Brilliant Bingham Wins World Championship

Stuart BinghamSTUART Bingham beat Shaun Murphy 18-15 to win the Betfred World Championship at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Bingham, who turns 39 later this month, trailed 3-0 and 8-4, but recovered to lead 9-8 at the end of the first day’s play, and largely dominated Monday afternoon’s session to go 12-9 in front.

In the early part of the evening session, Bingham extended his lead to 15-12 and nearly took frame 28 as he built up a 55-0 lead, but he over-cut a black and Murphy cleaned up with a break of 75 and added the next to cut his deficit to a single frame.

Murphy, chasing a second world title a decade after his first, needed three chances to take the 30th frame to level the match at 15-15.

Frame 31 was a lengthy, tactical affair, where Murphy gave away 38 points in fouls in two tricky snookers, and left Bingham on the yellow after escaping from a third. After an hour, the players took a toilet break, and after 63 minutes and 31 seconds, Bingham potted the pink to retake the lead.

A break of 55 put Bingham within one of victory, and when Murphy missed a long red early in the next, the Essex man returned to the table to complete his victory with a break of 88.

Bingham won the world amateur title in 1996 but spent much of the next 15 years as a journeyman professional, but benefited hugely from the intensity of the new-look tour under Barry Hearn’s leadership of World Snooker, and is now known as one of the hardest-working players in the game with a ‘have cue, will travel’ attitude.

Following his victory, an emotional Bingham said:

“Wow – at one stage there at 15-all I thought I was going to do Shaun’s speech, all commiserations.

“I think it was a 63-minute frame and to go 16-15 up, that changed everything. It calmed me down. Unbelievable. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!”

Asked what this meant after more than two decades as a professional, he said: “Everything.

“Twenty years as a pro. Blood, sweat, and tears, on the road, qualifying in places like Prestatyn and Malvern, places like that. Everything rolled into one, so many family and friends backing me, it’s just been unbelievable.”

Runner-up Murphy paid a warm tribute to his opponent. He said: “It’s been a great fortnight for me. It’s not finished the way I wanted it to. I came here well prepared and gave it my best as I always do and to come up against an inspired Stuart Bingham, who’s beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan and others to get here, sometimes your name is just on the trophy.

“As a snooker geek like Stuart, there is not a player alive who deserves it more than him. He played like a winner all the way through the match.

“Sometimes in sport people are meant to win things. He loves snooker more than life itself.

“He fully deserved to win this tournament and although I’m disappointed to lose I’m happy for him and his family.

“I can have no regrets. I think I played some really great stuff during this championship. There can only be one winner and it wasn’t me.

“Stuart will be a bit dazed and a bit confused, it’ll sink in over the next few days what he’s achieved.

“When I won I went from complete obscurity to people stopping me in garages and garden centres.”

Final (Best of 35 frames)

Shaun Murphy (Eng) 15-18 Stuart Bingham (Eng)

First session (Sunday): 103-44 (68), 69-51 (59), 74-5 (65), 0-105 (105), 15-68 (56), 90-0 (90), 7-55, 30-73 (65)

Second session (Sunday): 74-57 (Murphy 74, Bingham 57), 106-1 (106), 121-14 (121), 97-41 (51), 1-76 (76), 7-129 (123), 0-113 (89), 76-0 (76), 22-67 (53)

Third Session: 4-87 (87), 40-68 (51), 0-112 (112), 23-95 (50), 80-4 (59), 0-87 (87), 84-0 (84), 7-86 (57)

Final Session: 73-6, 6-102 (102), 75-55 (75), 68-29 (64), 76-0, 56-80, 3-68 (55), 1-88 (88)

Semi-final results:

Judd Trump (Eng) 16-17 Stuart Bingham (Eng)

