Haria eases past Rawat, enters semis

Dhvaj Haria, Ketan Chawla, Malkeet Singh and Himanshu Jain marched into the round-robin semifinal league of the National Junior billiards championship here at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana on Sunday.

While Gujarat’s Haria, who successfully retained the Sub-junior billiards crown on Saturday, set himself up for a double following a 569-403 defeat of Delhi’s Laxman Rawat, Madhya Pradesh’s Chawla booked his last-four berth with a crushing 690-387 win over Tamil Nadu’s Peter Paul.

Uttar Pradesh’s Malkeet rolled over B Jagadish of Tamil Nadu 466-329 while Andhra Pradesh’s Himanshu ousted Gujarat’s Utsav Ramani 468-353.

In the Sub-junior snooker event, Orissa’s Ashutosh Padhy posted 26-56, 70-15, 78-32 win over Karnataka’s Nikhil Pise. 

Results: Junior: Billiards: Quarterfinals: Dhvaj Haria (Guj) bt Laxman Rawat (Delhi) 569-403; Ketan Chawla (MP) bt Peter Paul (TN) 690-387; Malkeet Singh (UP) bt B Jagadish (TN) 466-329; Himanshu Jain (AP) bt Utsav Ramani (Guj) 468-353.

Second round: L Rawat bt Ishpreet Chada (Mah) 518-447; P Paul bt Jaiveer Dhingra (Mah) 450-446; K Chawla bt Sahil Nayyar (Pun) 518-350; M Singh bt Kabil Badami (Mah) 417-313; Jagadish bt Harshit Sharma (MP) 370-355; H Jain bt Rishit Jain (Del) 420-309; U Ramani bt Gurbachan Singh (WB) 499-252.

Sub-junior: Snooker: Third round: Ashutosh Padhy (Ori) bt Nikhil Pise (Kar) 26-56, 70-15, 78-32; Sahil Nayyar (Pun) bt Suraj Singh (Kar) 60-29, 55-16; Jaiveer Dhingra (Mah) bt Bhanu Sharma (Raj) 50-27, 65-28; Yash Deshpande (Mah) bt Utsav Ramani (Guj) 44-24, 1-83, 51-43; Ishpreet Singh Chada (Mah) bt Yash Bansal (MP) 56-26, 51-36; Dhvaj Haria (Guj) bt Arjun Mehta (Kar) 71-65, 65-24.

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