Mark Allen

Allen Tops Trump in German Spektakulär

Mark Allen won his third European Tour title within the past year by beating Judd Trump 4-2 in the final of the Arcaden Paul Hunter Classic in Fürth, Germany.

World number nine Allen won two European Tour titles last season and has now won the second of the current campaign, and tops the Order of Merit having been runner-up to Mark Selby at the Riga Open.

Watched by a packed crowd at the Fürth Stadthalle, Northern Ireland’s Allen collected the trophy and a cheque for 25,000 Euros after getting the better of world number six Trump.

A dramatic opening frame came down to a respotted black after Trump had missed frame-ball green, and he was made to pay as Allen took it. Trump hit back with a break of 92 before a scrappy third frame went Allen’s way for 2-1.

In the fourth, Allen had a chance to clear but missed a tough last red to a baulk corner, and Trump took advantage to level the match. Allen regained the lead after a poor safety from his opponent on the last red in the fifth. And the 28-year-old from Antrim sealed victory in the next with a fine break of 88.

“I’m glad I won this one, having been 3-0 up on Selby in the final in Riga and lost 4-3,” said the player nicknamed the Pistol. “It shows that I’m going in the right direction, having got to the last two finals.

“I’ve actually played poorly this weekend so I’m glad the final was a bit scrappy – if it had been open then Judd would have scored heavily.

“I still feel I need to get more consistent. I don’t know why I do better in the European Tour events than the main ranking events because I don’t prepare any differently.

“The crowds here are amazing, everything about the tournament reflects well on the name of Paul Hunter and the players feel proud to be a part of it.”

Earlier in the semi-finals, Trump beat Ricky Walden 4-1 while Allen edged out veteran Rod Lawler 4-3.

The 2014/15 European Tour series comprises six events across the continent, with the top 24 in the final Order or Merit to go through to the Players Championship next March to battle for the £100,000 jackpot.

The next event is the Bulgarian Open in Sofia from October 2-5.

Results (Last 16 onwards)

Last 16
Mark Selby 4-1 Liang Wenbo
Ricky Walden 4-2 Fergal O’Brien
Judd Trump 4-2 Stephen Maguire
Tian Pengfei 4-2 Ronnie O’Sullivan
Dechawat Poomjaeng 4-2 Neil Robertson
Rod Lawler 4-0 Fraser Patrick
Alan McManus 4-2 Xiao Guodong

Quarter-finals
Walden 4-3 Selby
Trump 4-3 Tian
Lawler 4-2 Poomjaeng
Allen 4-3 McManus

Semi-finals
Trump 4-1 Walden
Allen 4-3 Lawler

Final
Allen 4-2 Trump

Jimmy White

Jimmy White gets official apology from Newspaper over false betting allegations

The following apology was printed in the Sunday Star yesterday and also published on their website (Apology Link) after the newspaper made false allegations that Jimmy White was involved in betting on his own matches back in June 2012

Jimmy White – An Apology

ON June 17, 2012 we published an article entitled Jimmy’s Aide In Betting Probe which implied that Jimmy White was suspected of dishonestly providing inside information to his aide to enable him to place winning bets. We accept that this is untrue and apologise to Jimmy White for any distress and embarrassment the article may have caused him.

 

Ken Doherty

Doherty does ice-bucket challenge (Video)

Thats right Ken Doherty is the first professional Snooker player I have heard of to do the ice-bucket challenge and to himself challenge Stephen Hendry, Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis.

Watch the video below

Ding Junhui Welsh Open

Fine for Ding

The following statement was put up on World Snooker’s website today in which it details a £5,000 fine for repeated breaches of the players contract I am lead to believe this should in-fact only be one breach but World Snooker believe that because he has won 5 titles this season he is in breach of the same publicity clause where a winner of a tournament MUST attend The World Snooker Awards Dinner 5 times.

Considering the amount of money that Ding Junhui has won this season I am sure he will be more than happy to pay the £5,000

From what I understand his reason for not attending The Awards Dinner was because he was on a short break back home in China to spend some time with his family.

The Actual Statement from World Snooker is Below

The WPBSA can confirm that after being fined £5,000 by WSL for failing to attend the WSL Awards Dinner, which put him in breach of his players contract, Ding Junhui has been referred to the WPBSA Disciplinary Committee to consider whether any further action is appropriate with regard to repeated breaches of his players contract. 

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Ronnie O'Sullivan named player of the year at awards ceromony

Just wanted to see what your opinions on this were, personally I would of nominated Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson over Ronnie O’Sullivan for this award this year and I hate to say it even Mark Selby would of got my vote over Ronnie.

Do the people who make these decisions at World Snooker even watch Snooker? do they know what each player has achieved in a season or do they just pick names out of a hat?

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O’Sullivan holds slender lead

Ronnie O’Sullivan holds a 5-3 lead over Mark Selby after the first session of the Dafabet World Championship final.

O’Sullivan, who is going in search of his third consecutive title, and sixth overall, took the opener with a quick fire 69.

Selby knew a good start was essential as O’Sullivan has shown in his previous finals that he is very difficult to catch once he builds up a lead.

The defending Champion also took the next and fired in a superb century in the third to race into a three nil lead.

Selby finally got his first frame of the day to trail only 3-1 at the interval.

A 30 minute plus battle followed in the first after the break and it was Selby who eventually prevailed to reduce his deficit to one frame.

A sensational long red in the next allowed O’Sullivan in to make 63 and move two ahead once again.

Selby, who many believed would be suffering from fatigue after his late night semi-final victory over Neil Robertson on Saturday, showed he still has plenty in the tank as he won another tight contest in frame seven to trail 4-3.

The 30-year-old from Leicester who was beaten by O’Sullivan in this year’s Masters Final in January, had a high break of 37 at this point and looked well set to win the crucial final frame of the session, but after missing a black, ‘The Rocket’ cleared the colours to ensure he holds a two frame lead.

They will resume at 7pm tonight, with 18 the target for the title.

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