World Snooker Championship final 2022 live score, updates and highlights from Judd Trump vs. Ronnie O'Sullivan

World Snooker Championship final 2022 live score, updates and highlights from Judd Trump vs. Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan took charge of the 2022 World Snooker Championship final against Judd Trump, opening up a 12-5 lead thanks to a dominant Sunday display.

The best-of-35-frame contest at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield will conclude on Monday, May 2.

While Trump is seeking his second title, O’Sullivan is bidding to match Stephen Hendry’s world record of seven and cement his place as a sporting great.

Sporting News is covering the tournament finale and providing live scores, updates and commentary. All times are BST.

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World Snooker Championship final 2022 live score

Judd Trump 8
Ronnie O’Sullivan 13
(First to 18)

World Snooker Championship final 2022 live updates and highlights

2.45pm: The BBC are filling in the time until the action restarts with a piece with Ken Doherty remembering winning the 1997 title at the Crucible. It was 25 years ago this month. The Irishman’s success was remarkable for preventing Stephen Hendry from a sixth successive title. It is a moving piece but certainly makes this writer feels just a tad bit old.

2.35pm: That is the mid-session interval and a chance for both players to have a breather and reflect. Trump will be thrilled to have taken three frames but may regret being too aggressive when in the ascendancy in Frame 21 with that attempt at a plant when he had the scoreboard advantage.

O’Sullivan’s clearance from there and his 64 will have boosted his confidence after a lacklustre opening and Trump’s challenge now is to try and maintain the pressure on the six-time champion when they resume.

2.30pm: Frame 21 – Trump 45-71 O’Sullivan

O’Sullivan gets in first but misses a black off its spot to gift Trump a chance and he makes 45. But his cue ball positioning lets him down again and he is forced to go for an ambitious plant into the middle pocket that fails to land. Given a second chance O’Sullivan takes full advantage and a break of 64 clinches his first frame of the day. A sensational pot on the final red, that was close to the left cushion, was a superb effort. It is back to a five-frame lead as he goes to the mid-session break.

2.20pm: The good news for Trump is that frame win means that we are guaranteed to go into a final session now, even O’Sullivan wins the remaining frames.

Only three times before, and not since 1993, had the final finished in the afternoon session so Trump has avoided that fate. Though having won all three frames today he will now be more interested in focusing on continuing his comeback.

2.17pm: Frame 20 – Trump 75-0 O’Sullivan

Trump in first after a fine long red, but he runs out of position and has to end break at 31. But a good safety, as he snookers O’Sullivan behind the green, rewards him with another chance. He’s not convincing as his cue ball control remains problematic, but his potting gets him out of trouble every time and he clinches the frame the second time around.

2.04pm: Encouraging stuff from Trump so far. A century and a 59 in the first two frames is the perfect riposte after his struggles yesterday. 

2.02pm: Frame 19 – Trump 90-25 O’Sullivan

Trump takes full advantage of O’Sullivan’s missed red and a break of 59 gives him the frame. The comeback is definitely on. O’Sullivan has looked nervy so far. Missed pots, a couple of wayward safety shots and some poor ball control hints the situation might be getting to him.

1.55pm: Bitty frame so far with both players missing chances to score well when well set. Trump missed a black off its spot and then O’Sullivan followed up with a red he’d normally expect to pot with his eyes shut.

1.35pm: Dream start for Trump. Now can he build on it? O’Sullivan breaks off at the start of Frame 19.

1.33pm: Frame 18 – Trump 115-22 O’Sullivan
A pretty nervy opening frame of the session. O’Sullivan twice gets in but has to abandon breaks and go safe. A misjudged safety shot from the six-time champion gifts Trump a chance and the 2019 winner does take it, though only after a couple of excellent pots on the black and pink as he ran out of position. But Trump sees it through and a break of 107, his first century of the match, gives him the frame and cuts the deficit to six frames.

1.10pm: Frame 18 begins and it is Trump who breaks off to start things off. Not the start O’Sullivan would have expected as the cue ball goes in off his first shot of the afternoon, but despite losing four points it is not a disaster for the six-time champion as the balls are safe and a safety exchange begins.

