Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Mark Allen's bid to win UK snooker title is hotting up

Mark Allen easily beat Jak Jones in York last night

MARK Allen continued his recent run of good form with a comprehensive 6-1 first round victory over Jak Jones at the UK Championship in York last night.

The Antrim cueman has already won two tour events this season but victory in the £700,000 UK Championship – rated as second only to the World Championship – would represent his biggest triumph to date.

Allen was just too strong for the 20-year-old Welshman last night at the Barbican, easing through to the last 64.

Meanwhile, Ali Carter hit out at the new format for the event, which sees the top players enter at the last 128 stage.

The two-time World Championship finalist cruised past Thailand's Ratchayothin Yotharuck 6-1, but was not a happy man.

"It's not for me, this flat draw. I don't think the venue can accommodate it," he said.

"It's hard to believe that if you are in the top 16 you would be in favour of this.

"We all had to come through the old system. We all started off at the bottom."

Despite Carter's complaints, though, there were few alarms for the big names in action.

Stuart Bingham and Barry Hawkins were 6-0 winners over Ahmed Saif and Alexander Ursenbacher respectively, while Graham Dott comfortably saw off Fraser Patrick 6-2.

Jimmy White is through to the second round after a 6-4 win over Michael Wasley, but Dublin's 1997 world champion Ken Doherty was beaten 6-5 by world number 99 John Astley.

Former champion Judd Trump beat Gareth Green 6-2.

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