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  Monday, 22 April, 2002, 21:39 GMT 22:39 UK
Doherty edges through
Ken Doherty looks downcast while Stuart Bingham smiles happily during their Embassy World Championship first round match
Doherty had the last laugh against Bingham
Ken Doherty edged into the second round of the Embassy World Championship after an absorbing 10-8 victory over Stuart Bingham.

After trailing 4-5 overnight, the Dubliner had the better of Monday's evening session to eke out a place in round two.

The pair traded frames at the beginning of Tuesday's session before Doherty struck with a break of 106 to level at 6-6.

Bingham, who had come within two balls of a 147 break in Sunday night's session, immediately hit back in the next frame with a run of 109.

It was a really tough game - I didn't want it to go to the last frame
Ken Doherty

Doherty then took the next three in a row to open up a two-frame lead - the first time either player had done so in the match.

Englishman Bingham was not ready to give in and took the 17th frame but Doherty swept to victory with a break of 101 in the 18th frame.

Afterwards, the Irishman admitted that he was relieved that after a nip-and-tuck encounter, the match had not gone to a decider.

"He played really well all the way through and I didn't want it to go to the last frame," he said.

Bingham, whose missed pink on Sunday cost him a 167,000 bonus, admitted that the incident had played on his mind.

"I had about an hour's sleep just thinking about the 167,000. It was hard to take in.

But he added: "Ken's a great player and he took full advantage."

Ken Doherty
"I'm very lucky to be in the next round"
Stuart Bingham
"I played alright tonight"
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