Rawat sparkles

Laxman Rawat shocked defending champion Lalrina Rentheli 4-1 in a semifinal league match of the National Junior snooker championship match here on Friday.

The Delhiite, barring losing the third frame, was in top form as he swatted aside his off-colour Mizoram opponent at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana.

Rawat took the opening frame 106-14 following breaks of 31 and 45.

He then held his nerve in a hard-fought second, securing it 69-61 for a 2-0 lead. Rentheli bounced back by winning the third 96-14 but Rawat quelled his challenge by winning the fourth and fifth 89-14, 68-29 respectively.

Results: Junior: Snooker: Semifinal league: Laxman Rawat (Del) bt Lalrina Rentheli (Miz) 4-1 (106 (31, 45)-14, 69-61, 14-96, 89-14, 68-29); Himanshu Jain (AP) bt Lalit Dahiya (Del) 4-2 (41-52, 72-13, 40-64 (43), 63 (31)-15, 70 (45)-52, 70-1).

Quarterfinals: H Jain bt Ketan Chawla (MP) 4-0 (65 (37)-21, 68 (44)-4, 66-19, 58-22); L Rawat bt Kabil Badami (Mah) 4-2 (46-53, 71-18, 29-60, 103 (74)-10, 51-27, 64-26); L Dahiya bt Ishpreet Chadha (Mah) 4-3 (14-63, 58-22, 55-28, 71-13, 42-63, 20-74, 84-45); L Rentheli bt Rishit Jain (Del) 4-2 (74 (40)-1, 70 (54)-18, 46-57, 29-75 (22), 57-33, 52-38).

Senior: Billiards: Qualifying round: Shakil Ahmed (WB) bt Hitesh Kotwani (Mah) 3-0 (100 (51)-86, 100-83, 100 (44)-45); Satya Acharya (Ori) bt Parth Marathe (Mah) 3-0 (101-74, 100-61, 101-48); Kabil Badami (Mah) bt Vijay Kumar (TN) 3-0 (100-81, 102-73, 101-53); Vighnesh Sanghvi (Mah) bt Jay Ganesh (TN) 3-0 (100-81, 101-73, 101-53); Rafat Habib (RSPB) bt Subodh Lahiri (UP) 3-0 (101-51, 101-48, 101 (47)-18).

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