Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In-Form Higgins Outwits Selby

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In-Form Higgins Outwits Selby

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John Higgins outscored and ultimately outwitted youngster Mark Selby to reach the second round of the Embassy World Championship in Sheffield yesterday.

The fifth seed won 10-5 to secure a meeting with Shaun Murphy having played some of the best snooker seen at the Crucible Theatre in the tournament so far.

The 1998 champion opened with a 136 break and Selby immediately responded with a 135, while Higgins claimed a 5-4 lead thanks to a 106.

And yesterday he eclipsed all those contributions by knocking in a 138, the highest break of the tournament so far, before clinching victory in a 42-minute 15th frame his 21-year-old opponent looked to have in the bag.

On the green and needing two snookers, the `miss' rule allowed Higgins to induce 11 consecutive fouls from Selby, putting him 13 points ahead without having potted another ball, and it proved the final act.

Earlier, Jimmy White shook off a bout of flu and a Fergal O'Brien revival to win 10-5 and book a second-round clash with Matthew Stevens. …

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