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Summary

  1. Day one: Mark Selby 10-7 Ding Junhui
  2. England's Selby led 6-0 at one stage
  3. China's Ding took 66-minute 15th frame
  4. 2014 champion Selby won last two frames
  5. Best-of-35 final resumes on Monday

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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

Mark Selby 10-7 Ding Junhui

Our report from the first day's play is live on our snooker pages now.

Play starts again at 14:00 BST so get some sleep and join us again then for what promises to be a thrilling conclusion to this year's competition.

Mark Selby will be the happier of the two players with a 10-7 lead, but things could have been worse for Ding Junhui, who trailed 6-0. There will be plenty of twists to come later on so don't miss it.

Thanks for all your comments and pictures and we will see you soon for day two. Bye for now.

Ding Junhui and Mark Selby
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Mark Selby 10-7 Ding Junhui

Matchtime so far at the Crucible
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Mark Selby 10-7 Ding Junhui

Trevor Carey: Ding needs to win 11-7 from here. That’s very achievable. He’s won the last 11 frames 7-4.

MrP: Really enjoyed that tonight. Quality. Makes me want to play.

Benji: That was just awesome. Exactly what The Crucible is all about. All to play for tomorrow.

Werewolf of Falkirk: Say what you like about that kind of snooker. Absolutely enjoyed every second of it.

Tremendous stamina

Mark Selby 10-7 Ding Junhui

Some quotes from our pundits.

Steve Davis: "There were two warriors out there today, when you require one or two snookers you've got to go for them, such is the standard of safety play, it's astonishing. Ding looked as fresh as anything. 

John Parrott: "Mark Selby has got tremendous stamina, phenomenal performance, his eyes are so tired, he's absolutely gone, but he keeps finding it."

Selby wins the last frame of the day

Mark Selby 10-7 Ding Junhui (67-27)

Shades of Dennis Taylor's cue above the head celebration in that black-ball final in 1985. This time it comes with the potting of a green. And in only the 17th frame.

But it means today's play is over and Mark Selby, who looks absolutely shattered, holds a three-frame advantage.

The match resumes tomorrow. Actually, looking at the time, it resumes later on today. 

Mark Selby celebrates winning the final frame
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Bedtime

Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

Dennis Taylor

1985 world champion on BBC Two

Absolutely incredible. Selby has gone at the moment. He just wants to get out of the Crucible theatre and get to bed.

Selby misses the green
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Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

Graeme Stevenson: If one player falls asleep, do they automatically forfeit the frame?

Miss-cons-tru-ed: This #bbcsnooker match - I'm expecting a bit of clinching soon, like in the boxing, when they get a bit tired. Might be fun.

Koyc: These guys are playing in their sleep!!!

Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

That should be it for day one. Rolling the green into the middle pocket from Selby would do it. But he misses. We continue.

Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

This is the ultimate test of endurance for both players. Two frames ago it was 66 minutes long, this one is closing in on that total.

An exhausted Selby, who is struggling to keep his eyes open, misses what would be a frame-winning green with the rest.

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Selby in his chair
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Playing for snookers

Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

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1985 world champion on BBC Two

He's doing a Selby, on Selby

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Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

Selby inches closer to the frame by potting the yellow. Ding now needs two snookers.

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Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

Skyfall: I swear Ding is a specialist in playing snookers and Selby is a specialist at getting outta them! Great game!

Qamar ZK : Saying of it ain't over until the fat lady sings should be rewritten to it ain't over until Selby gives up.

Jonesy: This is a proper Ding-Dong battle now. I want 9-8, not 10-7.

Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

What does this mean to Selby? A long red, at a crucial point of the last frame of the day, gives you the answer. He thumps the table in delight.

It isn't even the end of the frame, it is just another step closer to a three-frame overnight lead.

Mark Selby punches the table
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Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

We are seeing what we are calling the-five-to-midnight-shot. Firstly, Selby, trying to escape a snooker, gets his attempt completely wrong and misses by miles, and then Ding amazingly sinks the cueball with a huge error.

Selby misses the reds
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Ding pots the white ball
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Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

They think it's all over... not yet. A red hangs over the corner pocket that would have seen Selby probably finish off the frame. The cueball also vanishes into the pocket, just to add insult to injury. Another lifeline for the Chinese.

Growing old together

Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

We all certainly feel like we've aged slightly this evening with this excellent game of snooker.

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Nothing quite beats the intense atmosphere of Sheffield's famous theatre.

#bbcsnooker fond memories of visiting crucible in 2011 with my son wish I was there tonight!

#bbcsnooker fond memories of visiting crucible in 2011 with my son wish I was there tonight!

Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

But wait just a minute. A horrendous contact on the cue ball, which jumps up off the cloth before hitting the red, means Selby loses position on the black and he has to play safe.

Selby still leads by 49 and Ding has a chance he hadn't been expecting.

Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

This should be the end's of the day's play soon. Selby is 41 up and in a great position.

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Enjoying the mugs of tea/coffee that have replaced the glasses of water? @SteveSnooker #bbcsnooker

Enjoying the mugs of tea/coffee that have replaced the glasses of water? @SteveSnooker #bbcsnooker

'I lost half a stone'

Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

Steve Davis

Six-time world champion on BBC Two

It's very draining on both players, if you can avoid that style of play it's in your interest these days as the World Championship is a marathon. Overnight you recover and the adrenaline gets you through it. I lost half a stone when I used to play, they are very difficult situations to get your body clock right.

