Aditya, Pankaj and Laxman record two successive wins

The Qualifiers, a BSFI national selection tournament, is organised by 'The Sportal' and played at the Goregaon Sports Club.

Pankaj, India's most illustrious cueist and owner of 24 World crowns, scored his first win defeating Himanshu Jain.   -  THE HINDU

Three Indian cueists, including national champion Aditya Mehta and Pankaj Advani, claimed successive victories in their respective first two round-robin 'Y' Camp (1st leg) matches of the GSC World Snooker Qualifiers here on Monday.

The Qualifiers, a BSFI national selection tournament, is organized by 'The Sportal' and played at the Goregaon Sports Club.

Aditya started in rousing fashion as he uncorked a 94-break in the first frame and went on to outshine Neeraj Kumar (RSPB) 4-0 (114(94)-14, 60-53, 67-22, 61-09) in his opening best-of-7-frame match late Sunday night, a release said.

In the second match, Aditya faced a bit of resistance from Telegana's Himanshu Jain before managing to script a tight 4-3 win.

The 35-year-old Aditya produced another impressive performance and rolled in efforts of 53 (1st frame) and 72 (6th frame) as he rallied to clinch a tough 108 (53)-14, 39-69, 97-34, 26-66, 55-68, 72(72)-8 and 59-46 victory.

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Pankaj, India's most illustrious cueist and owner of 24 World crowns, scored his first win defeating Himanshu Jain 4-2 (91-17, 67-73, 66-61, 37-68, 101-36, 83-06).

The 36-year-old Advani produced another solid performance and compiled breaks of 51 and 70 in the second and third frames to waltz past Neeraj Kumar by a 4-0 (77-40, 117(54)-00, 83(70)-13 and 59-46) scoreline.

PSPB teammate Laxman Rawat was equally impressive as he demolished compatriot Dhvaj Haria (PSPB) 4-1 (74-00, 116(54,58)-00, 63-00, 14-61, 71-00) in the first round encounter.

On Monday, the 29-year-old Laxman called the shots against Railways Pushpender Singh and charged to a 4-2 (44-59, 86(67)-42, 65-64, 10-77(50), 79-8, 76(61)-53) victory.

Results: Men (Y-camp – 1st leg): Pankaj Advani (PSPB) beat Neeraj Kumar (RSPB) 4-0 (77-40, 117(54)-00, 83(70)-13, 59-46); Laxman Rawat (PSPB) beat Pushpender Singh (RSPB) 4-2 (44-59, 86(67)-42, 65-64, 10-77(50), 79-8, 76(61)-53); Aditya Mehta (PSPB) beat Himanshu Jain (TEL) 4-3 (108(53)-14, 39-69, 97-34, 26-66, 55-68, 72(72)-8, 59-46).

Late Sunday night: Aditya Mehta (PSPB) beat Neeraj Kumar (RSPB) 4-0 (114(94)-14, 60-53, 67-22, 61-09); Pankaj Advani (PSPB) beat Himanshu Jain (TEL) 4-2 (91-17, 67-73, 66-61, 37-68, 101-36, 83-06); Laxman Rawat (PSPB) beat Dhvaj Haria (PSPB) 4-1 (74-00, 116(54,58)-00, 63-00, 14-61, 71-00).

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