Stuart Bingham guns for twin wins

Stuart Bingham — facing  Ding Junhui

Stuart Bingham — facing Ding Junhui

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STUART Bingham believes two more wins in the Premier League could be enough to book him a spot in the semi-finals.

The world number 10 from Vange returns to action in the exciting competition tonight against world number 11 Ding Junhui at the Guildhall in Southampton.

He made a bittersweet start on his debut last month when he raced into a 3-0 lead against Shaun Murphy only to be pegged back to 3-3.

And Bingham admits it was good to sample the competition’s unique atmosphere and get his first match under his belt.

“It’s a bit like playing nine-ball pool because it’s just attack, attack, attack,” he said.

“But it was such a buzz and if anything I’m going to be even more attacking against Ding.

“I enjoyed playing under those conditions and the closest thing to it I’ve experienced before was the Masters, where everyone focuses on you.

“And I was not even really aware of the shot clock and I didn’t rush my shots.

“I had an idea of what it would be like and that’s how it was — it suits my game really.”

Despite his positive showing, Bingham admits it was a point dropped against Murphy and says he hopes it does not cost him a place in the last four.

After tonight’s clash with Ding, Bingham will still have round-robin Group A matches to play against Neil Robertson and Mark Selby.

He said: “I’m not sure what was enough to qualify last year but I think if I can get two more wins from my remaining matches five points might be enough to take me through.

“It’s not going to be easy, of course, but it is a competition where it all comes down to how well you play on the night and I’m happy with how I’m playing so I’m looking forward to it.”

Bingham’s match with Ding will be screened live on Sky Sports tonight, alongside the clash between Judd Trump and Peter Ebdon.

Matches in the Premier League are over six frames with two points for a win and one for a draw, and the top two in each group advance to the semi-finals.

The tournament concludes on the evening of Sunday, November 25, where the winner of the final match at the Grimsby Auditorium will receive £50,000.


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