World Championship 2019: Judd Trump leads John Higgins 12-5 after first day of Crucible final

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World Championship 2019: Judd Trump leads John Higgins 12-5 after first day of Crucible final

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Judd Trump produced a dazzling display to open a 12-5 lead over John Higgins and take total control of the World Championship final at the Crucible.

The players were tied at 4-4 after an incredible first session featuring four centuries and three further breaks of 50 or more.

Higgins started the second session with a ton, but Trump won eight frames in a row, helped by two more century breaks.

The best-of-35 match resumes on Monday at 14:00 BST, live on BBC TV.

The final session will begin at 19:00 BST, with the winner collecting the trophy and a record 500,000 in prize money.

Masters champion Trump, who lost to Higgins in the 2011 final, is looking to win the world title for the first time and complete the Triple Crown of winning all of snooker's top three events, having won the UK Championship in 2011.

Higgins, runner-up in the last two finals, is aiming to match Ronnie O'Sullivan by claiming the title five times.

A remarkable opening day saw the two players put on an exhibition of cueball control and break building.

Here is how the numbers stack up:

Six-time world champion Steve Davis said on BBC Two: "It really is astonishing. You very rarely get two players playing so well at the same time. When it happens it is worth savouring."

On Trump's performance, Davis added: "It is frightening what Judd Trump can do with the ball. This has been a masterclass. He looks like a world champion in the making."

This year's opening session was described by 1997 champion Ken Doherty as "one of the best ever" - Trump showing his form as a pre-tournament favourite with breaks of 51, 63 and 105.

Higgins won three in a row including runs of 139, 69 and 101, but Trump responded in style with a 103 break for 4-4.

After his dramatic semi-final win over David Gilbert in a final-frame decider, Higgins criticised the scheduling of the final which takes place over two days with sessions starting at 14:00 and 19:00.

Though he stroked in a 125 break at the start of the second session, Trump took a stranglehold with a 114 break, as well as taking a 35-minute tactical frame.

Trump made further runs of 114, 71, 58 and 70 to open a substantial advantage heading into the 17th and last day of the tournament.

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