Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Selby seals stunning win

Mark Selby played a stunning decisive frame to beat Stuart Bingham by four frames to three at the Wyldecrest Park Homes Welsh Open on Tuesday.

The Leicester-based player looked like crashing out of the competition but a brilliant clearance of 52 resulted in him securing progression by potting the very last black of the match.

Selby won the first frame with a break of 95 before he went 2-0 up with a superb clearance of 74 after finding himself 64 points in arrears. However, Bingham was not to be deterred and won the next two frames to level the match.

A break of 96 gave Selby a 3-2 lead but Bingham responded with a 77 in the sixth frame to level matters once again and at that point all snooker bets were off.
Bingham opened the final frame with a break of 52 but missed a straight red that he should have easily potted. A safety shot from Selby then earned him the chance to pick off his opponent and he did this with aplomb, despite the balls not being in the most favourable of positions.

Speaking after the match, a clearly relieved Selby said: "In the last few events I've been concerned about whether I can produce my best under pressure, so it was nice to do that today.

"I expected Stuart to win the last frame in one visit so I was delighted to get a chance and take it."

The Welsh Open is Selby's only ranking title to date and if he claims it for a second time, he will gain significant confidence going into the China Open and the World Championship later in the year.

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