that is left for me to do is point you in the direction of

Shamoon Hafez's report from the Crucible. It has been an absolute pleasure to be able to guide you through the final.

And may I say a big thank you to all of you for all your comments, jokes, pictures and observations.

It is a day, a match, a fortnight Stuart Bingham will never, ever forget. Thanks for joining us. Bye for now.

Stuart Bingham
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Former world champion

Neil Robertson on Twitter: Massive congrats to Stuart Bingham. A top bloke who supports all the tournaments around the world. Enjoy mate.

Ex-world champion

Mark Williams on Twitter: All these young snooker players should take a hard look at Bingham and take some tips off him, dedicated and plays in everything.

2011 UK Championship finalist

Mark Allen on Twitter: Massive well done to Stuart Bingham. Great performance under the most intense pressure. Deserved world champion. Enjoy!!

Shaun Murphy 15-18 Stuart Bingham

Stuart Bingham
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He was priced at 50-1 before the start of the tournament. Many people thought this is something he would never achieve.

But through years and years of hard work, of playing in every competition around the world, Stuart Bingham has earned his place at the pinnacle of the sport.

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QPR midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: Top snooker final that. Bingham deserved it. Would have loved Murphy to win but great story for Bingham.

Shaun Murphy
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Nine-time Wimbledon champion

Martina Navratilova on Twitter: Stuart Bingham is the champion! And Shaun Murphy is a really good sport:)

Former England striker

Michael Owen on Twitter: Amazing scenes. Delighted for Bingham and what a great sportsman Murphy is.

Shaun Murphy 15-18 Stuart Bingham

John Parrott

1991 world champion and BBC Sport expert

"It has been the tournament of his life. He has played the best he has played at the most important time in his life. And it is no fluke, he deserves everything he gets in this event.

"It could not go to a nicer man. He is one of the most popular players on the circuit. It is a triumph for him and the new circuit because he has been at every event."

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Stuart Bingham
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Celine: Congratulations Stuart Bingham. You deserve the title of world champion. Twenty years of waiting. Worth it.

Kieran Robinson: To beat O'Sullivan, Trump and Murphy takes some doing. Class from Stuart Bingham, deserved champion.

'Nice guys can be winners'

Steve Davis

Six-time world champion and BBC Sport expert

Bingham
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"It gives everybody hope that it can turn around. We don't know if he truly believed he could win this two weeks ago. But he played like he did.

"When he needed to be focused, by the end he was calmer than anyone in the room. It shows that nice guys can be winners."

'Twenty years of blood, sweat and tears'

Shaun Murphy 15-18 Stuart Bingham

World Championship winner Stuart Bingham: "At one stage at 15-15 I thought I was going to do Shaun's speech. It was a 64-minute frame to go 16-15 and that really calmed me down. Four words: Winner, winner chicken dinner. My mum, dad, my wife, my family. My whole team I have to thank.

"Coming in to it was a bit different. I got to two semis out of three events. It didn't start brilliantly but I went from strength to strength. And in the final I beat the second best man in the tournament! To beat Shaun in the final tops everything off.

"Twenty years as professional, blood sweat and tears on the road. Qualifying in places like Prestatyn and Malvern. So many family and friends have backed me. It is unbelievable."

Shaun Murphy 15-18 Stuart Bingham

Stuart Bingham lifts the World Championship trophy
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Stuart Bingham has his hands on the World Championship trophy. The moment he has worked so, so hard for. The moment he has dreamed off. The moment he will never forget.

Shaun Murphy 15-18 Stuart Bingham

World Championship runner-up Shaun Murphy: "It has been a great fortnight. It hasn't finished how I wanted but I gave it my best and came up against an inspired Stuart Bingham.

"Sometimes your name is on the trophy. As a snooker geek like Stuart, there is not a player alive who deserves it more than him."

Shaun Murphy 15-18 Stuart Bingham

What a day for Stuart Bingham. He wins £300,000, moves up to second in the world rankings and is the champion of the world.

Shaun Murphy 15-18 Stuart Bingham

Players
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Bingham raises his arms aloft, the players embrace. And Stuart Bingham, at the age of 38, has done what he has always dreamed of doing. He has won the world title. Shaun Murphy applauds gracefully from the side as Bingham celebrates with his family.

Champagne moment

Shaun Murphy 15-18 Stuart Bingham (Bingham break of 88, 1-88)

Stuart Bingham
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STUART BINGHAM IS THE 2015 WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPION.

Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

Murphy needs snookers. And for Bingham to miss.

Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

The red is in. One colour, one red and that should do it.

Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

The lead is 57 for Bingham, 75 left.

Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

Stuart Bingham has been playing snooker competitively for 22 years. The 38-year-old is a few shots away from achieving his lifelong dream.

Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

Bingham is 30 ahead. And still in a good position. Is this it?

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Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

Jake Chandler: The best world championship I have ever witnessed, they are both fantastic players! The bingmiester is playing brilliant.

Ryan Mohan: Would be delighted if Bingham won this frame he's been class throughout the whole game and deserves it.

Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

Bingham chance
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But wait just a minute. Murphy misses another red. Stuart Bingham, this is your chance.

Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

Murphy nearly gifts Bingham a chance with one of the first shots of the frame. He goes for power, misses and then watches the red roll up the table and into the pocket.

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Toilet
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Andy Snowden: This #bbcsnooker vibe is throughout the house.

Andy, you have far too much time on your hands.

Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

Steve Davis

Six-time world champion and BBC Sport expert

"I think Stuart regained his composure because of that tactical frame at 15-15 and the break he made was very assured after that.

"It took the heat out of the situation, but it will be back on again now as he can see the winning line."

Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

The biggest 20 minutes of Stuart Bingham's snooker career are coming up.

Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

John Parrott

1991 world champion and BBC Sport expert

"You can't put the importance on that frame that took 64 minutes. Winning that was such a boost for Bingham.

"That was a great break he made in that last frame and just holding yourself together in these circumstances is a difficult thing to do."

Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham (3-68)

This is the frame to Bingham. He is on the verge of greatness. One more Stuart, one more.

Shaun Murphy 15-16 Stuart Bingham

We're still going by the way in the 32nd frame. Bingham is 63 ahead, but there are still 67 points left on the table.

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Carwyn Bowen: Can't take your eyes off this match for an instant.

Michael John: Blimey, this is as intense a thriller as you're going to get at The Crucible.

Imogen Ward: This is too much for me and my heavily pregnant state.

Sarah Baxter: This might be an all-nighter but I'm loving every minute. Amazing match.

Shaun Murphy 15-16 Stuart Bingham

Stuart Bingham
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If winning the world title isn't enough pressure, there is £300,000 for the winner of the match - £175,000 more than the runner-up will get.

Shaun Murphy 15-16 Stuart Bingham

Shaun Murphy leaves a red over the pocket and Bingham is set to move to within one of the title.

Shaun Murphy 15-16 Stuart Bingham

Shamoon Hafez

BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre

"Pressure everywhere. A table just collapsed in the press room, leaving a photographer sprawling to save their laptop and camera.

"Two fellow journalists ran across to give them a hand, but thankfully, no damage was done. It's getting late!"

Shaun Murphy 15-16 Stuart Bingham (Bingham break of 55)

Stuart Bingham misses a frame-winning red. Murphy, 59-0 behind, then misses a shot at the red.

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World number 33 Mark King on Twitter: "I think Bingham has shown awesome character here, whatever Murphy has thrown Bingham has thrown harder."

Shaun Murphy 15-16 Stuart Bingham

This frame is Bingham's for the taking. The break cranks up to 40 and his lead is 44 points.

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Michael Owen, former England striker: "Snooker may not be as popular as it once was but the drama of The World Championship Final is hard to beat."

Shaun Murphy 15-16 Stuart Bingham

Stuart Bingham
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"Get in" shouts someone in the crowd as Bingham sinks a long red and then the brown ball. The reds are everywhere. This could be another one for the man from Essex.

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Martina Navratilova
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Martina Navratilova, nine-time Wimbledon champion: "This frame was the equivalent of a 18:16 set or something like that…wow"

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Shaun Murphy 15-16 Stuart Bingham

JP Magner: Never mind fingernails, I've no fingers left. Come on Stuart. What an epic match.

Mike White: 64 minutes to complete that frame but I enjoyed every second of it. Gripping, nerve-jangling sport at its best.

Jake Spall: Can't believe this final. Tense match but a true masterclass from both players, it's so hard to call it they both deserve it now.

Alan McWhan: Every so often, a match comes along that really reminds you why you love snooker. This is one of those games.

Jon Holloway: Possibly one of the best frames of snooker I've ever seen, and I was watching in 1985 too.

Shaun Murphy 15-16 Stuart Bingham

Dennis Taylor

1985 world champion and BBC Sport expert

"Quite an amazing frame. 64 minutes of high-powered tension for both players. The adrenaline keeps you going. Bingham, after losing three frames in a row, badly needed that. He will be delighted."

Shaun Murphy 15-16 Stuart Bingham (56-80)

It is over. Well, that frame is. Not the match. One hour, four minutes of tension, drama, misses, snookers and more misses. Bingham inches closer. He needs two more.