2012 PartyPoker.com Premier League Snooker

25th November

Grimsby Auditorium

The Final: Judd Trump 2 – 7 Stuart Bingham
83-0 (Trump 83), 0-82 (Bingham 82), 8-100 (Bingham 100), 33-76 (Bingham 31, 32), 9-116 (55, 53), 5-74 (Bingham 61), 101-0 (Trump 101), 9-115 (Bingham 40, 71), 54-58.

STUART BINGHAM became the ninth ever player to hold the PartyPoker.com Premier League Snooker aloft as he defeated Judd Trump 7-2 at the Grimsby Auditorium. The win meant Bingham had gone undefeated through the competition and gave him a total prize haul of £78,000 – £50,000 for the win, £23,000 for frames won and centuries in the round robin section, and £5,000 for the top break prize, a 135 v Neil Robertson.

The Essex man was probably one of the least fancied of the ten players at the start of the competition in August but his outstanding performances throughout gave him his second major title following his Australian Open win last year.

“I’m over the moon and this means so much, it’s unbelievable and to pick up this trophy means the world” said Bingham before pausing as the emotion of the moment became too much.

“This was Team Bingham getting success and I was fortunate that Judd wasn’t getting the nudges and I was getting the run but when your name’s on the trophy, it’s on the trophy.” he added.

Things started well for Trump as he took the opening frame. He only needed one chance and made an 83 from it. In the next, Bingham opened the scoring with a superb long red, swerving around the green from baulk, and from there he compiled a run of 82 to level things.

There was more of the same in the next as Bingham ran in a fluent century to move into a 2-1 lead and it was a completely different affair from the two semi-finals on Saturday where all four players struggled for any momentum.

The next frame turned into a war of attrition as more and more reds collected on the bottom right hand cushion. It was Bingham who unlocked them first as he fashioned well worked breaks of 31 and then 32 to clinch the frame.

The last one before the interval was critical and it was Bingham who took it to lead 4-1 at the break. That soon became 5-1 as Bingham ran in a break of 61 and things were looking bleak for the Bristol man. Trump steadied the ship though in the seventh with an excellent century.

Bingham got to 40 in the next with five reds and blacks but missed a red as the crowd groaned. It gave Trump a chance but he failed to take it and the Essex man returned to the table to knock in a run of 71 to leave himself a frame away from glory.

In what was the final frame, it seemed finely poised as they both battled away on the colours with the scores close. It came down to the black and Trump took on a difficult long pot in attempt to break the deadlock but it rattled out and rolled towards the centre pocket where it rested invitingly for Bingham. He rolled it home to capture his maiden PartyPoker.com Premier League Snooker title.

A magnanimous Trump commented, “The whole weekend I’ve struggled. I’ve played a lot recently but to be fair, Stuart played the best throughout the tournament and there was only one winner.

“I felt alright out there – the first frame I made a break but things didn’t quite go my way today. They did for Stuart and he totally deserved his victory.”

Trump can console himself with a runners-up prize of £44,000 – £25,000 for coming second and £19,000 for his frame wins and centuries in the league stage.

After it was pointed out to him that he would be joining names like Davis, Hendry, O’Sullivan and White on the trophy, Bingham joked “I feel sorry for those guys but it’s amazing to have my name on same trophy!”

“This has been Ronnie’s for the last ten years and I’ve practiced with him a lot so thanks.
The tournament suits me as my style of play is that I just get in with it and it’s been an unbelievable time.”

thanks to PartyPoker.com Premier League Snooker for the blog entry