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Summary

  1. First-day score: John Higgins (Sco) 7-10 Mark Williams (Wal)
  2. Williams wins last three frames at the Crucible
  3. Final best of 35 frames - 18 to play on Monday
  4. Higgins seeking fifth world title and Williams his third

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. See you tomorrow

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-10 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    And that is the end for day one.

    Play gets going at 14:00 BST on Monday for the third session of this thrilling final. Our live page will be up and running just before then so hopefully see you tomorrow.

    Thanks for all your comments. Until tomorrow, bye.

  2. Williams leads Higgins by three in final - read the report

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-10 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    Shamoon Hafez

    BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre

    John Higgins and Mark Williams

    Two-time champion Mark Williams holds a 10-7 lead over four-time winner John Higgins after a fascinating first day in the World Championship final.

    Wales' Williams, 43, surged 4-0 ahead before Higgins got off the mark with a century.

    Two further tons helped Higgins, 42, level the final at 7-7 but Williams added one of his own en route to winning three frames in a row. The best-of-35 final resumes live on BBC Two at 14:00 BST on Monday.

    The winner will collect the trophy and a record £425,000 in prize money at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

    Both players are aiming to become the oldest champion since Ray Reardon, who was 45 when he triumphed in 1978, and shared four centuries and eight further breaks of 50 or more.

  3. What happened on day one?

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-10 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    A quick recap of day one.

    Mark Williams took all of the opening four frames, but John Higgins won three of the next four to trail 5-3 at the end of the first session.

    Williams took the first frame of the evening to go 6-3 in front, before a run of four frames in five for Higgins, who has made three centuries, brought it back to 7-7.

    But just when the Scot was thinking he had put himself in a good position, Williams stepped on the gas again, winning the final three frames. He leads 10-7, 18 is the finish post.

  4. Get Involved #bbcsnooker

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-10 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    Annie Scott: Dear John, Dear Mark. Please have a late finish tomorrow night because I’ve stupidly booked myself to go out from 7:30 - 9pm tomorrow evening. I will be giving myself a stern talking to, don’t you worry! Thanks. Love Annie xxx

    Christophe: Excellent day of snooker. Good three-frame lead going into tomorrow. Mark Williams will now push on to the title.

    Mark Hill: Absolutely loving the snooker final. Had a bit of everything and it’s only halfway through.

  5. 'Williams looks really assured'

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-10 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    Steve Davis

    Six-time world champion on BBC Two

    That was an astonishing last frame with Higgins making a schoolboy error. I knew Higgins could win this final but I wasn't so sure about Williams but he's shown he can. He looks really assured.

    John will rest up tonight and have another big push tomorrow. He has the ability to do that.

  6. Post update

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-10 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    So how safe is a 10-7 lead? Well, John Higgins led by that margin against Mark Selby in this final after the first day last year, before the world number one fought back to win that 18-15.

    So not very safe at all then.

  7. Williams ends day one with a three-frame lead

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-10 Mark Williams (43-80, Williams 31)

    That error lets in Williams and he does the rest to end day one 10-7 ahead.

    These last three frames of the day could prove to be crucial, very crucial. Higgins, four behind twice, had pulled it back to 7-7, before Williams has taken the final three of Sunday.

    He will sleep well tonight, only eight frames from the title.

  8. Post update

    John Parrott

    1991 world champion on BBC Two

    Two wonderful exponents of the sport and we've seen two shots that are hard to explain: Mark attempting the double and John trying to get that red out. You could see what was going to happen.

  9. Post update

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-9 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    Higgins is 43-48 behind, but there is a red next to a brown close to the pocket. Higgins tries to separate the two, but can only down the brown ball. That could be his last shot of the day. 43-52 now.

  10. Post update

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-9 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    John Virgo

    1979 UK Championship winner on BBC Two

    Mark got that shot selection wrong by attempting the double into the middle pocket but I can't see John winning this frame in one visit because of the red next to the brown. He'll just be thinking of closing the gap and then playing a safety shot off the red.

  11. Post update

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-9 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    A risky red doubled into the middle stays on the baize and gives Higgins a chance to wrap up the last frame.

    Hard to know if Higgins would be happy with being 9-8 behind at the end of this second session. He was 4-0 and 5-1 behind, but also had pulled it back to 7-7.

  12. Post update

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-9 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    It looks like this frame is in the bag for Williams, but there is no shot on a red after just glancing against the pack. It is now 7-48, but this one is not done yet.

  13. Post update

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-9 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    Remember, at no stage today has John Higgins been in front. In fact, there has only been once where he has not been losing, when it was 7-7, but breaks of 118 and 64 in the last two frames from Williams have been good enough to take him 9-7 in front.

    A missed long red leaves Higgins scratching his head and Williams with an opportunity to end the day 10-7 in front.

  14. Post update

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-9 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    John Higgins is opting for the double a lot tonight, but with mixed success. This one is a no, but it doesn't really matter. 0-17 in the final frame of the day.

  15. Can Higgins fight back again?

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-9 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    Ken Doherty

    1997 world champion on BBC Two

    I think it is important to go to bed knowing you have the lead but as we've seen in the semi-finals I don't think it really matters for John Higgins because he's so good at coming from behind, as is Mark Williams.

    It's just about getting the edges here and there.

  16. Get Involved #bbcsnooker

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-9 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    Jonny The Sloth: Would love to see Williams win this final, he’s played fantastic snooker over the tournament, definitely deserves it!

    Mind-in-Requiem: Mark Williams has played absolutely brilliant today but make no mistake, John Higgins will come back ferociously tomorrow.

  17. Post update

    Frame 17: John Higgins 7-9 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    So, the last frame of day one.

  18. WATCH: Williams' fluke sees red go in off green

    Frame 16: John Higgins 7-9 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    To win the World Snooker Championship you need your fair share of luck. Watch as Mark Williams got a slice of it with this fluke from frame 15 which he went on to win to retake the lead.

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    Video caption: Williams' fluke sees red go in off green
  19. 'Williams has been superb'

    Frame 16: John Higgins 7-9 Mark Williams (first to 18)

    John Parrott

    1991 world champion on BBC Two

    Mark Williams has stepped it up since John made it 7-7. Higgins has just had to sit and suffer. There's certainly nothing wrong with his nerves. He's been superb.

  20. Williams guaranteed a lead at the end of day one

    Frame 16: John Higgins 7-9 Mark Williams (35-64, Higgins 35, Williams 64)

    That should have been 8-8, but John Higgins' powerful missed black leaves the door open for Mark Williams and he takes the chance with a 64 clearance.

    One frame left today and Mark Williams will definitely start tomorrow with the lead. It will either be 10-7 or 9-6.