Mark Selby beats Shaun Murphy UK Snooker Championship 2012.World number one Mark Selby won the biggest title of his career by beating Shaun Murphy 10-6 in the final of the UK Championship. But Selby hit back, winning the last in the first session and then forged 6-5 ahead in the evening. Selby had gone 2-1 ahead but Murphy won frames in a row to hold the advantage.Murphy’s sublime 65 clearance restored parity at 6-6 but Selby won on the trot to triumph.
“I am over the moon and it means a great deal. It makes it even more special to beat somebody of Shaun’s class,” Selby.
“It was a unusual game; it was not . I was twitching all over the place.
After question marks over his credibility were raised during his last stint at world number one, he dispelled those by finally triumphing in the sport’s second most important event.
Murphy had already won the competition in 2008 but was unable to gather any momentum with his attacking style of play, being thwarted by the tenacity of his opponent.
“Mark is the hardest player on tour by a mile. He is a worthy world number one and fully deserves tonight,” Murphy said afterwards.
“This tournament does not owe me anything. I should have gone out to Luca Brecel and then Ali Carter but I have had a great week and great support.
“I have been beaten by the best in the world.”
Mark Selby beats Shaun Murphy UK Snooker Championship 2012
The first session was a mix of sublime and poor snooker, as the players took frames with one opportunity, plus missed relatively easy shots.
Selby opened up a 2-1 lead before Murphy won three in a row, knocking in breaks of 83 and 98 in the process, but Selby dug in to take the two remaining frames and level at 4-4.
‘The Jester from Leicester’ began the final session with a 58 break and had chances to clinch the opener. Instead he returned to his chair and watched on as Murphy stole the frame with a superb 65 clearance.
And he could have pinched another but this time failed to capitalise on Selby’s miss.
The same pattern emerged in the next. Selby had his hand on the table, missed a red and ‘The Magician’ could have cleared up but failed to pocket the pink. His opponent nicked the frame for a narrow 6-5 advantage.
But Murphy pegged him back to level once again.
Breaks of 50 and 98 allowed Selby to open up a two-frame advantage for the first time and Murphy’s miss on a blue in the following frame meant Selby was able to move one away from victory.
Murphy had been unable to score heavily throughout the match and in the end it was his downfall as Selby ground out the remaining frame he required to pick up the trophy and £125,000 prize money.