MARK Allen has become the first player to win back-to-back European based PTC events in the same season after an impressive weekend saw him win the Kay Suzanne Memorial Cup.
Following his ranking title win in Ruhr, Germany last month, the world number 11 followed it up by winning the season’s sixth European Tour event by beating Judd Trump in the final which was held at Gloucester’s Capital Venue.
The Ulsterman beat the Bristol star 4-1 to earn the title and collect the cash winning prize of £10,000.
Wins against Neil Robertson (quarter-final) and Graeme Dott (semi-final) earlier in the competition will also provide Allen with great confidence going into the new Champion of Champions event and the upcoming UK Championship.
The tournament, now in its third year, saw all the players play in pink polo shirts to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and in honour of Kay Suzanne – the late sister of venue owner Paul Mount who died from the illness at a young age.
Allen made a great start to the final when he made a brilliant counter-attacking clearance of 62 after Trump missed what appeared a straight-forward red into the corner pocket when he was leading by 59 points.
But Trump soon made amends for his error in the second frame when a sublime clearance of 128 levelled matters at 1-1.
Allen, who has won the World Open for the past two seasons, regained the lead by winning a scrappy third frame before runs of 35, 28 and 34 put him on the verge of victory at 3-1 ahead.
And Allen sealed the victory by dominating the fifth frame and wrapped the match up with a neat break of 53.