Snooker: Mark Selby surges to first UK crown as Shaun Murphy stalls

 

The York Barbican

Mark Selby clinched his first UK Championship title last night after a dominant display in the evening session took him to a 10-6 victory over Shaun Murphy in the final.

The pair resumed locked at 4-4 after the opening afternoon session, but it was Selby who took advantage in the concluding session as breaks of 58, 46 and 98 helped him edge ahead.

Murphy, a UK winner in 2008, struggled to produce his best form as he tried to end a four-year wait for a major ranking title. But the Manchester-based professional was left needing to win four of the next five frames for victory and his second UK crown and it proved beyond him, Selby, the world No 1, taking the next two frames to cruise home.

Meanwhile, Steve Davis, the six-time world champion, is convinced he and seven-time Crucible winner Stephen Hendry would have struggled to dominate in the current era.

Davis, still playing aged 55, is second on the all-time winner's list with an impressive 28 ranking titles. Perthshire potter Hendry still tops the pile with a staggering 36 ranking crowns, a feat which Davis is sure will never be bettered.

But even Davis admits he and Hendry would have struggled to dominate against the likes of Murphy and Selby. "It's an incredibly crowded marketplace of very good players now," said Davis.

"If you picked up a Shaun Murphy or a Mark Selby and transported them back into a time machine into the 1980s, they would have won more. You wouldn't have been able to move for them being in the finals of big events, the standard was not as strong.

"Even in the 1990s, no disrespect to Stephen Hendry, but there is no way he would have had it so much his own way with a Murphy or a Selby around. For both Stephen in his decade and me in mine, we just wouldn't have had as much breathing space to dominate.

"If I had played now, began my career in this current era, there is absolutely no way I would have won 28 ranking titles, and Stephen wouldn't have won 36. I'm not trying to put down our achievements, but it just wouldn't have happened."

Teenage sensation Luca Brecel, aged 17, sparkled in York last week and rising star Judd Trump looks set to be around for a long time to come. "I refuse to believe that the standard hasn't increased all the time," added Davis. "I'm just very thankful looking at what has happened to the game that I was ahead of my era, and Stephen was ahead of his."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Austen Lloyd: Corporate Tax Associate - London

Excellent Package: Austen Lloyd: CITY - HIGHEST QUALITY INTERNATIONAL FIRM - A...

Austen Lloyd: Senior Law Costs - London City

Excellent Package: Austen Lloyd: CITY - EXCELLENT FIRM - We have an outstandin...

Austen Lloyd: In-House Solicitor / Company Secretary - London

Excellent Package: Austen Lloyd: IN-HOUSE - NATIONAL CHARITY - An exciting and...

Austen Lloyd: Commercial Property Solicitor - Exeter

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: EXETER - A great new opportunity with real pot...

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee