Mark Allen comeback secures UK Championship final meeting with Ding

  • Allen wins final-frame battle, holding off Jack Lisowski
  • Ding reaches fourth final after beating Tom Ford 6-3

Ding Junhui will face Mark Allen in the final of the UK Snooker Championship after the Northern Irishman produced a thrilling comeback to beat Jack Lisowski in a late-night decider.

Three-time champion Ding is into his fourth final after a 6-3 victory over Tom Ford at the Barbican in York. Ding had dished out a 6-0 thrashing to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the quarter-finals as the world No 1 suffered a first whitewash in a triple crown event in his 30-year career.

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Ronnie O’Sullivan whitewashed by Ding Junhui at UK Snooker Championship

  • World No 1 thrashed 6-0 by Ding Junhui in quarter-final
  • Ford 6-4 Perry; Lisowski 6-1 Murphy; Allen 6-4 Craigie

Ronnie O’Sullivan crashed out of the UK Championship quarter-finals in York after being thrashed 6-0 by Ding Junhui. World No 1 O’Sullivan was whitewashed in a triple crown event for the first time in his 30-year career and scored just four points in the final four frames.

The 46-year-old, who has won the UK title seven times, said: “It’s great to see Ding play well. He’s a class act. Afterwards I just said to him: ‘You played great, go and win it, get the job done.’ I think we’re all Ding fans.

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