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Allen will kick off his quest to clinch NI crown against Craigie

Mark Allen
Mark Allen

By Frank Brownlow

Home favourite Mark Allen will be up against Sam Craigie on either Monday or Tuesday afternoon following yesterday's draw for the 19.com Northern Ireland Open, which starts at the Waterfront Hall on Monday.

Mark Selby won last month's 19.com English Open so is the only player who can win the £1million bonus available for capturing all four Home Nations titles.

He will tackle China's Xu Si on either Monday or Tuesday afternoon.

World champion Judd Trump will start the defence of the Alex Higgins Trophy against James Cahill.

Trump comes into the tournament in top form having won last week's World Open in China.

Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan - beaten 9-7 in last year's Belfast final by Trump - has drawn Oliver Lines, with that match to take place either on Monday (7pm) or Tuesday (7pm).

The full format will be confirmed on Friday, following the conclusion of this week's group stages of the Champion of Champions tournament at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Northern Ireland wildcards Patrick Wallace and Robbie McGuigan will go head-to-head in a preliminary round match on Monday (7pm).

Other top stars in action over the first two days include John Higgins, Neil Robertson, Shaun Murphy and Jimmy White.

The £405,000 tournament runs from November 11 to 17 with a top prize of £70,000 up for grabs.

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