Allen sweeps second session to see off Holt and book place in round two

Mark Allen
Mark Allen

Mark Allen won every frame in last night’s session to secure a 10-4 win over Michael Holt in the first round of the World Championship.

The Antrim man led 5-4 after Tuesday’s first session and will now meet either world number one Neil Robertson or Robbie Williams in the second round at The Crucible Theatre.

Allen, 28, will be in action again on Sunday morning and Sunday evening.

Robertson leads Williams 7-2 after the first session of their match.

Allen’s highest break of 72 came in the very first frame of the match against the Englishman.

The world number 14 went on to dominate the second session, compiling a break of 65 in the final frame to secure victory.

Judd Trump survived a test of nerve on a day his form deserted him to edge through to the second round.

Trump dug deep and ground out two attritional frames to beat Tom Ford 10-8 and set up a second-round clash with Ryan Day.

Trump said he felt “relief” at reaching the last 16 admitting: “Every time I got in I didn’t feel comfortable.”

But he added: “It doesn’t matter how you play if you become world champion.”