Stuart Bingham beats Mark Allen in one-sided Shanghai Masters final
Last Updated: 14/09/14 3:23pm
Stuart Bingham eased to a 10-3 win over Mark Allen to secure the Shanghai Masters title.
Bingham, who knocked out home favourite Ding Junhui in the semi-finals on Saturday, rarely had to come out of first gear to defeat Allen, who was woefully out of sorts after an impressive win over Mark Selby in the last four.
The world No 11 started as he meant to go on with a break of 99 to take the lead and he followed that with three more before Allen finally stemmed the tide with a 97, one of few decent runs he was able to produce.
Allen closed the gap to two frames at 4-2 and 5-3, the latter with a break of 69, but Bingham turned the screw after that with some solid, rather than spectacular, play that produced five straight frames.
Aided by a series of Allen mistakes he took the key, and tense, 10th frame 66-57 to move 7-3 in front and, in what turned out to be the penultimate frame, a break of 57 proved enough for victory.
Bingham then quickly put Allen out of his misery in the 13th frame, with a clearance of 81 proving enough to bag the £85,000 top prize and add to his win in the 2011 Australian Goldfields Open.