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Bingham Maintains Lead Over Trump

Stuart Bingham

Bingham ‘s first world semi-final is going well for him so far

Stuart Bingham shared the eight frames of the second session of his Betfred World Championship semi-final against Judd Trump to maintain his two-frame advantage.

Bingham leads 9-7 overnight and needs eight more frames in the last two sessions on Saturday to extend his best ever Crucible run. Trump is yet to show the form which saw him romp to victory over Ding Junhui in the quarter-finals, and the Bristolian will be hoping to find an extra gear tomorrow and reach his second Crucible final.

Basildon’s Bingham won the opening frame today with a 52 clearance to go 6-3 ahead, then Trump responded with a break of 113, his eighth century of the tournament, and a 63 clearance to close to 6-5.

Shanghai Masters champion Bingham won frame 12 with a run of 67, then took advantage of a miss on the final red from Trump in the next to go 8-5 ahead.

The 14th came down to the colours, and a superb long pot on the yellow, cutting it into a top corner, set Trump up to narrow the gap. Bingham hit back with an 85 for 9-6 but Trump made a 64 in the last of the session to leave himself within two frames. They’re back on the baize at 10am.