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Mark Allen makes history with UK Championship third round win


By Pippa Field

Mark Allen continued his charge at the Betway UK Championship as he saw off a spirited Peter Lines in round three.

The Northern Ireland potter knocked out Oliver Lines in the previous round and vowed to complete the set and make history by dumping out his father at the Barbican in York - and be the first player to beat a father and son at the same tournament.

Allen will now face world number 22 Joe Perry in the last 16.

The sixth seed made the perfect start against Lines senior, opening with a 57 break.

Two more tightly-fought frames followed but Allen found a way to outscore his Yorkshire opponent and headed into the interval with a 3-0 lead.

Lines came out with a point to prove and rattled off two successive frames, including a fine break of 80, to slice Allen's lead back to 3-2.

If Allen was rattled he certainly wasn't showing it as he clinched the next frame without Lines troubling the scorecard to ease any nerves.

A break of 60 put Allen on the brink of the last 16 but Lines came roaring back, plucking out back-to-back frames - including a half-century break - to make it 5-4.

Allen was showing exactly why he's at his joint highest ever ranking and a century break in the 10th frame polished off the historic feat and another victory over the Lines family.

Elsewhere, Graeme Dott believes he's showing his best form in years as he stunned World No.2 Judd Trump in the last 32.

Trump breezed into a 2-0 lead at the Barbican, with Dott only picking up eight points in the opening two frames.

But the Scot, who has never made it beyond the semi-finals at this tournament, fired back with six consecutive frames to dump the third seed out.

And the former world champion believes he's showing that he has the capability to go far in ranking tournaments again.

He said: "It would be great for the confidence to have a run here. I know I'm playing better. It's the best I've played for a couple of years and it's just nice to play well and have confidence."

He will face fellow Scot Stephen Maguire in the last 16 after he came from behind to beat Liang Wenbo 6-5.

The 2004 champion was 4-3 down but a sensational break of 117 was followed up by a half-century break to make it to the last 16 for the 14th consecutive season.

Elsewhere, Ryan Day produced a stunning comeback from 4-1 down to beat fellow Welshman Mark Williams 6-5.

The two-time champion produced a century break to take a commanding lead but Day rattled off three half-century breaks as the tie went to a deciding frame.

Day outlasted the experienced Williams to make it to the fourth round of the tournament for the first time in his career.

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