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Mark Allen beats Tom Ford 10-4 in Crucible opener

Mark Allen
Mark Allen reached the semi-finals at last year's World Championship

Antrim man Mark Allen clinched a 10-4 victory over qualifier Tom Ford on the second morning of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible.

The Antrim man led 8-1 overnight but Ford battled well on Sunday morning to keep the match alive and looked set to cut Allen's lead to 9-5.

However, Allen finally found his form by clinching the match with a superb break of 72 in the 14th frame.

Allen reached the semi-finals at last year's Championships.

Ford who started the brighter to take the first frame of the day with breaks of 39 and 77.

Allen appeared to have taken the initiative in the second frame and took a commanding lead but his opponent produced a break of 72 to reduce the deficit to five.

Ford took a 38-0 lead in the next before missing a regulation red and offering his opponent a way back in, Allen making 61 before fluffing a pink.

After Ford could not take advantage, 24-year-old Allen cleared from yellow to blue to claim a scrappy frame and take a 9-3 lead.

A break of 58 in the following frame from Ford saw him reduce the score to 9-4 at the mid-session break.

The Leicester player made a good start after the resumption, putting 41 on the table before Allen had made a score.

However, Allen produced a break of 72 to end Ford's resistance.

Allen had gone close to achieving a 147 in Saturday's opening session.

The 24-year-old potted all 15 reds and blacks but after losing position on the yellow, then snookered himself on the green as the run broke down.

Allen's victory earns him a second-round meeting with either Ryan Day or Mark Davis.

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