In the morning session with centuries of 136 and 106, ‘The Pistol’ had got off to a good start. After that he also pocketed 122, 104 and 105 and breaks 56, 69 and 76. With his five centuries in a first round game, Allen equaled a record set by Ronnie O’Sullivan (WS-6) in 2000 . Incidentally, it also did not deliver “The Rocket” in the second round at the time (10-9 defeat to David Gray).
25-year-old Clarke held on to breaks of 135, 53, 80 and 74 and faced a two-frame deficit several times, but eventually pulled the longest.
With his 90th place in the world rankings, Clarke is the lowest ranked player in The Crucible. The Welsh Whirlwind even had to make it to the main draw to keep its place on the snooker circuit. He is already earning at least £ 30,000 (33,000 euros) at the World Cup, which is good for the coolest check in his career.
In the run-up to qualifying, Clarke trained with the Thai Noppon Saengkham (WS-42) and that is paying off for both. Saengkham is the one who knocked out Murphy.
“I had never dreamed this in a million years,” said Clarke. “I went to qualifying without confidence, would have been happy if I won one match. And now this. Mark played well and I just tried to hold on. Suddenly I had the chance to win too. I am a bit in shock. ”
“For a debutant, Jamie played surprisingly well,” said Allen. “Without an audience it was also difficult to put pressure on him. In addition, I made too many mistakes defensively. My safety’s looked nothing like anything. ”
For a place in the quarterfinals, Clarke will host the Scottish Anthony McGill (WS-39) match from Friday to Sunday. He retired Jack Lisowski (WS-13) 10-9 on Monday.