Scottish Open: Allen through to semi-finals with whitewash win over Burden

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Allen moved up one place in the world rankings after reaching last week’s UK Championship final

Mark Allen eased through to the semi-finals of the Scottish Open with a 5-0 win over Alfie Burden in Glasgow.

The Antrim player made made a highest break of 86 in the whitewash win over the Englishman, who has never reached the last four of a ranking tournament.

Burden threatened to take the fifth frame but missed an easy red to the middle pocket after 24, which let Allen in to go clear with a break of 61.

Allen will play Daniel Wells in the last four on Saturday.

Wells beat fellow Welshman Ryan Day 5-1 in their quarter-final with Judd Trump defeating Stuart Carrington 5-3 in the other match of the evening session to complete the semi-final line up.

Trump will face Shaun Murphy, who reached the last four with a 5-0 win over Sam Baird.

Masters champion Allen’s highest break on Friday came in the second frame, which he won 138-1.

The 32-year-old has been in impressive form recently, winning the International Championships in China in November and reaching the final of last week’s UK Championship, where he lost to Ronnie O’Sullivan.



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