Young Raj Khandwala choked when it mattered as he went down fighting in a black-ball finish in the decider to Abhinay Eloke in the CCI Platinum Jubilee Open snooker tournament at the CCIs Wilson Jones Billiards Room on Tuesday.
Featuring in an absorbing second round clash against Eloke,Khandwala recovered brilliantly after being twice in arrears before forcing the decider in the best-of-five frames encounter.
In a match that could have gone either way,both cueists kept pace with each other until Khandwala attempted safety play in the fifth and final frame and sold the black to give Eloke a 58-41,40-69,66-47,38-59,64-63 win.
In another second round thriller,Kunal Rokade rallied from a 0-2 deficit and a tight third frame to overcome Neel Vithalani 50-67,26-70,59-52,81-37,65-33.
Rokade was down in the dumps following a disastrous start after Vithalani grabbed the opening frame and fired a break of 40 to take the second. But he managed to squeeze his way back into the match as he snatched the third frame with a seven point advantage before going on to clinch the next two frames and the tie.
Mahesh Jagdale of North Indian Association closed an electrifying day of close contests when he beat Kishore Longani 58-62,53-6,46-47,71-6,62-23 in another match that stretched into the decider.
Falling behind on two occasions after dropping the opening frame and a black-ball third,Jagdale touched form in time to take it away from a hapless Longani with a 58-62,53-6,46-47,71-6,62-23 win to advance to the third round.
India junior No. 2 Vivek Chopra of Jalandhar,a semi-finalist in last weeks Western India Junior Open,fired a significant break of 56 in the second frame on his way to a convincing 53-20,78-0,66-14 win over Pawan Kohli.
(2nd Rd): Navin Talreja bt Vazir Shaikh 55-22,71-40,41-50,55-18; Sanjay Jhaveri (PJ Hindu Gym) bt Nishad Chougule 71-45,75-54,62-53; Kaizad Fitter (Bombay Gym) bt Aman Goel 73-21,56-28,61-34; Kekoo Nicholson (CCI) bt Neeta Sanghvi (CCI) 60-11,35-41,59-39,49-20; Kunal Rokade bt Neel Vithalani 50-67,26-(40)70,59-52,81-37,65-33; Rushabh Jain bt Shaikh Mohd. Tariq 60-44,61-28,64-50; Shushrut Pandya (PJ Hindu Gym) bt Nikhil Ghadge 66-19,48-27,54-40; Abhinay Eloke bt Raj Khandwala (CCI) 58-41,40-69,66-47,38-59,64-63; Jai Krishna bt Jayest Salvi 64-12,69-55,48-58,64-30; Abdul Rehman bt Rajit Mehta 54-43,56-6,67-17; Rahul Narang bt Chaitanya Halbe 39-60,59-34,50-11,67-22; Mahesh Jagdale (North Indian Assn) bt Kishore Longani 58-62,53-6,46-47,71-6,62-23; Vivek Chopra (Jalandhar) bt Pawan Kohli 53-20,78(56)-0,66-14; Arun Agrawal bt Gaurav Prabhu 66(38)-13,75-10,29-81,29-60,62-50; Mithil Shinde bt Major Dhanraj 62-7,56-28.