FRUSTRATED Stuart Bingham feels like he’s banging his head against a brick wall after his wait for a Triple Crown treble went on at the UK Championship.

The Basildon potter was blown away 6-3 by an in-form Graeme Dott in the third round to dash his hopes of a maiden tournament title.

The world number 11 struck a maximum 147 break in the first round but fumed at his failure to convert performances into results and go deep at ranking events.

“I didn’t really do a lot wrong, and I don’t feel like I’m doing a lot wrong,” moaned the 44-year-old.

“It’s like I’m banging my head against a brick wall at the moment. My game’s there and I’m making hundreds, but I just can’t seem to get a deep run in a tournament.

“It’s frustrating, but I know if I can keep playing the way I’m playing, the door will open and I’ll hopefully get deep into a tournament.

“I’ve played badly probably one or two times this year. Other than that, it took Graeme to play really well to beat me and even at 2-0 down, I felt really good. After that it just didn’t happen.

“It was a dream start for any player and his 126 and 130 put me right on the back foot straight away. I had a few chances here and there but it was just one of those things.

“It was a disaster start at 4-0 down, I tried to make a match of it, got back to 4-2, was in a good position to be 4-3, but he pulled out a great clearance. He played really well – a few little things went for him and a few little splits didn’t go my way.”

Bingham, crowned king of the Crucible in 2015 and reigning Masters champion, conceded just three frames in his wins against Zak Surety and Andrew Higginson but a Milton Keynes date with Dott proved a step too far.

The 2006 world champion got off to a flyer with breaks of 137 and 126 and while Bingham fought back to 4-2, the Scot held his nerve to edge into the last 16.

The Essex player now has his sights on December’s Scottish Open, an event he’s endured a miserable run in over the years having won just a single first round match back in 2004.

The tournament will take place in Milton Keynes, not Glasgow, this year and Bingham hopes the change of location can bring about a long-overdue upturn in fortunes.

“The Scottish Open, in the past, hasn’t been a good venue for me so hopefully Milton Keynes will be a good surprise and mix,” added Bingham, who will face the inexperienced Ben Hancorn in the first round.

“It’s not a good venue for me. Even though it’s obviously a nice venue, some places just work out like that.”

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