Belfast Telegraph

Final agony for Allen as Bingham secures snooker title

By Frank Brownlow

Mark Allen fell at the final hurdle at the Shanghai Masters as he crashed to a heavy defeat against Stuart Bingham.

Stuart Bingham cruised to a 10-3 final victory to sweep aside the Antrim man's challenge.

Allen commented on Twitter: "Just not to be today.

"Gave it my all but came up well short.

"Hasn't been a bad few weeks with 3 finals in a row. Hope the run continues!!

"Congratulations also to Stuart Bingham.

"Deserved winner today. Scored heavier and safety was better. Will get you next time!!"

Bingham, who knocked out home favourite and defending champion Ding Junhui on Saturday, did not have to produce his best snooker but was still too strong for an out-of-sorts Allen to seal his second career title.

World number 11 Bingham, who won the 2011 Australian Goldfields Open, started with a break of 99 and proceeded to take the next three frames to open up a 4-0 lead.

Allen, who hit back to stun world number one and world champion Mark Selby 6-5 in his semi-final, stemmed the tide with a break of 97 to take the fifth frame before edging a close-fought sixth to trail 4-2.

But the Ulsterman was to win only one further frame, the eighth thanks to a break of 69, as Basildon's Bingham turned the screw through solid rather than spectacular break-building.

Bingham edged another tight frame in the ninth with a final clearance of 18 and took advantage of further errors from Allen to take the 10th frame 66-57.

In the penultimate frame Bingham compiled a break of 57 and quickly put Allen out of his misery with a final-frame clearance of 81 to bag the £85,000 top prize in his fourth ranking final.

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