News & Events

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 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 says it was a wrench to miss only his third tournament in five years this week - but admitted it was time to finally take a breather after a grueling couple of months on Tour.

Ballrun beat Neil Robertson (4-2) but lost his second match to Ding Junhui (6-4) at the Champion of Champions last week after driving to Coventry just 24 hours after arriving home from China.

And the world No 2, who had just lost to John Higgins in the China Championship final, admits the rigours of the Tour finally caught up with him against Ding and that is why he pulled out of this week's Coral Northern Ireland Open.

He said: "The last event I missed was the China Open when my father-in-law passed away in 2014 and the one before that was the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany five years ago when my son was born. I really don't miss many.

"But I realised at the Champion of Champions that I was just running on empty and needed to take a break so I took a week off completely and only started practicing again yesterday.

Read more: Bingham: Missing Belfast was tough - but I needed a break

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

STUART BINGHAM says he will be raring to go in his Champion of Champions opener against Neil Robertson - despite only stepping off a plane from the Far East 24 hours earlier!
 
A run to Saturday's final of the China Championship - and an eventual 10-7 defeat to John Higgins - meant Ballrun touched down in the UK yesterday and headed home to grab a night's sleep before he has to get on the road to Coventry to face the Aussie on Tuesday.
 
The gruelling schedule has been the price of success for Basildon pro Bingham this season with two semi-finals and two final appearances in the last four events.
 
But the world No 2 says he would have it no other way and will be ready to be a serious contender again for the coveted Champion of Champions title.
 
He said: "By the time I start against Neil I will have literally been home for 24 hours. I got in today and turned the telly on and they've just started playing.
 

Read more: Jet-setting Bingham ready for Coventry

Event Calendar

loader