Advani canters into semifinal

Pankaj Advani did not have a century break to his credit in both the games, but he showed fine form while running up a break of 81 in the second frame against Parikh and 75 and 83 against Rawat in the National Billiards & Snooker Championship at the PYC Gymkhana here on Tuesday.

Advani routed Parikh 4-0 and then put paid to the aspirations of the former narional junior champion, Rawat 5-1 in a match set to nine frames.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Pankaj Advani gave a stand out display against the Railways’ Siddharth Parikh and Laxman Rawat to enter the semifinal of the snooker competition of the 84th Manisha National Billiards & Snooker Championship at the PYC Gymkhana here on Tuesday.

The lone PSPB competitor left in the fray after the pre-quarterfinal, the 31-year-old Advani routed Parikh 4-0 and then put paid to the aspirations of the former narional junior champion, Rawat 5-1 in a match set to nine frames.

Advani did not have a century break to his credit in both the games, but he showed fine form while running up a break of 81 in the second frame against Parikh and 75 and 83 against Rawat.

Last year’s runner up, PSPB’s Manan Chandra exited from the round of 16 losing to Rawat. Railways’ Malkeet Singh beat PSPB’s Dhvaj Haria.

Quarterfinal result: Pankaj Advani (PSPB) bt. Laxman Rawat (Rlys) 93 (47 uf) -0, 33-60, 72-29, 82 (75) -1, 125 (83) -0, 67-1.