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Summary

  1. End of session: Mark Selby 7-10 John Higgins
  2. Final best of 35 frames (18 on Monday)
  3. Higgins led 10-4 before Selby rallied
  4. Selby's best break of 121 in frame 16
  5. Higgins 141 clearance in fourth frame

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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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What a day

Mark Selby 7-10 John Higgins

So the day started and ended well for Mark Selby, it's just the bit in the middle that he won't be happy with.

At one stage, Higgins was 10-4 up with Selby in all sorts of trouble. But you don't become world number one for nothing and Selby reeled off the last three frames of the day. Read Shamoon Hafez's first day report here.

We start again at 14:00 BST, Higgins needs eight for the title, Selby needs 11. Make sure you don't miss it.

Thanks for joining us today, get some rest and come back for what is set to be a thrilling conclusion. See you tomorrow.

Mark Selby
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John Higgins
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'For the next few hours John will be very disappointed'

Selby 7-10 Higgins

Stephen Hendry

Seven-time world champion at The Crucible

For the next few hours John will be very disappointed because he's so experienced.

He knows frames can make a difference come tomorrow night. Once he's got over that initial disappointment as John Virgo said, 10-7 is a nice lead to have. 

'It's been a fascinating session of snooker'

Selby 7-10 Higgins

Steve Davis

Six-time world champion at The Crucible

I think there will be loads of adrenaline pumping for both players, each for different reasons. It's been a fascinating session of snooker. I think by the end of the night they'll have cleared their minds of all of that. 

It's just an astonishing standard by the world champion and world number one. He's superb. You'd expect it but for a minute there it didn't look like it was going to happen. He was on the ropes and John Higgins gave him enough breathing space but got away with it. 

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Selby 7-10 Higgins

Jordan‏: Game back on. Three frames is nothing, fantastic final day to come.

Kev‏: Thank goodness Selby won them last 3 frames. In with a decent chance to complete the comeback tomorrow now.

Joseph Richardson‏: Absolutely magnificent from Mark Selby. What a competitor! He had to dig so deep to win those last three. Sets up tomorrow perfectly.

Mark Selby
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End of play, Selby wins his third in a row, but Higgins leads by three

Frame 17: Selby 7-10 Higgins (96-17, Selby 49)

John Higgins is furious with himself after leaving himself snookered after potting a blue. He then has an 'aargh' moment as he smashes the balls in frustration and leaves a red on, which Selby downs.

Frame 17
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John Higgins
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Selby does the rest to win the frame - meaning he took each of the last three today.  

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Frame 17: Selby 6-10 Higgins

Coot McLuckie: Cor blimey a sitter from The Jester. C'mon John.

Mark Selby
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Frame 17: Selby 6-10 Higgins

Selby is now looking the man in form, racing through the balls, making 47, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to see this straight-forward red miss.

It is not fatal to his hopes in this final frame of the day, but that was a chance to wrap it up in one visit though. He does, however, still hold a 47-0 advantage in frame 17.

Frame 17
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40 years of the Crucible - a labour of love

Shamoon Hafez

BBC Sport at The Crucible

Crucible moments
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There have been some wonderful moments since the World Championship moved to the Crucible Theatre, and snooker writer Hector Nunns has managed to condense all the unforgettable matches into one book.

“The Steve Davis v Dennis Taylor match from 1985 was a no brainer and the first port of call, and both players talked at length about that final," says the author.

“Jimmy White’s near misses, Cliff Thorburn’s 147 and Ronnie O’Sullivan’s meltdown against Peter Ebdon, when he made an infamous 12 break taking over five minutes, are also in there.

“I have been watching since around 1982 and my personal favourite was the 2003 match between Paul Hunter and Ken Doherty. He was 15-9 up and made an amazing comeback to win in the decider.

“It was a labour of love, it made me appreciate this championship even more. I have taken time to be inside the arena this year and to take in the atmosphere of it.”

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'Higgins hasn't got any reason to panic'

Frame 17: Selby 6-10 Higgins

Steve Davis

Six-time world champion at The Crucible

I think John Higgins at some stage would have expected this type of response from Mark Selby and as we sit it's 4-4 in the session. 

John Higgins hasn't got any reason to panic and even if he was to lose the last frame, I'd still say it was a good day and good job done.

Frame 17: Selby 6-10 Higgins

Is John Higgins now feeling the pressure? Selby has won two on the bounce, and Higgins misses what looks a routine red into the middle. Selby could end the session in style here. He is already up to 34.

