National 6-Red Snooker C’ship: Girish stuns Shrikrishna

R. Girish even gave Pankaj Advani a minor scare.

R. Girish playing S. Shrikrishna on Wednesday at the National championship in Chennai.   -  V. Ganesan

Pankaj Advani started the defence of his crown with two wins, albeit with minor hiccups, at the National 6-Red Snooker Championship here on Wednesday. The highlight of the day, however, was R. Girish’s stunning win over S. Shrikrishna in a Group A match.

Placed alongside Advani and Abhimanyu Gandhi, Girish turned the tables on the Shrikrishna, the junior National champion, 4-2 in the morning session. He even gave the National champion a minor scare, picking two frames off Advani.

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Advani, who breezed past Abhimanyu 4-0 in the morning, however, used his experience to prevail over Girish 4-2.

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“Playing Shrikrishna is always difficult,” Girish said, adding “I was playing smoothly and potting well.”

Girish clinched the first frame easily and though Shrikrishna retaliated in the second with a phenomenal break of 66 to level it, Girish took the next two frames for a comfortable 3-1 lead. Though Shrikrishna won the next frame, Girish went on to clinch the game with a break of 60.

In another upset, youngster Digvijay Kadian whitewashed former Asian gold-medallist Manan Chandra 4-0 in his Group O match.

J. Varun Kumar, after losing the first two matches, stunned Rafath Habib 4-1 in a Group K match.

Important results
  • Pankaj Advani bt Abhimanyu Gandhi 4-0, bt R. Girish 4-2;
  • Girish bt S. Shrikrishna 4-2;
  • Alok Kumar bt K Rakesh 4-1, bt Daksh Reddy 4-0;
  • Varun Madan bt Alok Kumar 4-1;
  • Rafath Habib bt Vinayak Agarwal 4-3;
  • Vinayak bt J. Varunkumar 4-2;
  • Varunkumar bt Rafath Habib 4–1;
  • Ishpreet Chadha bt Dhruv Sitwala 4-1;
  • Sitwala bt R. Pranit 4-3, bt D. Rajkumar 4-3;
  • Pranit bt D. Rajkumar 4-1;
  • Dhruv Singh bt S. A. Saleem 4-1;
  • Vijay Nichani bt G. Prabhu 4-3;
  • Anurag Giri bt Siddharth Parikh 4-0;
  • Aneesh Saini bt Pandurangaiah 4-0;
  • Digvijay Kadian bt Manan Chandra 4-0;
  • Vijay Nichani bt Mukund Bharadiya 4-3;
  • Manan Chandra bt Jatin Rawat 4-0;
  • Laxman Rawat bt Khizar Raoof 4-3;
  • G. Prabhu bt Mukund Bharadiya 4-1;
  • Kamal Chawla bt Ketan Chawla 4-1;
  • Anurag Giri bt Aditya Agrawal 4-0.