BSAM Maharashtra State Senior Snooker & Billiards Championship: Vyaya, Badami record second straight wins

This was the second successive win for Vyaya, who had earlier defeated Rishabh Thakkar of Otters Club 3-0 and is now virtually assured of qualifying for the pre-quarter-finals from this group

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Vishal Vyaya of Club Aquaria came up with a determined performance to get the better of Sumit Saldurkar (KVSC) by a fighting 3-2 scoreline in a Group-C round-robin league match of the Senior men’s snooker event of the BSAM organized Maharashtra State Junior Snooker and Senior Snooker & Billiards Selection (leg 1) Championship – 2019, played at the Bombay Gymkhana billiards room on Thursday.

This was the second successive win for Vyaya, who had earlier defeated Rishabh Thakkar of Otters Club 3-0 and is now virtually assured of qualifying for the pre-quarter-finals from this group. He has to play Krian Chheda of Dombivali Gymkhana in the concluding league match.

Vyaya and Saldurkar shared the first four frames, before the former managed to cash in on the opportunities to gather the points and clinch the decider to record a 63-03, 30-50, 56-50, 26-54 and 66-38 victory.

Cricket Club of India’s Hassan Badami continued with his impressive form and scored another quick win, defeating Liyakat Sheikh of Solapur 3-0 (73-01, 58-41 and 80-67) in a Group-D encounter. The CCI cueist Badami (CCI) had won the opening match against Sahil Kakad (Khar Gym) by a similar 3-0 margin and in now in contention of progressing to the next round.

Meanwhile, Vishal Gehani of Park Club and Rajiv Sharma of Malabar Hill Club were engaged in an absorbing Group-E contest which went to the wire. Gehani managed to come out trumps snatching a  3-2 (80-53, 58-16, 29-56, 55-77 and 66-35) success.

In a Group-G tie, NSCI’s Ajinkya Yelve blanked JVPG’s Rahil Patel (JVPG) 3-0 (57-45, 57-18 and 66-42). Patel suffered his second defeat after losing 1-3 to Anant Mehta also from NSCI in the earlier match.

Results

  • Group-A: Adit Raja (JVPG) beat Walter Vaz (Bombay Gym) 3-1 (61-51, 34-69, 51-19, 69(35)-30)
  • Group-B: Shabaz Khan (CCI) beat Avenish Shah (MCF) 3-1 (69-37, 72-23,  09-90(49),  68-20);
  • Group-C: Vishal Vyaya (KVSC) beat Sumit Saldurkar (KVSC) 3-2 (63-03, 30-50, 56-50, 26-54, 66-38)
  • Group-D: Hassan Badami (CCI) beat Liyakat Sheikh (Solapur) 3-0 (73-1, 58-41, 80-67).
  • Group-E: Vishal Gehani (Park Club) beat Rajiv Sharma (MHC) 3-2 (80-53, 58-16, 29-56, 55-77, 66-35).
  • Group-G: Ajinkya Yelve (NSCI) beat Rahil Patel (JVPG) 3-0 (57-45, 57-18, 66-42).
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