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Mark Allen: UK champion advances to Scottish Open third round

Mark Allen won the UK Championship earlier this month but was beaten 5-0 by Chinese fan Zhao Jianbo in German Masters qualifying last week.

British champion Mark Allen took a two-century break by beating England’s Martin Gould 4-2 to reach the third round of the Scottish Open in Edinburgh.

The 36-year-old Northern Irishman won two scrappy opening frames and while Gould pulled one back, Allen’s run of 107s left him on the brink of victory.

Gould, 41, kept the game alive with a 52 break but Allen sealed the win with a 132 clearance.

Allen will face Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the third round on Thursday.

The Antrim man is aiming to become just the fifth player to win a third straight ranking title after adding the British Championship to his successful Northern Ireland Open defence.

His decisive total clearance in frame six was aided by an outrageous blue after pocketing the opening red with the next flush bouncing into the opposite center pocket after missing the pot in left middle.

“Some good things and some not so good,” Allen told World Snooker.

“I was lucky to win like I did at the end by getting a nice shot on blue and then making a 100 from that.

“I felt like I was always in control. Even though I wasn’t striving to win 4-1, I still felt like I was creating more chances. I just need to tighten up a bit.”

Source : BBN NEWS

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