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Luke Jennings

Mark Allen carrying daughter's inspiration on his wrist at World Snooker Championship

Mark Allen defeated Stuart Bingham 13-4 to advance to the World Snooker Championship quarter finals.

The Antrim cue star only took 15 minutes to turn a 12-4 overnight lead at The Crucible into a convincing win on Saturday.

It sets up a last-eight clash one of Neil Robertson or Jak Jones, and puts Allen nearer to realising the dream of winning a first-ever World title.

The 37-year-old, whose best performance in Shefield was a semi-final appearance back in 2009, says he has been taking inspiration from a bracelet given to him by five-year-old daughter Harley.

Allen said: "I'm wearing this little bracelet that my daughter made, it says 'dad' on it.

"Something so simple. When things aren't going great out there, it just puts things in perspective.

"Just seeing every frame, that's what really matters."

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Despite his convincing win, Allen accepts there is work to be done if he wants to progress further in the tournament.

“I made a few silly mistakes here and there, but in general I thought I scored much better,” added the Antrim man.

“I have confidence in my results but not really in my performances. To win the World Championship, you need to be better than what I’ve shown this year, but as long as I keep winning matches and tournaments I’ll be happy.”


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