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Grand Prix glory for Shaun

Monday, March 14, 2016

SHAUN Murphy won the sixth ranking title of his career with a thrilling success in the World Grand Prix in Wales last night.

 

Shaun, 33, triumphed 10-9 over his good friend Stuart Bingham, who beat him in last year's World Championship final.


It was a real rollercoaster of a contest in which both men held distinct advantages during the match before Murphy landed the telling blow in the 19th frame.
The Nottinghamshire-based player is now joint 11th on the all-time ranking title-winners list - alongside Ken Doherty and Mark Selby.


His latest triumph brings a prize of £100,000 and earns him a spot in next season's Champion of Champions event. It also takes him back up a spot to No4 in the world rankings.
The see-saw contest saw Shaun make the early running as he opened up a 4-1 lead. He was also ahead by over 50 points in the sixth frame before jawing a tricky red.


That allowed Bingham the chance to claw one back - the first of five on the trot from the Essex cueman who looked on top at 6-4 up.
But Shaun showed his fighting qualities and drew level at 6-6 and then 7-7 - the latter thanks to a run of 94.


The next two frames were tight and a touch nervy - both players claiming one each.


But it was 'advantage Shaun' after a magical 120 that took him to the brink of victory.


Bingham once again underlined just how good a match player he is by taking it to a decider.


Unlike the Worlds, though, where he enjoyed his finest hour, this time it was the Magician who prevailed.
He got in with an early 24 and later made a key contribution of 47 to trigger major celebrations for Team Murphy.


Shaun said: "There’s nothing like the feeling of taking trophies home. My six ranking titles have taken some winning and I feel I’m on the right road to win more.
"It had the feel of a 9-9 all day. I was trying to go for my shots and make something happen, but Stuart played some good snooker. At 4-1 I was in the balls and had the chance to pull away, but didn’t take it and he came back at me.


"At 9-9 I made a mess of one chance but then went for a long red and got it."


Shaun is next in action at the Players Championship in Manchester which runs from March 22-27.


But be sure to check back on this website later this week for Shaun's exclusive reaction to his first victory since last year's Masters win.

 

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