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Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Trump seals routine win

    Owen Phillips

    BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

    Judd Trump

    World number one Judd Trump strolled into the second round of the World Championship with a routine 10-4 win over qualifier Liam Highfield.

    The 2019 champion resumed with a 7-2 advantage and continued his good form with breaks of 51, 50 and 84 helping stretch his lead to 9-3.

    A stunning 138 by Stoke-based Highfield prolonged the match, but Trump's eighth score of more than 50 sealed victory.

    Bristolian Trump, who faces Dave Gilbert in the last 16, is now assured of remaining as world number one at the end of the season, no matter what happens for the rest of the tournament.

    Read the full report from that match here.

  2. Murphy trails while Williams edges ahead

    Owen Phillips

    BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

    Shaun Murphy and Mark Davis

    Former champion Shaun Murphy trailed veteran Mark Davis 5-4 at the end of a tight opening session in their first-round match at the World Championship.

    Ninth seed Murphy, the 2005 winner, pinched the first frame after Davis, 48, missed a red on a break of 56.

    Davis, back at the Crucible for the 12th time in his career, scored three further half-centuries to build a 5-3 lead, but Murphy finished with a ton.

    Three-time winner Mark Williams leads 27-year-old debutant Sam Craigie 5-4.

    World number 51 Craigie settled impressively, scoring a break of 74 in frame one.

    But after slipping further behind, Welshman Williams - the surprise champion in 2018 - won five of the next six frames, scoring breaks of 76, 52 and 85 along the way.

    However, Newcastle's Craigie made a break of 70 to ensure he only trailed by one after the opening session.

  3. Bingham wins delayed deciding frame

    Ding Junhui and Stuart Bingham

    Former champion Stuart Bingham won a delayed deciding frame to end world number nine Ding Junhui's hopes of a first World Championship title.

    A gripping first-round tie was halted in the afternoon at 9-9 as tournament rules mean a frame cannot start within 45 minutes of the next session.

    When play resumed after Mark Allen defeated Lyu Haotian, Ding missed a red and Bingham made a 70 to win through.

    "I am over the moon and now well into the tournament," said Bingham.

    "I understand the decision to take us off but it was a nightmare. It's not something you want to go through.

    "But it's great to be here and playing in front of fans and great to get the first match out of the way."

    China's Ding, a 14-time ranking event winner, held a one-frame overnight lead at 5-4, but breaks of 60, 92 and 104 helped Bingham take the lead at 8-7 before the 2016 runner-up regained his composure to draw level again.

    The Essex man once again edged ahead but was made to wait for his victory by both the schedule and his opponent.

  4. Last time out

    Last year’s final saw Ronnie O'Sullivan claim his sixth World Championship title with a dominant 18-8 victory over Kyren Wilson at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

    O'Sullivan draws level with Ray Reardon and boyhood hero Steve Davis on world crowns, and surpasses Stephen Hendry on the all-time list of ranking event wins with a record 37 titles.

    Although Wilson battled back to 10-7, O'Sullivan wrested total control with a run of eight frames on Sunday.

    O'Sullivan, 44, is the oldest champion since Reardon, who was 45 in 1978.

    It was the biggest winning margin in a final since 2008, when O'Sullivan defeated Ali Carter by the same scoreline.

    Read the full report here.

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    Video caption: How the Rocket Ronnie O'Sullivan won world title number six
  5. Today's matches

    Wednesday 21 April


    Mark Williams v Sam Craigie

    Shaun Murphy v Mark Davis


    Mark Selby v Kurt Maflin

    Judd Trump 7-2 Liam Highfield


    Mark Williams v Sam Craigie

    Barry Hawkins 6-3 Matthew Selt

    All times are BST and subject to change.

  6. How can I watch the World Championship?

    All times are BST and subject to late changes

    BBC iPlayer

    Full BBC TV and online listings for day five of the World Snooker Championship.

    Live coverage

    10:00-11:15 & 13:00-18:00 - BBC Two

    19:00-21:00 - BBC Four

    10:00-14:00, 14:30-18:00 & 19:00-22:30 - BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website & mobile app


    23:30-00:20 - BBC Two (00:30-01:20, BBC Two NI)

    03:30-04:30, 06:30-07:20, 09:20-10:10 & 12:10-13:00 - BBC Red Button (repeat)

    World Championship Extra

    00:20-02:20 - BBC Two (01:20-02:20, BBC Two NI)

    04:30-06:30, 07:20-09:20 & 10:10-12:10 - BBC Red Button (repeat)

  7. What is it?

    2021 World Snooker Championship

    The World Championship is snooker's biggest event and has been staged since 1927. It has been hosted in its modern form by Sheffield's Crucible Theatre since 1977.

    It is one part of snooker's 'Triple Crown' events alongside the UK Championship and the Masters.

    The event has seen some of the biggest names in snooker throughout the decades win the trophy, including Stephen Hendry (seven titles) and Ronnie O'Sullivan (six titles).

    The event returns to its usual spring dates after 2020’s edition was held in August due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    World Snooker trophy
  8. How to get into snooker

    Get Inspired


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    Video caption: Get Inspired: How World Snooker is helping build confidence in the community

    Whether you choose to play competitively or socially, snooker is sure to get your brain working.

    It requires skill and concentration and will improve your focus and hand-eye coordination.

    Anyone can play regardless of age, gender or ability and it's not an expensive sport to get into.

    Snooker is essentially a simple sport, once the rules of the game have been learnt - to do just that click here.