86-28, 64-66 (64 Trump, 65 Bingham), 64-47, 0-89 (89), 39-82, 56-74 (56 Trump, 74 Bingham), 81-0 (75), 0-77 (76), 43-63 (52), 119-6 (113), 72-51 (63), 9-74 (67), 41-75 (54), 66-35, 9-85 (85), 90-4 (64), 75-19 (61), 91-0 (91), 37-76 (67), 0-86 (62), 16-65, 23-78 (59), 87-79 (Bingham 56), 66-9 (65), 31-71, 88-0 (88), 103-5 (50), 8-110 (106), 76-0 (76), 15-102 (102), 114-14 (108), 129-0 (129), 6-62

Barry Hawkins (Eng) 9-17 Shaun Murphy (Eng)

35-93 (92), 63-69 (Hawkins 63), 24-103, 60-51, 0-105 (105), 76-8 (69), 0-138 (138), 50-80 (Hawkins 50, Murphy 79), 31-82 (73), 32-105 (105), 0-79 (79), 18-79 (72). 100-33 (79), 10-121 (121), 28-70, 0-86 (54), 1-65, 103-0 (103), 84-1 (57), 108-28 (104), 73-1 (73), 0-90 (90), 28-106 (106), 84-22 (76), 121-8 (103), 44-83 (83)

Quarter-final results:

Barry Hawkins (Eng) 13-12 Neil Robertson (Aus)

50-40, 0-120 (115), 0-113 (70), 7-58, 91-0, 98-0 (98), 115-0 (96), 106-0, 121-6 (108), 65-1, 11-90 (65), 42-76 (50), 42-69, 0-135 (130), 68-36, 0-141 (141), 128-0 (108), 105-29 (104), 0-90 (90), 30-82 (65), 0-142 (142), 109-29 (109), 80-5 (76), 40-100, 86-26 (61)

Stuart Bingham (Eng) 13-9 Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng)

0-116 (116), 77-49 (64), 99-1 (75), 6-118 (118), 25-103 (87), 66-25, 71-40, 86-30 (56), 145-0 (145), 0-89 (56), 16-78 (61), 46-60, 70-3, 0-103 (103), 20-83, 76-68 (O’Sullivan 68), 33-96 (65), 74-4 (74), 88-0 (88), 63-27 (51), 85-0 (85), 66-19 (66)

Anthony McGill (Sco) 8-13 Shaun Murphy (Eng)

0-106 (100), 10-125 (125), 78-37, 0-78, 70-15 (66), 89-8 (89), 97-1 (65), 1-85, 137-0 (137), 48-72, 67-32, 33-63, 0-127 (127), 0-80, 12-83 (75), 86-0 (86), 95-0 (95), 0-72 (72), 40-64, 0-85, 6-68 (67)

Ding Junhui (Chn) 4-13 Judd Trump (Eng)

5-91, 22-72 (54), 48-82 (82), 0-94 (94), 0-111 (108), 54-76 (54 Ding, 76 Trump), 65-43, 78-12 (72), 0-102 (102), 19-61 (55), 11-66, 75-12 (69), 86-0 (51), 40-82, 0-127 (127), 9-116 (116), 13-70 (66)

Second round results:

Matthew Stevens (Wal) 5-13 Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng)

62-53 (50 O’Sullivan), 82-0 (82), 0-134 (100), 0-63, 14-89 (63), 16-81 (61), 55-62 (55 Stevens), 92-0 (71), 4-78 (62), 21-60, 98-25 (55), 0-110 (110), 0-139 (139), 34-87, 53-59, 20-80 (61), 64-6 (63), 14-77 (77)

Allister Carter (Eng) 5-13 Neil Robertson (Aus)

68-38 (52), 0-89 (60), 4-84 (58), 1-129 (129), 51-68 (51), 1-116 (115), 103-0 (99), 22-66, 73-52, 23-75 (72), 64-66, 7-119 (119), 43-88, 4-100 (71), 84-0 (70), 81-54, 57-65, 0-145 (145)

Marco Fu (HK) 8-13 Judd Trump (Eng)

72-0, 0-75 (75), 23-80 (80), 46-59, 64-67 (64 Fu), 120-7 (120), 53-66 (52 Fu 66 Trump), 79-2 (66), 47-84, 0-67, 13-89, 0-111 (111), 69-49, 88-29 (54), 9-75 (75), 61-8, 94-20 (94), 29-75, 8-71 (59), 75-22, 0-133 (133)

