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Bingham produces stunning comeback to reach Masters semis

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Stuart Bingham launched a stunning, late-night comeback from 4-1 down to beat Kyren Wilson 6-4 and reach the Masters semi-final.

Bingham, the 2015 world champion, looked set for the exit when he trailed by three frames but responded superbly.

He won five frames in a row, including breaks of 82 and 75 to finish the match at 00:10 GMT, having started at 19:00 the previous day.

Bingham will face David Gilbert in the last four on Saturday.

The Englishman defeated Scot Stephen Maguire earlier on Friday. The debutant made a tournament-high 144 break, in the opening frame, and as a result is in line for a bonus 15,000.

He went 4-1 ahead including runs of 55 and 91 and completed the task in his first appearance at London's Alexandra Palace.

"I'm absolutely over the moon," said the 38-year-old from Derby.

Wilson, meanwhile, could have forced a decider when he trailed 56-0 in the 10th frame but missed the pink down the left-hand cushion, allowing Bingham to come to the table and wrap up a tense match which was a long, drawn-out battle.

A delighted Gilbert told BBC Sport: "My coach Steve Feeney has had a massive impact. From first lesson he began working with him in 2018 he showed why I was making so many bad shots.

"I've also made sacrifices over past two years. You still have to win matches though."

Regarding his huge opening-frame break, he said: "I can't remember how I got in for the 144. My arm wasn't great - I tried to keep it simple.

"Everyone says I've got no bottle, but you cant get to this level unless you have."

Maguire said he "couldn't hit anything" during the encounter.

"It's frustrating, but it's all about Dave," the Scot told BBC Sport.

"He started off well with a 144 and put me under the cosh. He was a far better player. The comeback was never on - I couldn't hit anything out there."

He added: "I couldn't care less who wins it."

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