Mark Allen progresses to final at International Championship in China

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen.
Northern Ireland's Mark Allen.

Antrim’s Mark Allen has progressed to the final of the International Championship after sealing a 9-6 victory over Matthew Stevens in China.

The Northern Ireland player led 5-3 at the interval but Allen was forced to dig deep to fend off a resurgent Stevens, who fired three century breaks to apply the pressure in the final session.

Stevens, from Wales, reduced the deficit to 6-5 and 7-6, but Allen closed out victory with two back-to-back frames.

He will now face the winner of the second semi-final between Neil Robertson and Jack Lisowski, who play on Saturday.

The final will be held on Sunday.