PartyPoker Premier League – Event 8,
Stuart Bingham 6-0 Mark Selby
John Higgins 4-2 Judd Trump
Stuart Bingham 6-0 Neil Robertson
STUART Bingham reached the PartyPoker.com Premier League semi-finals in remarkable style after whitewashing both Mark Selby and Neil Robertson in a matter of hours.
The Basildon star had a night to remember at Guildford winning all his 12 frames and hit four century breaks along the way winning him £16,000 in prize money.
Three Premier League matches were held at Guildford following the decision to cancel the Cornwall event last week due to Stephen Lee’s suspension.
First up for Bingham was world-number one Mark Selby who had to win to have the slightest chance of making the semi-finals after losing his first two matches of the competition.
But it wasn’t to be for the Jester from Leicester whose bad run of form in this tournament continued in front of the Guildford crowd. After winning an edgy first frame, Bingham raced to a 3-0 lead with breaks of 59 and 54.
Bingham then boosted his chances of making the Premier League semi-finals when he secured the match with brilliant back-to-back century breaks of 128 and 122.
Last season’s Australian Open winner then sealed the whitewash winning a scrappy final frame. His victory meant he only needed to draw his next match against 2010 world champion Neil Robertson to secure a place in the semi-finals.
And in the night’s third match, Bingham continued just where he left off as a superb break of 135 gave him the opening frame. A scrappy second frame saw Bingham go 2-0 ahead.
Robertson looked certain to get back into the match in the third frame. But a careless foul on the final brown (which included leaving a free ball) cost him dear. Bingham cleared up the table and to secure himself a place in the semi-finals.
His fourth century break of the night of 127 soon followed as he sealed the match taking a 4-0 lead. The night got even more perfect for Bingham after he won the final two frames to seal an amazing second whitewash win.
The night also saw four-times world champion John Higgins book his place in the semi-finals after he carried on his winning ways against Bristol star Judd Trump.
Trump, who lost to Higgins in the Shanghai Masters final in September, started brightly as breaks of 36 and 42 gave him the opening frame.
But the Scot fought back with a superb century break of 114 after Trump missed a relatively simple red.
It was then the one way traffic as Higgins edged out the third frame to take a 2-1 lead before breaks of 43 and 63 gave him the match and a 4-1 lead.
Trump managed to get a consolation frame on the board with a break of 78 but the world-number two must beat Mark Allen to join Higgins in the semi-finals.
The Premier League resumes in a fortnight’s time in Doncaster with the crucial Group B match between Trump and Allen and Selby plays Shaun Murphy in a dead-rubber Group A match.