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Stuart Bingham beats Ali Carter to win Masters title

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Stuart Bingham's clash with Ali Carter, who was a late replacement in the tournament, was briefly delayed in the fifth frame of the afternoon session.
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Stuart Bingham shrugged off an interruption from the crowd to sink Ali Carter and clinch the second biggest title of his career with victory in the Masters final at Alexandra Palace.

Bingham's clash with Carter, who was a late replacement in the tournament, was briefly delayed in the fifth frame of the afternoon session due to noises apparently caused by a remote-controlled device which had been planted in the audience.

But the 43-year-old recovered from losing the first four frames of the evening session to secure the biggest win since his 2015 world title with a 10-8 victory.

Bingham had looked barely able to pot a ball as he sacrificed a 5-3 advantage to fall 7-5 behind – but he hit back magnificently and a 109 – his first century of the tournament – saw him over the line.

Reflecting on Carter's stunning start to the evening session, Bingham told BBC Sport: "The way he came out, I was thinking what to say when I was beaten.

"I haven't got a clue where that came from. I've had about nine hours' sleep in the last two days and every time he was scoring I was sitting in my chair thinking, 'this is getting really comfy'."

Stuart Bingham got the better of his Essex rival (Steven Paston/PA)

Bingham held the advantage at the end of the scrappy opening session which was briefly interrupted due to noises from the crowd, which led BBC commentator Dennis Taylor to say "I think it could be a whoopee cushion".

Carter had started the final in style with a 126 clearance in the opener and the pair traded frames until Bingham established some breathing space courtesy of a fluked yellow down the cushion to give him a 5-3 lead.

Bingham's game went to pieces at the start of the evening session as Carter capitalised on countless errors by the world number 14 to win four frames in a row.

Ali Carter edged ahead at the start of the evening session (Steven Paston/PA)

After edging two scrappy openers, Bingham wasted a good chance to get back on track in the 11th frame when he broke down on 37, and Carter stepped in with a clearance of 90 to take the lead at 6-5.

There seemed to be no stopping Carter who followed up with a clearance of 133 to go in at the mid-session interval three frames away from the biggest win of his career.

But the match swung in the 13th frame when Carter missed a straight pink to the middle, enabling Bingham to carve out a break of 64 and stop the rot.

Stuart Bingham edged in front after winning four frames in a row (Steven Paston/PA)

Bingham levelled with a break of 85, nudged ahead with a 58 which began with an audacious plant, and moved one frame from victory with a break of 88.

Carter produced a timely response with a break of 77 to make it 9-8, but a brilliant long red in the next set Bingham up to finish with a break of 109 and seal the second biggest title of his career.

Carter told BBC Sport: "I've turned up here and done better than what I expected. There are a lot of positives for me to take – I've got to say all the right things but I'm gutted."

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City25163665293651
3Leicester CityLeicester26155654262850
4Chelsea2612594336741
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs2611784334940
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2610972824439
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd2610883829938
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2681263532336
9Everton26106103438-436
10Arsenal2671363634234
11Burnley26104123039-934
12Southampton2694133248-1631
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2669113138-727
16Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17Aston Villa2674153450-1625
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2566133043-1324
19Watford2659122440-1624
20Norwich CityNorwich2646162448-2418
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