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Bingham edges past Carrington in Yushan

Shocks, big name clashes and 5-4 finishes ensured a tense opening session’s play at the Hanteng Autos World Open in Yushan. 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham survived a scare against Stuart Carrington, who had the frame at his mercy in the decider, but missed a yellow to allow Bingham to force his way over the line for a 5-4 win.

15812849747_ef8bd702bf_zCarrington had led 3-1 and 4-3, but 40-year-old Bingham clung on to secure passage to the next round after a nervy affair.

“My concentration was all over the place in the first four frames. I played a bit better to get it back to 3-3,” said Bingham. “I’m just thankful to get over the line.”

One of the glamour ties of the morning saw current World Champion Mark Selby face off with the six-time Crucible finalist Jimmy White.  The match started off at a high standard as White claimed the opener thanks to a break of 74. However, Selby responded emphatically, levelling the match at 1-1 with a run of 102. He didn’t look back, claiming the next four frames to seal a 5-1 win.

Stephen Maguire was the first big name to fall by the wayside as he bowed out against Xiao Guodong. World number 51 Guodong moved into a 2-0 lead after compiling a run of 124 in the second. However, breaks of 70 and 133 from Maguire helped to eliminate the deficit and force a decider at 4-4.  The Chinese potter held his nerve and knocked in a break of 60 to take the frame and match 5-4.

Sam Craigie caused another upset as he accounted for world number 12 Marco Fu. Breaks of 112 and 68 helped Craigie to a 5-3 win.

“It’s nice to do it so early on in the season. To get a scalp like that gives me confidence for the future,” 22-year-old Craigie. “I missed a few and could have won a bit more easily. I’m just glad I got the win.”

Anthony McGillIndian Open winner Anthony McGill and runner-up Kyren Wilson both secured places in the last 32. McGill made two centuries in a 5-1 defeat of Welshman Lee Walker. Wilson had a harder time of things against Zhang Yong. He trailed 3-2, but reeled off three frames on the trot to secure a 5-3 victory.

David Gilbert provided the only whitewash of the opening session. He compiled runs of 100, 69 and 127 as he defeated Rod Lawler 5-0.

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