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World Snooker Championship: Mark Selby cautioned against slow play as Stuart Bingham leads at Crucible | Billiard news


Mark Selby had to be booked for slow play by referee Ben Williams in his semi-final with Stuart Bingham on Friday night.

Mark Selby was booked for slow play as Stuart Bingham won five consecutive frames to take control of the World Snooker Championship semifinal at the Crucible.

Referee Ben Williams stepped in to tell Selby to “think about taking a hit” after the three-time champion took more than three minutes of deliberation during a 19 frame that passed the hour mark.

Bingham started the night with a 131 punt and then made a valiant attempt to break the max; before finally forging a 13-11 lead before his final session on Saturday afternoon.

Rebounding 9-7 from behind; Bingham made the good start to the session he wanted after his first century with a promising maximum offer that faltered to 96 when he missed a red in the center pocket.

Selby’s mood barely improved when Williams interrupted his deliberations in the following image to say; -It’s been going on for over three minutes; you have to be thinking about having a stroke. “

This is not the first time Selby has been criticized for his slow play. At the 2019 Northern Irish Open; it took six minutes to make a stroke; longer than it took Ronnie O’Sullivan to hit his record high in 1997.

Bingham (right) leads Selby 13-11 in Saturday's crucial afternoon session at The Crucible

Bingham (right) leads Selby 13-11 in Saturday’s crucial afternoon session at The Crucible

Although Selby inflated his next safety shot; Bingham couldn’t take advantage of it and the frame drifted for an hour before a fuzzy pink and another loose safety on Selby’s black allowed Bingham to shoot three in a row.

Bingham; who seemed to enjoy the bustling atmosphere of Crucible in stark contrast to his stone-faced opponent; proceeded to firebreaks of 78 and 69 to extend his lead to three frames.

Selby dug deep to retrieve the next two images; the first of which involved a double re-rack; before a 63-year hiatus finally saw Bingham at home in the last frame of the night that required a half-bath break. . .

Earlier; Shaun murphy He won the last two images of the day to give himself a ray of light in his quest to reach his first Crucible final in six years.

Murphy seemed willing to indulge in an insurmountable challenge ahead of Saturday’s closing sessions after the opponent Kyren wilson turned an overnight 6-2 lead into a 10-4 lead.

Shaun Murphy celebrates after reducing deficit to 10-6 in semi-finals against Kyren Wilson

Shaun Murphy celebrates after reducing deficit to 10-6 in semi-finals against Kyren Wilson

But a brave retaliation from the 2005 champion; culminating in an 86 punt in the 16th quarter; cut the delay to 10-6 and gave last year’s defeated finalist Wilson pause.

Wilson’s 69-point break in the day’s opening frame suggested all would be business as usual; but he gave up the 10th frame in remarkable fashion by conceding a 53-point free kick after being snorted behind blue.

Wilson restored his five-frame lead; but Murphy showed signs of unease with a superb 88 break before the break.

Wilson took the next two frames; the second with a total game of 131; to get through six clear frames; but it was the 29-year-old who hesitated; ruling out big chances in each of the last two frames of the day.

After taunting a red during a 45 hiatus; Murphy pulled out his beautiful clearance to end the session; coming out of the arena with a punch that suggests he still believes he can save his 33 executives.

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