Mark Allen has secured last-frame victories in his last three games in China

Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen won a final-frame decider against Judd Trump to reach the semi-finals of the International Championship in China.

The Antrim player, who was a beaten finalist at the tournament two years ago, won 6-5 and will now play China’s Yan Bingtao in the last four.

Allen’s semi-final opponent defeated John Higgins 6-2 in his quarter-final, having also beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Allen also beat Martin O’Donnell in the last frame to reach the last eight.

The 31-year-old had trailed 5-4 to the Englishman before recovering to win 6-5.

The world number 11 won the last three frames of his contest with Mark King in the second round to again triumph 6-5.

Allen had a highest break of 117 in his quarter-final, while Trump posted 110 in the penultimate frame to level at 5-5.

“Luck was on my side a little bit today and Judd was unfortunate to leave the ball over the pocket after missing his last shot,” said Allen.

“I played reasonably well but missed a few shots that I’d like to have had back. Overall, 6-5 either way was a pretty fair outcome.”

The other-semi-final will be an all-English affair between Mark Selby and Martin Gould.

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