Bingham eyes up likely clash with Mark Williams in Preston

STUART BINGHAM admitted it was “job done” after his good showing at the Shoot Out set up a likely clash with in-form Mark Williams at the Grand Prix in Preston next week.

Ballrun’s three wins at the single-frame event in Watford were enough to secure his top 32 spot, despite a last 16 defeat to Mark Davis on Sunday evening.

Bingham said: “Mark potted a great long red to get in and then played well to be fair to him.

“I played a decent snooker and that gave me a chance when I was in the middle of the reds.

“I thought I was on one but at the last minute – as I was about to pull the trigger – I thought, ‘that doesn’t go’ and I missed it.

“In a normal match I would have taken my time – but with the clock ticking in the Shoot Out you don’t get that chance.

“But the main thing going into this tournament was to keep my place in the top 32 and I did that, so it was job done.

“I think it has left me 31st and that means I am 99 per cent certain that means I will play Mark Williams in the first round of the Grand Prix.

“He is the player of the season so far but I guess he might feel he could have got an easier match than me, and I am just happy to be there.

“My next target  is to qualify for the Players Championship, and I might even need to win a tournament to do that, but my game is in good shape so I’ll give it my best shot.”