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Bingham blasts to Shanghai victory
14 Sep 2014 15:03
Stuart Bingham cruised to a 10-3 final victory over Mark Allen to win the Shanghai Masters.
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Bingham, who knocked out home favourite and defending champion Ding Junhui on Saturday, did not have to produce his best snooker but was still too strong for an out-of-sorts Allen to seal his second career title.
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World number 11 Bingham, who won the 2011 Australian Goldfields Open, started with a break of 99 at the and proceeded to take the next three frames to open up a 4-0 lead.
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Allen, who hit back to stun world number one and world champion Mark Selby 6-5 in his semi-final, stemmed the tide with a break of 97 to take the fifth frame before edging a close-fought sixth to trail 4-2.
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But Northern Irishman Allen was to win only one further frame, the eighth thanks to a break of 69, as Basildon's Bingham turned the screw through solid rather than spectacular break-building.
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Bingham edged another tight frame in the ninth with a final clearance of 18 and took advantage of further errors from Allen to take the 10th frame 66-57.
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In the penultimate frame Bingham compiled a break of 57 and quickly put Allen out of his misery with a final-frame clearance of 81 to bag the £85,000 top prize in his fourth ranking final.
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