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Mark Allen crashes out of English Open after second round upset

By Gareth Hanna

Antrim's Mark Allen is out of the English Open after suffering a 4-2 defeat to Stuart Carrington in the second round.

The Northern Irishman had led 2-1 before losing the final three frames in the best of seven matches. It is an unexpected and disappointing defeat for the world number 10, who had high hopes of overcoming the world number 51, particularly after the manner in which he dispatched Jimmy White in a 4-0 first-round white-wash.

"I've been scoring really well lately, so to make two 70s and an 80 is pretty good - that's 3-0 up against anyone," Allen had said after his first round victory. "There are plenty of positives, so I just need to keep it going."

Joe Swail lost out 4-2 to Akani Songsermsawad in his second round match. Swail had edged past Chris Totten 4-3 in a first-round thriller on Monday.

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