Concluded
 BILLIARD PREMIER LEAGUE 2015
Organised by BSAM
19 August 2015 to 27 August 2015

MUMBAI STARS

  • Venue

    Different Venues

    Different Venues

  • Price Money

    1st prize - Rs.3,20,000/-

    2nd - Rs. 2,70,000/-

    3rd - Rs. 2,20,000/-

    4th- Rs. 1,70,000/-

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    VENUE : BOMBAY GYMKHANA  / FINAL / 2:30 PM / BEST OF 5  
     

    1) SHEKHAR SURVE (C)

    2) DEVENDRA JOSHI

    3) SHIVAM ARORA

    4) ISHPREET SINGH CHADHA

    5) VISHAL GEHANI

    6) C.S. PURANIK

    1) ASHOK SHANDILYA (C)

    2) VISHAL MADAN

    3) NIKHIL GHADGE

    4) HASAN BADAMI

    5) RONNIE DARUWALLA

    6) DEEPENDRA PINKYAR

     
     
     
     
     Billiards Premier League 2015
     Billiards  League 19-08-2015 to 23-07-2015
     Knock - Out 25-08-2015 to  27-08-2015

     

     BPL Stats 2015 

     

    Score Card

     

    Last Year BPL Stats

     

    Billiards Premier League 2014,

    Champions

    Billiards Premier League 2015,

    Champions

    Winner :-  MB'S Shooters Winner :- Mumbai Stars
    Runner Up :-  Race For Gold * The Team Runner Up :-  SPG Billiardiers
    Semi Finalist :- Rrockets Semi Finalist :- Rrockets
    Semi Finalist :- SP Young Guns Semi Finalist :- Adamo Potters


     

     

    Mumbai Stars shine bright to emerge champions

    Mumbai, August 28: Mumbai Stars rode their luck to emerge champions of the Rs 10 lakh prize-money 2nd Videocon-Billiards Premier League (BPL) 2015.

    The more consistent Mumbai Stars did well to snatch a tough 3-2 victory against SPG Billiardiers in a tense and keenly contested final, which was witnessed by Chief Guest, Shri Vinod Tawde, the Honorable Minister of State (Maharashtra) for School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare, at packed Bombay Gymkhana Billiards Hall on Thursday night. The BPL 2015, organised by BSAM (Billiards& Snooker Association of Maharashtra), is ‘Powered by Videocon’ and hosted by Bombay Gymkhana.

    Mumbai Stars and SPG Billiardiers both came into the big match with well-planned strategies in an attempt to outsmart each other. As a result all the frames saw some interesting battles before Mumbai Stars, who enjoyed a psychological advantage having defeated Billiardiers 3-1 in Qualifier-I a couple of day earlier, managed to reassert their dominance by pulling through the final hurdle to finish as the best team in the 8-team competition.

    After the match scores were level at 2-all, an erratic Hasan Badami was fortunate to win the nerve-wracking fifth and deciding frame against seasoned pro Devendra Joshi who was unable to come to grips with himself. Badami (handicap -60) looked uncomfortable and his selection of shots was not good and in addition he made a series of costly mistakes, but was lucky not to be punished his more illustrious and experienced opponent. Former World Billiards runner-up Joshi (handicap -190) did not enjoy a good roll of the balls and could not construct any decent break and let him and the team down.

    Badam rode on small breaks to accumulate his points before calmly composing a break of 14 to complete a 161-229 win to wrap up the match and trigger celebrations amongst his teammates.

    Mumbai Stras started positively by winning the first frame with doubles pair of Nikhil Ghadge and Hasan Badami (-75) defeating Ishpreet Singh Chadha and C.S. Puranik (-70) 175-167. However, Mumbai Stars captain Ashok Shandilya (-190) lost to Devendra Joshi (-170) 193(65,53)-290(93) in the second frame as Billiardiers drew level. Later, Vishal Madan (-160) regained the lead for Mumbai Stars as he prevailed over Vishal Gehani (-60) by a 260-122 scoreline in the third frame.  Shandilya for the second time was unsuccessful losing the fourth frame to Ishpreet (-100), who raced to a 200-189 win to tie the scores at 2-2 and force the decider.

    The victorious Mumbai Stars received the crystal BPL Trophy and a handsome cash award of Rs 3.2 lakhs, while SPG Billiardiers picked up the  runners-up trophy and a cash prize of Rs 2.7 lakh. Rrockets who finished third went home richer by Rs 2.2 lakh and fourth placed Adamo Potters got Rs 1.70 lakh.

