04.12.08 - Day 04

Kirit prevails over Kachwala in a close encounter


Mumbai: Kirit Raiyani gladdened the hearts  of the hosts P.J.Hindu Gymkhana by beating Islam Gymkhana’s Ali Kachwala  in a tie of fluctuating fortunes in the  Rosy Blue sponsored Hindu Gymkhana-Wilson Jones All India Open Handicap Snooker championships, hosted by P.J.Hindu Gymkhana here on Thursday.


Kirit, who was on plus 55 handicap, same that of his rival Ali Kachwala,  dominated the first frame and won with ease at 107-76.  Kirit could have won the next frame, too, but a defensive lapse on his part allowed his rival to turn the tables and take the tie to the wire. Kirit, however,  kept cool in the decider  as he gave no chance to Ali to romp home with a 107-76, 98-115, 117-89 win.


North India Association’s Mahesh Jagdale, on plus 40 handicap to his opponent from U.S. Club’s Nikhil Khullar’s plus 50, faced some anxious moments in the deciding frame before he prevailed at 87-112, 114-84, 102-93.


There were a couple of upsets with fancied players like CCI’s Nikhil Ootam and Matunga Gymkhana’s Arun Agarwal making quick exits.  Nikhil, who was on plus 15 to Bernard James’ plus 45, somehow was off colour as  nothing went right for him before  Bernard put him out with a 93-53, 81-43 win. While Arun Agarwal (+30)  did put up good fight against L.S.Mhatre from Tata Sports Club, who had the advantage of 15 points over him. But Mhatre after sharing the first two frames, did not give Arun any chance to win the tie at 100-75,110-115, 105-79.



Snooker :

(1st round): V.S.Kamat (+60) bt  Karan Agarwal (+65) 101-87, 91-109, 1145-89;  Kirit Raiyani (+55) bt Ali Kachwala (+55) 107-76, 98-105, 117-89; Mahesh Jagdale (+40) bt Nikhil Khullar (+50) 87-112, 114-84, 102-93; Punit Kasar (+50) bt Maulik Merchant  (+60) 117-84, 95-94; Bernard James  (+45) bt Nikhil Ootam (+15) 93-53, 81-43; Ashok More (+55) bt Gunmeen Kohli (+60) 118-80, 116-72; Kejveer Singh (+55) bt Ashwin Mehta (+60) 117-112, 112-96; Rajit Mehta (+55) bt Vasant Jani 101-98, 128-100; L.S.Mhatre (+45) bt Arun Agarwal (+30)  100-75, 110-115, 105-79; Rushit Mehta (+50) bt Pranav Chikhal (+65) 104-71, 87-86; P.Sawant (+55) bt Joseph Menezes (+50) 102-92, 112-87; Albhay Haralkar (+55) bt Kunal Rabade 103-85,67-132, 127-93,  Ratilal Ravji (+50) bt Mohit Lalwani (+55) 102-90, 118-65.


CUE SPORTS -2.30 P.M. ONWARDS – Wilson Jones All India Open handicap Snooker tournament, P.J.Hindu Gymkhana.