Bingham thrilled to win 10th annual Pink Ribbon event ahead of China clash with in-form Joyce

STUART BINGHAM was delighted to win his second Pink Ribbon title ahead of a crack at his first ranking event of the season in China.

Ballrun won the much-loved charity snooker event on its tenth anniversary last week with victory over Mark Allen in the final.

In 2012 he beat Peter Lines to lift the trophy at the pro-am in Gloucester, which is organised by Paul Mount and has raised over £100,000 for breast cancer charities.

Bingham (pictured with Paul Mount at the event by Monique Limbos) said: “It’s the first time for a couple of seasons it did not clash with any other tour dates so I was delighted to be involved again, and to win it for the second time.

“It’s a great event and I’m always happy to show my support for it and for Paul Mount, who has done so much for snooker.

“It also gave me a bit of a lift in terms of playing as beating Mark Allen is never easy, and hopefully it will set me up to play well in China.”

Bingham enjoyed a 6-1 win over China’s Tian Pengfei to qualify for a first round meeting with Mark Joyce at the International Championship in Daqing on Sunday, August 4.

Joyce has just lost the final of the Riga Masters to 19-year-old Yan Bingtao.

Bingham said: “I’ve often tended to draw people in good form, and that’s what has happened again here.

“Everybody knows that the flights affected Riga, but Mark still had a great week regardless of that.

“He’s a guy I know fairly well and he had come to my house before to practice. And I think he beat me the last time we played.

“He had a bad year last year but he has clearly turned that around so he will be a dangerous opponent, that’s for sure.”