Mark Allen and Shaun Murphy crash out of world championship on day of shocks

  • No4 seed Allen beaten by world No89 Jamie Clarke
  • Murphy loses 10-4 to Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham

Mark Allen, the No4 seed, joined Shaun Murphy in crashing out of the World Snooker Championship on a day of major shocks at the Crucible.

Allen, widely regarded as one of the best players never to have won the world title, was beaten 10-8 by Llanelli’s world No89 Jamie Clarke despite amassing five centuries, equalling Ronnie O’Sullivan’s record for a first-round match.

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