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Snooker news - Stuart Bingham and Mark Allen record heavy wins to book UK Championship semi-final

Bingham and Allen record heavy wins to book semi-final date at UK Championship
By Eurosport

07/12/2018 at 21:30Updated 07/12/2018 at 22:15

Stuart Bingham and Mark Allen both produced emphatic displays to book a place in the UK Championship semi-finals at York Barbican.

Former world champion Bingham enjoyed top breaks of 120, 84 and 61 to complete a 6-1 victory over Wilson, a first in professional competition.

He raced into a 4-0 lead at the interval and was unfortunate not to make a 147 break along the way with Wilson having potted just 15 balls at the mid-session.

The world number 14, who scored 546 points to Wilson's 140 during a one-sided contest, told Eurosport: "He got me on a bad day. I just had to keep it tight, and thankfully it worked out well for me. It would've been nice to get the 147 for the fans. It's the first time I've beaten Kyren, so I'm over the moon.

" Even at 5-0, he's the sort of player who can easily make five breaks, so I'm pleased to get the job done in the end."

He will face Mark Allen for a place in the final after he beat Stephen Maguire 6-1 in the last of the quarter-finals.

Mark Allen is one game away from the UK Championship final

Mark Allen is one game away from the UK Championship finalGetty Images

Allen also took a 4-0 lead into the interval, but the Maverick got off and running after the restart with a break of 74.

It proved a false dawn, however, as Allen roared back to show his killer instinct and win comfortably.

The Pistol is good friends with Maguire, and he said of his victory: "The first three frames I scored OK, but I didn't enjoy playing Stephen. It's the first time I felt sorry for a player missing balls. I felt like telling him, 'Come on, get your match going'. I didn't like it at all.

"I was conscious of who I was playing. I'm very happy for being in the semi-final, but I get no enjoyment from beating Stephen."