Mark Allen beat Fan Zhengyi ten-five in a match that was headlined by a protest by Just Quit Oil invaders at the Planet Championship.

Allen led six-three going into the second session, but play was halted on each tables at the Crucible when an activists broke onto the baize for the duration of each matches at 19:20 BST.

In the Robert Milkins v Joe Perry match, a man stood on the table and threw orange powder more than it, so play was not capable to resume.

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That match will now commence at 19:00 BST on Tuesday, prior to a rescheduled second session at 09:30 BST on Thursday morning, when no play was initially due to be held.

A lady got 1 leg on the table in the Allen and Fan match, but was pulled away by referee Olivier Marteel, along with other Planet Snooker Tour employees.

When Allen and Fan returned to the arena just prior to 20:00, they have been offered a standing ovation.

Referee Marteel wrestles Just Quit Oil protestor off table

Allen was also offered hearty applause when he crunched the initially ball in following the restart, with the Northern Irishman quipping “I do not know what all the fuss was about” prior to going on to make a century to go 7-three ahead.

The subsequent 3 frames have been extremely scrappy, with Fan taking the initially two – which took 88 minutes in total – to place the stress on his opponent.

Frame 13 came down to the final pink and black. Fan required each balls and missed a terrific chance with the pink more than the bottom correct corner. Allen stepped in and stopped the momentum of the Chinese player to take an eight-five lead into the interval.

Following the break, Allen hammered in a extended red and produced a terrific 101 to go inside 1 of victory.

Fan looked to respond in the subsequent frame but missed a medium-distance red on 31. Allen produced a break of 64 but went in-off on the final red.

But, with just 27 left on the table and Fan 29 behind, the Chinese player required a snooker. He could not so Allen secured a location in round two.

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