Stuart Bingham and Ding Junhui will contest the 6 Red World Championship final on Saturday in Bangkok.
Bingham knocked out the last remaining home hope Akani Songsermsawad in the quarter-finals before a 7-1 thrashing of 2014 champion Stephen Maguire in the last four.
Bingham was runner-up when this event was first staged as the Six-Red Snooker International back in 2008, and is in-line to do one better against the current World Championship runner-up.
Ironically, the 40 year-old recently had a go at the decision to guarantee Ding’s spot at the upcoming Champion of Champions invitational despite the Chinese no.1 having not actually tasted success over the last year.
Ding’s appearance in the final of the Crucible has been deemed more worthy than those who emerged with trophies in the Gibraltar Open, the Shoot-Out and, indeed, the 6 Red World Championship.
Still, it would be a sound way for Ding to silence the doubters by claiming the spoils on the final day of action in Thailand, though Bingham himself is still chasing one of those coveted spots for the lucrative competition in Coventry.
Despite winning only two of his round-robin encounters, Ding has grown in confidence as the week has progressed and followed up a 7-2 victory over compatriot Liang Wenbo with a 7-4 defeat of the dangerous Pankaj Advani.
Ding managed runs of 73, 67 and 64 in his success over the Indian – with 75 obviously being the maximum break in this format.
The finalists will be competing over the best of 15 frames with a neat £45,000 on offer for the champion.
You can watch it live on certain betting websites.
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