World Snooker Championship 2018: Allen leads Perry by two frames
|2018 World Championship|
|Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 21 April - 7 May|
|Coverage: Watch live across BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app.|
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.
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.