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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

05/12/2018 at 00:09Updated 05/12/2018 at 15:36

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.

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.

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.

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]