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Brilliant Bingham Bags Premier League Title

Stuart Bingham holds the trophy aloft at the Grimsby Auditorium (credit:Jamie Shaw)

Stuart Bingham capped off a dream debut season in the Premier League with a 7-2 thrashing of Judd Trump in the final to be crowned champion in Grimsby on Sunday.

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Bingham entered the tournament as 33/1 outsider in field which included 10 of the world's top stars, but defied the odds to complete the league campaign undefeated before going on to lift the trophy courtesy of a further two superb victories on finals weekend.

The Basildon ace continued his ruthless start to the 2012/13 season by crushing world number one Trump, snooker's man of the moment, with a performance which included six breaks of over 50 and one century.

Trump was in search of this third title in the space of a month, and began brightly with a superb 83 break, making up for lost time having failed to compile a half century in his win over Neil Robertson in Saturday's Semi-Finals.

Bingham, however, hit back in emphatic style almost immediately with an 82 in the next to level up at 1-1, before firing in a sensational level 100 break to edge into the lead.

After the quick-fire opening exchanges, the duo then contested a hard fought safety battle in the fourth, and it was Bingham who came out on top to extend his lead to three.

Bingham then headed into the mid-session interval with a commanding 4-1 lead after dominating frame five with top runs of 55 and 53, leaving Trump with a mountain to climb after the re-start.

World number 11 Bingham added another half century to the tally to clinch his fifth successive frame, but Trump eventually stopped the rot in the seventh by producing the highest break of the match (101) to reduce the deficit back to three, all be it for a short while.

Any hopes of a Trump fight back, though, were soon quashed by the in-form right-hander, who knocked in a run of 71 to put himself on the cusp of glory at 6-2, before Trump rattled a risky long pot on the final black into the jaws, leaving Bingham with the simple task of rolling it home to claim victory and only his second televised title.

The win meant Bingham had gone undefeated through the competition and gave him a total prize haul of £78,000 - £50,000 for the win, £23,000 for frames won and centuries in the round robin section, and £5,000 for the top break prize, a 135 versus Neil Robertson.

Trump can console himself with a runners-up prize of £44,000 – £25,000 for coming second and £19,000 for his frame wins and centuries in the league stage.

Bingham was without doubt the most consistent performer throughout the ten-week tour event, picking up seven points from a possible eight to top Group A, before going on to defeat John Higgins 5-4 in the semis to seal his place in the grand final.

The man known as 'Ball Run' adds this success to his growing list of titles, having claimed two Asian PTCs already this season, added to his 2011 Australian Goldfields Open title which sealed his passage into this year's Premier League.

Bingham becomes only the ninth different name on the trophy, with snooker's most popular invitational road show event having been dominated by the likes of Ronnie O'Sullivan and Stephen Hendry in years gone by.

The Final: Judd Trump 2 - 7 Stuart Bingham 

83-0 (Trump 83), 0-82 (Bingham 82), 8-100 (Bingham 100), 33-76 (Bingham 31, 32), 9-116 (55, 53), 5-74 (Bingham 61), 101-0 (Trump 101), 9-115 (Bingham 40, 71), 54-58.


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