Snooker Masters field was Mark Allen’s dream, and it’s currently happening.

Mark Allen defeated qualifier Jak Jones with much effort to advance to the World Championship semi-finals for just the second time in his career.

Despite being far from his fluent best and only making one break over 70, Allen managed to achieve a 13-10 victory by taking advantage of Jones’ nervous play in the last session.

Allen remarked, “It was never in doubt was it?” feeling satisfied after making it to The Crucible’s last four for the first time since 2009.

“It was a complete slog to be honest. The first session was really good but I was awful after that and it was just a matter of digging deep, trying to stay as positive as possible and trying to get 13 frames. That’s what I did.”

Asked what had been the deciding factor, Allen told the BBC: “The safety (department) in the end. We both missed balls.

“I felt like as the match went on he was getting more edgy but I wasn’t playing well enough to capitalise, so it was just a matter of staying patient and taking my chances when they came.

“It wasn’t pretty, I’m sure it wasn’t pretty to watch but I couldn’t care less. I’m in the semis.

“I don’t mean this to sound bad to Jak, but that was like a three or four out of 10 performance. That really wasn’t good. But mentally I was like a 12 out of 10 and ready for anything.

“Sometimes that’s more important and that’s a match I would have lost a few years ago.”

With the contest finely poised at 8-8, Jones won the opening frame on Wednesday with a break of 77 before contributions of 66 and 64 from Allen edged him back in front as Jones missed a number of simple pots.

To his credit, the Welshman composed himself quickly to draw level with a break of 124 which was a total clearance in every sense as he deliberately potted the white along with the final black.

However, Allen took the next frame after twice trapping his opponent in costly snookers and a break of 64 then moved the left-hander to within one of victory at 12-10.

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