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Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui

You know you need new friends when you're the only person you know who watches snooker religiously 😐 #bbcsnooker

You know you need new friends when you're the only person you know who watches snooker religiously 😐 #bbcsnooker

Think they may have gone to bed?

The world number one shows his class

Mark Selby 9-7 Ding Junhui (86-25)

Not this time. Selby rattles through the balls to ensure he will be going to bed with an overnight lead.

We have one frame left, so Selby's lead will be either 10-7 or 9-8. Which one? We will find out shortly.

Mark Selby 8-7 Ding Junhui

Selby tried to fight back from 71 down in the last frame, and now it's Ding's turn to go for an incredible fightback.

He still needs at least one snooker and is 42 points behind with only one red left on the table. Anyone else fancy another hour-long frame? Anyone? Anyone?

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Mark Selby 8-7 Ding Junhui

Mark Selby loves safety even more than this man! #bbcsnooker

Mark Selby loves safety even more than this man! #bbcsnooker

Mark Selby 8-7 Ding Junhui

If the last frame was a marathon, then this one looks like being more a middle-distance event. Selby rattles in a break of 61, but narrowly avoids going into a cluster of reds after potting a black. But there are still 75 points left so a bit more work to be done.

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'Awesome snooker'

Mark Selby 8-7 Ding Junhui

It even has those knocked out of the tournament gripped...

I normally don't like the long drawn out frames but that was awesome snooker twitter.com/magician147/st…

This next frame should be interesting

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Mark Selby 8-7 Ding Junhui

Michael Nairn: That type of frame is why snooker is pure sporting drama. Tactical battles, snookers, escapes. Joyous stuff.

King Pin Dazza: What an amazing frame, absolutely amazing! 

Sam Harrison: That pink must have felt like winning the World Championship. If the crowd weren't behind Ding before, they are now.

Good news

Mark Selby 8-7 Ding Junhui

Some good news for you. There were meant to be 17 frames today. And there will still be 17 frames today. Two more to go.

Mark Selby 8-7 Ding Junhui

Twenty minutes without a ball being potted happens quite a lot in my matches. Not intentionally, mind.

The view from the professionals

Mark Selby 8-7 Ding Junhui

We went more than 20 minutes before a ball was potted during the last frame - the professionals are full of praise.

John Parrott: "To keep the balls on the table for that long, and for Mark Selby to have a chance of that frame is incredible."

Steve Davis: "Selby isn't boring, he's playing with what he's given. He'd be like Houdini to get out of that. It may be draining for people watching, but it's hard for the players as well. Mark knows if he had won that frame he'd have given Ding Junhui nightmares playing like that."

Stephen Hendry: "You have to take your hat off to Selby and Ding, they never left a ball on."

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Mark Selby 8-7 Ding Junhui

Niall D: It's over. It's finally over!!!!!!!!!! #SCENES

Hollie: Thank goodness for that!

Mark Grenville: I think Ding did all that on purpose just to give Selby false hope and then take it away from him. Great psychological battle.

It is over. The frame that is, not the match

Mark Selby 8-7 Ding Junhui (52-82)

That was an incredible display of safety and escape play from both players. It finally, finally comes to an end with Ding rolling a pink into the corner.

What an insane frame. If Selby wanted to shake Ding Junhui out of his rhythm then he will have done just that. But nevertheless, Ding is now within one frame of his opponent. The frame lasted more than an hour. At one stage it took 22 minutes to pot one ball.

Frame time - one hour, six minutes.

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Mark Selby 8-6 Ding Junhui

Paul Rennie: Mark Selby was clean shaven at the start of this frame.

Phil Elliott: Has the final ever gone on to the Tuesday? Like at Wimbledon when it really rains?

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Mark Selby 8-6 Ding Junhui

Ding pots the blue, huge applause from the crowd. That's it. But no, wait a minute, Selby, needing two snookers and with only two balls left, battles on valiantly.

The crowd celebrate Ding potting the blue
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Mark Selby 8-6 Ding Junhui

Selby pots the green, and even the brown. You know, in the traditional fashion, but he still needs a snooker. Three balls remain. This will be sickening for Ding to lose this frame, if he indeed does, some time on Wednesday. 

The frametime reaches one hour
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Mark Selby 8-6 Ding Junhui

Michael Collins:

Wife: Are you coming to bed?

Me: No, exciting frame of snooker 

Wife: When was last pot?

Me: erm...

An eye for a snooker

Mark Selby 8-6 Ding Junhui

There's been a lot of squinting going on as both players meticulously eye up the angles during this most tactical of tactical frames. They have been going for snookers / escaping from snookers on the green for 10, 20, 30, 40 minutes, I don't really know.

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Ding dancing

Mark Selby 8-6 Ding Junhui

This is the moment Ding Junhui joined the cast of Saturday Night Fever, sorry ordered a re-rack, yes, he definitely ordered a re-rack.

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Mark Selby 8-6 Ding Junhui

F. Cannavaro: Mark Selby would be a nightmare to play against. Frame should be over 25mins ago. 

Martin Tinnock: Some fantastic snookers but can somebody tell these boys I'm working at 6am!! #hurryalongnow

George Atutkwengo: Imagine a 35-frame world final between Mark Selby and Peter Ebdon.

I can imagine that George, it's just that I really don't want to.