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Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

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  1. Thank you and goodbye

    Mark Selby 18-14 Ding Junhui

    So what a day for Mark Selby. And what a day for Leicester.

    Selby led 6-0 early in the match, but Ding Junhui refused to give up and twice moved only one frame behind.

    But Selby showed why he is the world number one, a position that he will still keep after this victory, and through a combination of excellent safety, fantastic break-building and potting under pressure he held off his gallant Chinese opponent.

    For Ding, his first World Championship final ended in disappointment, but he can proud of the part he played in a gripping, tense and wonderful final.

    Our report on the final is live and all that is left is for me to say thank you for joining us and we hope you enjoyed it all as much as we did. Goodbye.

    Mark Selby with the world championship trophy
  2. Relive the moment

    Mark Selby 18-14 Ding Junhui

    Watch this clip to see Mark Selby's magic moment, as he wins the 2016 World Snooker Championship. 

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    Video caption: Selby wins World Snooker Championship
  3. Get Involved #bbcsnooker

    Heidi Gardner: So chuffed that Mark Selby is Snooker World Champ, and even more chuffed that it didn't go on as late as last night!

    Sнє∂∂ιє: Hope Ding inspires the next generation of young Chinese players to go on and maybe win the championship one Congrats to Selby.

    Prawn Cufflinks: It's so stressful being a Mark Selby supporter. We had fingernails a fortnight ago! But it's all worth it. Well done Mark!

  4. Leicester's double

    Mark Selby has won the Snooker World Championship and stick with us here for more reaction. 

    But there's also reaction from Leicester City winning the Premier League after Tottenham drew 2-2 at Chelsea. All of that can be found at our live page here. 

    Mark Selby and Claudio Ranieri
  5. 'A fascinating tournament'

    Mark Selby 18-14 Ding Junhui

    Steve Davis

    Six-time world champion on BBC Two

    Quote Message: Ding Junhui has inspired another generation of players in China. When they have seen the character he has shown, it is not a failure. There will be a Chinese champion somewhere down the line. It's been a fascinating tournament. It's great to see there is strength in depth within the players.
  6. 'Pure class'

    Mark Selby 18-14 Ding Junhui

    John Parrott

    1991 world champion on BBC Two

    Quote Message: Ding Junhui comes out with enormous credit. He just came up against someone who was slightly better than him. The way Mark Selby went over the winning line is the sign of a true champion, that final break was one of pure class. Selby is just made of granite, very stern stuff. He is a tremendous competitor, his 'B' game gives headaches to others, and he doesn’t waste a shot. When he gets his scoring boots on he becomes very difficult to play against, and when he’s not scoring every shot has a purpose.
  7. The feeling of being a champion again

    Mark Selby 18-14 Ding Junhui

    He experienced it two years ago and Mark Selby has his hands on the World Championship trophy again as confetti rained down from the Crucible roof.

    Mark Selby with the trophy
  8. 'Well done to Claudio and the boys'

    Mark Selby 18-14 Ding Junhui

    It is the best sporting half-hour in the history of the city of Leicester, with Selby's win coming shortly after Leicester City took the Premier League title.

    "To be Premier League champions is a fantastic achievement and I want to say well done to Claudio (Ranieri) and the boys," adds Selby.

    Selby with the Leicester City flag
  9. 'Luckily my 'B' game is pretty good'

    Mark Selby 18-14 Ding Junhui

    "It is fantastic," says the 2016 world champion Mark Selby. "It was very special to win it two years ago, but I felt under a lot more pressure now than I did two years ago.

    "It was a tough final and with the amount of pressure Ding is under, just from China alone but to play like that - I can't imagine how he could do that.

    "In the first to 18, a 6-0 lead is not a huge one, especially against someone like Ding. He played fantastically earlier today and I had to just hang on to him. I'm just over the moon. I saved my best performance for the final and I only had two good sessions in the tournament. Luckily my 'B' game is pretty good."

    Selby with the trophy
  10. Post update

    Mark Selby 18-14 Ding Junhui

    And now some quotes from the now two-time world champion Mark Selby.

  11. Post update

    Mark Selby 18-14 Ding Junhui

    Ding Junhui: "I had a very bad start 6-0 down, I couldn't win a frame. I was a bit nervous as I hadn't been in a final before."

    The players shake hands at the end of the match
  12. MARK SELBY WINS THE WORLD TITLE

    Mark Selby 18-14 Ding Junhui (74-0, Selby 74)

    The red goes down, another pink, and that's it. It is all over. Mark Selby wins the world title for a second time.

    Mark Selby celebrates winning the title
  13. Post update

    Mark Selby 17-14 Ding Junhui

    Sixty-seven ahead, sixty-seven remaining.

  14. Post update

    Mark Selby 17-14 Ding Jnuhui

    The pink ball is pocketed and then a red. Selby's break is at 61, and he is still going.

  15. Post update

    Mark Selby 17-14 Ding Junhui

    Selby is 53 ahead now. This should be it. The title awaits.

  16. Post update

    Mark Selby 17-14 Ding Junhui

    Stephen Hendry

    Seven-time world champion on BBC Two

    Quote Message: Selby's looking determined to get it won in this frame. This is as determined as he has looked all night.
  17. Post update

    Mark Selby 17-14 Ding Junhui

    It is up to 39-0 and Selby is on a red perfectly.

    Selby at the table
  18. Get Involved #bbcsnooker

    Mark Selby 17-14 Ding Junhui

    Ian, as a Symptom: Mark Selby is about 10 shots away from bringing the championship back to Leicester.

  19. Post update

    Mark Selby 17-14 Ding Junhui

    The heart must be beating fast now for Mark Selby. He is five minutes away from the title here. He is still on a red, 25-0 ahead with 11 reds left.

  20. Post update

    Mark Selby 17-14 Ding Junhui

    Selby is up to 19. Still in a great position.