Snooker news - Ronnie O'Sullivan to face Mark Allen in UK Championship final
Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised through to the final of the UK Championship with a 6-1 victory over Tom Ford on Saturday, where he will face Mark Allen, who beat Stuart Bingham 6-5.
Ford took the opening frame in nervy fashion, but the 35-year-old was never in the same class as his opponent as the momentum of the match quickly shifted.
O'Sullivan pulled off a stunning response to falling a frame down by rattling in his 985th career century in real style.
It was one-way traffic thereafter as The Rocket refused to allow his opponent from Leicestershire back into the match in ruthless fashion.
Ford missed a number of opportunities to haul himself back into the contest, but was never quite able to seize his chances, leaving O'Sullivan to close out victory with consummate ease.
For Ford it has been a very memorable week and his highest pay-day to date, while for O'Sullivan another major title could well now await.
The 43-year-old will take on Allen in Sunday's showpiece, after the Northern Irishman downed Bingham 6-5.
World number seven Allen put together runs of 99, 104, 54, 54 and 64 as he came from 4-2 behind to beat the 2015 world champion Bingham.
Leading 4-2, a loose piece of positional play from Bingham allowed Allen in, who reeled off three frames on the bounce to put himself to within one frame of the final.
However, Ball-run sent it to a deciding frame but it was Allen who prevailed, after Bingham went in off twice, to set up a final date with O'Sullivan.