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Mark Allen fumes at UK Championship TV snub after second round win

By Gareth Hanna

Mark Allen has hit out at UK Championship organisers after his second round win wasn't named as one of the televised matches.

The Antrim man edged past Oliver Lines 6-4 to make it through and add to his first round win over Lukas Kleckers but afterwards, was less than impressed.

"Hopefully now I'm into the third round I might get put onto one of the main tables," he told the BBC. "I quite enjoyed being the fifth ranked player left in the tournament and being put on table three. That was enjoyable when there are eight televised matches over the two days. I was very disappointed not to be one of them.

"You work hard all your life to try and get up the rankings. I'm up to sixth in the world, my joint highest ranking, number five seed left in the tournament after Ding losing and four people below you get on the TV table ahead of you.

"I can understand some - (Neil) Robertson is obviously a past champion here and Ronnie (O'Sullivan) sells out wherever he goes so I completely understand that but there were a few ahead of me in the pecking order that I was very disappointed with."

Allen had to come back from 3-2 behind to beat 22-year-old Lines and was relieved to come out on the right side of the narrow scoreline.

"I didn't quite settle playing Ollie," explained Allen "He's a good friend of mine and we were having a bit of a laugh and a joke early doors. I had to try and nearly ignore him when I went behind. I had to block out who I was playing - it was maybe a bit too friendly.

"I'm really happy with the way I played in the end and very happy to get through that one."

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