Bingham reaches Welsh Open final
A century in the deciding frame saw Stuart Bingham win a high-class BetVictor Welsh Open semi-final against Ding Junhui.
Bingham led 2-0 and 4-2 before defending champion Ding surged back to take a 5-4 lead.
But the Basildon professional responded with breaks of 93 and 108 to set up a final against either Judd Trump or Steven Maguire, who meet in the second semi on Saturday evening.
Bingham won the opening frame and then added the second against the odds. Ding led 58-0 with 67 points left on the table when he had to play safe but a subsequent bad miss allowed Bingham to win the frame with a clearance of 64.
The Chinese player again ran out of position after making 48 in the next but Bingham this time could not punish him and he won the frame with a break of 56.
Bingham secured a 3-1 interval lead when he took the next with 74, with a maximum having clearly been in his thoughts until he was forced to take a blue off the eighth red.
Ding pulled a much-needed frame back straight after the resumption and Bingham lost position on 48 in the next when he missed an attempted cannon into the pack.
But Ding could only match that tally before missing a red to the middle and Bingham cleared to the pink to restore his two-frame cushion at 4-2.
A break of 67 set Ding on his way to winning the next frame, with the frame-ball black only just toppling in via the jaws, and a long eighth frame also went his way to level the scores.
Ding moved within a frame of victory when Bingham conceded the next frame after missing the black off the penultimate red, his focus on the positional shot needed to lay a snooker off the last.
But Bingham dug deep and produced a break of 93 when he needed it most to set up a deciding frame.
Ding was in first with 23 but could not find the right cannon as he went into the pack and, despite an excellent long red, the break came to an end as he missed a tricky blue and Bingham cleared the table to seal his place in the final.