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