Mehta stuns Advani to win CCI snooker crown

It was a great comeback for the lanky Mumbai-based Mehta, who has been struggling due to some health issues and has been playing with an unorthodox stance and cueing action.

CCI All India Open Snooker Championship winner Aditya Mehta with his trophies in Mumbai on Tuesday.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Indian Oil cueist Aditya Mehta produced a tremendous performance to stun arch-rival Pankaj Advani 7-3 in the final of the Rs 12.9 lakh CCI All India Open Snooker Championship here on Tuesday.

It was a great comeback for the lanky Mumbai-based Mehta, who has been struggling due to some health issues and has been playing with an unorthodox stance and cueing action.

He did well to cruise to a 62-60, 0-91, 38-63, 37-70, 74-39, 79-7, 62-59, 84-13, 72-13, 65-19 victory.

Mehta received the `Champions’ trophy and a handsome cheque of Rs 2 lakh, while Advani got the runner-up prize of Rs 1.30 lakh.

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Advani also pocketed Rs 25,000 for the highest break of 131 he had craftily constructed in the round of 64 match.

The top-ranked Indian Advani showed promise at the start and on his second visit, made a 53-run to gain the advantage, but a couple of visits later he fouled on the pink and Mehta did not waste time as he neatly rolled in a 56 break to take the opening honours.

Bengaluru-based national champion Advani of ONGC came good in the second and, after making a 29-run at the start, he followed it up with a break of 62 to pocket the frame and tie the scores.

Later, Advani won the next two by close margins to take a 3-1 lead.

However, Mehta, playing with plenty of guts and gumption, managed to snatch the fifth to bridge the gap.

He then constructed a superb 79 clearance to win the sixth and to go into the short interval with the scores level at 3-3.

Mehta maintained the winning momentum on resumption and came up with a timely 43 clearance to snatch the seventh frame to lead 4-3.

Thereafter, he played with greater confidence and potted more consistently as he went on to also pocket the subsequent three frames to wrap up the match and emerge champion.

Results: Aditya Mehta (Indian Oil) beat Pankaj Advani (ONGC) 7-3 (62-60, 0-91, 38-63, 37-70, 74-39, 79-7, 62-59, 84-13, 72-13 and 65-19).