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Snooker news - Shaun Murphy holds off Judd Trump, to meet Mark Allen in Scottish Open final

Murphy holds off Trump, to meet Allen in Scottish Open final
By Eurosport

15/12/2018 at 20:35Updated 15/12/2018 at 23:01

Shaun Murphy held off Judd Trump with a 6-3 win in an enthralling Scottish Open semi-final to set up a showpiece clash against Mark Allen.

Murphy rushed into a 3-0 lead with breaks of 89, 93 and 70 to immediately hold the clear ascendancy in the match.

A break of 69 saw Trump force his way back into the encounter, but Murphy hit straight back with a commanding 82 in the fifth frame.

However, Trump would not go down easily and won the sixth and seventh frames with his opponent missing a shock black under pressure.

Video - Murphy misses the black to gift Trump frame

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Murphy found another gear in the ninth frame, though, and Trump eventually conceded when well down as the 36-year-old closed out victory to reach Sunday's showpiece.

Video - Murphy seals victory over Trump to reach final

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Earlier, Mark Allen completed an astonishing comeback from 4-0 and 5-2 behind against Daniel Wells in securing a 6-5 victory in their semi-final.

Masters champion Allen - who lost 10-6 to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the UK Championship final in York last Sunday - struggled to pot a ball in the opening four frames as world number 66 Wells threatened to pull off a massive shock.

Video - O'Sullivan and White show us the deep screw shot

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But Northern Irishman Allen was reborn after the mid-session interval as runs of 55, 59, 79, 106 and 129 saw him rampage into a second successive ranking final with his opponent contributing only 14 points in the final four frames.

The turning point of the match appeared to come in the eighth frame when Wells - appearing in his first ranking final - touched a green with his arm early in the frame, enabling Allen to run in 79 to close to 5-3 behind.

“I feel for Daniel. He was dominating that match right up until 5-3," said Allen. "He hit the ball with his arm on a rest shot and everything turned from there. I didn’t give him any chances after that and started playing well myself.

“He was so positive in the early part of the match. I felt as the match went on he sort of went into his shell. He turned a few shots down and I sensed that and got a bit more confidence myself.

"I’m sure when he looks back at that he will regret not taking a few on and closing the match out earlier.”

Video - Allen produces immaculate century

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Allen will face 2005 world champion Shaun Murphy or former 2011 UK champion Judd Trump in Sunday's final in Glasgow.

Video - Allen strikes it lucky in Glasgow

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