STUART Bingham was crowned this season’s PartyPoker.com Premier League champion after another convincing display saw him beat Judd Trump in the final.
The Basildon potter continued his impressive season capturing his third title of the campaign with a thumping 7-2 victory against the world’s number one.
And nobody could argue against Bingham winning this title after going through the whole Premier League campaign unbeaten. Last month he whitewashed both Mark Selby and Neil Robertson on the same night to cruise into the semi-finals in style.
In the first to seven finale at Grimsby’s Auditorium, Trump was first to show his world-class quality as a break of 83 gave him a 1-0 lead.
Bingham replied in the next with a break of 82 which started with a superb long red swerving around the green from the baulk area of the table.
A fluent century break of 100 saw Bingham move to a 2-1 lead and added a scrappy fourth frame to take a 3-1 lead.
Breaks of 53 and 55 increased Ball Run’s lead to 4-1 before he made it five frames in a row with a run of 61 to go 5-1 in front and just two away from Premier League glory.
Trump showed his fighting spirit in frame seven with an excellent 101 to reduce his arrears at 5-2 but Bingham made it a step closer to securing the title with a break of 71.
And the next frame saw Bingham clinch the title and a 7-2 win when Trump left the final black for a simple pot to the centre pocket.
After the match, Bingham told Sky Sports: “This means so much, it’s unbelievable and to pick up this trophy means the world. I was fortunate that Judd wasn’t getting the nudges and I was getting the run, but when your name’s on the trophy, it’s on the trophy.
“This (title) has been Ronnie’s (O’Sullivan’s) for the last ten years and I’ve practised with him a lot so thanks to him. The tournament suits me as my style of play as I just get on with it, and it’s been an unbelievable time.”