English man, Jack Lisowski, booked a spot in the Scotland Open final courtesy of a break-building masterclass win over Mark Allen.
The majestic Lisowski is now set to face – Mark Selby, who demolished and annihilated Dave Gilbert – in the finals of the Glasgow event. Mark Selby, a six-time world champion, took out Gilbert by a 6-1 scoreline.
Lisowski, 28, put together runs of 135, 82, 59, 118, 74, and 95 to shove aside defending champion, Mark Allen, and book a meet with Selby in the Scottish Open finals.
The world number 14 was in full control of the game, impeccable and absolutely brilliant. He put up an impressive showing dotted by break-building brilliance, with a three-frame spell just after the mid-session interval serving as a strong foundation for the brilliant win.
Having shared the spoils at 2-2 after the fourth frame and heading into the interval, defending champion, Allen produced an impeccable break of 79 to go-ahead for the first time in the tie.
However, Lisowski, who was unperturbed by falling down one frame, put together runs, including a century to put himself just within one frame of sealing a place in the final. Runs of 59, 118, and 74 were enough to put the world number 14 in full command with one frame left to go.
That brilliant break of 74 in the eighth frame was described by commentator Neal Fouls as – as good as a break has as been witnessed all year long. However, Mark Allen showed just why he is the defending champion of this title. Allen rallied, taking the next two frames to force a decider. It was an unbelievable comeback.
For a minute, Lisowski must have seen himself running away with the win but now needed to pull up all the tricks in his sleeves to win the deciding 11th frame or risk losing the game anyway despite being at a vantage position in the eighth frame.
Lisowski surely wouldn’t let that happen. The 28-year-old held his nerve in the deciding frame, reeling off a break of 95 to set up a final meeting with Mark Selby.
Written by: Roland Arum