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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.

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