Allen beats Ebdon to grab first Premier League win

Mark Allen grabbed his first win of this season's Premier League tournament with a 4-2 win over Group B rival Peter Ebdon in Banbury.

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Mark Allen

The Northern Irishman had lost 4-2 to four-times world champion John Higgins in his opening match of the competition a fortnight ago, but was always the likelier player among the balls after dropping the first frame to Ebdon.

Breaks of 84, 76 and 50 earned Allen a 3-1 lead. Ebdon gave himself the chance of a draw with a run of 108 in the fifth frame, but Allen finished matters off with a 69 to leave him alongside Ebdon on two points from two matches.

In the night's other match, Shaun Murphy established a 2-1 lead against fellow former world champion Neil Robertson aided by a run of 111 in the third frame before Robertson levelled with a 70 in the fourth frame. The Australian then rolled in a 113 to move 3-2 clear before a knock of 58 sealed a 4-2 win well past 23:00.

“That was a good win considering I’m playing with a new cue that I’ve only had a couple of days,” said Robertson.

Event Four results:

Group A

Shaun Murphy 2-4 Neil Robertson

60-44 (Robertson 31) 58-73 (Murphy 53, Robertson 49) 111-0 (Murphy 111) 0-82 (Robertson 70) 1-118 (Robertson 113) 29-68 (Robertson 58)

Group B

Mark Allen 4-2 Peter Ebdon

34-72 (Ebdon 36) 92-1 (Allen 84) 81-30 (Allen 76) 75-1 (Allen 50) 19-108 (Ebdon 108) 69-17 (Allen 69)

The players:

Group A

Shanghai Masters champion: Mark Selby (world number1)

Brazilian Masters champion: Shaun Murphy (6)

Masters champion: Neil Robertson (7)

Championship League winner: Ding Junhui (11)

2011 Australian Goldfields Open champion: Stuart Bingham (16)

Group B

UK champion: Judd Trump (2)

Wild Card: John Higgins (5)

PTC Grand Final champion: Stephen Lee (8)

World Open champion: Mark Allen (12)

China Open champion: Peter Ebdon (20)

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