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Mark Selby holds off Mark Allen to take International Championship title

Mark Selby completed a successful title defence at the International Championship in China as he fended off Mark Allen in the final.

The world number one won 10-7 against Allen in Daqing for his 13th career ranking title, and collected a cheque for £150,000.

English cueman Selby pulled away from 3-2 to lead 8-3, and resisted a late fightback from Northern Irishman Allen to take the trophy.

Allen had the only two centuries in the match, including a 137 break in the ninth frame, but a 90 from world champion Selby put him on the brink of his triumph.

That left Allen with too much work to do, as he fell short of a fourth ranking title.

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