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Mark Allen v Noppon Saengkham live stream | British Open 2022 preview

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Allen sees off Selby to reach British Open semi-finals

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“Flawless” Mark Allen soars past Noppon Saengkham to reach British Open final

Allen has won 11 straight matches in Belfast (SPP Sport Press Photo/Alamy Live News)

Mark Allen continues his quest for a seventh ranking title when he faces Noppon Saengkham in the British Open semi-finals on Saturday.

The only top-16 player remaining in Milton Keynes, the world number 14 is a heavy favourite to go on and lift the trophy at the Marshall Arena.

Allen has already taken out Judd Trump and Mark Selby on the way to reaching his 30th career ranking semi-final, and he is now targeting a 14th final.

The Pistol, who also saw off Stuart Carrington, Li Hang and Gary Wilson earlier in the week, demonstrated brilliant character after being pegged back in his clashes with Trump and Selby.

Indeed, he held his nerve after been taken to a decider from 2-0 up against the Ace in round four.

The Antrim ace then led 3-1 against the Jester, who hit back and looked good to go 4-3 up. But he crucially snatched the seventh frame with a timely 47 clearance, before sealing victory with a sublime 126.

Through to his second semi-final of 2022 – also reaching this stage at the German Masters – Allen has won two of his three previous meetings with Saengkham.

Although, the Thai did prevail in their most recent encounter at the 2019 China Championship, and he will hope that serves as a good omen in his third ranking semi-final.

It is now four years since Saengkham last appeared at this stage – doing so at the 2018 World Open – but he secured his return in style.

Indeed, the world number 38 dropped just a single frame as he swept aside Fraser Patrick and reigning UK Championship and German Masters winner Zhao Xintong, as well as whitewashing former Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown.

He then produced a top break of 102 as he overcame Jamie Jones 5-3 in the quarter-finals, and is now just one win away from reaching a maiden ranking final.

The winner of this clash will play either Ryan Day or Robbie Williams in Sunday’s showpiece at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

The match breaks off at 1pm BST on Saturday and will be contested over the best of 11 frames.

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