Holder Bingham crashes out
Ali Carter also perishes Down Under
Last Updated: July 10, 2012 8:26pm
Stuart Bingham: Beaten in first round
Defending champion Stuart Bingham crashed out of the Australian Goldfields Open in the first round after losing 5-4 to Matthew Selt.
Bingham, ranked no 12 in the world, twice led his all-Essex battle only to be defeated in a tense decider to set up a meeting with Ryan Day.
There was also a shock for World Championship finalist Ali Carter who went out 5-3 to China's Cao Yupeng.
Cao raced into a 4-0 lead, aided by a 99 break, and although Carter used all of his experience to claw back some of the deficit he could not stop the young Chinese player setting up a second-round meeting with either Martin Gould or former world champion Ken Doherty.
"I didn't think the game went that well for me really," Carter told worldsnooker.com. "It's the same old story, I don't really enjoy the travelling to be honest so I've got to have a serious look at my schedule because the first two tournaments for me, this and Wuxi, were a waste of time in terms of my results.
"It's disappointing to come all this way to lose but I haven't put any practice in, I've been travelling non-stop and I haven't really played since the World Championship. So that performance summed it up really."
Shaun Murphy won his first ranking event match in nearly six months when he beat Marcus Campbell 5-4, while there were also wins for Marco Fu, recently crowned Six Reds champion Mark Davis and Peter Ebdon.
1st rd: Shaun Murphy (Eng) bt Marcus Campbell (Sco) 5-4, Marco Fu (Hkg) bt Joe Perry (Eng) 5-1, Cao Yupeng (Chn) bt Ali Carter (Eng) 5-3, Mark Davis (Eng) bt Jack Lisowski (Eng) 5-2, Matthew Selt (Eng) bt Stuart Bingham (Eng) 5-4, Peter Ebdon (Eng) bt Michael Holt (Eng) 5-4