Bingham sets up Maguire final

  • Last Updated: February 18 2013, 9:44 GMT

Stuart Bingham continued his remarkable record of having never lost a professional semi-final as he rallied to send defending champion Ding Junhui out of the BetVictor Welsh Open in Newport.

Stuart Bingham: Edged a dramatic semi-final clash
Stuart Bingham: Edged a dramatic semi-final clash

Bingham, 36, relied on breaks of 93 and 108 in the final two frames to snatch a 6-5 victory and book a place in Sunday's final against Stephen Maguire.

Maguire strung together a run of five frames to beat world number two Judd Trump in this evening's match.

The final will be decided in the best of 17 frames with £50,000 on offer for the winner.

Bingham, the world number 10, had to dig deep to book his place having led 2-0 and 4-2 before Ding surged back to take a 5-4 lead.

The Chinese moved within a frame of victory when Bingham missed the black off the penultimate red and all looked lost for the 2011 Australian Open winner.

But he recovered emphatically, producing a break of 93 when he needed it most to set up a deciding frame.

Ding was in first with 23 but, after missing a tricky blue, Bingham cleared the table with a century run to advance to his third ranking final.

"I can't believe how well I held myself together in the end," Bingham told www.worldsnooker.com.

"When I missed the black at 4-2 I thought it was going to cost me but in the end I got the job done.

"Rob Walker said in my introduction the other day that I'm like a fine wine who has matured with age and I suppose that's true.

"Winning in Australia gave me a lot of self-belief and I have kicked on from there."

Maguire had fallen 2-0 down in the evening semi-final but then went on a run of five frames to put him on the cusp of the final.

Judd showed his class and an ominous break of 86 moved him to within a frame at 5-4.

But Maguire eventually held his nerve to set up a showdown with Bingham.


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