Crucible defeat for Rotherham's Ashley Carty

Rotherham’s Ashley Carty failed to celebrate Yorkshire Day with a surprise win on his debut at the Betfred World Championship.

Ashley Carty
Ashley Carty

The world No 82, trailing 5-4 overnight against 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham, slipped to a 10-7 defeat at the Crucible.

But Carty impressed against the Masters champion, even if there were no fans to cheer him on inside the empty theatre.

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Bingham had struggled on Friday, and was fortunate to lead 5-4, but he moved up a couple of gears on Saturday morning.

Breaks of 109, 96, 57 and 58 put Bingham 9-4 in front, needing just one more frame to secure a last-16 spot.

But Carty - who only turned professional in 2018 - showed his potential, responding with breaks of 83, 51 and 56 to cut the deficit to 9-7.

Bingham was visibly wobbling, but held his nerve with an 82 break to secure victory.