Inspired Trump leads Higgins in final – highlights & report

 
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Judd Trump showboats his way to a 135 break
Betfred World Snooker Championship final
Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 5-6 May Times: 14:00 & 19:00 BST
Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, iPlayer, Connected TV, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app.

Judd Trump produced a dazzling display to open a 12-5 lead over John Higgins and take total control of the World Championship final at the Crucible.

The players were tied at 4-4 after an incredible first session featuring four centuries and three further breaks of 50 or more.

Higgins started the second session with a ton, but Trump won eight frames in a row, helped by two more century breaks.

The best-of-35 match resumes on Monday at 14:00 BST, live on BBC TV.

The final session will begin at 19:00 BST, with the winner collecting the trophy and a record £500,000 in prize money.

Masters champion Trump, who lost to Higgins in the 2011 final, is looking to win the world title for the first time and complete the Triple Crown of winning all of snooker’s top three events, having won the UK Championship in 2011.

Higgins, runner-up in the last two finals, is aiming to match Ronnie O’Sullivan by claiming the title five times.

Trump and Higgins go century loopy

A remarkable opening day saw the two players put on an exhibition of cueball control and break building.

Here is how the numbers stack up:

  • Most centuries in a world final: Trump and Higgins are currently on seven, one adrift of the record of eight from 2002 (Stephen Hendry v Peter Ebdon) and 2013 (Ronnie O’Sullivan v Barry Hawkins).
  • Most centuries by a player in a tournament: Higgins is currently on 11. He is five short of Hendry’s record of 16 made in 2002.
  • Most centuries overall: 96 and counting this year, smashing the previous best of 86 from 2015 and 2016.
  • Highest break so far: John Higgins 143 v David Gilbert in the semi-finals.

Six-time world champion Steve Davis said on BBC Two: “It really is astonishing. You very rarely get two players playing so well at the same time. When it happens it is worth savouring.”

On Trump’s performance, Davis added: “It is frightening what Judd Trump can do with the ball. This has been a masterclass. He looks like a world champion in the making.”

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