Gaurav Patange,Mihir Gokhale and Sagar Shelar were taken the distance before they won in three frames and made it to the knock-out round in the first edition of the Open Billiards Championship at the Deccan Gymkhana tables Tuesday.
Shelar lost the first frame 29-50 before he found his touch to win two frames 50-19,50-44 in the best-of-three frame match against Salil Deshpande. Patange won the first 50-37 against Prasad Date in an all-Deccan clash. Date won the second 50-21 before Patange took the third 50-35.
Deccans Mihir Gokhale defeated Raju Khandake of Turf Club 50-37,11-50,50-29; while Rajendra Adhav needed only two frames to seal his knock-out berth as he beat Amol Abdagiri 50-16,50-29.
League Results: Rajvardhan Joshi (PYC) beat Namdev Netke (Deccan) 50-34,50-30; Sushil Dhonsale (Deccan) beat Uday Punde (Deccan) 43-50,50-38,50-40; Rajendra Adhav (Deccan) beat Amol Abdagiri (Deccan) 50-16,50-29; Sagar Shelar (Deccan) beat Salil Deshpande (PYC) 29-50,50-19,50-44; Aditya Deshpande (PYC) beat Arun Karnik (Deccan) 50-34,50-14; Sushil Dhonsale (Deccan) beat Sumit Kataria (Deccan) 50-19,50-10; Gaurav Patange (Deccan) beat Prasad Date (Deccan) 50-37,21-50,50-35; Arun Karnik (Deccan) beat Arun Barve (PYC) 50-16,50-45; Sagar Shelar (Deccan) beat Sunil Choudhari (Deccan) 50-46,50-43; Rajvardhan Joshi (PYC) beat Akshay Datar (Daund) 50-17,50-35; Mihir Gokhale (Deccan) beat Raju Khandake (Turf Club) 50-37,11-50,50-29; Arun Barve (PYC) beat Satish Karad (Deccan) 50-46,50-20; Aditya Deshpande (PYC) beat Arun Barve (PYC) 50-42,50-34.