Follow frame by frame updates as Ronnie O’Sullivan takes on Judd Trump in the Betfred World Championship final…
Ronnie O’Sullivan is the 2022 Betfred World Champion! O’Sullivan conquers the Crucible for the seventh time, equalling the record set by Stephen Hendry 23 years ago. He seals the title in style with a break of 85. No question now, he’s the greatest of all time.
Trump 13-18 O’Sullivan
Delight for the Crucible fans as Trump keeps the match alive. A superb break of 109 is the 109th century of the tournament – that’s a new record.
Trump 13-17 O’Sullivan
Trailing 16-1, Trump attempts a tough red to a centre pocket, but it hits the far jaw. O’Sullivan, rising to the occasion as he so often does, is clinical tonight and his rapid 75 puts him five ahead with six to play. Trump has a mountain to climb when they return at 8.25pm.
Trump 12-17 O’Sullivan
O’Sullivan leads 27-0 when he misses a short range red to a top corner. After a safety exchange, Trump fires a do-or-die red into a baulk corner and goes on to make 64 to win his first frame of the evening. One more before the interval.
Trump 12-16 O’Sullivan
Trump’s fight-back is in danger of fizzling out. The left-hander misses a tricky black, with awkward cueing, on 12 and again O’Sullivan takes advantage. A break of 88 moves him to within two frames of his seventh world title.
Trump 11-16 O’Sullivan
Trump has first chance but can make only 12 before failing to split the pack. O’Sullivan thumps in a long red to initiate a break of 82. Fine start to the concluding session for the Rocket and he’s four up with a possible nine to play.
Trump 11-15 O’Sullivan
How significant will this prove? Trump, leading 21-0, goes for a long red and misses his target by a few inches, but the cue ball flies into other reds and one drops into a centre pocket, leaving him with perfect position on the pink. A hand of apology goes up then Trump takes advantage with a break of 105. That’s his tenth century of the tournament and the record equalling 108th of the Championship. The gap is down to three and it’s all to play for going into the last session! Back at 7pm.
Trump 11-14 O’Sullivan
Trump crashes in a long red but then overcuts a difficult black. O’Sullivan’s run of 55 is enough to stop his opponent’s momentum. One more frame in this session…
Trump 10-14 O’Sullivan
Both players pass up the chance to win the frame in one visit, and it comes down to a safety battle with three reds left. O’Sullivan manufactures an opening but then, leading 51-27, misses the penultimate red to a top corner. Trump keeps cool, clears up and the gap is down to three. The Bristol cueman has won five of the six frames today.
Trump 10-13 O’Sullivan
Leading 20-1, O’Sullivan misses a cut-back red to a top corner, and Trump responds with 42 then lays a snooker with four reds left. A tactical exchange goes Trump’s way and he adds the points needed to reduce the deficit to four. Three more frames this afternoon.
Trump 9-13 O’Sullivan
Massive moment. Trump looks set to pull another one back until he fails to get a good pack split on 45. He goes for a risky plant to a centre pocket but the red hits the far jaw. O’Sullivan pulls off a tremendous 64 clearance which includes an excellent pot on the last red. Still, Trump has won the mini-session 3-1 to raise his hopes.
Trump 8-13 O’Sullivan
This is really impressive stuff from Trump, he looks to have renewed confidence after struggling with his game last night. An initial chance ends when he breaks down leading 31-0, but lays a tough snooker and from the chance that follows he adds 46 to claw another one back.
Trump 8-12 O’Sullivan
Early signs of a fight back. O’Sullivan leads 21-8 when he misses a red to a top corner, and Trump takes advantage with a break of 59 to pull another one back. They will play eight frames in this session – Trump now needs just one more to make sure he takes the contest into a fourth session tonight.
Trump 7-12 O’Sullivan
Perfect start for Trump. He knocks in a mid-range red, followed by a difficult thin cut on the black along the top cushion. That sets him up for a break of 107 to close the gap to six frames.
Trump 6-12 O’Sullivan
On a break of 33, Trump runs out of position and goes for a risky long brown, but it rattles in the jaws. Inevitably, he is punished as O’Sullivan makes 88, his tenth break over 50 so far in the final. O’Sullivan’s seven-frame lead is the biggest he has held overnight in a world final. He needs six more frames to take the title, while Trump must win 13 of a possible 18 on Monday. They return at 1pm for eight more.
