Wilson leads as Jones fights back in gripping final

Kyren Wilson holds an 11-6 lead after a Jak Jones fightback on day one of the World Championship final at the Crucible Theatre.

Having trailed 7-1 from the opening session, Jones found his rhythm and compiled four half centuries as he won five of Sunday evening’s nine frames.

While Wilson was unable to maintain the scintillating form he exhibited in the early part of the match, he still made superb breaks of 125, 60 and 122.

The world number 12 also crucially clinched a potentially pivotal 17th frame when both players had chances to pot the final black, celebrating emotionally with a fist pump as he left the auditorium.

"Jak played really well tonight. It's not all about the scoreline, it's about how the frame was won and there was obviously a lot of tension in there," Wilson told BBC Sport.

"I'm proud of the way I held it together. I had in my head I wanted to get to 11 tonight having been on seven. I'm just loving every minute out there."

The best-of-35 final resumes on Monday at 13:00 BST and will be shown live on BBC Two.

Wilson in charge of compelling affair

Kyren Wilson & Jak Jones
Kyren Wilson is playing in his second Crucible final, while Jak Jones is appearing in only his first ranking showpiece [PA Media]

It was a compelling ending to the first day of a match which also began in thrilling fashion.

Wilson, 32, got under way in fine style becoming the first player to knock in a century break in the opening frame of a Crucible final since Stephen Hendry made 136 against Jimmy White in 1993.

The Englishman then raced through the gears as he built on his break of 129, with runs of 52, 66, 62, 125 and 90 to fashion a 7-0 lead - delivering another first, with that scoreline last occuring in a final when John Parrott led Jimmy White by that margin in 1991.

Welsh qualifier Jones, who is playing in his first ranking final ever, struggled to settle but arrested that sequence with 65 in the final frame of the afternoon.

And the world number 44 looked transformed when play resumed in the evening, with his confidence visibly growing as he produced breaks of 75 and 52 to get back to 7-3.

While Wilson twice reclaimed his six-frame advantage, a break of 90 saw Jones close the gap to 10-6 and he looked favourite to win the 17th frame and reduce his deficit to just 10-7.

However, after a composed 66 took him 29 points ahead with 27 left on the table, he missed the yellow to the top left corner and Wilson got the snooker required before taking the frame on the black.