Mark Allen level at 8-8 with Jak Jones in Crucible quarter-final

Mark Allen in action at the Crucible on Tuesday
Martin McGoran

MARK Allen and Jak Jones will resume their quarter-final at the Cazoo World Snooker Championship on Wednesday morning (10am) locked together at 8-8.

Both of Tuesday's two sessions were shared, with Jones having the upper hand in the early stages before Allen hit the front for the first time by winning frame 11.

He looked like asserting when he won the next too to lead 7-5, but the Welshman then reeled off three frames in a row to hit the front again.

The Antrim man, though, will sleep better after levelling at 8-8 by winning the final frame of the evening. 

In the morning session, qualifier Jones forged in front with breaks of 78 and 94 only for Allen for reduce the Welshman's advantage with a quality break of 137.

Jones retained his advantage until the final frame of the session when the pressure appeared to get to both players, before a missed green from Jones gave Allen the chance to level matters.

Ronnie O'Sullivan takes a 10-6 lead into the final session of his match with Luca Brecel on Wednesday afternoon.

The defending champion built a 6-2 lead in the morning and although the Belgian won four of the first six frames in the evening, O'Sullivan took the final two to put more daylight between the pair. He needs three more to reach the semi-finals when play resumes.

Mark Selby racked up his 99th Crucible century as he hit back from a 4-1 deficit to earn a share of the opening session of his quarter-final against fellow former winner John Higgins.

A series of uncharacteristic errors from Selby helped Higgins move into a commanding position but the Leicester man benefited from a fluked red midway through a break of 70 that helped him claim his second frame of the day.

Selby followed up with an 82 then rounded off an intriguing session with a clearance to black of 103 to ensure the pair will resume on Wednesday at 4-4.

Anthony McGill and Si Juahui are also level at 4-4 after their opening session.