1.05pm: The BBC’s coverage of the afternoon session has begun and Frame 18 will be under way shortly to kick things off. Fittingly Stephen Hendry, the only man currently with seven Crucible titles, leads the early analysis. He predicts O’Sullivan will not change his approach. “He will treat it like any other session,” said the Scotsman. “That’s all you can do, you can’t start thinking about the lead. Just keep taking it one frame at a time.”

12.45pm: Not long now until the players return for the afternoon session of action. As said Trump must win at least three of this afternoon’s frames to prevent the match ending a session early.

The last time that happened was in 1993 when Stephen Hendry trounced Jimmy White 18-5 and clinched the match in the afternoon with a possible 12 frames left unplayed.

You’d have to say Trump needs to start well and pick up at least two, ideally three, of the first four frames played before the mid-session break. The 2019 champion must build some momentum and try and get O’Sullivan to doubt himself.

12.15pm: O’Sullivan has won six of his past seven Crucible finals. But, and a crumb of comfort for Trump, is that the one he did lose, in 2014 to Mark Selby, came after he had led overnight. Granted it was only a three-frame deficit Selby faced at 10-7, unlike the seven that Trump is looking at. But Selby proved it could be done as he fought back to win 11 frames on the final day that year, limiting O’Sullivan to just four.

Selby was the last man, in 2017, to come from a trailing position on Day 1 of the final to win as he beat John Higgins 18-15.

11.50am: If O’Sullivan can get the six frames he needs today then he will equal Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world titles won at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Hendry, who will be commentating for the BBC on the action, won his all between 1990 and 1999 (1991, 1997 and 1998 the only ones he missed out on). O’Sullivan’s have been spread out over three decades of action, and if he triumphs today it will be 21 years since his first title.

Here is a reminder of how O’Sullivan won his previous six titles.

2001 John Higgins 18-14

2004 Graeme Dott 18-8

2008 Ali Carter 18-8

2012 Ali Carter 18-11

2013 Barry Hawkins 18-12

2020 Kyren Wilson 18-8

11.30am: Trump must win at least three of this afternoon’s eight frames simply to ensure it goes to a final session. You would have to say if he is to have any chance of a stunning comeback that he must win this afternoon’s action at least 5-3, or even better 6-2.

11.00 am: – Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the World Snooker Championship final, where Judd Trump has it all to do against an imperious Ronnie O’Sullivan. The Rocket is 12-5 ahead, needing six more frames to lift a seventh world title.

The World Snooker Championship trophy on a snooker table next to a racked set of balls

What channel is World Snooker Championship final 2022?

 UKUSACanadaAustralia
DateMay 1-2May 1-2May 1-2May 1-3
Time13:00 BST08:00 ET08:00 ET22:00 AEST
TV channelBBC 1,2,4, Red Button
StreamingBBC iPlayer, EurosportDAZNDAZNmatchroom.live

The BBC is the main port of call for UK viewers to get their fill of the snooker. The action has been televised on BBC One, Two and Four during the competition.

You can also watch the snooker through the Red Button facility, on iPlayer and also stream match action directly off the BBC Sport website.

Eurosport is also showing the tournament on its channels and you can also stream matches via Discovery+.

In the United States and Canada, viewers can follow the action live on DAZN.

If you’re in Australia, you can access coverage of the action through the matchroom.live website and app.

What time is the 2022 World Snooker Championship final?

Day two of the final follows the same format as Sunday, with a start time of 13:00 BST/ 08:00 ET/ 22:00 AEST.

The final session will start six hours later if it is required. O’Sullivan’s dominant position means he could wrap things up in the third session, needing six more frames for victory.

World Snooker Championship 2022 betting odds

*Odds as of Saturday, April 30

To win the tournament:UK (Skybet)USA (Draftkings)Canada (Sports Interaction)
Ronnie O’Sullivan4/6—-
Judd Trump11/10

Six-time champion O’Sullivan is the favourite to win the final, although Trump moving to evens after his thrilling win over Williams shows the bookies believe this could be a close affair.

Williams fought back spectacularly to take the match to a deciding frame, with Trump eventually getting over the line.

O’Sullivan, the world No. 1, had an easier time against an out-of-sorts Higgins, and it is difficult to look past the 46-year-old when it comes to the final — especially with the chance to match Stephen Hendry’s record in his sights.