    Dhruv Sitwala of Ottomans who had constructed a break of 197 in the league phase, was rewarded with the Highest Break award and a Videocon gift voucher. All the players of the winning team also received Videocon gift vouchers.

    Results – Final: Mumbai Stars beat SPG Billiardiers 3-2 (Nikhil Ghadge & Hasan Badami (-75) bt Ishpreet Singh Chadha & C.S. Puranik (-70) 175-167; Ashok Shandilya (-190) lost to Devendra Joshi (-170) 193(65,53)-290(93); Vishal Madan (-160) bt Vishal Gehani (-60) 260-122; Ashok Shandilya (-190) lost to Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) 189-200; Hasan Badami (-60) bt Devendra Joshi (-190) 161-229).


    Devendra Joshi guides Billiardiers into final

    Mumbai, August 27: SPG Billiardiers riding on the twin wins of Devendra Joshi sidelined Rrockets by three frames to two in an absorbing and well-contested second qualifier (semi-final) encounter of the BSAM (Billiards & Snooker Association of Maharashtra) organised Rs 10 lakh prize-money 2nd Videocon-Billiards Premier League (BPL) 2015, and played at the Garware Club House Billiards Hall on Wednesday night. The BPL 2015 is being ‘Powered by Videocon’ and hosted by Bombay Gymkhana.

    The former World pro billiards runner-up Joshi, who is the iconic player in Billiardiers line-up, showed good form to win the third and the deciding fifth frames to seal the outcome of the match in favour of his team and confirm their place in the grand finale. Billiardiers will get an opportunity to avenge their loss to Mumbai Stars in qualifier-I as they once again meet in the final.

    Meanwhile, young upcoming cueist Dhvaj Haria playing to a handicap of minus 190) also hogged the spotlight to an extent. He produced some fine performances in winning both his frames against Mumbai’s budding talent Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) to ensure Rrockets put up a fight. The left-handed Dhvaj fired in break of 96 and an unfinished effort of 95 in the first frame and followed  it up with two century runs of 148 and 100 to win the fourth frame and level the match scores at 2-all. However, he received no support from his teammates who were unable to rise to the challenge and ultimately they were forced to make an exit.

    After Ishpreet lost the opening frame to Dhvaj, Billiardiers doubles combination of Shekar Surve and C.S. Puranik (-50) defeated Raajeev Sharma and Satbir Narula (-55) 151-91 in the second frame. Later, Joshi (-190) compiled a break of 92 to comfortably overcome Manav Panchal (-60) 290-101 in the third frame and then outplayed Narula (-40) in the fifth frame which he convincing won at 290-113 to clinch the win for Billiardiers.

    Results – Qualifier-II: SPG Billiardiers beat Rrockets 3-2 (Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) lost Dhvaj Haria (-190) 159-291(96, 95*); Shekhar Surve & C.S. Puranik (-50) bt Raajeev Sharma & Satbir Narula (-55) 151-90; Devendra Joshi (-190) bt Manav Panchal (-60) 290(92)-101; Ishpreet lost Dhvaj 89-290(148, 100); Joshi bt Satbir Narula (-40) 290-113.


    Mumbai Stars charge into final

    Mumbai, August 26: High on confidence, Mumbai Stars enjoyed another successful day as they subdued SPG Billiardiers 3-1 in Qualifier-I (semi-final) and advanced to the final of the BSAM (Billiards & Snooker Association of Maharashtra) organised Rs 10 lakh prize-money 2nd Videocon-Billiards Premier League (BPL) 2015, and played at the Garware Club House Billiards Hall on Tuesday night. The BPL 2015 is being ‘Powered by Videocon’ and hosted by Bombay Gymkhana.

    However, Billiardiers are still in the reckoning of making it to the summit round as they now take on Rrockets in Qualifier-II and the winner will face off against Mumbai Star to decide the champions of BPL 2015. Rrockets overcame Adamo Potters 3-2 in the Eliminator tie.

    Mumbai Stars, the most consistent team in the first phase, wrested the initial advantage as their doubles pairing of Nikhil Ghadge and Hasan Badami (-75 handicap) defeated the Billiardiers duo of Shekhar Surve and Shivam Arora (-95) by a comfortable 175-63 points.

