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Ruthless Selby brushes past Bingham to set up Ding showdown in the International Championship final

Mark Selby was in ruthless form against Stuart Bingham (credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Mark Selby will take on Ding Junhui in the final of the 2016 International Championship after a comprehensive 9-3 victory over Stuart Bingham in Daqing on Saturday.

Following an entertaining clash at this stage of the Shanghai Masters that Selby edged 6-5 last month, another closely fought contest was expected between the players ranked one and two in the world.

But, despite a slow start that saw him fall 2-0 behind, the World Champion produced a ruthless display by winning nine of the next 10 frames on the way to a comfortable win.

Both players were appearing in their fourth semi-final of the season already and Bingham settled the quicker of the two - knocking in breaks of 58 and 127 as he outscored his opponent by 227 points to one for a 2-0 lead.

However, Selby bounced back with runs of 66 and 103 either side of taking the fourth frame on the black to move in front at 3-2.

Nevertheless, former Crucible King Bingham restored parity at 3-3, after a break of 101 gave him the 300th century of his career.

Back came the world number one, though, with contributions of 58 and 76 giving him a two-frame cushion at the mid-session interval.

It was all one-way traffic upon the resumption of play as Selby opened with 63, before back-to-back centuries of 100 and 125 took his tally to seven for the tournament and put this season's Paul Hunter Classic champion on the brink of a third ranking event final of 2016/17.

The Jester needed no second invitation with a run of 67 enough to get him over the line in the next frame and set up a second Final showdown with Ding in the space of a month, following their meeting in the showpiece in Shanghai.


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Ruthless Selby brushes past Bingham to set up Ding showdown in the International Championship final

Mark Selby will take on Ding Junhui in the final of the 2016 International Championship after a comprehensive 9-3 victory over Stuart Bingham in Daqing on Saturday.

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