STUART BINGHAM is eighth annual Championship League Snooker winner as he beat Mark Davis 3-2 at Crondon Park in Essex in the internet-streamed event. In total 27 players competed in this year’s event but it was the most local, Bingham, who scooped the honours and with it an accumulated cash total of £28,500.
In addition, the win guarantees Bingham a spot in the starting line-up of the exclusive Champion of Champions tournament which takes place in Coventry in November.
Commented the Basildon potter, “I am over the moon. It is a great field of players here and a long tournament if you stay in a few groups. It isn’t just about winning this; it is getting the Champion of Champions spot too.
“I lost a couple of matches at the start of the group and ended up having to beat Barry Hawkins 3-0 to get into the play-offs, I managed that and so maybe the writing was on the wall.
“It can be an endurance test and in the end there wasn’t much to separate myself and Mark but it’s a great one to win.”
Davis had led the best of five final two frames to one, to look favourite for the victory. A break of 126 by Bingham in the fourth, the second best of the final group, levelled things before a run of 79 sealed the win.
Hastings-based Davis hauled off a total of £24,650 for his efforts.
Earlier, the experienced duo saw off young pretenders Matthew Selt and Ben Woollaston in their semi final matches.
The Championship League Snooker event is a venture between Matchroom Sport and Perform where 25 of the game’s elite players compete with all matches broadcast on a host of betting websites.
Each group features seven players with each man playing the other six once in a round-robin basis. Every match is the best of five and the winner gains one point with the loser getting zero.
At the end of the league phase the top four advances to that group’s semi-finals where the two winners meet in the final and the winner advances to the Winners’ Group played on February 11th and 12th.