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Michael Emons

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  1. What a day

    Mark Selby 7-10 John Higgins

    So the day started and ended well for Mark Selby, it's just the bit in the middle that he won't be happy with.

    At one stage, Higgins was 10-4 up with Selby in all sorts of trouble. But you don't become world number one for nothing and Selby reeled off the last three frames of the day. Read Shamoon Hafez's first day report here.

    We start again at 14:00 BST, Higgins needs eight for the title, Selby needs 11. Make sure you don't miss it.

    Thanks for joining us today, get some rest and come back for what is set to be a thrilling conclusion. See you tomorrow.

    Mark Selby
    John Higgins
  2. 'For the next few hours John will be very disappointed'

    Selby 7-10 Higgins

    Stephen Hendry

    Seven-time world champion at The Crucible

    For the next few hours John will be very disappointed because he's so experienced.

    He knows frames can make a difference come tomorrow night. Once he's got over that initial disappointment as John Virgo said, 10-7 is a nice lead to have. 

  3. 'It's been a fascinating session of snooker'

    Selby 7-10 Higgins

    Steve Davis

    Six-time world champion at The Crucible

    I think there will be loads of adrenaline pumping for both players, each for different reasons. It's been a fascinating session of snooker. I think by the end of the night they'll have cleared their minds of all of that. 

    It's just an astonishing standard by the world champion and world number one. He's superb. You'd expect it but for a minute there it didn't look like it was going to happen. He was on the ropes and John Higgins gave him enough breathing space but got away with it. 

  4. Get Involved #bbcsnooker

    Selby 7-10 Higgins

    Jordan‏: Game back on. Three frames is nothing, fantastic final day to come.

    Kev‏: Thank goodness Selby won them last 3 frames. In with a decent chance to complete the comeback tomorrow now.

    Joseph Richardson‏: Absolutely magnificent from Mark Selby. What a competitor! He had to dig so deep to win those last three. Sets up tomorrow perfectly.

    Mark Selby
  5. End of play, Selby wins his third in a row, but Higgins leads by three

    Frame 17: Selby 7-10 Higgins (96-17, Selby 49)

    John Higgins is furious with himself after leaving himself snookered after potting a blue. He then has an 'aargh' moment as he smashes the balls in frustration and leaves a red on, which Selby downs.

    Frame 17
    John Higgins

    Selby does the rest to win the frame - meaning he took each of the last three today.  

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    Frame 17: Selby 6-10 Higgins

    Coot McLuckie: Cor blimey a sitter from The Jester. C'mon John.

    Mark Selby
  7. Post update

    Frame 17: Selby 6-10 Higgins

    Selby is now looking the man in form, racing through the balls, making 47, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to see this straight-forward red miss.

    It is not fatal to his hopes in this final frame of the day, but that was a chance to wrap it up in one visit though. He does, however, still hold a 47-0 advantage in frame 17.

    Frame 17
  8. 40 years of the Crucible - a labour of love

    Shamoon Hafez

    BBC Sport at The Crucible

    Crucible moments

    There have been some wonderful moments since the World Championship moved to the Crucible Theatre, and snooker writer Hector Nunns has managed to condense all the unforgettable matches into one book.

    “The Steve Davis v Dennis Taylor match from 1985 was a no brainer and the first port of call, and both players talked at length about that final," says the author.

    “Jimmy White’s near misses, Cliff Thorburn’s 147 and Ronnie O’Sullivan’s meltdown against Peter Ebdon, when he made an infamous 12 break taking over five minutes, are also in there.

    “I have been watching since around 1982 and my personal favourite was the 2003 match between Paul Hunter and Ken Doherty. He was 15-9 up and made an amazing comeback to win in the decider.

    “It was a labour of love, it made me appreciate this championship even more. I have taken time to be inside the arena this year and to take in the atmosphere of it.”

