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Bingham edges out Higgins

Stuart Bingham is through to the final of Premier League snooker following a 5-4 success over John Higgins in Grimsby.

The Group A winner in his debut campaign in the competition surrendered a 2-0 advantage to fall 4-3 down, but claimed the final two frames to seal a remarkable turnaround on Saturday night.

Bingham made the better start and moved into a 2-0 lead after making a 45 break in the opening frame while he overcame a Higgins break of 36 in the second.

Higgins, aided by a 58 break, ended Bingham's 14-frame winning run in the third as the four-time world champion got on the scoreboard. He then levelled the match at two apiece courtesy of a break of 81.

Bingham moved back in front courtesy of a 132 break, but Higgins responded by taking the sixth frame 65-52, before coming from 50 points down to also win the seventh.

A break of 74 from Bingham levelled the match, taking it to a sudden-death decider. The 36-year-old maintained the momentum in the final frame, taking it and the match with a break of 57.

"It's unbelievable. To be in the final is unreal," Bingham told Sky Sports. "I'm just delighted. There was pressure. I felt nervous the whole way through.

"Playing John, without the rankings, is the best player in the world. To come through the match is great. I think everyone is happy it's not a Higgins and Judd final, as that would be boring."