Day 12: 12.12.2008

Dhruv, Shyam sail into last 16

Mumbai: International Dhruv Sitwala showed his class while beating  marker Deepak Nagvekar, with whom he often practices, 200-181 on his way to the pre-quarterfinals of the Rosy Blue sponsored Hindu Gymkhana - Wilson Jones All India Open Handicap Billiards / Snooker  Championships hosted by P. J. Hindu Gymkhana here on Friday.

Playing with (-130) handicap Dhruv had to total 330 points while Deepak (+105) had to score just 95. But Dhruv, who always plays with equal intensity, be it at international, national or local level tournament, overcame his opponent by recording a break of 149 - the highest in the tournament so far - in addition to breaks of 41 and 46, which left Deepak awestruck floored.

Shyam Kotak, continued to display fine form as he downed Islam Gymkhana’s Hasan Badami.  The 40-point margin which Shyam enjoyed over his rival, gave him a lot of confidence. He did not make any big breaks, but he steadily played and did not give his rival any chance before winning the tie 200-140.

How unpredictable the handicap snooker can be seen by the elimination of Subhash Agarwal (+35) at the hands of a marker Bernard James (+45) , who won 105-55, 82-96,94-58. Subhash, who was former world billiards finalist at Malta in 1983, somehow was never in his element right through the tie, though he did win the second frame.

Results:

SNOOKER:  

Bernard James                                     (+45) bt Subhash Agarwal                  (+35) 105-55, 82-96, 94-58.

BILLIARDS:

Ajay Agrawal                                      (+70) bt Kaizad Fitter                         (+80) 200-181; 

Rishabh Kumar                                   (+50) bt Prakash Rajani                      (+65) 200-132;

Nishit Chandan                                   (+105) bt Siddharth Parikh                 (+20) 200-199;

Rohinton Daruwala                             (+105) bt Sanjay Joshi                        (+105) 200-182;

Shyam Kotak                                      (+90) bt Hasan Badami                       (+50) 200-140;

Bernard James                                     (+50) bt Chandu Kansodaria              (+65) 200-174;

Dhruv Sitwala                                     (-150) bt Deepak Nagvekar                (+105) 200 (46,129, 45) – 181;

Hitesh Kotwani                                   (+80) bt Nikhil Khullar                       (+80) 200-142;

Aakash Asrani                                     (+105) bt Harold Sylvester                 (+90) 200-181;

A. M. Vashani                                     (+105) bt Mahesh Jagdale                   (+55) 200-140;

Siddharth Sogani                                (+90) bt Junaid Syed                          (+105) 200-177;

S. S. Ghadi                                          (+105) bt Reza Merchant                    (+90) 200-180;

Naresh Sadarangani                            (+80) bt Chetan Hemadi                     (+90) 200-196;

Sunil Jadhav                                        (+105) bt Naman Agarwal                  200-190;

Rajeev Sharma                                    (+75) bt Raj Khandwala                     (+90) 200-193;

Manish Adnani                                   (+75) bt Manjeet Singh                       (+100) 200-164;

Darshak Jhaveri                                   (+100) bt M. D. Bilimoria                   (+105) 200-167;

K. Talib                                               (+105) bt Rajit Mehta                         (+100) 200-164;

Navroz Vania                                      (+105) bt Anil Sagar                           (+105)200-163;

Meenal Thakur                                    (+30) bt Samuel Selven                       (+70) 200-189;

Rajesh Rathod                                    (+85) bt C. Alphanso                          (+105) 200-165;

Ravindra Shetty                                  (+95) bt Kaiwan Olia                          (+105) 200-180;

Vijay Ved                                           (+105) bt Bernard James                     (+70) 200-180;

Satbeer Narula                                    (+80 bt Rohan Jamboosaria                (+95) 200-183.