The 2011 Australian Goldfields Open champion and 2012 Premier League winner.

 

D.O.B. 21 May 1976

 

Lives Basildon, Essex

 

Turned Pro 1995

 

Ranking titles: Two - Australian Goldfields Open 2011, Shanghai Masters 2014

 

Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14:  £276,081

 

Highest Tournament Break 147 - UK Tour Event Three 1999, Masters qualifier 2005, Wuxi Classic 2012

 

Bingham won the second world ranking title of his career at the 2014 Shanghai Masters, beating Mark Allen 10-3 in the final.

 

Bingham captured one title during the 2013/14 season: Asian Tour event four in China when he beat Liang Wenbo 4-1 in the final.

 

He was also-runner-up in the new Champion of Champions event, losing 10-8 to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. And the Essex cueman reached the final of the one-frame Shoot-Out before being denied the trophy by Dominic Dale.

 

Bingham's best run in a full ranking event came at the UK Championship where he got to the semi-finals, notably knocking out Ronnie O'Sullivan in the last eight. And he almost pulled off an incredible victory over Neil Robertson in the semis, coming from 8-3 down to 8-8 only to lose the deciding frame.

 

The player nicknamed Ball-Run enjoyed the best season of his career in 2012/13. He won two events on the Asian Players Tour Championship series - APTC1 and APTC3. And in November 2012 he won the prestigious Premier League, going undefeated throughout the group phase and beating Judd Trump 7-2 in the final.

 

"I'm over the moon and this means so much, it's unbelievable and to pick up this trophy means the world," said Bingham after getting his name on the trophy alongside the likes of Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan. "I feel sorry for those guys but it's amazing to have my name on same trophy!" he joked.

 

He also reached the quarter-finals of the 2013 World Championship, but lost 13-4 to Ronnie O'Sullivan.

 

After 16 years of trying, Bingham won his first ranking title in 2011, a victory which also pushed him into the top 16 of the world rankings for the first time.

 

His first taste of major success came a long way from home: 12,000 miles away in fact at the Australian Goldfields Open, which was the first ranking event ever staged Down Under.

 

Bingham beat Ding Junhui, Tom Ford, Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy to reach the final. It looked as if he would have to settle for second prize when he trailed Mark Williams 8-5 and was trapped in a snooker on the last red, but somehow managed to escape from the snooker, win the frame and hit back to win 9-8.

 

"This is without doubt the best week of my life - it's just an unbelievable feeling. I don't care what anyone says. I have this for the rest of my life and no one can take this title away from me," he said.

 

Bingham made a piece of snooker history in 2006 by becoming the first player ever to win the Masters qualifying event in consecutive seasons. Indeed, by beating Mark Selby 6-2 in the final at the World Snooker Academy he became the first player to win the tournament twice.

 

He has caused a stir at the Crucible on two occasions. In 2000 he scored one of the event's biggest ever first-round shocks, beating defending world champion Stephen Hendry 10-7, before losing 13-9 to Jimmy White.

 

Two years later he hit the headlines for less happy reasons during a first round match against Ken Doherty when he came within two balls of a maximum 147 and a £167,000 jackpot but missed the final pink. "I suppose the £167,000 wasn't mine to start with, but it's hard to take," he said. "Some bloke came up to me last night and said I had cost him £20 by missing the pink. I said 'how do you think I feel!'"

 

Bingham, world amateur champion in 1996, used to be a keen golfer, before the hectic snooker circuit forced him to put away his clubs. He and wife Michelle have a boy called Shae, born in 2011.