Joe Perry (Eng) 5-13 Shaun Murphy (Eng)

34-63, 63-39, 9-121 (121), 32-91 (68), 0-79 (79), 47-71, 13-100 (54), 66-73 (66 Perry), 6-95, 15-86 (57), 12-69 (50), 80-13 (74), 136-0 (131), 39-80, 0-88 (88), 80-9 (74), 79-28, 49-85 (68)

Barry Hawkins (Eng) 13-11 Mark Allen (NI)

1-76 (65), 20-77 (63), 77-13 (76) 82-0 (51), 49-71, 88,0 (55), 4-100 (96), 26-66, 2-64 (55), 92-18 (92), 5-115 (115), 108-8 (108), 131-0 (131), 61-82, 4-81 (81), 65-61, 1-85 (81), 78-8 (50), 8-113 (109), 57-30, 86-32, 68-0, 130-0 (102), 67-50

Graeme Dott (Sco) 5-13 Stuart Bingham (Eng)

7-79 (64), 68-73, 89-9 (69), 50-72, 11-64 (59), 76-1 (68), 23-85, 0-104 (100), 91-6, 63-20, 0-90 (81), 23-72, 87-42, 28-102 (102), 62-76 (58 Bingham), 34-75, 29-75, 33-104 (104)

Ding Junhui (Chi) 13-9 John Higgins (Sco)

0-81, 36-67, 135-0 (135), 6-116 (73), 50-78, 55-68 (64), 78-28 (67), 95-7 (94), 77-0, 135-0 (80), 6-83, 0-68 (68), 73-0 (66), 102-4 (64), 92-0 (92), 69-58 (59), 68-41 (63), 71-21, 0-95, 89-38 (89), 60-74 (54), 57-20

Mark Selby (Eng) 9-13 Anthony McGill (Sco)

43-72, 0-85 (63), 97-17 (51), 88-32 (65), 92-0 (87), 5-89 (74), 38-91 (73), 66-52 (54), 50-80 (56), 46-86, 120-9 (120), 50-65, 105-21 (83), 0-125 (125), 28-73, 3-72 (54), 38-72 (68), 89-0 (67), 1-87 (87), 72-30 (57), 101-0 (101), 8-82 (82)

First round results:

Shaun Murphy (Eng) 10-3 Robin Hull (Fin)

97-7 (97), 61-48, 55-47, 59-72 (Murphy 59, Hull 52), 130-0 (101), 69-1, 87-37 (62), 62-55 (Hull 52), 53-67 (Hull 52), 56-55 (Hull 54), 64-33, 64-72 (Murphy 64), 115-0 (111)

Judd Trump (Eng) 10-6 Stuart Carrington (Eng)

71-64, 0-74 (54), 78-0 (54), 113-0 (53, 60), 64-4, 45-64, 90-1 (85), 82-20 (62), 103-11 (85), 0-97 (97), 74-26 (74), 7-81 (74), 39-84 (70), 76-24 (76), 16-99 (99), 110-9 (109)

Joe Perry (Eng) 10-4 Zhang Anda (Chn)

64-25 (56), 97-1 (94), 65-25, 81-40, 80-61, 115-8, 56-13, 0-80 (80), 87-0 (87), 16-66, 8-76 (59), 0-132 (132), 69-56, 68-47

Mark Williams (Wal) 2-10 Matthew Stevens (Wal)

44-19, 22-111 (111), 16-66 (57), 0-96 (96), 94-4 (65), 37-78 (51), 71-82, 47-72, 51-73 (Williams 51), 0-115 (115), 30-69, 63-73 (Williams 63, Stevens 73)

Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) 10-3 Craig Steadman (Eng)

108-0 (104), 66-44 (61), 39-86 (71), 74-27, 60-59, 42-73, 73-15 (59), 77-55 (Steadman 55), 129-0 (54, 75), 55-14, 33-65, 69-36, 100-24 (54)

