International Championship: Mark Allen beats Matthew Stevens 9-6 to reach final

Mark Allen is 12th in the world rankings
Mark Allen has hit ten century breaks during the event in Daqing

Mark Allen advanced to the final of the International Championship with a 9-6 semi-final win over Matthew Stevens.

Allen led 5-3 at the interval but the Masters champion had to hold-off a fight-back by Stevens, who made three century breaks in the final session.

Welshman Stevens recovered from 6-3 down to trail by 6-5 and 7-6 but Allen reeled-off back-to-back frames to win.

The Northern Ireland man will play the winner of the other semi-final between Neil Robertson and Jack Lisowski.

Allen, 32, hit a break of 75 to win the opening frame of the day but Stevens won the next three to build an early lead in China.

A break of 120 helped world number 12 Allen to hold the interval lead and he pushed further ahead when he edged a scrappy eighth frame at the start of the final session.

Stevens, 41, responded with breaks of 110 and 144 and the world number 56 also recorded a 115-break in the 13th frame to keep the pressure on his opponent.

Allen restored his two-frame cushion with a break of 85 and he built a sizeable lead in the 15th frame to clinch victory.

Australian Robertson and England's Lisowski play their semi-final on Saturday with the final taking place on Sunday.

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