LONDON: Stuart Bingham blamed sanitised snooker balls for his struggle to get over the line against qualifier Ashley Carty in an empty arena at the World Championship on Saturday. The former world champion, who had fashioned a 5-4 lead in the opening session in front of a handful of fans at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Friday, went on to win 10-7. He then became the first player to wrap up victory since fans were belatedly barred after a change of government policy on test events for spectators. World Snooker Tour stressed there are no additional protocols in place with regard to cleaning the balls. "I felt lost with the table and the balls. I don't know whether they had been
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