Bingham on Course in Gibraltar

World champion Stuart Bingham recaptured some form at the Gibraltar Open as he won three matches on Saturday to reach the fourth round.

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Bingham beat Shaun Murphy to win this year’s world title – photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

The 39 year-old has mostly struggled to live up to his billing since his success in Sheffield last May, but scored heavily in beating Craig Steadman before seeing off Ding Junhui and Thor Chuan Leong.

Bingham will take on veteran Nigel Bond on Sunday with a quarter-final place at stake.

Having not excelled in the European Tour so far during this campaign, Bingham needs a strong performance here or in the last event to safeguard his qualification for the lucrative Players Championship later in the season.

Elsewhere, Ricky Walden and Michael White are both into the last 16 – the latter confirming his place with a 4-1 victory over Rod Lawler, who had previously knocked out Judd Trump in a decider.

Walden will face Mark King, who enjoyed triumphs over John Higgins and Mark Davis, while Welshman White is to be challenged by Andrew Higginson.

Finally, young talent Oliver Lines overcame Ryan Day in a last 32 deciding frame thriller to maintain his hopes of glory this weekend, with fellow Englishman Alfie Burden his next target.

The tournament concludes on Sunday with €25,000 on offer for the champion.

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