Trump 5-12 O’Sullivan
Trump could do with the slices of luck falling in his favour, but when he pots a long red, the cue ball flicks off another red and goes in-off. That hands O’Sullivan the chance to make 60 and restore his six frame cushion.
Trump 5-11 O’Sullivan
Better from Trump! O’Sullivan fails to find his target with a mid-range red and Trump reminds us of his break-building class with a run of 80. The start of a fight back? Two more to come tonight.
Trump 5-10 O’Sullivan
The trend continues as Trump misses the pink to a centre pocket, leading 26-1. He hangs his head in his hands, perhaps feeling that the session is slipping away from him. O’Sullivan is making few mistakes and his 87 puts him six frames in front.
Trump 4-10 O’Sullivan
Four in a row for O’Sullivan. Trailing 35-0, Trump misses an attempted long red by several inches, and his opponent adds 42 to seal the frame. This is looking like a significant overnight lead for O’Sullivan – though bear in mind he was 10-5 up on Mark Selby at a similar stage in 2014 and ended up losing 18-14. Long way to go…
Trump 4-9 O’Sullivan
Leading 15-10, Trump misses a straight-forward black to a top corner. A few minutes later, once O’Sullivan has made a rapid 97, Trump is four frames behind. They head for the dressing rooms, set to return at 8.55pm. Five more frames to come tonight – how many more can O’Sullivan take?
Trump 4-8 O’Sullivan
Another early chance for Trump goes begging as he misses a difficult black along the top cushion on 9. And again his opponent takes advantage as O’Sullivan makes a fabulous 118. That’s his 15th century of the tournament, just one short of the record. Can he pull away or will Trump battle back again?
Trump 4-7 O’Sullivan
Trump has an early chance to level the match, but makes just 6 before missing the yellow to a baulk corner. He then makes a hash of a safety shot, gifting O’Sullivan an opening. A run of 66 gives him control, and he later adds 50 to double his lead.
Trump 4-6 O’Sullivan
O’Sullivan has first chance and makes 32 before missing a tricky red to a centre pocket. Trump counters with 73 and that proves enough to give him three frames in a row.
Trump 4-5 O’Sullivan
Drama at the end of the session as O’Sullivan, trailing 52-42, has a chance to clear from the last red, but snookers himself on the yellow. He fails to escape, and Trump converts a pressure pot on a mid-range yellow and clears to reduce the gap to two frames. Fascinating match so far! They resume at 7pm for nine more frames.
Trump 3-5 O’Sullivan
…and he gets one. Trump pots a long red and gets a slice of fortune as the cue ball kisses three other reds and finishes perfectly on the black. He goes on to make 98 to pull one back. If he can escape the session just 5-3 down he’ll be relieved. Important last frame coming up.
Trump 2-5 O’Sullivan
Five in a row for O’Sullivan. A long red initiates a break of 105, his 14th century of the tournament. That’s his personal best tons tally at the Crucible. Trump needs to gain a foothold…
Trump 1-5 O’Sullivan
After a promising start, Trump has lost his rhythm. He has a scoring chance but makes only 13 before missing a difficult red to a centre pocket. O’Sullivan, clinical among the balls throughout the tournament, takes advantage with a run of 40 to extend his lead.
Trump 1-4 O’Sullivan
An early tactical exchange is interrupted by a long debate between O’Sullivan and referee Olivier Marteel about the position of the cue ball after a foul and a miss. When the snooker resumes, O’Sullivan misses the green to a baulk corner on 25, and Trump responds with 52 before wobbling the last red in the jaws of a top corner. O’Sullivan gets the snooker he needs on the green, and later clears with 25 to force a respotted black. The Rocket’s first shot on the respot is a cocked-hat double which flies into a centre pocket. Trump may spend the interval stewing on the chances he missed to clinch that frame.
Trump 1-3 O’Sullivan
A cracking long red from O’Sullivan sets up a break of 68, before he misses a red to a baulk corner. He’s soon back in and adds enough points to take the lead.
Trump 1-2 O’Sullivan
Trump’s attempted long red misses its target, and O’Sullivan’s first chance yields a break of 120. That’s his 13th century of the tournament – three more would equal the record held by Stephen Hendry and Mark Williams. Tremendous standard so far!
Trump 1-1 O’Sullivan
First blood to Trump. He makes a break of 20 from an early chance then runs out of position. After a safety exchange, he spots a plant among the pack, and smashes it in, splitting the reds perfectly. That sets up a run of 72. O’Sullivan is yet to score a point.
Trump 1-0 O’Sullivan