National C'ship: Advani shows his class

Pankaj Advani was in superb touch cracking breaks of 141, 151 and 147 as he raced to a comfortable win against Ketan Chawla.

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Pankaj Advani will take on Andhra Pradesh’s S. Sankar Rao in the pre-quarterfinals.   -  PTI

Top seed Pankaj Advani made short work of Madhya Pardesh's Ketan Chawla with three century breaks to move into the pre-quarterfinals of the billiards competition of the Manisha National Billiards and Snooker Championship at the PYC Gymkhana here on Sunday.

The five-time senior national billiards champion won 3-0 in the match set to five games and 150 points. Advani, who had last won the national billiards title in 2012, was in superb touch cracking breaks of 141, 151 and 147 as he raced to a comfortable win against Chawla who managed to collect 78 points in the third game. Advani will take on Andhra Pradesh’s S. Sankar Rao in the pre-quarterfinals.

Another top player, PSPB’s Devendra Joshi, dropped the first game against West Bengal’s Shyam Jagtiani, but bounced back with three century breaks of 134, 104 and 137 to stay in the fray. Joshi will run into Sourav Kothari in the pre-quarterfinals.

Last year’s winner Kothari had a close shave against Alok Kumar who missed an opportunity to win the third game and take a 2-1 lead.

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Tamil Nadu’s S. Shrikrishna, who exited in the round of 32 in last year’s nationals in Indore, scored a hard-fought 3-2 win against Maharashtra’s Loukic Pathare. Shrikrishna made two century breaks (118 and 104) to earn a pre-quarterfinal run in against PSPB’s Dhwaj Haria.

The other noted players to enter the pre-quarterfinals were Brijiesh Damani, Siddharth Parikh, B. Bhaskar and Rupesh Shah.

The pre-quarterfinals line up is: Dhruv Sitwala v Rishabh Thakkar, Manish Jain v Brijesh Damani, S. Simhachalam v Vishal Madan, Devendra Joshi v Sourav Kothari, Siddharth Parikh v B. Bhaskar, K. Venkatesham v Rupesh Shah.

The results:

Pre-quarterfinals: Pankaj Advani (PSPB) bt S.Sankar Rao (AP) 3-0 (150-25, 150-90, 151 (151) -2; Dhwaj Haria (PSPB) bt S. Shrikrishna (TN) 3-0 ( 150-61, 150 (137) -19, 151-26.

(Round of 32): Pankaj Advani (PSPB) bt Ketan Chawla (MP) 151 (141) -23 , 151 (151) -6, 154 (147) -78; S. Shankar Rao (AP) bt Aditya Agarwal (Rlys) 151-136, 58-151, 150-101, 151-7; S. Shrikrishna (TN) bt Loukic Pathare (Mah) 121-152, 150 (118) -70, 109-150, 151 (104) -119, 150 (63*) -110; Dhwaj Haria (PSPB) bt Asutosh Padhy (Odhi) 159 (100) 34, 154-93, 152-125, Dhruv Sitwala (PSPB) bt Arun Agrawal (Mah) 152 (114) -65, 150-110, 73-150, 150 (88) -148; Rishabh Thakkar (Mah) bt Rishabh Kumar (Mah) 150-57, 150 (150) -26, 150 (94) -25; Manish Jain (WB) bt Shahbaaz Adil Khan (PSPB) 151 (66) -76, 152 (57) -56, 150-140; Brijiesh Damani (PSPB) bt I. H. Manudev (Knt) 152-99, 151-16, 152-69; S. Simhachalam (Rlys) bt Aamer Hussain (WB) 150 (55) -130, 101-150, 106-152, 150-114, 150-126; Vishal Madan (Mah) bt Rafath Habib (Rlys ) 152-59, 107-150 150-133, 154-137; Devendra Joshi (PSPB) bt Shyam Jagtiani (WB) 79-150, 151 (134) -36, 151 (104) -86, 151 (137) -27; Sourav Kothari (PSPB) bt Alok Kumar (PSPB) 150-19, 21-151, 152-138, 62-151, 151-59; Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) bt M. L. Lakshman (Knt) 152-12, 151-98, 152-125; B. Bhaskar (Knt) bt Subrat Das (Odhi) 152-49, 154-87, 151-16; K. Venkatesham (Rlys) bt D. Raj Kumar (Knt) 152-7, 150-125, 151-114; Rupesh Shah (PSPB) bt V. Subramanian (Mah) 150-42, 151-82,150-14.