Championship League 2010: Excellent Ebdon denied by Allen

With breaks of 144, 141, 139 and 130 during the last couple of days, China Open champion Peter Ebdon was clearly the form player of the sixth Championship League group of 2010. Unfortunately for him however he could not produce that form when it mattered today as Mark Allen recorded a 3-0 victory to take the final…

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Despite suffering from jet lag following his exploits over in Beijing as part of the ‘Ding v Hendry’ exhibition event, Mark Allen booked his place in the winner’s group of the Championship with a 3-0 victory over Peter Ebdon tonight.

Peter had been in excellent form during the group stage of the event and with a 144 break during his semi-final victory over Mark Williams looked like he would maintain this standard through to the final. Perhaps ominously however, Mark was one of two players to defeat Peter during the group stage and having recorded an excellent victory himself against Joe Swail in his semi-final, took the final thanks in part to breaks of 69 and 56.

While Ebdon will be understandably disappointed, he will no doubt be encouraged by his form this week and will be back for Group Seven of the competition, as will Mark Williams, Joe Swail and Jamie Cope.

Barry Hawkins and Stuart Bingham though were not so successful, winning just three matches between them and crashing out of the competition as a result.