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Last Updated: Monday, 16 January 2006, 00:56 GMT
Bingham edges by Davis challenge
Stuart Bingham
World number 37 Stuart Bingham shocked Steve Davis 6-4 to reach the second round of the Masters at Wembley.

In a tight game, Bingham secured the win with a break of 54 in the final frame and will next face Peter Ebdon.

Mark Williams proved too good for three-time winner Paul Hunter, beating him 6-3 in Hunter's first Wembley match since being diagnosed with cancer.

The last match of the evening went on until near midnight, before Ian McCulloch beat Joe Perry 6-3.

Davis' defeat by Bingham was a bitter blow after his career seemed to be revived following his final appearance at last month's UK Championship.

Perhaps I was not up for as I should have been
Steve Davis

"I suppose I'm disappointed, but I'm philosophical about winning and losing these days," he said.

"It was a scrappy old game and neither of us deserved to win it. The game never got off the ground."

"It was a day of hard grafting and mentally. Perhaps I was not up for as I should have been."

In the second round match, Williams led 2-0 before Hunter hit back to win the next three frames, a run of 59 in the fourth frame his best score at the table.

But the Welshman controlled matters after that to set up a meeting with either seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry or Glasgow's Alan McManus.

Williams admitted it had been a strange experience playing against close friend Hunter, knowing how ill he is.

"It's a strange experience playing him when you know he's not at his best, especially because he's a good mate," he said.

"It's amazing Paul is out there doing as well as he is. I get on really well with him and wish him all the best."

Interview: Mark Williams


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