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STUART BINGHAM says he will be looking to take charge of his match with veteran James Wattana this week at the China Open Qualifiers.

Ballrun's clash with one-time world No 3 Wattana, 46, is scheduled to get underway at 2.30pm on Thursday (January 26) at the Guild Hall.

The China Open will be in Beijing between March 27 and April 2 and is the last counting tournament before seeding for the World Championship is determined.

Thailand's Wattana, a three-time ranking title winner and a pioneer for Asians in the elite snooker game, now gets wildcard places at events on the World Snooker Tour.

Bingham said: "I'm not sure how active he is now on the Tour but I've seen he has picked up a few results in recent years so I'll give him every respect.

Read more: Bingham hopes to take charge in Wattana clash

STUART BINGHAM says the birth of his daughter this weekend has given him a great boost and refreshing perspective heading into his Masters opener against Joe Perry on Monday evening.

Snooker's world No 2 and wife Michelle welcomed 8lb 2oz Marnie Rose Bingham into the world at Basildon Hospital at 5.26pm on Saturday. Mum and baby are doing well and due to be back home in Basildon early on Sunday evening.

Ballrun said: "I've been waiting for the baby to arrive since the Scottish Open last month really, so things have been a bit up in the air.

"So it has been really handy having the snooker room at my home because it has meant I can look after Michelle and then pop out for some practice when I can.

"And although the baby was late, there were no complications and it was a very emotional and special day for me and our family.

Read more: Baby Marnie's arrival means I'm ready for the Masters, Bingham

STUART BINGHAM says he will not be underestimating Mark Joyce ahead of their opening match at the Coral Scottish Open tomorrow (December 12). 

World No 2 Bingham is ranked 43 places above Joyce but feels the Walsall-based potter, 33, will provide a tough start at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

Bingham said: "Mark is a good guy and he has come and stayed and practised with me before, so I know he is well capable.

"He is one of those players just outside the top 32 who is perhaps a bit underrated so I won't be underestimating him, as he is another dangerous player on the Tour.

Read more: Bingham ready for tough Joyce test in Glasgow

STUART BINGHAM is looking forward to one of his guilty pleasures today as he makes what has become an annual trip to the World Darts Championship.

Snooker's world No 2, who has been a big fan of the arras for over a decade, will take a seat in the VIP section at Alley Pally to watch some of the game's greats battle it out from the oche.

Ballrun, who started going to the event when it was staged at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet in 2004, said: "I was actually going to give it a miss this year and just watch it on the telly because my wife Michelle is heavily pregnant.

"But my manager Gary asked if I was going to contact them so I sent them an email and they were kind enough to offer me a ticket.

Read more: Bingham all ready for a night at the darts

STUART BINGHAM admits he is still "baffled" as to why he suffered a shock 6-4 defeat to Yu Delu at the Betway UK Championship in York on Saturday.

World No 2 Bingham started with an opening round 6-0 win over Adam Stefanow and led world No 62 Yu 4-3 before the Chinese star took the final three frames, closing with breaks of 66 and 70, for a place in the last 32.

Ballrun said: "I'm still a bit baffled by it really. I don't know. I've been playing so well for six weeks or so, so maybe I was a due a bad game. You can't keep riding the wave.

"The hardest thing is if I had lost 6-1 - then fine. But he played just as badly as me so that's why it is even harder to take.

Read more: Bingham still 'baffled' by defeat to Yu

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