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Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. 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!!

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    Shaun Murphy 15-18 Stuart Bingham

    Stuart Bingham

    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

    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.

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    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

    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.

  7. 'Nice guys can be winners'

    Steve Davis

    Six-time world champion and BBC Sport expert

    Bingham

    "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."

  8. '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."

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    Shaun Murphy 15-18 Stuart Bingham

    Stuart Bingham lifts the World Championship trophy

    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.

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    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."

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    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.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-18 Stuart Bingham

    Players

    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.

  13. Champagne moment

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

    Stuart Bingham

    STUART BINGHAM IS THE 2015 WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPION.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

    Murphy needs snookers. And for Bingham to miss.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

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

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    Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

    The lead is 57 for Bingham, 75 left.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

    Bingham chance

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

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    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

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

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

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    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."

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    Shaun Murphy 15-17 Stuart Bingham

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

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    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."

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    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.

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    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.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-16 Stuart Bingham

    Stuart Bingham

    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.

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    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.

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    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!"

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    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."

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    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."

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    Shaun Murphy 15-16 Stuart Bingham

    Stuart Bingham

    "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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    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.

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    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."

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    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.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    The players are back. Bingham in control. The pink ball is over the pocket, but Murphy can't pot it as he needs snookers.

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    Former England striker and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: "The snooker is intolerably tense on BBC Two."

    You're not kidding Gary. This frame has been going for more than an hour. Yes, one frame, one hour.

    Shaun Murphy
  42. 'It is all fractions'

    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Steve Davis

    Six-time world champion and BBC Sport expert

    "Up until now Stuart has played a tactically brilliant game of snooker. Of the two of them he is the better tactician. If you remember the last frame against Judd Trump - which was a tactical one - Stuart dominated it.

    "Shaun Murphy was unlucky halfway through the frame, but after that the tactics kicked in. It is all fractions."

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Stuart Bingham leaves the arena for a mid-frame toilet break

    The players are walking out of the arena. But the frame is not over. Time for a toilet break for Bingham. He looks a bit sheepish as he has to nip off. When you've got to go, you've got to go. Murphy also leaves the arena.

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    World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn on Twitter: This final proves my point that we will sell you a seat but guarantee you will only need the edge of it.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Stuart Bingham is now 74-47 ahead. Four balls left on the table.

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    Lord James: I just want to thanks Shaun Murphy and Stuart Bingham for slowing the game down so I can watch more of it.

    You won't be saying that at four in the morning.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    beards

    This frame has been going on for so long. These lads were clean-shaven at the start of it.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    John Virgo

    BBC Sport snooker commentator

    "Both players have put so much into this frame that whoever wins it will have such a boost from it."

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Finally, after costing Shaun Murphy 30 points in fouls, he finally hits the yellow. We are nearly at the 50-minute mark for this frame.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Murphy

    Close enough for you? 47-47 in the 31st frame. 15-15 in frames.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Murphy

    Four times he tries to get out of this snooker, four times Shaun Murphy misses.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Murphy needs the yellow, green and brown to go 16-15 ahead. He promptly then misses the yellow. The pressure is telling for both players. A calm head is needed now. Easier said than done.

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    Matthew: This final has had everything, to-and-fro, comebacks, awesome breaks and frame 31 tactical connoisseur's dream - game on.

    Emma Anderson: Wow what a final I've bit all my nails off it's that tense.

    Iain Boyd: I'm sick of all this potting ruining the excellent safety play.

  54. Football update

    FT: Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal celebrates with Mesut Ozil

    It is all over at the KC Stadium and Arsenal are deserved 3-1 winners against Hull. The victory takes the Gunners level on points with second-placed Manchester City and with a game in hand. The Tigers remain just a point above the bottom three.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Amazing bad luck for Stuart Bingham. He sinks a cracking red, the cue ball bounces off another red and vanishes off the table. Can Murphy capitalise on that one?

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    There may be a few bleary eyes at work tomorrow. Do not go anywhere though. This final has had everything. And there is more to come. Very tense.

