Allen in frame for Robert­son

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING / RESULTS / ROUND-UP -

NEIL Robert­son will play Mark Allen in the fi­nal of the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship in China fol­low­ing a 9-7 vic­tory over Jack Lisowski.

The 2010 world cham­pion, chas­ing the 15th rank­ing ti­tle of his ca­reer, shared the open­ing 10 frames with English­man Lisowski dur­ing an ab­sorb­ing con­test in Daqing.

Breaks of 54 and 119 helped the 36-year-old Aus­tralian win the next three frames to put him­self one frame away from vic­tory.

Lisowski, beaten by Robert­son in the Riga Masters fi­nal in July, ral­lied and a knock of 133 — the high­est of the match and 100th cen­tury of the tour­na­ment — fol­lowed by a break of 60 re­duced the deficit to one.

But the 27-year-old could not com­plete the come­back and Robert­son pro­gressed. Masters cham­pion Allen awaits Robert­son in tonight’s fi­nal fol­low­ing his 9-6 win over Matthew Stevens on Fri­day.

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