Higgins into World Championship final after coming from behind to win thrilling decider

Betfred World Snooker Championship
Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 20 April-6 May
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, BBC Two, Red Button, iPlayer, Connected TV, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app.

Four-time champion John Higgins came from behind to beat David Gilbert 17-16 in a thrilling decider to reach his eighth World Championship final.

Scot Higgins, 43, has been runner-up the past two years and was in poor form for large periods in the contest.

But he overturned deficits of 8-3, 10-6 and 14-11, taking the last two frames with breaks of 139 and 55 to advance.

Judd Trump is three frames away from setting up a repeat of the 2011 final, leading qualifier Gary Wilson 14-10.

They play to a conclusion from 19:30 BST.

Higgins had to draw on all of his experience to claw back Gilbert’s advantage and a break of 96, following a rare double re-rack, moved him ahead in the match for the first time at 15-14.

Gilbert, appearing at this stage for the first time, dug deep with a 78 to bring the score back level before going ahead after a 40-minute 31st frame.

Higgins forced a decider with a total clearance of 139, then capitalised on a missed black by Gilbert to make an ultimately match-deciding 55 break.

More to follow.

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