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Snooker news - Mark Allen sets up Neil Robertson clash, Judd Trump through to face Joe Perry

Allen sets up Robertson clash, Trump through to face Perry
By Eurosport

04/12/2018 at 17:09Updated 05/12/2018 at 08:36

Mark Allen set up a last-16 clash against Neil Robertson after beating Hossein Vafaei 6-2 in the UK Championship.

This year’s International Championship winner raced into a 3-0 lead with breaks of 83, 87 and 56.

A 94 break saw Vafaei reduce the deficit to 3-2, but Allen ended the match like it started, reeling off three frames – which included an 87 – to advance.

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Judd Trump secured a 6-2 victory over Mark King to book a last-16 match against Joe Perry.

A break of 64 saw King level at 1-1, but Trump moved back in front with a break of 100, before a superb red steered him towards a 3-1 lead.

Trump, last month’s Northern Ireland Open champion, then won three of the next four frames to seal the match.

Elsewhere, Neil Robertson edged a thrilling encounter against Graeme Dott, scoring 75 in the deciding frame to clinch a 6-5 victory.

In a topsy-turvy match, Dott led 2-0 before being pegged back to 2-2, and the pair traded frames until Robertson won two on the spin to lead 5-4.

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Ding Junhui also progressed in a scrappy match against Xiao Guodong, eventually triumphing 6-4, despite missing some relatively simple pots during the match. He will now face Martin O'Donnell, a 6-4 winner over Xu Si, in the last 16.

Stuart Bingham secured the highest break of the tournament so far with a 145 in the first frame of his 6-2 victory over David Gilbert.

Awaiting Bingham in the next round will be the winner of Akani Songsermsawad vs Jak Jones.

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Jack Lisowski got the better of Marco Fu in their last-32 clash, winning 6-3 to set up a match against Ronnie O’Sullivan in the next round.

A break of 109 saw Lisowski take a 3-0 lead, and though Fu hit back with a 119 and trail 4-3, Lisowski won the next two frames to complete the victory.

Making up the last-16 line-up are former world finalist Barry Hawkins, who edged out world number 38 Gary Wilson 6-4 with cult hero Sunny Akani downing Jak Jones 6-2 to secure a meeting with Bingham.

Hawkins was in formidable scoring form in his match running in breaks of 59, 70, 72, 61, 78, 72 and 52 to hit back from 3-1 down against Wilson, who had produced 64 and 60 to threaten an upset.

World number 65 Akani - who almost toppled Ronnie O'Sullivan a year ago in the last 16 before losing 6-5 - trailed 2-1 to world number 102 Jones, but produced some sweltering breaks 108, 73, 65 and a couple of 50s to floor his opponent.

Tuesday 4 December (third round starts)

1pm UK time

  • Marco Fu [16] 3-6 Jack Lisowski [17]
  • Judd Trump [5] 6-2 Mark King [28]
  • Stuart Bingham [14] 6-2 David B Gilbert [19]
  • Neil Robertson [10] 6-5 Graeme Dott [23]

Not before 7pm UK time

  • Xiao Guodong [25] 4-6 Ding Junhui [8]
  • Akani Songsermsawad [62] 6-2 Jak Jones [99]
  • Gary Wilson [38] 4-6 Barry Hawkins [6]
  • Mark Allen [7] 6-2 Hossein Vafaei [39]