Stuart Bingham took the honours in Group Four of the Championship League in Coventry by beating Mark Selby 3-1 in the final.
Bingham joins Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and Jack Lisowski in the Winners’ Group, which takes place at Barnsley Metrodome on March 13th and 14th. They will be joined by the winners of the next three groups.
World number 12 Bingham beat Barry Hawkins 3-1 in the semi-finals with a top break of 76. Selby took the first frame of the final with a run of 90, before Bingham won two scrappy frames then sealed victory in the fourth with a break of 80.
“It feels great to be in the Winners’ Group again, getting a win over Mark under any circumstances is always good and I feel my game is in a good place with the Masters coming up in a few days,” said Bingham.
“You don’t really know how you’re going to be playing under match conditions until you get here so I’m over the moon to have got some match time under my belt ahead of my match against Ronnie O’Sullivan on Monday.
“The year I won this I won the World Championship so there might be a good omen in that too, but the most important thing is I’m happy with my game at moment. If I can win the Winners’ Group there is a spot in the Champion of Champions up for grabs too which I’ve definitely got my eyes on.”
Having finished fifth in the round robin group table again, Luca Brecel will return to compete in Group Five along with Hawkins, Carter, and Selby. They will be joined with Stephen Maguire, Joe Perry, and Anthony McGill.
Championship League Snooker is broadcast on a host of betting websites and on Seca in China. Group Five starts on Monday January 21st.
Stuart Bingham 3-1 Barry Hawkins
77-0 (Bingham 76), 67-20, 13-69, 82-18
Mark Selby 3-1 Ali Carter
0-125 (Carter 125), 60-22 (Selby 52), 100-21 (Selby 100), 95-0 (Selby 51)
Stuart Bingham 3 – 1 Mark Selby
0-90 (Selby 90), 75-9, 69-16, 120-0 (Bingham 80)