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Jackpot Trumps The Ace in the Pack

Jack Lisowski overcame close friend Judd Trump 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the International Championship in Daqing.

The win sees Lisowski secure his third appearance in a ranking event semi-final and his second trip to the last four this season, having been runner-up at the Riga Masters in July. His maiden ranking semi-final came at last season’s Shanghai Masters, where he lost out to Trump.

Lisowski has previously admitted to finding it difficult to play against his friend Trump and coming into this tie he had lost four out of their last five meetings. However, on this occasion he took control against the eight-time ranking event winner.

Breaks of 95 and 71 helped him to establish an early 3-0 advantage. That was a deficit which Trump was unable to recover from. Eventually, with the score at 5-2, Lisowski got over the line with a century run of 106 to progress.

World number 21 Lisowski’s new found consistency has seen him surge up the rankings and he is now within touching distance of the top 16 and a potential Masters debut. He will face either Mark Selby or Neil Robertson over two sessions on Saturday in the semi-finals.

“I definitely want to be a top 16 player. If that happens it happens. I’m just working as hard as I can and trying my best in every tournament. If I can keep it up then in a few months, who knows,” said Lisowski. “I’m starting to find some consistency, I’m not sure where from but I’m riding a wave and I want to keep it up as long as I can.

“When I win I get a lot of adrenaline. It is hard to sleep and hard to calm down. That is something I’ve been getting used to. Like I say, this is new to me so this is all a learning curve.”

Mark Allen put on a sublime display to thrash Ali Carter 6-0 and clinch his place in the last four.

The Pistol was runner-up last year in Daqing, losing a tight final against Mark Selby 10-7. He will be hoping to go one better this week and looks to be in tremendous touch, having already made eight centuries.

Allen composed breaks of 129 and 70 on his way to establishing a 4-0 advantage. He then landed a crucial low in the fifth frame, stealing it after requiring two snookers, before winning the next to secure the whitewash victory.

The Northern Irishman will face Martin O’Donnell or Matthew Stevens in the last four tomorrow.