Hindu Gymkhana’s Anand Raghuvanshi fought back and recovered from the brink of defeat to turn the tables on Vignesh Sanghvi of Pune by snatching a come from behind 4-3 win in a nerve-wracking pre-quarterfinal match of the BSAM Maharashtra State Senior Snooker & Billiards (leg-2) Championship 2018, at the Bombay Gymkhana billiards room.
Sanghvi made a bright start by taking the first two frames and after Raghuvanshi won the third, he won the fourth to come within striking distance of clinching the match. But, Raghuvanshi with a nervously-die attitude showed tremendous fighting spirit and with some calculated play went on to pocket the last three frames to snatch a rewarding 31-52, 53-67, 54-43, 35-62, 70-21,64-39 and 66-50 victory and a place in the last eight.
Sparsh Pherwani, winner of the first leg, Nikhil Ootam, and Mukund Bharadia, all from the Cricket Club of India, advanced to the quarter-finals.
Pherwani was in his elements and outplayed Anant Mehta of NSCI winning straight frames, at 4-0 (80-05, 62-24,77-1 and 58-35). Seasoned Ootam dropped just one frame as he defeated Nashik cueist Pankaj Khatri 41-61 and 68-13, while Bharadia beat back a spirited challenge from Bombay Gymkhana’s Sanjay Gamre winning 4-2 (72-29, 26-63, 66-31,00-71(46), 66(61)-19, 63-34) to also progress to the last 16.
From Online Sources