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Allen Stunned…

Jamie Clarke stunned top seed Mark Allen on Tuesday by booking his place into the second round of the 2020 BetFred World Snooker Championship.

Qualifier Clarke, who was making his debut at the Theatre of Dreams, joins three others who so far have qualified for the next stage of the event in Sheffield’s Home of Snooker.

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Jamie Clarke played some great snooker against Mark Allen…

He followed Thailand’s Noppon, who knocked out 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy, as well as Kurt Maflin and Anthony McGill also qualifying for the next phase.

Today saw the remaining matches of the first round played to a close with qualifier Martin Gould defeating Tour Championship winner Stephen Maguire 10 – 3, leading 7 – 2.

frustrated Maguire was on for a maximum in one of the four frames he won to keep his hopes alive at 9 – 2 but broke down on 96.

it was the first time since 2011 that Gould had reached the second round of the main event.

Barry Hawkins also knocked out another Crucible debutant, Switzerland’s Alexander Ursenbacher.

The young Swiss player started off well by making a break of 54 from his first shot and won the first frame, but we soon saw the 24-year-old was a very attacking player and went for too many shots as the Hawk pounced on his inexperience.

Clarke, 25, nicknamed the Welsh Whirlwind, told WST: “Never in a million years could I have dreamed of this,” said the Welshman. “I went into the qualifiers without a lot of confidence, just hoping to win one match. After that, I got on a roll. I am in shock at the moment. I went out there today to enjoy every minute and I was loving the experience.”

 

He added: “Mark was playing well and I was just trying to hang on to him, until the end when I had a chance to win. I will keep the same attitude in the next round and my belief is growing..”

Mark Allen said Clarke played out of his skin – despite the Northern Irishman racking up five tons.

He added: “For a debutant, Jamie played out of his skin. With no crowd there, it was difficult to put him under pressure. I made too many mistakes on the safety side.”

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The Incredible Champion of Champions 2018 (FAQs)

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MARK ALLEN claimed the 2018 International Championship and will be heading to Coventry for the Champion of Champions hours after his big win in Daqing, China.

The Pistol, 32, joins 15 other top winners from the last year including the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Williams to battle it out for the first prize of 100K at the Ricoh Arena.

Allen’s 175K win in Daqing pulls him up to seventh in the rankings – but there were also some movers such as Jack Lisowski who reached the semi-finals – who is very close to slipping into the top 16.

Allen also had a staggering 14 tons in the event – including pocketing 3K for the rare 146 break, his third 146 in his career.

Runner-up Neil Robertson will also be joining the star-studded line-up as the winner of the 2018 Riga Masters.

Champion of Champions Snooker: What is it?

It’s a 16 man event with the World’s best snooker winners since the previous Champion of Champions in 2017 won by Shaun Murphy. These include O’Sullivan, Williams, Allen, John Higgins to name a few.

Where?

It’s at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry

How Long?

From November 5th to 11th…

Who’s won it before?

Ronnie O’Sullivan has won it twice in 2013/14 then Neil Robertson won, then Higgins, and last year Shaun Murphy.

Is it a ranking event?

No. It’s an invitational…Generally, the winners of the past year are invited.

Where can you watch it and what time? 

Watch the world’s best snooker players playing in the UK on ITV4 or Quest…12:45 PM and 6:45 PM UK time.

Read also: New snooker table to host at Champion of Champions…