World Snooker Championship: Stuart Bingham “felt lost” with a table and balls


Stuart Bingham took breaks of 109, 96, 57 and 58 before winning four consecutive frames on Saturday

Stuart Bingham says he “felt lost” with the state of the table and balls in her first round victory over Ashley Carty at the world championship.

Bingham, Ding Junhui and Mark Williams all made it to the second round in Sheffield on Saturday.

“I felt lost with the table and the balls. I don’t know if they had been disinfected, ”Bingham said.

The World Snooker Tour said there had been no change in protocols regarding cleaning balls.

However, Bingham, who took a 10-7 victory over Crucible newbie Carty, added: “I played a red near the green pocket, and screwed past the blue pocket – I have never done this in my life.

“But that’s what it is, and if it’s disinfected, you just have to keep going.” “

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked significant changes in this year’s championship, postponed from April and now taking place behind closed doors after Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday announced the halt to plans to allow a limited number of fans to participate in some sporting events.

Bingham, who is the defending Masters champion, led 5-4 overnight in his first round match and won the first four frames on Saturday against compatriot English Carty.

Carty went on to trot three frames before Bingham secured the win with a break of 82.

Bingham, the 2015 world champion, will now meet three-time winner Williams after the Welshman defeats Scotland’s Alan McManus.

“Once I got to the front it started to run out”

Mark Williams won the last of his three Crucible titles in 2018

Despite falling behind 5-4 overnight, Williams produced a consummate demo to turn back six consecutive frames and facilitate the win.

“I wasn’t there at all,” said McManus, who at 49, was the oldest player to make the main draw since Steve Davis reached the quarter-finals at age 52 in 2010.

“I didn’t get anything at all, so it’s very disappointing. I was under a bit of pressure and just didn’t handle it well. In the end, I lost quite a bit. ”

While McManus looked dejected after his loss in his first Crucible appearance since 2016, Williams, 45, was thrilled to move on.

“I was delighted to be 5-4. Alan [McManus] outperformed me in every department, ”said Williams.

“I thought I played well last night – it was just that Alan’s form had dropped considerably from the first session. He had been exceptional but to do this in two sessions is very difficult.

“Once I got to the front he started to miss all the long lines that came in yesterday. ”

Ding Edges Final Image Maker

Earlier on Saturday, China’s Ding went through a tense decision maker in the final to beat England veteran Mark King 10-9.

Ding, who led most of the game, took breaks of 125 and 119 against his 46-year-old opponent.

But he struggled in later stages of the game and was fortunate enough to progress after the momentum seemed to shift to King, who stubbornly held off at 9-9.

“Mark King is a difficult player,” said Ding.

“He can play disjointed frames, he can be ages, so it’s hard to play him in the first round. I still felt confident in the final frame. I am not afraid of them. ”

Ding, who won his third British Championship in December, will face Ronnie O’Sullivan or Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the second round.

Meanwhile, four-time Scottish world champion John Higgins won four straight frames to establish a 6-3 lead over Matthew Stevens.

Higgins, who has finished second in each of the past three years, had to fight after losing 3-2 to the Welshman.

Stevens, a two-time former finalist who made it through qualifying, faces a difficult task when they return to play to finish on Sunday.

Norway’s Kurt Maflin hit two breaks of the century building a 5-3 lead over England’s David Gilbert before the world No.12 rolled a 131 of his own to follow with a single frame ahead of the second session of Sunday.


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