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Allen undone by Hawkins flourish
25 Apr 2015 22:10
Mark Allen's interest in this year's World Snooker Championships is over after he was beaten 13-11 by Barry Hawkins in the second round at the Crucible Theatre.
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The contest see-sawed, with Allen starting the final session 9-7 ahead and shooting a break of 81 to pull three frames clear.
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Hawkins claimed the next with a run of 50 before a 113 break for Allen saw him edge closer to the finishing line.
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Hawkins, who was runner up to O'Sullivan in the 2013 final, was not done, however, and he took the next five frames on the trot including a break of 102, to book his place in the quarter-finals.
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Ronnie O'Sullivan fired back to take a 5-3 lead over Matthew Stevens in his second-round match.
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The five-time world champion fell two frames behind his Welsh opponent in the best of 25 contest before clinching five successive frames to move into the lead.
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The 39-year-old struck the first century of the match in the third, with runs of 63 and 61 putting him in front.
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Stevens cut the gap to two frames at the end of the first session to leave the contest very much in the balance.
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