Mark Allen: Defending champion into quarter-finals at Scottish Open

Mark Allen
Mark Allen beat Shaun Murphy to win last year's Scottish Open final

Defending champion Mark Allen progressed to the quarter-finals at the Scottish Open after wins on Thursday over Elliot Slessor and Chris Wakelin.

Allen hit two centuries in his 4-1 win over Slessor and the scoreline was the same in his last-16 win over another Englishman Wakelin.

The Northern Irishman led 3-0 in his evening match before completing his victory with a run of 104.

Allen faces Scotland's Scott Donaldson in the last eight on Friday.

Their quarter-final will get under way at 12:00 GMT.

World number 26 Donaldson beat China's Zhang Jianghang 4-2 on Thursday night.

In his afternoon match, world number seven Allen started with a break of 124 and followed up with a 73 to lead 2-0.

It was 3-0 with another outstanding break of 121 and Slessor pulled one back before Allen sealed his last-16 spot.

Allen was not at his fluent best in his second match of the day as he didn't manage a 50 break before his closing run of 104.

After Allen comfortably won the first frame, he edged a tight second frame before moving into a 3-0 lead.

World number 47 Wakelin kept his hopes alive by edging the fourth frame before Allen sealed his 4-1 success.

The 33-year-old has reached the semi-finals of five of his last eight tournaments, including at the UK Championship last week where he lost 6-0 to Stephen Maguire in the last four in York.

Allen beat Shaun Murphy 9-7 in last year's final in Glasgow.

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