Asian snooker champion Aditya Mehta got the better of national junior champion,Laxman Rawat 3-2 in the best-of-five frames of the Kences ConstructionsASCA International Snooker Championship in Chennai on Tuesday.
The first four frames was a well fought battle but as the duo drifted the match to the decider,the more experienced Aditya looked more confident.
As the final frame commenced,both the players potted 2 reds with black gaining 16 points each. But Laxman was found wanting when he snooked behind the green ball after potting a red. This helped Aditya to claim points on 2 fouls and a miss.
The turning point of the match was when Laxman tried a red in the right top cushion without vain. Aditya took 2 reds with black and gained another16 points. Finally,Laxman went for a “do or die” pot attempt but failed once again.
Aditya captalized and gained ground to add another 20 points to his tally. Laxman finally conceded with brown,blue,pink and black balls on the table when he needed 2 fouls.
Group B: Aditya Mehta (India) bt Laxman Rawat (India) 32 (5-52(39),63-23,114(39,71)-0,60(47)-63(46),69-41); Siddharth Parikh (India) bt J Varun Kumar (India) 32 (85-7,65-40,54-71,0-67,62-40). Group D: NopponSaengkham (Thailand) bt Shivam Arora (India) 31 (39-76,57-15,78-13,74-8),NopponSaengkham (Thailand) bt Manish Jain (India) 31 (21-66,71(71)-16,75-24,64-26); Group E: Brijesh Damani (India) bt Sarang Shroff (India) 3 2 (70(68)-13,36-62,27-78,118(62,52)-0,72(55)-0) Andy Lee (Hong Kong) bt Neeraj Kumar (India) 3 2 (66-25,66-53,26-50,17-57,81-20) Group F: MananChandra (India) bt Lalrina Renthlei (India) 3 1 (79-24,35-76,54-52,71-0) Group G: StevenChau (Hong Kong) bt I.H.Manudev (India) 3 1 (50-73,43-60,6-78(63),17-57) Group H: ShabaazKhan (India) bt I.V.Rajeev (India) 3 1 (70-12,12-83(65),87-22,74-11); R.Yotharuck (Thailand) bt I.V.Rajeev (India) 32 (60-16,74-27,33-71,21-71,62-40) R.Yotharuck(Thailand) bt R.Girish (India) 32 (67-49,66-75,18-48,63-50,69-43).