Bingham pleased with fourth career 147 and Crucible spot secured in China

STUART BINGHAM admitted it was job done after hitting a fourth career 147 at the China Open on his way to securing his place at this year’s World Championship.

Ballrun beat Matthew Stevens (6-5), Ricky Walden (6-5) and Graeme Dott (6-2) before losing 6-0 to Neil Robertson at the quarter-final stage in Beijing.

The 2015 world champion and now world No 12 is now watching the qualifiers to see who he will face in round one at the Crucible this year on Tuesday, April 24.

Bingham said: “I was gutted with how it went against Neil, I did not turn up and he said after it was probably the best he had played all year.

“But going there was about securing the top 16 place so I guess it was job done.

“To come through 6-5 against Matthew Stevens from 5-3 down and to beat Ricky with a max – which is always hard to win a match when you get a max – was pleasing.

“That win over Ricky secured my place so was the most important.

“I felt really comfortable against Graeme Dott, so to get to 12th when I was looking at 15th or 16th was very important and I’ll certainly take the positives from it.

“They make the draw for the World Championship on the Thursday before the tournament so I’m looking forward to that. But for now it is a case of getting over my jet lag from China and getting back on the practice table.”

Bingham earned half of £42,000 in prize money in China – along with Ronnie O’Sullivan – for his maximum break in the seventh frame of his last 32 win over Walden.

It is the fourth 147 of Ballrun’s career, the others coming against Walden in the 2012 final of the Wuxi Classic, in 2005 in a Masters qualifier against Marcus Campbell, and in 1999 in a UK Tour event against Barry Hawkins.

Bingham said: “I felt pretty calm about it to be fair and I was fortunate to get the chance to make it happen.

“It was 3-3 and I was about 20 in front but was busting to go to the loo, and Ricky needed to go to.

“When we walked back in the ref had racked the balls up but we hadn’t said re-rack.

“We went to the tournament office and they ended up getting a picture of how the table was – so in the end I said let’s just start the frame again. And that was the one I made the 147 – so I guess it was just meant to be!”