Stuart Bingham slams SLIPPERY balls at Crucible snooker amid Covid-19 cleaning protocols

STUART BINGHAM reckons the Crucible balls have become slippery from too much cleaning.

Health and safety regulations have been ramped up due to the Covid-19 lockdown protocols with balls, tables and equipment routinely sanitised.

No.14 seed Bingham, 44, secured his spot in the second round following a 10-7 win over Ashley Carty.

But the Essex man feared he might be victim of a sterling comeback from the qualifier in a match dominated by errant balls and one stubborn black.

Bingham, the 2015 world champion, said: “I felt lost with the table and the balls.

“I don’t know whether they had been sanitised. It was a really slippery white.

“There was one shot I played, the red into the green pocket, and I screwed back for the blue. I think it threw us both.

“I was prepared for it and thankfully I came good.

“With the black, it seemed to go on the lip and then come back.

"I tested it and there was a little lip in it. I was shocked that happened.”

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