Neeraj prevails over veteran Merchant

Neeraj prevails over veteran Merchant

Unassuming Neeraj Kumar stole the limelight with a thrilling 4-3 win over twice Asian champion Yasin Merchant in the RKG-Khar Gymkhana Snooker Masters tournament here on Monday.

Results (Indians unless mentioned): Group A: Stephen Lee (Gbr) bt Aayush Kumar 4-1 (71 (38)-9, 5-75 (75), 87 (53)-5, 80-21, 78 (40)-1); Kamal Chawla bt A Kumar 4-2 (90 (55)-22, 91 (64)-10, 12-68 (53), 59-74, 75-30, 65-18); S Lee bt Dharminder Lily 4-0 (82 (70)-24, 88 (72)-29, 80 (60)-34, 70 (65)-17); Aayush K bt Harish Pahuja 4-0 (70-29, 65-57, 63-42, 54-38).

Group B: Manan Chandra bt Himanshu Jain 4-2 (26-70, 89-16, 36-63, 71-25, 77-47, 68-36); Neeraj Kumar bt Yasin Merchant 4-3 (56-10, 6-78, 55-63, 40-58, 50-46, 67-16, 67-6); H Jain bt Balaji Reddy 4-1 (62-51, 48-62, 66-43, 69-49, 63-53); M Chandra bt Neeraj K 4-2 (27-65, 66-34, 67-11, 47-91 (47), 58-27, 73 (59)-16).

Group C: Aditya Mehta bt Vijay Nichani 4-1 (82 (66)-11, 67-53, 36-67 (48), 73 (37, 34)-17, 94 (80)-0); A Mehta bt Siddharth Parekh 4-1 (100-12, 20-71, 70 (47)-36, 74 (55)-13, 61 (34)-48); Nigel Bond (Gbr) bt Vijay Nichani 4-0 (66 (44)-12, 75 (36, 35)-18, 73 (50)-1, 71 (59)-9).

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