SNOOKER: Mark Allen crashes out of Northern Ireland Open

Mark Allen is out of the Northern Ireland Open.
Mark Allen is out of the Northern Ireland Open.

Home favourite Mark Allen crashed out of the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast on Wednesday night.

The Antrim man lost a final-frame decider to China’s Tian Pengfei. Allen had led three times in the match but Pengfei produced a break of 109 in the seventh frame to win 4-3,

Ronnie O’Sullivan continued his fine form with a 4-0 whitewash of Duane Jones.

The five-time world champion, who has recently won the English Open and Shanghai Masters and finished as runner-up in the Champion of Champions, eased into the third round at the Waterfront Hall and rounded off the match with a break of 81.

O’Sullivan will turn 42 next month and remains on target for the £1million bonus prize on offer for any player who collects all four of the Home Nations tournaments, with the Scottish and Welsh Opens still to come.

Joe Perry missed out on a possible 147 in the opening frame of his 4-0 win against Matthew Selt, snookering himself behind the pink when looking for position on the blue after potting the brown off its spot.

Neil Robertson and Mark Williams were also 4-0 winners, against Billy Joe Castle and Tom Ford respectively.

Defending champion Mark King also progressed as he overcame Ashley Hugill 4-1 but there was a surprise as Ali Carter lost by the same score line to Xiao Guodong. Jimmy White beat Jak Jones 4-0.

The winner will pick up a cheque for £70,000 plus the Alex Higgins Trophy.