Snooker: Selby sets record to leave Hendry clinging on

Stephen Hendry, the seven-times world champion, avoided the ignominy of defeat with a session to spare at the World Championship. But the sport's greatest player must climb a mountain to keep his hopes of a record eighth Crucible crown alive, having slipped within one frame of being knocked out at the last 16 stage by Mark Selby, the 2007 finalist.



Selby held a commanding 7-1 overnight lead and improved on that healthy advantage to lead 12-4 ahead of the pair's concluding session yesterday afternoon. Having made three century breaks in the opening session of the best-of-25 frame match, Selby continued to shine as he became the first player to make six century breaks in any match at the Crucible. And, ironically, Selby's sixth century saw the world No 3 equal Hendry's 16-year-old record of 53 centuries in a season. Breaks of 100, 127 and 117 left Hendry facing an early exit, while a further run of 87 served to compound the damage.

The Scot was on course to lose with a session to spare as he slipped 10-2 down at the interval, but he made breaks of 75 and 74 to win the first two frames following the resumption and will return today in what could to be his last-ever Crucible appearance. Win or lose the match, Hendry has threatened to retire at the end of the season.

Ronnie O'Sullivan saw his four-frame overnight lead of 6-2 reduced to a slender 9-7 advantage over Shaun Murphy, the 2005 Crucible champion, in their last 16 tie. O'Sullivan was slow out of the blocks as Murphy quickly reduced his arrears to just two frames. And he should have got back to 6-5, only to miss a routine red on a break of 44 to allow O'Sullivan to clean up with a run of 76. The "Rocket" knocked in breaks of 95 and 59 to keep his nose in front, but Murphy fought back with breaks of 55, 83 and 45 to leave all to play for when they resume to a conclusion today.

Graeme Dott, last season's runner-up, is confident his extra Crucible experience will help him to overcome Judd Trump, the sport's rising star, in their eagerly-anticipated quarter-final meeting tomorrow. A world champion in 2006, Dott says he will have to be on his guard against his "fearless" 21-year-old opponent. "There's no doubting he's a phenomenal talent. He goes for everything and pots everything," said Dott. "He's fearless, but he's got no battle scars. This is a really big match for him to get to, the one-table situation [in earlier rounds there are two tables in the arena], so he'll be under pressure."

Ding Junhui will have to come from behind to keep his Crucible title hopes alive. Ding, who lives and practises in Sheffield, resumes today 9-7 down to Stuart Bingham, a qualifier from Basildon.

John Higgins, the triple world champion, leads Rory McLeod 10-5 after the penultimate session of their tie. Higgins resumed 5-2 ahead, and kept his concentration despite some painstakingly slow play from his opponent, to leave himself three frames from victory.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest in Sport
Sport
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

Recruitment Genius: Accounts Assistant - Fixed Term Contract - 6 Months

£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the largest hospitality companies...

Recruitment Genius: Electricians - Fixed Wire Testing

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As a result of significant cont...

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisor

£16575 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An excellent opportunity is ava...

Recruitment Genius: Senior Digital Marketing Executive

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading and innovative con...

Day In a Page

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

This was the year of 24-carat Golden Oldies
Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
A year of the caliphate:

Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

They’re here to help

We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
What exactly does 'one' mean? Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue

What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue