Snooker Nationals: Aditya Mehta cruises

Aditya Mehta lost little time in signalling his form when he gave Vipin Premi a few lessons on the green baize, in the men’s section of the National Snooker Championshop

Aditya Mehta secured a 3-0 victory over Vipin Premi   -  Special Arrangement

Aditya Mehta lost little time in signalling his form when he gave Vipin Premi a few lessons on the green baize, in the men’s section of the National Snooker Championshop here on Thursday.

Mehta, a picture of composure, scored a fluent 3-0 victory with frame scores of 74-08, 79-48, 93-06.

In other matches, Dilip Kumar overcame veteran Rupesh Shah in an extended contest with frame scores of 28-65, 94-00, 65-56, 00-83, 62-56 while Bharat Sisodiya defeated Manish Jain in an exciting match at 62-27, 21-94, 56-62, 79-43, 67-59.

Rafath Habib faced little resistance from Manav Panchal and won at 60-52, 74-16, 54-53.

Keerat Bhandal of Delhi had a good outing when she won her respective contests in junior and senior snooker and junior billiards competitions. In billiards, she overcame Priyanka of Tamil Nadu 146-31 and tamed Kaivalya V of Karnataka 2-0 in junior snooker.

In senior billiards, Keerat made the next grade in the senior snooker section along with Amee Kamani, Vidya Pillai, Judy Walia. For Kamani, it was a mixed day as she reported late for her billiards encounter against R. Uma Devi, who was awarded a walkover.

Some results:

Senior Men snooker: Ishpreet Chadha bt Nishant Biswal 3 – 0, Rafath Habib bt Manav Panchal 3 – 0, Laxman Rawat beat Ankit Kariwala 3 – 1, Bharat Sisodiya bt Manish Jain 3 – 2, Varun Kumar bt Sarvesh Kolwarkar 3 – 0, Alok Kumar bt Mumtaz Ali 3 – 0, Anand Raghuvanshi bt Wasim Ahmed 3 – 0, Aditya Mehta bt Vipin Premi 3 – 0, V. Rajeev bt Neeraj Kumar 3 – 1, Anuj Uppal bt Siddharth Parikh 3 – 1.

Junior girls billiards: Semifinals: Keerat Bhandaal beat Ishika Shah 174-44, Varsha Sanjeev) bt Lahiri Sinapra 112-99.