Pistol moving through the gears as he awaits Day or Wells!!!
Another tournament, another semi-final for Mark Allen, who this afternoon booked his place in the Scottish Open semi-final with an all-too-easy 5-0 victory over an out-of-sorts Alfie Burden.
The Antrim man picked up a scrappy opening frame, missing a black to settle it early, before Burden correspondingly missed yellow when down to the colours.
Next time around, things were a little more straight forward. A break of 44 giving him the advantage, before an excellent safety had Burden all ends up, and on the cusp of forfeiting the frame after two consecutive misses. Allen, allowed back in, cleared with a break of 86.
The Masters champion forged further clear as Burden continued to prove sloppy with his cuemanship in the third. The World Number 5 was on hand to take full advantage.
He was back in first in the fourth frame, making a break of 48 before affording Burden another chance at the table. The Londoner looked to be building a decent break before the demons crept in again, handing Allen the frame with numerous missed pots, when the opportunity of getting on the board presented itself.
That moved the Ulsterman to within one frame of the semi-finals, and a meeting with either Ryan Day or Daniel Wells, going into the mid-session interval. But Burden, who was celebrating his 42nd birthday, has made a habit of staging remarkable comebacks this week, twice coming from 3-0 down in races to four against Marco Fu and Zhang Yong.
No such luck under the lights of the feature table, unfortunately, with The Pistol firing. A break of 61 proved good enough to send Burden of for some early birthday pints.
In this afternoon’s earlier match, former World Champion, Shaun Murphy, progressed to a meeting with the winner of this evening’s encounter between Stuart Carrington and Judd Trump in similarly facile fashion. The Magician whitewashing Sam Baird, 5-0.