    What has been you favourite moment of 40 years at the Crucible?You can choose your moment by clicking here

  9. 'Higgins hasn't got any reason to panic'

    Frame 17: Selby 6-10 Higgins

    Steve Davis

    Six-time world champion at The Crucible

    I think John Higgins at some stage would have expected this type of response from Mark Selby and as we sit it's 4-4 in the session. 

    John Higgins hasn't got any reason to panic and even if he was to lose the last frame, I'd still say it was a good day and good job done.

  10. Post update

    Frame 17: Selby 6-10 Higgins

    Is John Higgins now feeling the pressure? Selby has won two on the bounce, and Higgins misses what looks a routine red into the middle. Selby could end the session in style here. He is already up to 34.

    John Higgins
  11. The century makers

    Frame 16: Selby 6-10 Higgins

    Can either Selby or Higgins catch Ding in the most centuries list? Probably not.

  12. Much needed frame for Selby - and in style

    Frame 16: Selby 6-10 Higgins (121 -12, Selby 121)

    Whisper it quietly, we may well still have a final going on. Selby smashed in a break of 81 in his last frame, he has now gone even bigger with his first century of the match - a stunning clearance of 121 under pressure.

    Don't write off the reigning world champion just yet.  

    Frame 16
  13. Post update

    Frame 16: Selby 5-10 Higgins

    Higgins took 12 points at the start of frame 16, but Selby is now hoping to pull another one back. He now leads 51-12.

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    Frame 15: Selby 5-10 Higgins

    Marc Bazeley‏: If Higgins wins this with a session to spare, they should still play out the dead frames like they used to in the 1930s.

    Marc, good news, if they decide to do that then you will get the exclusive, once in a lifetime offer, of writing this live page through the dead frames. How quick can you get yourself to Salford?

  15. 'Exactly what the doctor ordered'

    Frame 15: Selby 5-10 Higgins

    Stephen Hendry

    Seven-time world champion at The Crucible

    Selby will have enjoyed that. Winning a frame in one visit is exactly what the doctor ordered.

    He'll be going out now and thinking 'come on, two frames and we can win them both and he'll have done a job'.

  16. Your most memorable Crucible moment

    Ken Doherty

    1997 world champion at The Crucible

    Ken Doherty

    Apart from winning it here in 1997, against Stephen Hendry - the best player in the world at the time - my favourite memory is watching Alex Higgins in 1982, his semi-final win over Jimmy White that year was magnificent. 

    Dennis Taylor beating Steve Davis in 1985 is another, as well as Ronnie O'Sullivan's quickest 147 the year I won it.

    There are so many great memories. We were here inside the Crucible Theatre on the eve of the tournament and it was so wonderful to watch some great moments and to remember them again.

    You feel the history when you come in and I am very honoured to have been a part of it.

    You can choose your moment by clicking here

  17. Selby claws one back

    Frame 15: Selby 5-10 Higgins (81-9, Selby 81)

    That pink off the spot from Higgins leads Selby to show a little bit of what he is made of. A break of 81, in one visit, is just what he needed.

    As usual, he has a glance up at his family and friends, but he can't even muster a smile. Two frames to go, at the moment Selby would be delighted to make it 10-7 at the end of the day from this position.

    Mark Selby
  18. Watch Higgins' four ball plant

    Frame 15: Selby 4-10 Higgins

    This is a bit special... (from the last frame)

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    Video caption: John Higgins pots a red from a four ball plant
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    Frame 15: Selby 4-10 Higgins

    Not everyone is hoping for a Selby fightback.

    Darren: I've got a ticket for the afternoon session tomorrow, if this carries on I might be seeing the trophy and a bit of tickertape.  #bbcsnooker

  20. Post update

    Frame 15: Selby 4-10 Higgins

    Selby looks dispirited as he leaves a long red over the corner pocket, which Higgins dispatches.

    But the Scot misses a pink off the spot. If you are in the business of looking for turning points, maybe, just maybe, that could be one. Still a long, long way to go of course.

    Anyway, a chance for the so-called Jester from Leicester, who certainly hasn't had much to smile about since about 3pm.

    John Higgins