Mark Allen defeats Ryan Day at Welsh Open

Mark Allen is currently ninth in the world rankings
Mark Allen is currently ninth in the world rankings

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen hit two centuries as he beat Ryan Day 4-1 to make the last 16 of the Welsh Open.

The world number nine from Antrim lost the opening frame to the Welshman in the third-round encounter at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

Allen levelled before producing superb breaks of 105 and 135 to surge into a 3-1 lead.

Victory was quickly secured and Allen will take on Barry Hawkins on Thursday for a place in the quarter-finals.

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