Mark Allen (NI) 10-3 Ryan Day (Wal)

44-73, 30-78, 73-42 (73), 30-84 (79), 70-31 (67), 97-27 (81), 64-39, 66-48, 108-14 (101), 69-22 (63), 62-13 (54), 80-26 (58), 93-0 (92)

Ali Carter (Eng) 10-5 Alan McManus (Sco)

127-14 (127), 16-67 (66), 76-46, 26-70, 59-4 (51), 103-13 (63), 85-15 (53), 22-84 (52), 69-11 (63), 106-7 (52, 53), 31-76, 69-3 (69), 37-51, 61-43, 84-1 (76)

Ding Junhui (Chn) 10-7 Mark Davis (Eng)

49-63, 51-60, 35-90 (66), 46-76 (56), 29-66 (66), 110-22 (109), 76-15 (76), 1-106 (106), 97-0 (97), 82-0, 62-2, 14-59, 64-47, 93-22 (59), 6-69, 124-11 (73), 85-1 (85)

Stuart Bingham (Eng) 10-7 Robbie Williams (Eng)

68-27 (68), 1-68 (68), 15-98 (51), 71-6 (61), 82-10 (82), 33-96 (59), 83-0 (82), 28-87 (67), 16-80, 109-1 (69), 66-55, 1-95 (87), 61-3, 90-13 (51), 65-25, 61-77, 75-32

Neil Robertson (Aus) 10-2 Jamie Jones (Wal)

75-6 (52), 77-37, 143-0 (143), 72-11, 113-0 (109), 130-0 (94), 41-65, 41-72, 72-44 (56), 133-0 (133), 86-47, 56-55

Barry Hawkins (Eng) 10-9 Matthew Selt (Eng)

71-40 (51), 24-71, 96-4 (61), 44-67, 62-0, 91-0 (91), 100-12 (64), 99-47 (70), 76-44 (65), 54-71 (64), 7-79 (50), 79-40 (79), 98-18 (88), 20-69 (61), 27-63 (51), 27-109 (102), 8-121 (109), 0-100 (94), 75-7

Stephen Maguire (Sco) 9-10 Anthony McGill (Sco)

1-115 (92), 79-0 (62), 19-67 (53), 12-76, 36-76 (53), 73-0 (73), 22-73, 102-21 (86), 63-67, 62-1 (60), 0-97 (97), 53-56, 62-37, 16-66, 73-7 (51), 88-11 (81), 104-0 (56), 85-15, 0-122 (122)

John Higgins (Sco) 10-5 Robert Milkins (Eng)

57-13, 91-25 (72), 64-1 (64), 1-69, 79-9 (62), 103-13, 54-66, 0-83 (50), 67-58 (Milkins 58), 77-0 (77), 75-0 (75), 23-66, 9-69, 113-14 (69), 106-1 (106)

Ricky Walden (Eng) 8-10 Graeme Dott (Sco)

21-66, 87-0 (87), 135-0 (135), 60-24, 58-59 (Walden 58), 0-76, 16-83 (72), 76-43, 23-72 (65), 49-74, 92-26 (78), 104-0 (104), 56-48, 57-78 (Walden 53, Dott 78), 1-86, 12-65 (65), 76-61, 37-75

Marco Fu (HK) 10-6 Jimmy Robertson (Eng)

79-0 (61), 106-4 (87), 8-71, 66-59 (won on re-spotted black), 0-80 (80), 56-58, 54-63, 69-24 (56), 90-23 (66), 25-106 (106), 70-0 (70), 88-0 (88), 51-76, 59-46, 67-12 (63), 108-6 (73)

Mark Selby (Eng) 10-9 Kurt Maflin (Nor)

128-0 (84), 0-102 (96), 108-16 (108), 0-97 (60), 84-7 (53), 77-44 (69), 69-62 (Selby 56)*, 7-113 (88), 71-8, 67-0, 1-67, 124-0 (124), 0-86 (62), 38-103, 33-78 (51), 10-68, 46-79, 64-33, 60-14