John Higgins
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The century makers

Frame 16: Selby 6-10 Higgins

Can either Selby or Higgins catch Ding in the most centuries list? Probably not.

Centuries
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Much needed frame for Selby - and in style

Frame 16: Selby 6-10 Higgins (121 -12, Selby 121)

Whisper it quietly, we may well still have a final going on. Selby smashed in a break of 81 in his last frame, he has now gone even bigger with his first century of the match - a stunning clearance of 121 under pressure.

Don't write off the reigning world champion just yet.  

Frame 16
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Frame 16: Selby 5-10 Higgins

Higgins took 12 points at the start of frame 16, but Selby is now hoping to pull another one back. He now leads 51-12.

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Frame 15: Selby 5-10 Higgins

Marc Bazeley‏: If Higgins wins this with a session to spare, they should still play out the dead frames like they used to in the 1930s.

Marc, good news, if they decide to do that then you will get the exclusive, once in a lifetime offer, of writing this live page through the dead frames. How quick can you get yourself to Salford?

'Exactly what the doctor ordered'

Frame 15: Selby 5-10 Higgins

Stephen Hendry

Seven-time world champion at The Crucible

Selby will have enjoyed that. Winning a frame in one visit is exactly what the doctor ordered.

He'll be going out now and thinking 'come on, two frames and we can win them both and he'll have done a job'.

Your most memorable Crucible moment

Ken Doherty

1997 world champion at The Crucible

Ken Doherty
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Apart from winning it here in 1997, against Stephen Hendry - the best player in the world at the time - my favourite memory is watching Alex Higgins in 1982, his semi-final win over Jimmy White that year was magnificent. 

Dennis Taylor beating Steve Davis in 1985 is another, as well as Ronnie O'Sullivan's quickest 147 the year I won it.

There are so many great memories. We were here inside the Crucible Theatre on the eve of the tournament and it was so wonderful to watch some great moments and to remember them again.

You feel the history when you come in and I am very honoured to have been a part of it.

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Selby claws one back

Frame 15: Selby 5-10 Higgins (81-9, Selby 81)

That pink off the spot from Higgins leads Selby to show a little bit of what he is made of. A break of 81, in one visit, is just what he needed.

As usual, he has a glance up at his family and friends, but he can't even muster a smile. Two frames to go, at the moment Selby would be delighted to make it 10-7 at the end of the day from this position.

Mark Selby
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Watch Higgins' four ball plant

Frame 15: Selby 4-10 Higgins

This is a bit special... (from the last frame)

John Higgins pots a red from a four ball plant

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Frame 15: Selby 4-10 Higgins

Not everyone is hoping for a Selby fightback.

Darren: I've got a ticket for the afternoon session tomorrow, if this carries on I might be seeing the trophy and a bit of tickertape.  #bbcsnooker

Frame 15: Selby 4-10 Higgins

Selby looks dispirited as he leaves a long red over the corner pocket, which Higgins dispatches.

But the Scot misses a pink off the spot. If you are in the business of looking for turning points, maybe, just maybe, that could be one. Still a long, long way to go of course.

Anyway, a chance for the so-called Jester from Leicester, who certainly hasn't had much to smile about since about 3pm.

John Higgins
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'John Higgins could win this tomorrow afternoon'

Frame 14: Selby 4-10 Higgins

Stephen Hendry

Seven-time world champion at The Crucible

If John Higgins wins two of the next three, Mark Selby is in danger of losing  session early. John Higgins could win this tomorrow afternoon the way it is going.

Higgins into double figures as the lead moves to six

Frame 14: Selby 4-10 Higgins (0-76, Higgins 76)

And another one in the books. Higgins wraps it up in one visit with a break of 76.

Included in the break were a couple of impressive plants. It certainly is not Selby's day. He trails by six, three frames left today

It is going so badly for Selby, that Stephen Hendry has just talked about the possibility of the final ending a session early.

The world champion and world number one is on the receiving end of a true hiding at the moment.

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Frame 14: Selby 4-9 Higgins

Ian Manchester‏: John Higgins in full on Klitschko mode right now!

Well, it didn't work out too well for that 41-year-old in the end, as the champ came back to upset and beat the veteran.

Frame 14: Selby 4-9 Higgins

Whatever happens tonight, John Higgins will start tomorrow's play in front. But just how wide will the advantage be?

He is currently at the table and looking menacing, 24-0 up and in a great position.

