Shah pips Sitwala for billiards title

Shah pips Sitwala for billiards title

Rupesh Shah posted a 3-0 win over Dh­ruv Sitwala in the billiards final of the PSPB inter-unit billiards and snooker tournament at the KSBA hall here on Thursday.

Rupesh won 150-38, 151-44, 150-60 with breaks of 110 and 131 in the first and second frames of the summit tie in the ranked players’ category.

Since Pankaj Advani, Alok Kumar, Sourav Kothari and Rupesh Shah had already booked their berth after their showing in the Nationals, Sitwala, Devendra Joshi, Brijesh Damani and Manan Chandra will represent PSPB in next year’s nationals.

IOC’s Arif Akhtar, meanwhile, scored a 219-66 win over GAIL’s SK Saini to claim the crown in the non-ranked players’ category.

Results:

Billiards:

Ranked players: Final (best of 5, 150 up): Rupesh Shah bt Dhruv Sitwala 3-0 (150 (110)-38, 151 (131)-44, 150-60).

Non-ranked players: Final: Arif Akhtar (IOC) bt SK Saini (GAIL) 219-66.
Third-place play-off: Rachit Madan (GAIL) bt Kishore Saigal (GAIL) 187-92.

Snooker:

Ranked players: Semifinals (best of 7): Shahbaaz Adil Khan bt Sourav Kothari 4-3 (77-25, 65-8, 53-60, 65-9, 0-94, 27-63, 66-61); Brijesh Damani bt Manan Chandra 4-0 (80-17, 66-27, 65-30, 88-0). (Quarterfinals, best of 5): B Damani bt Pankaj Advani 3-1 (63-28, 29-69 (52), 64-35, 64-46); M Chandra bt Dhruv Sitwala 3-2 (67-47, 32-71, 16-61, 75-3, 52-11); Shahbaaz bt Malkeet Singh 3-1 (54-47, 71-31, 62-15, 68-1); S Kothari bt Devendra Joshi 3-1 (100-8, 7-63, 68-26, 57-1).

Non-ranked players (best of 3): Rachit Madan (GAIL) bt BP Sarma (OIL) 2-0 (46-42, 57-20); Arif Akhtar bt Praveer Kumar 2-0 (65-9, 57-33); Kishore Singhal (GAIL) bt Jaganath Chetia (OIL) 2-0 (50-15, 32-23); R Madan bt Satish K Saini (GAIL) 2-0 (36-12, 74-12); SK Saini bt JK Kototki (OIL) 2-1 (61-34, 1-37, 23-21); A Akhtar (IOC) bt K Saighal (GAIL) 2-0 (42-25, 75-7).

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