Bingham beats Allen in Australia

Published Friday, 22 July 2011
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Stuart Bingham produced a sparkling display to win his grudge match with Mark Allen at the Australian Goldfields Open on Friday.

The pair's war of words, which began at last season's UK Championship, continued on Thursday after both men easily won their second-round matches in Bendigo.

Allen twice led in the early stages of Friday's last-eight clash, thanks to breaks of 45 in the first frame and 65 in the third, but a 66 from Bingham levelled matters at 2-2 at the mid-session interval.

He then stepped up a gear upon the resumption, moving 3-2 ahead with a 118 and adding a 112 immediately from Allen's break-off shot in the next to move within one frame of victory.

Allen, who had questioned his opponent's "bottle" as their bitter feud developed, will have been optimistic after cutting the deficit with a 66 - but Bingham, who squandered a 12-9 lead to lose 13-12 to Ding Junhui in May's World Championship, this time held his nerve and made a composed 96 to complete a 5-3 victory.

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