    One mistake could cost a player a frame. Bingham 31-16 ahead in this one. Hopefully each of the remaining frames aren't as tense as this. At this rate the final may finish by about Wednesday. The safety battle continues.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Safety

    Four reds on the cushion. The cueball snuffled in behind the brown ball. This is going to take some sorting out.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Don't worry you haven't missed much. It is the tightest frame in a long time. Eight reds left. Bingham 21 ahead.

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    Ross Arnold: The standard of snooker has been absolutely fantastic. No idea who's going to take it.

    Guy Sudron: Who'd have thought that two blokes, two sticks, some balls and a green table could generate so much tension. Awesome.

  60. Post update

    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    A half-chance for Bingham. He is 16-9 ahead and has just gone into the pack of reds.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann on Twitter: Would be buzzing for Bingham but I think Murphy will win now.

    Hamann was at the Crucible a few days ago.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Tight and tense at the Crucible. The score in frames Murphy 15, Bingham 15. In this frame - Murphy 5, Bingham 6.

  63. Football latest

    Hull 1-3 Arsenal

    Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal battles with Dame N'Doye of Hull City

    Hull were comprehensible outplayed in the first half by Arsenal, with the Gunners storming into a 3-0 lead at the break, courtesy of goals from Alexis Sanchez (2) and Aaron Ramsey.

    But the Tigers have given themselves a slim hope of getting back into the game through Stephen Quinn, who has scored in the 56th minute.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Two early mistakes from Stuart Bingham in the 31st frame. He has to hold himself together or this is going to be a painful end for what has been a wonderful tournament from him.

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Shamoon Hafez

    BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre

    "Both players now need three frames to claim the title, but who can hold themselves together? It's tense at the Crucible, with plenty of oohs and aahs ringing around the arena. Everyone knows how important this 31st frame is.

    "Bingham is starting to feel the pressure, while Murphy looks to be imposing himself on the match again. We could be in for a late one."

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    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Steve Davis

    Six-time world champion and BBC Sport expert

    "There are times out there when you feel everything is working normally and you wouldn't want to be anywhere else, but there are times when someone's coming back at you and you feel like your arm's very heavy.

    "You've got to just try and play to your natural instincts."

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    Emma Stephens: This is much more exciting than thought it would be.

    James Andell: 15-15. Feel for Bingham at the moment. Looks like he's struggling big time with the nerves. Murphy was my bet at the start.

    Aaron Jones: Very tight final this is. Bingham needs a good break next frame. Murphy needs to keep this pressure on. Sensational stuff!

  68. 'There were a lot of challenging shots'

    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    John Parrott

    1991 world champion and BBC Sport expert

    "I was really impressed with Shaun Murphy's cuing there. There were a lot of challenging shots in that frame. Under the most extreme pressure he is cuing really well."

  69. Dramatic Crucible finals

    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham

    Shaun Murphy in 2005

    This final is currently shaping up for a very dramatic conclusion. But what other recent finals have been as close as this? Here is a little list of some other Crucible showdowns that have gone down to the last few frames this century...

    2000: Mark Williams 18-16 Matthew Stevens

    2002: Peter Ebdon 18-17 Stephen Hendry

    2003: Mark Williams 18-16 Ken Doherty

    2005: Shaun Murphy 18-16 Matthew Stevens

  70. Post update

    Shaun Murphy 15-15 Stuart Bingham (76-0)

    And we are level again. Shaun Murphy has been four ahead, three behind, but is now all square. Both players need three more.

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    Shaun Murphy 14-15 Stuart Bingham

    Murphy has the frame in his grasp. He missed a red, but Stuart Bingham, opting to swerve at short distance, leaves the red hanging over the pocket.

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    Shaun Murphy 14-15 Stuart Bingham

    McIlroy

    Dave Sullivan: Sad to see, Bingham looks gone to me. Shades of McIlroy at Augusta. It will end up 18-15 to Murphy this, or 18-16.

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    Shaun Murphy 14-15 Stuart Bingham

    Stuart Bingham

    But Bingham, trying to slow-roll a red into the corner, misses. He looks a bit rueful and this is a great chance for Murphy to take us level at 15-15.

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    Shaun Murphy 14-15 Stuart Bingham

    Murphy first to make an impact in this frame. Fourteen points on the board. And he misses a blue off the spot into the middle pocket.

