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Sunday 21 December 2014

Antrim's Mark Allen crashes out of the World Snooker Championship

Mark Allen at the table during his first round match against Mark King in the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 22, 2013
Mark Allen at the table during his first round match against Mark King in the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 22, 2013
Northern Ireland's Mark Allen at the table during his 1st round match against England's Mark King during the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 22, 2013

Antrim's Mark Allen has been knocked out of the World Snooker Championship after a first round defeat to England's Mark King.

Allen's first round battle came down to the wire after losing 8 frames to 10 during the evening session at the Crucible.

He had drawn with King 8 - 8 but lost the next two frames.

Meanwhile John Higgins fears his days of competing at the sharp end of snooker could be at an end.

The 37-year-old Scot, a four-time winner, today suffered a miserable first-round exit at the Betfair World Championship as he tumbled to a 10-6 defeat against qualifier Mark Davis.

With his hopes over for another year, Higgins reflected on a tough couple of years since he last lifted the trophy in Sheffield.

And he admits doubts are creeping up on him, with demons in his game that were absent when he was as dominant a figure as any player has been in the last 15 years.

Sussex potter Davis turned an overnight 6-3 lead into a handsome victory over the man who triumphed at the Crucible in 1998, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

The 40-year-old also defeated Higgins at the UK Championship in December, and aside from landing the Shanghai Masters title last September this has been a grim campaign for the Wishaw man.

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