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Bingham in move closer to Hendry


Stuart Bingham

Stuart Bingham


Stuart Bingham

Maximum man Stuart Bingham has Stephen Hendry in his sights after kicking off his Masters defence with a nervy 6-4 win over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.

The world No.12 endured a finish line wobble at 5-1 up but eventually held his nerve to dash the Thai's hopes in Milton Keynes.

Bingham struck a second 147 break in two months at the Championship League week - also against Un-Nooh - and had a chance for another at 5-1 up against the world No.16.

He failed to convert it but the 2015 world champion still lies fourth on the all-time maximum list - on eight - behind Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins and Hendry.

Bingham is just three behind seven-time world champion Hendry and the 44-year-old said: "The way I'm playing at the moment, I feel like I had a good shout. It comes in spells. I had one just before Christmas in the UK [Championship] and then literally last week in the Championship League against Thepchaiya.

"It would be nice to get to 10, double figures. And then if I get to 10, I'm sure I'll try and beat Hendry's record."

Belfast Telegraph