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STUART BINGHAM enjoyed a thrilling night at the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace ahead of his return to the iconic North London venue for the Masters in January.

Snooker's world champion, who has been a big darts fan for over a decade, was in the crowd with his manager Gary Purkiss for Monday's action from the oche. 

Bingham started going to the annual event when it was staged at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet, Essex, in 2004, and stays in touch with darts stars including Rod Harrington, Wayne Mardle and reigning world champion Gary Anderson.

And after front-row seats to see the flamboyant Peter Wright ease past Ronny Huybrechts with a 4-0 win, Bingham said: "I love the darts. It's such a good night out and a great spectacle. Barry Hearn has done such a good job in raising its profile...

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STUART BINGHAM admits he had mixed feelings about his run to the semi finals of last week's Dafabet Gibraltar Open.

The world champion showed a return to form as he beat Craig Steadman, Ding Junhui, Thor Chuan Leong, Nigel Bond and Mark King before a 4-0 defeat to Micheal White in the last four. 

White lost to Marco Fu in the final of the European Tour's Event Five, but Bingham was left to reflect on his own ultimately limp exit.

Ball Run said: "If someone had told me I would get to the semis before the tournament I would have snatched their hand off after the form I have been in so far this season. But I cannot be happy with the way I played in that match with Michael White. 

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STUART BINGHAM says he feels refreshed and ready for the Betway UK Championship after taking part in an 'incredible" exhibition event in Romania alongside Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Ball Run warmed up with two nights of best-of-nine matches with the Rocket in Bucharest ahead of the first Triple Crown event of the season in York this week.

The BBC-televised tournament runs between November 24 and December 6 at the York Barbican and No 1 seed Bingham starts against Northern Ireland amateur Jordan Brown at 2.30pm on Thursday, November 26.

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STUART BINGHAM said he was frustrated by his last 32 defeat to Peter Ebdon at the UK Championships - but admitted his opponent deserved to win.

The world champion lost 6-3 to world No 34 Ebdon in York this week to end his encouraging start to one of the season's biggest events. 

Bingham said: "Peter got in first in most frames and I think that was crucial because he controlled the pace of the match.

"He spent a lot of time deliberating over his shots and my concentration was not as good as it should have been.

"There has been a lot of moaning about slow play this week but I will hold my hands up and say Peter played some great shots and just played better on the day. He deserved his win."

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STUART BINGHAM says he will draw on all of his experience to comeback from a testing start to the season as he continues to readjust to life as the world champion.

Ball-run has had a bad start to November with early exits at the Bulgarian Open in Sofia and the Champion of Champions in Coventry and admits he will be knuckling down on the practice table ahead of the Betway UK Championship later this month.

He said: “I think that defeat in the Champion of Champions means that I have now only won one decider out of six so far this season, and that sort of statistic is the difference between having a good run or a bad one.

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