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Mark Allen comes from behind to beat Ding Junhui in BetVictor English Open

Mark Allen repeated his UK Championship final win over Ding Junhui on Wednesday, winning 4-3 to reach the last 16 of the BetVictor English Open
Mark Allen repeated his UK Championship final win over Ding Junhui on Wednesday, winning 4-3 to reach the last 16 of the BetVictor English Open

Mark Allen came from 3-1 down to beat Ding Junhui 4-3 on Wednesday evening and reach the last 16 of the BetVictor English Open in Brentwood.

In what was a re-match of last month’s Cazoo UK Championship final, Ding was quick out of the blocks, a 124 break helping him to a 2-0 lead.

Allen reduced the deficit by winning frame three but found himself two down with three to play when Ding took the next.

However, Allen sprung into life and runs of 86, 94 and 113 turned the match around.

He now faces either Zhao Xintong or John J Astley on Thursday evening for a place in the quarter-finals.

World number one Ronnie O’Sullivan compared charismatic opponent Dechawat Poomjaeng to Mr Bean after overturning a two-frame deficit to reach the last 32.

Poomjaeng was on course for a major upset after scraping the second frame in Brentwood on a respotted black.

The Thai player kept the crowd entertained with some captivating antics around the table but ultimately fell short of masterminding a shock in a 4-2 loss.

Seven-time world champion O’Sullivan, who battled back to set up a meeting with Martin Gould, admitted he was amused by his rival’s behaviour, likening him to Rowan Atkinson’s famous comedy creation.

“I thought there was no point just trying to play straightforward snooker, let’s just have a laugh,” O’Sullivan, who made a break of 104 in the penultimate frame, told wst.tv.

“I went for some doubles and trebles, some of them went in, crazy things can happen when you go for it.

“He’s like a Mr Bean type character, he pulls these funny faces and his mannerisms – he should go into comedy, he’d be a great character.’’