Joe Perry ends Dafabet Masters jinx by thrashing Stuart Bingham 6-1 in first round

Joe Perry. Photo: Tai Chengzhe/World Snooker

Joe Perry. Photo: Tai Chengzhe/World Snooker - Credit: Archant

Chatteris potter Joe Perry stormed to only his second ever victory at the Dafabet Masters courtesy of an emphatic 6-1 hammering of world number two, Stuart Bingham.

Perry, 42, ended his Masters jinx that had seen him win just one of his eight matches in comprehensive style at Alexandra Palace last night (16).

The local cueman racked up impressive breaks of 116 and 107 on his way to victory, which he admitted was “out of the blue,” following his lacklustre performances in the Championship League last week.

“It was very much out of the blue,” he told WorldSnooker.

“I don’t think I’ve played that well since I got to the final out in Yushan. I might have put the odd performance in but nothing as solid as that.

“I came here with no expectations of myself and I just wanted to enjoy it because I haven’t snooker at all in the last two or three months.

“It’s a massive, prestigious event with big money, so to me it’s a bonus and I have to treat it like that.”

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Perry quickly proved he would be no pushover by snapping up a poor safety shot from Bingham, before embarking on a superb clearance of 116.

Bingham then missed a vital blue in the second frame, before The Gentleman potted a fine long-distance re-spotted black to double his advantage.

Perry could only watch on as Bingham rattled in 132 to claim the third frame, but he soon re-established his two-frame lead courtesy of a 77 break.

He then chalked up 76, 107 and edged the final frame to set up a quarter-final meeting with Ding Junhui on Friday (20).