Octogenarian Jal Singaporevala and Farhad Tengra of Elphinstone Cricket Club snatched thrilling wins to give the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament an explosive start on Wednesday.
Singaporevala rolled back the years for an exhibition of vintage billiards as he utilized all his experience to overcome Khar
Gymkhanas Kishore Laungani,four decades his junior,158-141 in the exciting match in Group F.
Tengra kicked off his campaign with a nailbiting 176-171 win over Kabil Badami of Bombay Gymkhana in the one hour time-format Group C round robin tie,in the closest match of the day. Later,he overcame Manjeet Singh Bhomar of North Indian Association to enhance his hopes of making it to the next phase.
Tengra inspired a slew of ECC wins as his club mates Mahesh Jagdale,who hit a break of 77,Iqbal Rokadia also registered impressive wins.
While Yash Rungta of Kandivali won all his three ties in Group H to qualify for the next phase,Pramod Mhatre of Park Club and
Sushrut Pandya of PJ Hindu Gymkhana earned two wins apiece to enhance their hopes of qualifying from their respective
groups. The tournament includes a one hour time-format round robin in the first phase that has 16 groups of four players each. Two players from each group will qualify for a knock out round of 32 that will be played in the one hour time format.
RESULTS: Group A: Sanket Bapat (SPG) bt Rebanta Sahijwani (Khar Gym) 230-116; Mahesh Jagdale (Elphinstone CC) bt Sanket Bapat 387-128; Group C: Farhad Tengra (Elphinstone CC) bt Manjeet Singh Bhomar (North Indian Assn) 389-123; Farhad Tengra bt Kabil Badami (Bombay Gym) 176-171;
Group D: Deepak Khubchandani (Khar Gym) bt Dharmesh Mistry (MCF) 197-179; Group E: Pramod Mhatre (Park Club) bt Vikram Nerlekar (SPG) 218-141; Pramod Mhatre bt Umesh Barve (CRMI) 157-128; Group F: Chandresh Shah (PJ Hindu Gym) bt
Kishore Laungani (Khar Gym) 350-136; Jal Singaporevala
(Elphinstone CC) bt Kishore Laungani 158-141; Group G: Joe Thomas (CRMI) bt Rishad Bharda (Elphinstone CC) 224-139; Group H: Yash Rungta (Kandivali) bt Shekhar Surve (SPG) 211-
140; Yash Rungta bt Megh Shah (Catholic Gym) 271-130; Shekhar Surve bt Megh Shah 238-132; Iqbal Rokadia (Elphinstone CC) bt Megh Shah 230-123; Yash Rungta bt Iqbal Rokadia 234-155;
GroupI: Sanjay Patil (SPG) bt Kreishh Gurbaxani (Khar Gym) 178-152; Group J: Sanjeev Bijlani (Park Club) bt Mohan Varde (SPG) 274-106; Group K: Chandu Kansodaria (MCF) bt Ram Bhagnari (SPG) 304-88;
Group L: Hitesh Kotwani (CCI) bt Shushrut Pandya (PJ Hindu Gym) 274-223; Shushrut Pandya bt N. Vania (Dadar Parsee CG) 213-176; Shushrut Pandya bt KK Bhatia (PJ Hindu Gym) 232-182.