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Stuart Bingham cruises in to the last 16 at UK Champs
12:11pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013 in Sport
STUART Bingham’s fine run at the UK Snooker Championship continued as he moved into the last 16 with a 6-2 win over in-form Scot Anthony McGill at the Barbican.
The win sets up a clash with either world number 93 David Morris or amateur Mitchell Travis, who play each other today for the right to face Bingham tomorrow.
Bingham’s had a good draw so far but says he won’t be complacent, whoever he faces next.
The world number 10 from Vange lost to Morris the last time they played, while Travis has already produced one of the biggest shocks in UK Championship history – beating world number six Marco Fu in his opener.
“I played David Morris a couple of weeks ago in one of the PTCs and he hammered me 4-1, so I know I’ll have a game on my hands with him,” said Bingham.
“Mitchell I don’t know much about but he is obviously riding a wave at the moment and very confident.
“I’ll get back on the practice table and just need a few hours practice.
“I didn’t play great against Jimmy White and I played okay against Anthony, but a little lack of concentration crept in here and there.
“I just need to work on my game really, keep concentration and be happy, really happy, with my game.”
Bingham got off to a confident start against McGill, racking up a break of 90 in the first frame on his way to a 2-0 lead.
McGill took the next but Bingham was soon 5-1 up and in control, putting together a confident break of 99 in the eighth to seal victory.
The three-time UK quarter-finalist is pleased with his improving displays in York, which was needed especially to see of a dogged and determined McGill.
Bingham said: “I’m happy with my game – it was a little bit better than the day before. It was a good win over a tough opponent. I think in years to come he will definitely be up there.
“He made it hard for me. I should have won 10 minutes earlier than what it was but he carried on for snookers.
“I remember being in that situation many moons ago. I’m just happy to get through.”
Bingham admitted he was distracted against Jimmy White after his wife Michelle was involved in a minor traffic collision on Saturday.
But he was pleased to report there had been no further drama back home to sway his attention on Monday.
He added: “My wife didn’t have a great night’s sleep last night with the baby but everything is all good at home.” l BRITISH Eurosport is the Home of Snooker, showing 19 tournaments this season including the World Championship, UK Championship, the Masters and all ranking events, available on Sky, Virgin Media & BT or online/on mobile via eurosportplayer.co.uk