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Mark Allen shows class to cruise through to UK Championship last 16 as Trump heads home

Mark Allen
Mark Allen

Antrim's Mark Allen eased into the fourth round of the Betway UK Championship in York with a 6-1 win over Ben Woollaston in the third round.

Allen looked confident and assured in sweeping aside the Englishman, producing a high break of 75 to set up a last-eight tie with world number 42 Kurt Maflin.

It was much more straight forward than Allen's second round 6-5 success over Jak Jones at the weekend as he battled a cold.

Maflin has already surprised world number 23 Jimmy Robertson in the early stages of the tournament but Allen will fancy his chances of reaching the quarter-finals, where it's possibly he could even face Nigel Bond.

That's after the 54-year-old produced a stunning upset as he defeated world champion Judd Trump.

Trump's departure means that Allen would go into his quarter-final as favourite to reach the last four, with the highest ranked player he can face the world number 15 Joe Perry.

Bond, who turned professional 30 years ago and was World Championship runner-up in 1995, stunned the World No.1 in round three.

"He's the man of the moment. I'm 54. What am I doing?" Bond said.

"Once I settled, I played some good stuff out there. It's unbelievable.

"Judd missed one or two, which helped, but I was just trying to show people I can still play. When I am feeling good, my game is still there."

Trump, meanwhile, added: "Anything can happen in snooker. He used his experiences, and he scored heavily as well. I didn't do a lot wrong. It wasn't like I was getting in and missing.

"The pace of the game was very slow and hard for me to get a rhythm. Everyone's human. You can never get too excited or too down."

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