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Stuart Bingham

Bingham made three centuries and four more breaks over 50

Stuart Bingham reached the quarter-finals of the Betfred World Championship for the second time in nine Crucible appearances with an emphatic 13-5 win over Graeme Dott.

Bingham has enjoyed success at the top level in recent years, winning two world ranking titles, four Asian Tour events and the Premier League. The world number ten has rarely produced his best in Sheffield, but now has the chance to reach the semi-finals for the first time. He faces Ronnie O’Sullivan or Matthew Stevens next.

Basildon’s 38-year-old Bingham has won three titles this season including the Shanghai Masters, and after a fine display against Dott he hopes to finish the campaign on a high.

“To beat someone of Graeme’s level 13-5 at the Crucible is an unbelievable feeling,” said Bingham, who led 11-5 after two sessions and added the two frames he needed today, closing with a break of 104. “Before I went out I felt the nerves kicked in. Then I made a good break in the first frame and a sort of calmness came over me, and that carried on throughout the match. I matched him in every aspect of the game and outscored him.

It would mean everything to reach the semis, to walk out with one table left. To experience that would be a dream come true.I want to give myself a chance to pick that trophy up.

“I need to improve a little bit in the next round, it will be tough. It would be great to play Ronnie at the Crucible, I’ve played him here twice before. I’m just happy to be going home now and coming back up Monday afternoon.”

Dott, the 2006 champion, said: “It didn’t feel like 13-5, I felt even at the end last night that I was involved in the match. I should have won the last two frames last night and made it 9-7, then I’d still be right bang in the game. Losing those frames killed me. Today I was just trying to make a 147 because the match was gone.

“I’ve got unbelievably good memories of this place, but I’ve had some thumpings as well. John Higgins beat me 13-2 once and Joe Perry beat me 10-1. But this one didn’t really feel like 13-5.”

Neil Robertson made a strong start against Ali Carter, building a 6-2 lead.

Carter won the opening frame with a top break of 51, before Robertson, the 2010 champion, took control by reeling off five in a row with high scores of 60, 58, 129, 51 and 115.

A break of 99 gave Carter frame seven, but Australia’s Robertson got the better of a scrappy eighth to give himself a four-frame cushion ahead of the second session, tomorrow afternoon.