Pratyush Somaiyajula of Maharashtra and Vipin Premi of Uttar Pradesh registered exciting wins in the opening round of the P.J. Hindu Gymkhana National 6-Red Snooker Championship,being held under the auspices of the Billiards & Snooker Association of Maharashtra (BSAM),on Monday.
Somaiyajula rallied from a 2-3 deficit,after leading 2-1,and snatched the sixth and seventh frames on the black en route to a thrilling 26-9,21-39,52-22,19-40,33-46,28-26,32-26 win over a gallant Pankaj Nandenwar of Madhya Pradesh.
In another close contest,Premi overcame Manjeet Singh Bhomar of Maharashtra 15-32,54-6,28-29,48-18,41-1,29-23. Trailing 1-2 after dropping the third frame on the black,Premi initiated a late burst and sealed the win in a tight sixth frame.
The other significant winners were Maharashtra cueists Aditya Agrawal,Mahadeo Bhogle,Samay Wadhwan,Nikhil Ootam and State snooker champion Hasan Badami.
Aditya Agrawal (Mah) bt K. Sriniwas (AP) 38-16,46-8,32-34,49-20,17-37,34-20; C. Jadhav (Mah) bt Vimal Thakkar (Mah) 19-25,27-26,49-6,22-35,22-38,36-22,47-18; Pratyush Somaiyajula (Mah) bt Pankaj Nandenwar (MP) 26-9,21-39,52-22,19-40,33-46,28-26,32-26; Mahadeo Bhogle (Mah) bt Aparajit Mittal (Mah) 32-31,32-38,35-29,68-0,39-35; Samay Wadhwan (Mah) bt Ashutosh Padhy (Orissa) 38-36,43-34,2-36,31-10,31-11; Vipin Premi (UP) bt Manjeet Singh Bhomar (Mah) 15-32,54-6,28-29,48-18,41-1,29-23; Iqbal Rokadia (Mah) bt Anish Jhaveri (Mah) 36-10,45-38,39-31,9-38,3-39,53-52; Divesh Gangwani (Mah) bt Farhad Tengra (Mah) 0-37,34-23,32-20,42-33,22-36,43-9; Nikhil Ootam (Mah) bt Tehkam Alim (Mah) 46-10,44-16,50-9,51-0; Dilip Kumar (TN) bt Rahul Sachdev (Mah) 67-0,0-42(42),47-9,41-14,35-9; Hasan Badami (Mah) bt Harsh Singh (UP) 38-7,40-2,41-8,56-10; Cyrus Mistry (Mah) bt Kunal Kothekar (Delhi) 34-14,25-36,34-1,48-8,39-12.