Allen eyeing NI Open as Gilbert ends World bid
Mark Allen, who will begin his Northern Ireland Open quest at the Waterfront Hall on Monday week, missed out on a place in the World Open quarter-finals in China after being beaten 5-3 by David Gilbert.
The Antrim man - in Champion of Champions action next week - had led 1-0 and 2-1 before World No.11 Gilbert claimed three frames in a row, helped by breaks of 71 and 77, to go 4-2 up.
While Allen, who secured the only century break of the match with a 113 in the third frame, would close the gap, Gilbert held his nerve.
Allen will see the defeat as a missed opportunity in China, especially as the draw has handed Gilbert a quarter-final against World No.37 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.
Meanwhile, reigning world champion Judd Trump prevailed in a gripping decider to beat Joe Perry 5-4 and make the quarter-finals.
Trump quickly raced into a three-frame lead, with early breaks of 135 and 74, but Perry bounced back in style and struck with four sensational frames on the spin - which included breaks of 123 and 129 - to move within one frame of victory.
However, Trump fought back to take the match to a decider, and it was he who edged a thrilling 38-minute final frame.
Trump will face Michael Holt for a place in the semi-finals.