Impressed Bingham Dumps Trump
Though Stuart Bingham missed two chances to hit a 147, it was a significant opening night at the Cazoo Players Championship when he defeated Judd Trump 6-5 in the first round.
World number 1 Trump saw his title slip defending the first hurdle when he failed to recover from a loss to Hossein Vafaei in his last 32 at the BetVictor Welsh Open last week. He may have four ranked titles this season, but Trump will be disappointed to see another early exit.
Bingham reaches the quarter-finals of the £ 385,000 event in Milton Keynes, next up against Zhou Yuelong or Barry Hawkins.
World number 14 Bingham took the first two frames with a top break of 93, then Trump won three in a row with 81, 105 and 76.Basildon's Bingham has reached eight career maxima – only three players have reached more – and he was a ninth in it Image six, but missed a difficult, thin cut on the 15th black on 113.
Trump won the lead back 4-3, then his opponent's second 147 attempt came in frame 8 – this time he made 112 before slicing a tough pot on the 15th red in a top corner.
Runs of 32 and 47 gave Bingham a 5-4 lead and he was leading 61-0 in frame 10, but Trump eventually took it by a margin of 42 for 5-5. Bingham then dominated the decider, making four visits to him to win with 69: 0.
"Something clicked down at 3-2, my timing was there," said World Champion Bingham 2015. "Judd saw me play well, he was under pressure and made mistakes – something was wrong with him.
"I saw Jordan Brown beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final in Wales last night and that inspired me. It was David versus Goliath and I felt the same way tonight."
Trump said, "I don't feel like I deserved to lose, it just wasn't my day. At 4-4 I went out of the yellow to the backpack and didn't finish anything, that was a big moment. I have one Made a great clearance for 5-5, then I only needed one chance in the playoff but Stuart froze me. "
At the other table, Kyren Wilson scored a 6-1 win over BetVictor Shoot Out winner Ryan Day. It's been a mixed season for Wilson so far – he won the BetVictor Championship League and otherwise reached seven quarterfinals, but lost all seven. He will try it for the eighth time in the next round against Neil Robertson or Lu Ning.
"I really enjoy these ITV events," said Wilson, who knocked on breaks 62, 59, 119 and 73 tonight. "It's only the top 16 players, so every game could be a final." Ryan has shown how well he can handle pressure in the shoot out. It was a tough draw and I'm happy to beat him. I'll just move on to the quarter-finals and hopefully win one. "