Mark Selby back in touch with Luca Brecel after first World Championship 147

Mark Selby stormed back into the World Snooker Championship final after a poor opening session, now trailing just 9-8 to Luca Brecel, while becoming the first player ever to make a 147 break in a Crucible final.

Selby achieved perfection in the 16th frame, making the first maximum break in a World Championship final and just the 14th in the history of the tournament.

Brecel had opened up an impressive 6-2 lead in the opening session and was still looking in command at 9-5 up on Sunday evening.

However, the four-time champion battled back in stunning style, knocking in a 61 in the 15th before the immense 147 in the next frame.

There was then a huge frame to close the session as Selby was trying to regain some composure after the maximum and whipping up the crowd in celebration afterwards.

Both men had chances but it was Selby who claimed it to cut his deficit to just one frame with two sessions to play on Monday.

On his immense maximum break, Selby told Eurosport: ‘I wasn’t really thinking about the maximum until I got to 72. The way Luca was playing I was just happy to get some frames on the board and try to get myself back into the match.

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