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Mark Allen blasts 'disgraceful' match schedule despite cruising into Scottish Open semi-final

Mark Allen is far from happy with the scheduling of his matches at the Scottish Open.
Mark Allen is far from happy with the scheduling of his matches at the Scottish Open.

Mark Allen has hit out at the 'disgraceful' match schedule he has been handed at this week's Scottish Open after easing into the final four.

The Antrim man smashed Scott Donaldson 5-1 in his quarter-final on Friday afternoon as he continues the defence of his title.

He will face either Jack Lisowski or Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the semi-final on Saturday before Sunday's decider.

It would be a busy end to what has been a hectic week.

Allen played twice on Thursday, with an early 10am start followed by a return to the table in the last session of the day as he beat Chris Wakelin to set up Friday's quarter-final.

"The schedule for my matches this week has been disgraceful," he told Eurosport.

"There have been some very, very strange decisions made here and no-one seems to want to take responsibility for it.

"As holder I expected to be first on on Monday but then I was scheduled for 10am on Wednesday and Thursday with no television coverage, and then last on Thursday night and first on Friday."

When questioned about Allen's complaints by the Belfast Telegraph, World Snooker replied: "We appreciate Mark’s views and we take his comments on board. Scheduling is always a challenge when there are so many top players in the field."

Allen has dropped only six frames in his five matches so far and his run to the semi-final means the world number seven has reached the final four in six of his last nine tournaments.

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