Allen starts International Championship defence with win

Mark Allen is sixth in the world rankings

Mark Allen began the defence of his International Championship title with a 6-1 win over England’s Sam Craigie.

The Northern Irishman, who beat Neil Robertson in last year’s final in Daqing, China, had a highest break of 141 and made two others over 50.

Allen now faces veteran Mark Davis in the second round.

Elsewhere, Mark Selby defeated Liam Highfield 6-3 but there was a shock 6-2 loss for Mark Williams at the hands of Jak Jones of Wales.

In the evening session, World Champion Judd Trump was in imperious form as he beat home player Zhang Anda 6-2.

Trump compiled two centuries and three other breaks of more than 50 as he progressed to a second-round match with Scott Donaldson.

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