Thursday 22 August 2019

Mark Selby holds off Mark Allen to take International Championship title

Mark Selby won his 13th ranking title by defending his International Championship crown
Mark Selby won his 13th ranking title by defending his International Championship crown

Mark Selby completed a successful title defence at the International Championship in China as he fended off Mark Allen in the final.

The world number one won 10-7 against Allen in Daqing for his 13th career ranking title, and collected a cheque for £150,000.

English cueman Selby pulled away from 3-2 to lead 8-3, and resisted a late fightback from Northern Irishman Allen to take the trophy.

Allen had the only two centuries in the match, including a 137 break in the ninth frame, but a 90 from world champion Selby put him on the brink of his triumph.

That left Allen with too much work to do, as he fell short of a fourth ranking title.

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