Judd Trump boosted his hopes of winning a record-equalling sixth ranking title of the season by reaching the final group stage of the WST Pro Series.
Trump topped his phase two group on Saturday by winning his final match 2-1 against runner-up Stuart Bingham. Both players join the final group on Sunday, with the player who finishes top to take home the trophy.
Final group line-up
It’s a round robin format, will all matches best of three frames, and the action starting at 10am. Click here for the match schedule.
World number one Trump has already won the English Open, Northern Ireland Open, World Grand Prix, German Masters and Gibraltar Open this season, and now has the chance to equal the record of six ranking titles in a single campaign, which he set last season.
He lost his opening match today, 2-0 against Dominic Dale, but then won six in a row. His battle with Bingham came down to the colours in the deciding frame, and a safety error from Bingham handed Trump the opportunity to clear and top the table.
Ryan Day was also in with a chance heading into the final round of matches, having won four of his first six, but a 2-0 defeat against Mark Selby ended his hopes.
Bingham won five of his first six, and that proved enough for second place despite his defeat against Trump. The Basildon cueman needs to win the tournament to climb inside the top 16 in the Race to the Crucible otherwise the 2015 champion will be heading for the qualifying rounds in Sheffield.
“I played well today after a slow start, I felt really relaxed out there,” said 44 year-old Bingham. “It’s nice to be in the last group. It was tough today and it will be even tougher tomorrow. You’ve got to win games early in the day to keep yourself in the frame.
“I’ve got an outside chance to get into the top 16, I’ve just got the easy task of winning the final group! It would mean everything to do that and make sure I’m at the Crucible. If I play like I did today I’ve got a chance. If not, I’ll go to the qualifiers. I haven’t had to do that since 2010 and it will be two hard games. What will be will be.”
Fans around the world can watch the final group on the Matchroom.Live website – for details click here.