Mark Allen beats Kyren Wilson to win Dafabet Masters


Mark Allen won his first triple crown title when he fought off a spirited performance from Kyren Wilson to triumph 10-7 in the final of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

"It doesn't really faze me who I'm playing", said Allen, who previously reached the Masters semi-finals in 2011 and 2015.

Following a change of an ill-fitting waistcoat due to chafing, Kettering-born Wilson stole the third after Allen had made the early running.

"I was always going to struggle to claw my way back into it".

The pair were level at 4-4 at the interval and shared the first two frames of the evening session in a scrappy contest that was low on quality but high on drama.

It was a bitterly disappointing ending for Trump, whose ill-advised attempt at a plant on two reds in the final frame on a break of 23 was his final shot of the tournament.

The gap became three before a fine Wilson break brought the score to 8-6.

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Former UK champion Trump secured his passage into the last four on Friday afternoon after hitting back-to-back centuries in frames nine and ten.

Clutching the trophy, Allen said: "It is surreal, it has been a long time coming, I was never sure it would come, I have knocked on the door for so long".

But it was heartbreak for world No14 Wilson, 26, also in a first Triple Crown final - and he had to console himself with the £90,000 runners-up cheque.

"I was completely sh***ing myself in the first session".

"That's why you play - you want to be involved in the big arenas in the later stages of big tournaments". It would've been devastating to get so close and not win it so very, very pleased.

"On another day those games could have been a lot closer but I still think my game is in good shape - I just have to sharpen up a few things". "I've got so much support over the years and I've done pretty much nothing in the game, hopefully now I'll get a bit more". That's what he did tonight. "I know what it is like to lose a major, I was in that seat for the UK Championship [in 2011], losing to Judd Trump and Kyren will be in finals for years to come".