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Allen Storms To Top Of One Year List

Mark Allen has leapt to the top of the one-year ranking list following his victory at the International Championship.

The Northern Irishman beat Neil Robertson 10-5 in the final in China to win the fourth ranking title of his career, and land a bumper pay day of £175,000.

He was previously 21st on the one year list, but jumps 20 places to top it with £208,000, ahead of Mark Selby on £193,000. Robertson earned £75,000 as runner-up and he’s up from seventh to fourth.

Jack Lisowski kept up his consistent form this season as he got to the semi-finals, earning £32,000 and climbing from eighth to fifth. Matthew Stevens reached the semi-finals of a ranking event for the first time since 2013 and he climbs from 81st to 26th.

The one-year list will be used to determine the fields for the Ladbrokes Series later in the season. Only the top 32 will qualify automatically for the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Cheltenham (February 4-10), then the top 16 go on to the Ladbrokes Players Championship in Preston (March 4-10), and only the top eight will make it to the new Ladbrokes Tour Championship in Llandudno (March 19-24).

Lisowski – set for a Masters debut?

In the official two year world rankings, Allen is up from 12th to seventh. Lisowski jumps from 21st to 17th while Stevens climbs 12 places to 44th.

Lisowski has moved into the top 16 in the Race to the Masters for the first time, having edged just £2,600 ahead of 17th-placed Marco Fu. There are only two counting events to go – the Northern Ireland Open and UK Championship – before that list will become the world rankings, with the top 16 to earn a place at the Masters in January.