Mark Allen squeezed into the second round at the International Championship in China after snatching a dramatic 6-5 win over England’s Liam Highfield.
Allen looked set to exit after Highfield powered into a 5-2 lead in Daqing despite a break of 120 from the Northern Irishman in frame five.
But the Masters champion produced breaks of 127, 125 and a closing 85 to see off the Englishman.
The Antrim man will face Iran’s world number 40 Hossein Vataei next.
World number 58 Highfield moved into a 4-0 lead helped by runs of 79, 93 and 63.
Allen’s first century of the match reduced the deficit to 4-1 and he then snatched frame six despite Highfield’s break of 56.
Stoke native Highfield looked back in firm control as his run 122 increased his lead to 5-2 but then came Allen’s closing heroics as he clinched the final four frames.
Frame nine proved crucial with Allen pinching it 74-60 to reduce the Englishman’s advantage to 5-4.