World Snooker: Ding battles but Selby too strong as another title heads to Leicester

Mark Selby celebrates beating Ding Junhui in the final of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Mark Selby celebrates beating Ding Junhui in the final of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
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On the night when Leicester City incredibly became Premier League champions, the World Snooker Championship trophy also headed to the East Midlands city as Mark Selby saw off the spirited challenge of Sheffield-based Ding Junhiu.

Selby took his second world crown with an 18-14 success over Ding at the Crucible.

Beaten finalist Ding Junhiu

Beaten finalist Ding Junhiu

In a day in which it was confirmed that the sport's flagship competition would remain held at it's spiritual home until at least 2027, there was hope around the city that someone who at least resides here could take the title.

However, though Ding, who lives in Sheffield and practices at the Star Snooker Academy at Shirecliffe, couldn't find a way past Selby with the 'Jester' turning in a thoroughly professional display, particularly in the final session.

Selby said: "It was very special to win it two years ago, but I felt under a lot more pressure now than I did two years ago. It was a tough final and with the amount of pressure Ding is under, from China alone but to play like that. I can't imagine how he could do that.

"In the first to 18, a 6-0 lead is not a huge one, especially against someone like Ding. He played fantastically earlier today and I had to just hang on to him. I'm just over the moon. I saved my best performance for the final and I only had two good sessions in the tournament. Luckily my 'B' game is pretty good."

Mark Selby is the 2016 BetFred World Snooker champion

Mark Selby is the 2016 BetFred World Snooker champion

Ding Junhiu in action during the final at the Crucible in Sheffield

Ding Junhiu in action during the final at the Crucible in Sheffield