Allen is crowned cham­pion in China

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

SNOOKER: Mark Allen won the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing a 10-5 vic­tory over Neil Robert­son in China.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man, who will now climb to No 7 in the world rank­ings, raced to a 7-2 lead in the best-of-19 fi­nal with breaks of 108, 103 and 119.

Robert­son then took the open­ing frame of the evening ses­sion be­fore a break of 121 moved the Aus­tralian to within three of Allen, and an un­likely come­back.

But a fourth cen­tury of the fi­nal (101) pro­vided Allen with fur­ther breath­ing space as he saw out the match to claim his fourth rank­ing ti­tle and the top prize of £175,000.

Allen’s tri­umph in Daqing caps an im­pres­sive sea­son for 32-year-old af­ter he won the Masters in Jan­uary with a 10-7 vic­tory over Kyren Wil­son at Alexan­dra Palace.

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