14.12.08 - Day 14

Hasan rallies to down Gaurav


Mumbai: Islam Gymkhana’s Hasan Badami fought back with venom after losing the first frame  to down Gaurav Sanghvi for a place in the last 32 stage in the  Rosy Blue sponsored Hindu Gymkhana-Wilson Jones All India Open handicap Billiards/Snooker  championships, hosted by P.J.Hindu Gymkhana here on Sunday.

Hasam, who was junior finalist in the Maharashtra State selection tourney held earlier at Malabar Hill Club, was too tentative initially.  But after he lost the first frame, he woke in time win the next frame without much of a fuss. And in the decider, poor Gaurav, on plus 45 handicap to Hasan’s plus 25, could add to earn just three points before Hasan completed the formalities to clinch the tie at 63-86, 101-58, 83-48.


Two-times former Asian snooker champion, Yasin Merchant, on scratch,  made light of his opponent Ajay Jadhav’s plus 60 handicap for an easy 82-55, 93-63 win. But another international  Dhruv Sitwala was made to fight hard by Catholic Gymkhana’s C. Alphanso before Dhruv won at 98-56, 65-94, 97-60.



SNOOKER :  Yasin  Merchant  (Scr) bt Ajay Jadhav (+60) 82-55, 93-63; Hasan Badami (+25) bt Gaurav Sanghvi (+45)  63-86, 101-58, 83-48; Rahul Narang (+45) bt Manoj Kasare (+50) 107-60, 112-107; Hitesh  Kotwani (+55) bt Umesh Mayawanshi (+60) 105-83, 105-91; Rajen Gupta  (+55) bt Jatinder Dawer (+25) 111-38, 107-84; Dhruv Sitwala (+15) bt C.Alphanso (+60) 98-56, 65-94, 97-60;  Sunil Jain (+40) bt Rahul Bhatnagar((+45) 93-73, 100-81; Amit Bhadbade (+55) bt Rohan Bilimoria (+60) 108-88, 121-89; Manav Panchal (+30) bt L.S.Mhatre (+45) 110-53, 102-58.


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