English Open: Mark Allen beaten by 16-year-old Yan Bingtao

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen
In 2010 Allen became the first player to have a break of 146 in the World Championship in Sheffield

Antrim's Mark Allen has been knocked out of the English Open by 16-year-old Chinese player Yan Bingtao.

In Thursday's third round match in Manchester, the world number eight lost 4-3 to Bingtao who is ranked at 98 and on his first season on the world tour.

Earlier in the tournament, Allen had 4-1 wins over England's Jamie Curtis-Barrett and Scott Donaldson of Scotland.

Belfast's Joe Swail lost 4-2 to Leicestershire's Tom Ford.

The English Open is the first event in the new Home Nations series, with the trophy named after six-times world champion Steve Davis.

Mark Allen reflected on his defeat by Yan Bingtao
Mark Allen reflected on his defeat by Yan Bingtao