UK Snooker Championship 2020: Mark Allen eases to first-round victory over Jamie Wilson

Mark Allen
Mark Allen won the Champion of Champions title earlier this month
Betway UK Championship
Dates: 23 November to 6 December Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app from Saturday, 28 November.

Former Masters champion Mark Allen progressed to the second round of the UK Championship after a comfortable 6-1 won over Jamie Wilson in Milton Keynes.

The world number nine from Antrim lost the opening frame to the Englishman at the Marshall Arena on Thursday before storming to the victory line.

Allen notched up a top break of 132 in addition to a 85 and 51 against his 17-year-old opponent.

"Just getting through that first round is important," said Allen.

"I started slowly and in the middle part of the match I played alright. However, I didn't really close it out the way I would have liked."

Allen won the Champion of Champions title earlier this month before making a third-round exit in the Northern Ireland Open.

Mixed form

"I played really well at the Champion of Champions but my form hasn't been too good since," he added.

"So I have to get a back on the wagon so to speak. The form is in there - it just needs to come out."

The 2018 finalist, who also reached the semi-finals last year, set up a meeting with Chang Bingyu.

Allen lost out to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the decider two years before a last-four defeat by Stephen Maguire in 2019.

Fellow Antrim player Jordan Brown also won his UK Championship opener with a 6-4 victory over Martin Gould on Wednesday.

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