Stuart Bingham was etched with frustration after his ManBetX Welsh Open defeat and blasted the playing conditions for contributing to his demise.

The Bowers Gifford-based potter succumbed to a last 32 loss against China’s Yan Bingtao at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, fighting back from 3-2 down but losing 4-3 on the black to the world number 20.

Yan, 19, also needed two final-frame snookers to set up the victory, leaving Bingham crestfallen after failing to emulate his Dafabet Masters heroics of last month.

And Bingham did not hold back when he analysed the reasons for his premature departure.

“The table was a disgrace - the cushions were pinging up and playing square, so it was like being in a clubhouse,” he said.

“There was no slide, and there were a couple of times today when the table made me look stupid.

“That’s the way it goes and it will probably get reclothed tonight, but when you’re playing in a major tournament and the conditions are getting hard, people are moaning and you’re guessing to get out of snookers, it is hard.

"I’m not a moaner though, but I’m gutted to get beaten in the deciding frame when he needed two snookers - I know I keep going on about it, but the season hasn’t been great and I’m sure this will hurt for a good few months.”

The 2015 world champion has endured some indifferent form since being crowned king of the Alexandra Palace in January, crashing out of the Coral World Grand Prix at the first hurdle and now falling short of the last 16 in the Welsh capital.

But as he prepares to defend his Betway Gibraltar Open title before heading to the Crucible for the Betfred World Championship in April, Bingham denied he was solely a man for the big occasion.

“Every match is like a final now and everyone can play, so you don’t get many easy games anymore,” he added.

“Maybe the big occasions do bring out the best in me, but these are the sort of matches you need to get through, and today I came out second best.

"Defeats like this definitely do make winning the Masters more worthwhile, and when you do get your hands on a trophy, it’s so tough these days that you’ve got to celebrate it.”

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