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Gould is top gun in Shoot Out

Martin Gould clinched the Betfair World Snooker Shoot Out with a crushing 104-0 final success over Mark Allen in Blackpool.

The Londoner opened up a 46-point lead with Allen only able to watch from the sidelines.

When Gould did miss a shot the Northern Irishman was unable to capitalise, allowing the 31-year-old the chance to slot home a break of 57 and secure the trophy.

"It's very difficult," Gould told Sky Sports. In 10 minutes anything can happen. It means a lot to win this tournament."

Earlier, Allen booked his place in the final with a remarkable final-ball finish against Stephen Maguire.

Allen raced ahead in the match with a 51 break only for Maguire to level things at 53-53, but he was unable to convert a tough black in the final minute.

His miss proved costly as Allen sank the pot from distance to cap a thrilling semi-final.

Gould, who had ousted former champion Nigel Bond in the last 16, followed Allen into the final with a comprehensive 77-6 triumph over Michael Holt.

Holt thought he had played a safety shot to perfection, but much to his astonishment Gould slotted home a red which also allowed him to pot the pink.

He could only watch on as Gould managed a 71 break which left Holt requiring four snookers in the last two minutes of the match, a feat that proved impossible.

Defending champion Barry Hawkins had earlier bowed out in the quarter-finals to Maguire.