Snooker news - Ronnie O'Sullivan to face Mark Allen in UK Championship final

O'Sullivan to face Allen in UK Championship final

08/12/2018 at 14:32Updated 08/12/2018 at 23:17

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.

Video - O'Sullivan rattles in century number 985 against Ford


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.

Video - Awful miss sums up Ford's torrid day vs O'Sullivan


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.

Video - O'Sullivan ton: the shots that made it happen


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.

Video - Bingham dispatches long red


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.

Video - Stuart Bingham’s stunning safety


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.