Mark Allen Clinches Second Cazoo Champion of Champions Title with Dominant Win over Judd Trump

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Mark Allen showcased a return to top form by dominating Judd Trump 10-3 in the final of the Cazoo Champion of Champions, securing his second victory in the event. Hailing from Northern Ireland, Allen delivered a stellar performance in Bolton, including a century and five breaks over 50, to claim the £150,000 top prize at one of snooker’s premier invitation tournaments. This win marks Allen’s second Champion of Champions title, with his previous triumph in 2020.

Despite a sluggish start to the current season after being named the player of the season in 2022/23 with three ranking event victories, Allen surged back to winning ways. He overcame Jimmy White, Ali Carter, and John Higgins to reach the final, where he outplayed Trump, losing only eight frames throughout the entire tournament.

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Reflecting on his victory, world number four Allen noted, “I was very steady all day, I didn’t miss many balls and kept Judd under pressure.” He acknowledged doubts creeping in when the score was 7-1 but commended his ability to close out the match effectively. Allen expressed his satisfaction with the triumph, emphasizing his enjoyment of performing well in significant events with enthusiastic crowds.

Acknowledging Trump’s outstanding season, Allen quipped, “I’m fed up texting him after every tournament to say ‘well done,’ so it is nice to get one back on him.” He attributed his success to hard work and finding form, expressing gratitude for the support of the crowd and dedicating the victory to his late friend Joe Shortt.

Trump, who missed securing his fourth title of the season, displayed a strong performance with a 123 break in the second frame. However, Allen’s resilience, including a crucial frame-four clearance from 62-0 down, propelled him to a commanding 7-1 lead. Although Trump made a rally to 7-3, Allen sealed the deal in frame 13 with a 75 break, securing a convincing 10-3 victory.

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