Jimmy White plays on Saturday night after sensationally qualifying for the UK Championship
Jimmy White

Snooker results: Jimmy White qualifies for German Masters but UK champion Mark Allen crashes out


Jimmy White continued his recent renaissance by qualifying for the German Masters but newly-crowned UK champion Mark Allen suffered a shock exit.

The Whirlwind created one of the stories of the snooker season earlier this month when rolling back the years to reach the UK Championship at the age of 60 - and he's proved that was certainly no fluke by booking his place in another ranking tournament.

White, whose fairytale in York was ended by Ryan Day, returned to qualifying action this week in Leicester, where he needed to win two matches in order to compete in February's tournament at the Tempodrom in Berlin.

The six-time world championship runner-up defeated Mark Joyce 5-3 in his first match on Tuesday before overcoming Martin Gould by a more comfortable 5-2 scoreline on Wednesday.

In a hard-fought match where the first six frames were keenly contested, White fired in a 63 break en route to opening up a 4-1 lead and although Gould pulled a one back, the popular veteran maintained his composure to get the job done with a fine run of 68.

Meanwhile, fresh from landing the UK title for the first time in his career, Allen failed to qualify after slumping to a 5-0 defeat to China's Zhao Jianbo.

The Northern Irishman, who made more headlines with a five-cushion escape during his victory over Peter Lines on Tuesday, managed just 42 points in the entire match and all of those came in the first three frames as Jianbo pulled off an incredible upset.

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After going 1-0 up, he fired in breaks of 85, 58, 61 and 77 to complete a whitewash victory.

Allen wasn't the only big name to crash out in qualifying, with world number two Mark Selby bowing out 5-4 against rookie Peng Yisong on Tuesday.

It was remarkably only Peng's second win on tour since turning professional earlier this year and just the second time he had made a break over 70 this season.

World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan had previously withdrawn from the qualifying event and his replacement Ross Muir will play Oliver Brown.

Defending champion Zhao Xintong will be in Berlin to retain his title after defeating Pakistan’s Muhammad Asif 5-1 in the last round of qualifying.

China’s Zhao emphatically won the title earlier this year, beating compatriot and close friend Yan Bingtao 9-0 in the final to get his hands on the Brandon Parker Trophy.

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