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Mark Allen through to semi-final of Champion of Champions at Ali Carter's expense

Mark Allen became the first player through to the Champion of Champions semi-final after he defeated Ali Carter 6-2 at the University of Bolton Stadium.

The world number four romped into a 5-1 lead before Carter hit back with a 143 clearance to keep the match alive.

But the victory was sealed in the next frame to send Allen to his sixth semi-final spot in his last nine appearances at the tournament.

He told ITV Sport: “Things were much better after a nervy start against Jimmy (White, in the previous round) earlier. I got a bit lucky in there, which is what you need.

“I think that’s been going against me this season, but I got it there. Those sorts of performances have been few and far between, I feel like I’ve turned a corner in the last few weeks, but I’m still not where I want to be.”

Earlier in the day, Allen had eased past White 4-1 to set up the meeting with Carter, who had won through 4-3 in a tense game against Mark Selby.

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