Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Antrim's Mark Allen through to UK Snooker Championship quarter-finals

Mark Allen in action against Judd Trump during day nine of the williamhill.com UK Championship at The Barbican Centre, York
Mark Allen in action against Judd Trump during day nine of the williamhill.com UK Championship at The Barbican Centre, York

Antrim's Mark Allen has made it through to the quarter-finals of the UK Snooker Championship after defeating Judd Trump.

Allen came from 3-1 and 4-2 down to beat world number four Trump 6-4 at the Barbican Centre.

Meanwhile Ding Junhui's bid for a historic fourth straight ranking title was ended today.

Ding had won the Shanghai Masters, the Indian Open and the International Championship, and victory in York would have brought him the longest run of ranking triumphs since Stephen Hendry's five in 1990.

But Ricky Walden pulled out a hard-fought 6-4 win after a tense finish to the 10th frame.

Reigning champion Mark Selby had a low-key 6-2 win over Graeme Dott while Stuart Bingham beat Irish surprise package David Morris 6-1.

Dott's defeat ended his hopes of qualifying for next month's Masters, meaning Joe Perry's place is assured ahead of his last-16 clash with close friend Neil Robertson.

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