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STUART BINGHAM said he would welcome a "score fest" against Welshman Duane Jones at the Indian Open if that is how their match pads out.

Ballrun, who beat Chen Zifan to qualify, starts his campaign against Jones (pictured above), 24, tomorrow (September 13) in the fourth ranking event of the season in Visakhapatnam.

Bingham said: "I have never played him but I have heard from other players he can score well if he gets going.

"But if it is a score fest I would welcome that because it suits my game and I would back myself to come out on top.

"That said, if it is a bit cagey then I guess I'll have to try and use my experience to tie him up a bit. We'll see, but I am looking forward to it.

"It is a nice venue, we are a stone's throw away from the beach and it is 35 degrees, and it does feel a bit like a place you would go on holiday. But when we get underway - I'll be all business."

Read more: Bingham ready for shoot-out with promising Jones at the Indian Open

STUART BIGNHAM admits he will need to get "on a roll" against Stephen Maguire tomorrow afternoon to progress at the Sangsom Six Red World Championship after a win and a defeat from his opening two games in Bangkok.

Ballrun beat Kamal Chawla 5-2 but lost 5-1 to home favourite Akani Songsermsawad today to leave himself needing at least a 5-2 victory against Scot Maguire to secure a Group E top two spot in Thailand.

The world No 9, who lost a dramatic final to Ding Junhui last year, said: "It is 30 degree heat outside and the air con here is pretty strong and the tables are playing pretty slow, which is a challenge, especially as I am getting used to a new cue.

Read more: Bingham hopes to take fighting chance against Maguire to stay in the Six Reds

STUART BINGHAM joked he finally managed to impress his new coach Terry Griffiths after three wins from three in qualifiers this week.

Ballrun beat Chen Zifan 4-1 in the Indian Open and Tian Pengfai 4-1 in the European Masters, then triumphed 5-1 against Me Xi Wen today (Aug 8) to secure his spot at next month's World Open in China.

It was an excellent return on a week of back-and-forth trips on the train to the Preston Guild Hall and proof the world No 9 is adapting well to his new Cue Creator cue and the guidance of Welsh legend Griffiths.

Bingham said: "I got a seven-out-of-ten mark from the Griff after the Chen match - but that came down to a three after Tian! And that was probably fair enough as my highest break was 36, but I got the job done.

"But Terry is spot on and a good laugh. He knows when to have a joke and when to be serious and what he says gets me in the right frame of mind.

Read more: Bingham gets thumbs up from Griff after three wins from three

STUART BINGHAM admits he paid the price for not taking his chances in the 5-3 defeat to Yan Bingtao at the Evergrande China Championship.

Last season’s Rookie of the Year Yan carried on his strong start to the season with an eye-catching win on the opening morning in in Guangzhou.

Ballrun said: "I had good preparation before heading to Hong Kong and got there a couple of days early to get use to the time difference and meet with a potential sponsor.

Read more: Bingham admits he didn't take his chances in Yan defeat

STUART BINGHAM is hoping to kick-start his season as he embarks on qualifying matches against three Chinese players at Preston Guild Hall this week.

Ballrun starts his busy schedule against against Chen Zifan in the Indian Open at 4pm on Tuesday (Aug 1), then faces Tian Pengfai in the European Masters on Friday, and he finishes against Me Xi Wen in the World Open next Tuesday.

He said: "I saw Chen play a bit at the Academy in Sheffield when I was there for the World Championships and he looks good.

"I don't know a lot about any of them to be fair but I think it will be more about how I play - and if I play as well as I can I should win.

Read more: Bingham faces Chinese trio in week of qualifiers

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