World Snooker Championship 2018: Allen leads Perry by two frames

Mark Allen last made it to the World Championship semi-finals in 2009
Mark Allen last made it to the World Championship semi-finals in 2009
2018 World Championship
Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 21 April - 7 May
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Mark Allen leads Joe Perry by two frames in their second round match at the World Championship.

The Masters champion recovered from losing the first frame to edge a cagey session against the man who knocked out defending champion Mark Selby.

Allen produced breaks of 94, 99 and 67 to take 3-1 lead before Perry responded with a break of 73 to close the gap.

The Northern Irishman won the last frame on offer to take a 5-3 lead before the match resumes on Friday.

Perry, 43, made an excellent start to the best-of-25-frame contest with a break of 50 but Allen responded with three consecutive frames to take control.

The 16th seed had a chance to open up a four-frame lead in the fifth but missed a brown when leading 21-0 and Perry punished the mistake with his highest break of the session.

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Mark Allen's flukey treble wins frame

Both players were guilty of sloppy errors in the closing frames but Allen finished with a flourish as he trebled a pink to clinch the eighth before the match resumes across morning and evening sessions tomorrow.

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