Aditya clinches Jr Billiards title

Mumbai, Nov 21 (UNI) Aditya Agrawal relied on consistency to coast an impressive victory and with that earned the junior billiards title in the Matunga Gymkhana Maharashtra State Selection 2007 Billiards&Snooker Tournament at the Matunga Gymkhana here today.

Agrawal surged to an early lead in his hour-and-a-half title clash against Satbir Narula to fashion a 437-259 triumph.

Narula came up with a late challenge in a bid to keep his hopes alive but by then Agrawal, who thrived on small but significant breaks, had things working his way.

''Satbir played well, but I was quite comfortable with that lead.

I was more relaxed and remained focused, which helped me play my natural game,'' explained Agrawal after the final.

Agrawal and Narula thus qualified to represent Maharashtra in the junior billiards category in the forthcoming Nationals in Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, fancied V Subramaniam, Rovin D'Souza and Sanjay Jhaveri registered easy first round wins in the senior snooker.

Matunga Gymkhana's Subramaniam, who has entered the senior billiards semi-finals, continued to enjoy good form in home conditions as he prevailed over Roshan Mirchandani 57-41, 72-32, 83-58. D'Souza and Jhaveri also fashioned 3-0 wins.

Results: Jr Billiards (Final): Aditya Agrawal bt Satbir Narula 437-259.

Sr Snooker (1st Rd): Rovin D'Souza bt Rajan Gupta 64-5, 96-43, 67-27; Sanjay Jhaveri bt Rahul Narang 62-31, 71-41, 63-35; V Subramaniam bt Roshan Mirchandani 57-41, 72-32, 83-58; Raju Adani bt Vipul Shah 70-29, 60-45, 88-63.


Story first published: Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 20:06 [IST]
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