Mark Allen stays on track as he sees off Jones at Grand Final

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Mark Allen hit the highest break of the Players’ Championship Grand Final to claim a 4-2 win over Jamie Jones on Wednesday.

The Antrim player made a superb start in the first-round game in Preston, with a break of 136 in the opening frame.

Welshman Jones hit back by winning the next two frames before Allen responded to regain the lead at 3-2.

But a determined Allen finished with a break of 107 to seal the win and set up a meeting with Fergal O’Brien or Michael Holt.

The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland has slipped down the world rankings this season, going from seventh to 15th.

However, Allen showed a return to form at the World Open title in China earlier this month by reaching the semi-finals.

Ronnie O’Sullivan eased through but defending champion Ding Junhui surrendered his title.

O’Sullivan, who saw off Scott Donaldson 4-0.

Yu beat Chinese compatriot Liang Wenbo 4-2, while Ryan Day defeated Stuart Bingham 4-3.

 

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