John Higgins
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'Not having to risk to try and win the frame'

Frame 13: Selby 4-9 Higgins

Steve Davis

Six-time world champion at The Crucible

Mark Selby hasn't been scoring as well, we can see that from the list of breaks. It's given John Higgins the luxury of just shutting up shop enough to ask questions of Mark Selby. 

It doesn't mean John would play that way all the time, but the way it is panning out he's not having to risk to try and win the frame but he's actually making it more difficult for Mark Selby and putting more pressure on him getting in.

John Higgins
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Most memorable Crucible moment?

Bingham hits the jackpot (2015)

Stuart Bingham
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Stuart Bingham's name seemed to be on the trophy when the underdog beat former champions Graeme Dott and Ronnie O'Sullivan, before edging past Judd Trump in the semi-finals.

He still had a job to do against another former champion Shaun Murphy, but the 50-1 shot emerged victorious 18-15 to become the oldest first-time winner at the Crucible, claim the £300,000 prize money and move up to second in the world rankings.

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Frame 13: Selby 4-9 Higgins

Rich Wojewodka‏: Higgins has paralysed Selby. Elite level sport comes down to the mental side of the game. Never seen Selby playing so uptightly.

Mike White‏: Selby looks like he's still trying to recover from the semi-final. Match had to be mentally draining. Higgins superb though.

And it's a five-frame gap again

Frame 13: Selby 4-9 Higgins (1-68)

Nope. It is another frame for the Scot. Selby was 8-3 down in 2014, now he again is faced with overturning a five-frame deficit in a world final.

Selby probably wishes the day was over right now so he could come back fresh tomorrow. But there are four more frames left today.

You can't win it today, but Selby could be left with too high a mountain to climb if he loses many more frames tonight.

Frame 13: Selby 4-8 Higgins

This is starting to get serious for Mark Selby and his fans. Selby is on the verge of losing the 13th frame. Higgins is 61-1 up, a lead of 60 with only 59 on the table. Can Selby pull a rabbit out of the hat in this one?

Mark Selby
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Frame 13: Selby 4-8 Higgins

Higgins nudges his lead to 40 points, at 41-1, before leaving Selby wrapped up in a safety.

'The Ding match wiped him out'

Frame 13: Selby 4-8 Higgins

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'I'm as cool as a cucumber'

Frame 13: Selby 4-8 Higgins

Ken Doherty has been speaking to John Higgins' mum Josephine (whose birthday it is today) about her nerves during her son's appearance in the final...

"I'm as cool as a cucumber. I must admit I'm quite calm as he is playing so well."

John Higgins' mum Josephine
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Frame 13: Selby 4-8 Higgins

Selby does not make much of the opportunity though and has to just sit, watch and hope Higgins messes this up. He comes to the table after both players had potted one red each.

Frame 13: Selby 4-8 Higgins

John Higgins
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Chance one for Higgins in frame 13. It is a long-range tempter, and the Scot sinks it, but then misses the green off its spot.

'Concentration-wise he's not quite there'

Frame 13: Selby 4-8 Higgins

John Parrott

1991 world champion at The Crucible

I think the semi-final with Ding Junhui has definitely taken it out of Mark Selby. Concentration-wise he's not quite there either. Vicky, his wife, said he was tired in the afternoon session. He's bound to be with the amount of time he was involved in playing. 

If he can win the next session 3-2 in the next five frames that would be brilliant, he can go home and get a good night's sleep.

What he doesn't want to do is lose his next session. If he goes too far behind to John Higgins, he's not a player that is too easily made up on.

Here we go again

Frame 13: Selby 4-8 Higgins

And we are back. Break over, we have five more frames tonight. It is going to be tight, tense and maybe, just maybe, dramatic. Get comfortable and enjoy.

Most memorable Crucible moment?

Ronnie's remarkable return (2013)

Ronnie O'Sullivan
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Ronnie O'Sullivan had played just one match - in September - when he appeared at the tournament in April, but despite the lack of competitive action, produced some glorious snooker to collect his fifth world title by beating Barry Hawkins 18-12 in May's final.

O'Sullivan compiled a record six centuries in the contest, as well as beating Hendry's record of 127 Crucible tons.

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Darren: Loving this feature on my home city! Sheffield is much changed and for the better. Here's to the next 10 years!

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How The Crucible became snooker's home

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Ever wondered how the World Snooker Championship ended up at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield? Use the play button at the top of this page to watch the BBC Two coverage and you can find out.

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Frame 12: Selby 4-8 Higgins

Luke Davies: Huge frame for Selby psychologically. Could prove to be a turning point even this early on In the match.