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    Colin Elliott: Brilliant snooker from both players this will bring more players to local clubs #pressure.

    Happier than you: Bingham will kick himself if he loses. Been the best player in the tournament, form of his life. This is his one shot at glory.

    Dave Perkins: Not sure I can watch the rest of the snooker - too nervous. Nothing against Shaun Murphy, but desperate for Stuart Bingham to win it.

    Don't leave us now Dave.

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    Shaun Murphy 14-15 Stuart Bingham

    Right, back to the action. The final session of the 2015 World Snooker Championship. Stuart Bingham needs three frames, Shaun Murphy four.

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    Shaun Murphy 14-15 Stuart Bingham

    John Parrott

    1991 world champion and BBC Sport expert

    So who's going to win, our presenter Hazel Irvine asks.

    "Oh, Hazel! I don't know! You keep asking me - one wins a frame, the other wins one. Ask Steve. Being serious, the next frame is huge just to see which player is coping with this."

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    Shaun Murphy 14-15 Stuart Bingham

    Kell Brook

    IBF world Welterweight Champion Kell Brook on BBC Sport: "It has been so exciting. It is great snooker. It has been amazing, the way Murphy has come back. He is holding it together better now.

    "I try to knock a few balls around to relax and take myself out of the boxing."

  79. Shot of the tournament - results

    Shot of the tournament

    These are the full results

    1. Judd Trump (shot J) 17.6%, 2. Joe Perry (shot A) 14.4%, 3. Alan McManus (shot C) 14%, 4. Ali Carter (shot D) 12.8%, 5. Shaun Murphy (shot I) 12.3%, 6. Judd Trump (shot B) 8.3%, 7. Judd Trump (shot H), 7.9%, 8. Mark Davis (shot E) 4.5%, 9. Anthony McGill (shot G) 4.3%, 10. Shaun Murphy (shot F) 3.9%.

    Thanks to everyone who voted.

  80. Shot of the tournament

    We asked for your favourite shot of the tournament, and the results are in. The winner is Judd Trump's shot against Stuart Bingham in the semi-final. Trailing 8-5, Trump pots the blue, sends the cue ball around the baulk area, and dislodges the red that had been tight on the side cushion.

    From here....

    Judd Trump

    ...to here.

    Judd Trump
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    George Breckenridge: What a final tonight. Can't call it. Shows how much the standard has improved recently. We're in for a long night.

    Carter: Honestly, this is the best final I've ever seen.

    Maxim: Really close, hard to pick a winner in this one, great final, loving it.

  82. 'Shaun will be delighted'

    Shaun Murphy 14-15 Stuart Bingham

    Ken Doherty and Jimmy White

    Six-time finalist Jimmy White: "Shaun made an amazing clearance to stay in the match. It's been a quality match all the way through.

    "Bingham's missed a few but he's still one frame in front. He's just got to stay focused, not think about the finish line and try and get on with it.

    "Just play ball by ball - he's got to go for his shots, play his game. Shaun will be delighted because he's missed quite a few shots and he's only one frame behind, so he will fancy the job."

    And what of Jimmy's quest for the title? "I never won the world championship - but I'm not finished yet."

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    Two-time world champion Mark Williams on Twitter: If Bingham goes on to win this now it will be achievement of the year, now under the utmost pressure.

  84. 'More turns to come'

    Shaun Murphy 14-15 Stuart Bingham

    John Parrott

    1991 world champion and BBC Sport expert

    "These two have come back at each other so often we're likely to have more turns yet. It was a fantastic clearance from Shaun and has given him good momentum. Worryingly for Stuart, he has made a few mistakes. That interval has come at the right time for Stuart.

    "What will make this even more exciting is that they are going to start missing a few. They haven't done all match but we are getting into the nitty gritty and it is so close."

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    Phil Verney: I have wrote this poem about BBC snooker's coverage.

    Poem
  86. Football update

    Hull 0-2 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez

    For those of you following this fantastic final but also keen to keep abreast of what is happening in the football, do not fear.

    Here is the latest from the KC Stadium: Arsenal are winning 2-0 against Hull courtesy of an Alexis Sanchez deflected free-kick and an Aaron Ramsey strike.

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