williamhill.com UK Championship: final blog

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9:29pm

Selby digs in. Takes the next in two goes and it is now 8-7. Is the final going all the way?

9:18pm

9:18pm

9:17pm

Re-rack!

9:12pm

Bad safety from Selby and Neil's got another one. It's 8-6 now. Mark's famous gritty qualities are going to be required now.

8:55pm

He's gone in off from a safety too and Robertson now leads 7-6. This is big trouble for Selby.

8:53pm

Selby has tightened up though and misses his own red to the middle on 22.

8:50pm

But he misses a black on 28. He is 55-0 ahead.

8:48pm

Robertson looks totally different compared to earlier. He is strutting round the table, and those long pots are all now finding their mark.

8:39pm

Selby somehow needs to find a way to arrest Robertson's dominance over the last six frames. But he has just slammed in another long red. He looks in the mood.

8:16pm

Another century break seals it. It is 6-6. A clearance of 132.

8:12pm

Well, the big comeback is on. Isn't it? From 5-1 and 6-3 behind, Robertson has got a chance to make it 6-6 going into the mid-session interval.

How will Selby recover from this if he loses this frame?

5:38pm

5:38pm

And now it's 5-3. More fluency, a break of 123, and we have got a game on our hands.

I wonder if Neil would want the session to end now, but it has and it resumes at 7pm. Still a long way to go in this one.

5:17pm

Neil's got a frame on the board, but he still hard work of it. It's 5-2 though, and he will hope to pinch the last before the end of this afternoon's session.

4:51pm

4:51pm

Selby drops in a green and takes the frame. It's 5-1 now. Whatever happens the defending champ will take an advantage into the evening session.

4:48pm

4:48pm

4:48pm

He has missed a yellow by such an extent, it cannoned off another ball. Selby pots it but the green looks safe. 11 ahead, 25 on the table.

4:44pm

Selby has let Robbo off the hook there - missing a long pink to the yellow pocket.

If he can capitalise, and go 4-2, that would be a major swing in this contest.

4:40pm

4:40pm

4:39pm

Robertson is missing too many balls at the moment and his long potting hasn't been anywhere near its normal standard.

Selby missed a red and, following a wonderful plant, Robertson needed to punish him.

He didn't. Will he get another chance?

4:24pm

Selby takes the frame and is now 4-1 ahead.

4:18pm

Break of 57 from Selby and Robertson needs a couple of snookers.

4:12pm

But he has missed a long blue. He's under a lot of pressure is Neil and it is showing.

4:11pm

After Neil misses another long pot, Selby puts one in and out of the middle. This is Neil's chance to get going.

4:04pm

Frame five has gone a bit tactical, and who can blame the two players? Big frame this.

3:32pm

Brilliant safety from Selby forces Robertson into a desperation shot to open the reds. But it is the defending champ who capitalises and he goes into the interval with a 3-1 lead.

3:26pm

Selby closing in on a third frame. He's 54-0 up in the fourth.

3:10pm

3:10pm

3:09pm

Decent tactical exchange there but it is Robertson who makes an error and Selby slams in a good red and will lead 2-1.

2:55pm

Loose safety from Neil and Selby makes 49 before a long red hits the jaws and stays out.

2:46pm

2:45pm

But, after Selby missed a long red, Robertson counter punches with a break of 63 and we are level at 1-1.

2:33pm

Has to play safe on 13.

2:31pm

2:30pm

2:30pm

A shot to nothing goes wrong for Selby and this is a good chance for Robertson to get and get settled into the match.

2:17pm

Emphatic start from Selby, though. A break of 130 giving him the first. What a start.

He ended last night with a ton and starts the final with one.

2:05pm

The first red is in...it's a belter from Robertson.

1:59pm

1:58pm

1:57pm

Not too long before we get under way in this final...

1:30pm

Greater minds than mine have been looking at this final. Here's what they think.

1:28pm

An organisation hoping for a few centuries today is Bluebell Wood - a children's hospice in Sheffield.

They are the official charity of World Snooker, who make a donation every time a player strikes a ton in the competition.

There have been 81 so far, and they have raised £10,368.

1:17pm

As you would imagine, Mark had a few things to say about his 147. Have a watch here.

12:54pm

First up, if you haven't seen Mark Selby's 147 at York yesterday then what is wrong with you?

For shame.

You can right this wrong, however, by checking out the full frame - courtesy of World Snooker - by clicking the video above.

12:52pm

Unless you are a Ronnie O'Sullivan fan, this is the final everyone was hoping for.

The world number one, Robertson, against the defending champion and world number two Selby.

I  personally can't wait for it all to get started.

12:48pm

Hello everybody for the last time from the Barbican and the 2013 williamhill.com UK Championship.

It's finals day, and the final blog, as Mark Selby and Neil Robertson meet to decide who will be crowned UK Champion.

Play gets under way at 2pm and you can have your say on the action by using the comments facility below or by speaking out on twitter using the hashtags #snooker or #ukchampionship.

Stay with us throughout the day for what is sure to be a thrilling climax to another brilliant tournament.

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