World Snooker 2018: Mark Allen beats Joe Perry 13-8 to reach quarter-finals

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Century break seals 'devastating' Mark Allen victory
2018 World Championship
Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 21 April - 7 May
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Mark Allen reached the last eight of the World Championship as he won five straight frames to complete a 13-8 victory over Joe Perry in Sheffield.

The Northern Irishman rounded off his win with a break of 122 after earlier producing a run of 133 in the second frame of the closing session.

Perry, who beat defending champion Mark Selby in the first round, was woefully out of form on Friday evening.

Masters champion Allen will face either Kyren Wilson or Jamie Jones next.

That match will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Allen defeated Englishman Wilson in the Masters final back in January.

The 32-year-old Antrim man took a low-scoring opening frame to edge 9-8 ahead before his run of 133 extended his advantage.

With Perry making a series of mistakes, Allen also won the 19th before a break of 74 left him one short of victory going into the mid-session interval.

Allen didn't have to wait long for victory as he punished yet another Perry error with a clearance of 122.

The Antrim man led 5-3 overnight but world number 22 Perry won five of Friday morning's eight frames.

Perry, 43, began the second session in style with a break of 103 to claim the first frame of the day, Allen responding with a 69 in the next, but Perry countering with a 120 clearance.

Perry, from Cambridgeshire, has only ever won one ranking title during his career and the furthest he has gone in this tournament is the semi-finals 10 years ago.

Masters champion Allen reached the semi-finals of the World Championship back in 2009 but has failed to move beyond the second round of the tournament in his last six attempts, including defeats at the last-16 stage in each of the last four years.