THIRD time proved to be the charm for Antrim’s Mark Allen as he added the enormous International Championship cup to his trophy cabinet.
The 32-year-old had been finalist twice before, in 2014 and last year, but on Sunday the 32-year-old made no mistake in Daqing.
Though he is no fan of playing overseas, he produced one of the finest performances of his career - tucking away no fewer than 14 century-plus breaks.
Among them was the highest of the tournament, a stunning 146.
The win, which saw him pocket a cool £175,000, is his fourth ranking tournament and his second of 2018, after he reduced Kyren Wilson to tears on his way to Masters glory at Alexandra Palace in January.
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