Judd Trump leads John Higgins 12-5 in the World Championship final and in a subplot for the stat fans they have a chance to set a new record between them at the Crucible this year.
The two players have managed seven centuries between them in this year’s showpiece and the current record stands at eight – a feat achieved twice in 2002, when Stephen Hendry went down to Peter Ebdon, and in 2013, when Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed his fifth title with a win over Barry Hawkins.
With a minimum of six frames remaining in Sheffield on Monday there is every chance that record will be matched of broken and there is another record available for both players.
Hendry set a new record of 16 centuries in the tournament in 2002 and both Trump and Higgins are currently on 11.
Given Trump needs just six frames to win and Higgins needs 13, if that record is to be broken the latter is the more likely but in truth that won’t be an issue the Scot is currently concerned with as his only focus will be to fight his way back into what has been a one-sided final so far.
Higgins does boast the highest break so far thanks to his 143 in the last four against David Gilbert, with Trump’s best effort a 141. Higgins is 1.95 to win frame 18 and Trump is 1.73.
Higgins also has the highest break in the final with a 139 and Trump is 8.00 to beat that and hit the highest break in the match, while a draw is 19.00.