STUART BINGHAM has made it through to this year’s Wuxi Classic final after seeing off a brilliant fightback from Mark Davis.
Bingham’s 6-5 win and run through to tomorrow’s grand final continues his brilliant start to the season after winning the Pink Ribbon Pro-am tournament and the Asian PTC 1 event more than a week ago. He will play Ricky Walden in Sunday’s grand final.
But like all his games in this tournament, the Basildon potter had to do it the hard way and via his fourth final frame decider of the week after Davis battled back from 4-0 down to be within just one frame away from a stunning victory.
Bingham won the first frame with a break of 70 before he potted the pink and black in the second to go two frames clear.
Things were not going well for Davis early on and a missed black off its spot was to cost him dear as Bingham took full advantage with a break of 59 to go 3-0 ahead.
And the one-way traffic continued into the fourth frame when the world-number-16 went 4-0 ahead at the mid-session interval with breaks of 41 and 64. At that stage there seemed no way back for Davis.
But the classic line used in football ‘its a game of two halves’ would be the most fitting way to remember this semi-final after Davis came back with vengeance when play resumed.
Breaks of 70 in frames five and six pulled Davis’ arrears to just two frames and remarkably another break of 70 saw him go just one frame behind at 4-3.
From being down and out, Davis then levelled the semi-final at 4-4 with a terrific clearance when reds were placed in tricky positions on the table.
Davis then completed an unbelievable turn around by moving into a 5-4 lead with an 86 break. From 4-0 down he moved to a single frame away from reaching his first ever ranking event final since turning professional twenty years ago.
And it was heading Davis’ way until the turning point came during the middle of frame ten.
While leading 32-6 Davis missed a tricky blue into the centre pocket when he could have alternatively played a safety and put more pressure on Bingham. By missing the pot he left several reds on which allowed Bingham a way back into the frame. A later break of 44 forced the match into a decider.
And Bingham saved the best to last after a long pot on a red set himself up for a classy century break of 134 to seal a tense 6-5 win.
Davis deserves enormous credit for making a comeback when the match appeared to be over but he will be thinking he missed his chance to win it.