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Snooker: Allen scraps into Masters semi-finals

Mark Allen moved into the semi-finals of the Masters with a batting 6-4 victory over Joe Perry at the Alexandra Palace.

Perry had come from 3-1 down to level the match twice in a scrappy affair before Allen claimed the final two frames, and will face either Stephen Maguire or Shaun Murphy in the last four.

“For long periods of that match, it was embarrassing,” Allen told the BBC. “I just could not get anything going. I was delivering the cue so badly.

“That is sport for you and snooker in general, it can happen. I am happy I found something at 4-4 and to be in the semis. I have always had good bottle.”

Maguire faces Murphy in the evening session.

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Snooker: The Masters: O’Sullivan equals Hendry’s centuries record

Ronnie O’Sullivan matched Stephen Hendry’s record of 775 century breaks as he secured a 6-4 win over Ricky Walden in the first round of the Masters.

The defending champion made a round 100 to go 5-1 ahead before Walden fought back with the next three frames.

But O’Sullivan pounced in frame 10 and sealed a moment of history when a fluke on the yellow kept his run going to a 116 clearance.

The feat came on Hendry’s 46th birthday, with him on punditry duties in the BBC studio, but the Scot quipped: “It was a matter of time.”

O’Sullivan told reporters at Alexandra Palace: “I don’t think he’s that bothered to be honest, as long as he has the seven world titles – I think that’s the one that means more to him than anything.”

He added: “I’ve been thinking about [the centuries record] since I got within striking distance and I’m glad I’ve equalled it but it’s more about winning this tournament now.

“There’s a lot of expectation because I’ve won back-to-back tournaments [the UK Championship and Champion of Champions] and I’m going for a third.

“There’s a lot of pressure because the crowd in London want to see me do well. It’s great to have that support but it comes with that pressure because I want to keep them happy and keep winning.”

Next up for O’Sullivan on Thursday is Marco Fu, who made a 147 in his first-round victory against Stuart Bingham.

In the evening session, Ali Carter secured an emphatic 6-1 victory over Barry Hawkins in his first competitive match since being given the all-clear from lung cancer.

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