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World Championship: Bingham battles back against Shaun Murphy to stay in title frame

Published 04/05/2015

'Shaun Murphy was magnificent in the early evening'
'Shaun Murphy was magnificent in the early evening'

Shaun Murphy brought out his Sunday best as he edged ahead in the World Championship final on a dramatic evening at the Crucible.

The fashion-conscious cue-man was dressed for success and after a see-saw session he led Stuart Bingham, the man who beat Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump, by a slender 9-8 margin.

Murphy was magnificent in the early evening, firing breaks of 74, 106, 121 and 51 in sweeping through the four frames before the interval to lead 8-4.

Dramatically there was a twist in store, with Bingham making 76, 123 and 89 in a rapid burst of scoring to take three quick frames.

Murphy ploughed in 76, but back again came 38-year-old first-time finalist Bingham to take the last of the night.

The underdog's efforts even earned an apparent tribute from former tennis star Martina Navratilova, who wrote on Twitter: "Stuart Bingham rocks:)"

The impressive scoring meant a Crucible record fell, as the tournament total of centuries reached 84, one better than the previously highest mark set in 2009.

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