    National Junior Billiards champion, Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) playing with loads of confidence and with some good play managed to overcome seasoned pro Ashok Shandilya (-190) by a close 200-280 margin in the second frame and level the match scores at 1-all.

    But Mumbai Stars regained the lead when Vishal Madan (-160) prevailed over Devendra Joshi (-190) 260-273 in the third frame.

    Later in the fourth frame, former Asian Games Gold medal winner Shandilya, who was again drawn to meet the young Ishpreet ensured that this time he came up trumps. Shandilya knocked in a timely break of 104 to coast towards a 290-133 and secure Mumbai Stars place in the title round.

    Results – Qualifier-I: Mumbai Stars beat SPG Billiardiers 3-1 (Nikhil Ghadge & Hasan Badami (-75) bt Shekhar Surve & Shivam Arora (-95) 175-63; Ashok Shandilya (-190) lost to Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) 200-280(60); Vishal Madan (-160) bt Devendra Joshi (-190) 260(58)-273(94); Ashok Shandilya (-190) bt Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) 290(104)-133).

    Eliminator: Rrockets beat Adamo Potters 3-2 (Raajeev Sharma & Manav Panchal (-65) lost to Sunil Jain & Farhad Tengra (-70) 137-170; Sarang Shroff (-130) lost to Siddharth Parikh (-240) 58-340(194,129); Dhvaj Haria (-190) bt Hitesh Kotwani (-130) 290-121; Satbir Narula (-40) bt Siddharth Parikh (-240) 140-234(82,79); Dhvaj Haria (-190) bt Sunil Jain (-50) 290(71,65,56,51)-33).


    Ishpreet stars in SPG Billiardiers win.

    Mumbai, August 24 : National Junior Billiards Champion, Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) of SPG Billiardiers constructed a steady break of 93 to win the first frame against Rrockets’ seasoned cueist Sarang Shroff (-130) in a league encounter of the  BSAM (Billiards & Snooker Association of Maharashtra) organized Rs 10 lakh prize-money 2nd Videocon-Billiards Premier League (BPL) 2015. The BPL 2015 is being ‘Powered by Videocon’ and hosted by Bombay Gymkhana.

    Ishpreet’s win set the tone for SPG Billiardiers 3-1 win over Rrockets in the best-of-five frames 7th and final round-robin league match played at the Bombay Gymkhana’s Billiards Hall on Sundaynight. That win, helped Billiardiers finish in second place behind leaders Mumbai Stars and qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament. Rrockets and Adamo Potters finished third and fourth respectively and also progressed to the next round.

    Meanwhile, Mumbai Starts succumbed to the first loss going down 2-3 to Rrockets in the 6th round. Dhvaj Haria who is in fine nick was responsible for Rrockets win as he won both his frames including the crucial fifth frame.

    Incidentally Mumbai Stars’ iconic player Ashok Shandilya also suffered his first defeat during the sixth round of the competition. Shandilya lost the second frame to Sarang Shroff of Rrcokets. Shandilya recovered to win the fourth frame against Subhash Agrawal to level the scores, but his teammate Hasan Badami was comprehensively beaten by Dhvaj Haria in the deciding fifth frame.

    Results – Round VI: Rrockets beat Mumbai Stars 3-2 (Raajeev Sharma & Satbir Narula (-55) lost to Ronnie Daruwalla & Deependra Pinkyar (-40) 92-140; Sarang Shroff (-130) bt Ashok Shandilya (-190) 230-240; Dhvaj Haria (-190) bt Hasan Badami (-60) 290(149)-88; Subhash Agrawal (-110) lost to Ashok Shandilya (-190) 176-290; Dhvaj Haria (-190) bt Hasan Badami (-60) 290-92).

    Race for Gold beat Ottomans 3-2 (Jatinder Dawer & Rishabh Thakkar (-105) lost to Chandresh Shah & Sanjiv Bijlani (-70) 95-170; Jaiveer Dhingra (-190) lost to Dhruv Sitwala (-240) 275-340(78); Nishit Chandan (-30) bt Derek Sippy (-30) 130-44; Mahesh Jagdale (-110) bt Amit Sapru (-60) 210-105; Nishit Chandan (-30) bt Dhruv Sitwala (-240) 130-210(91,58)).

    SPG Billiardiers beat Adamo Potters 3-1 (Vishal Gehani (-60) bt Hitesh Kotwani (-130) 160-101; Ishpreet Singh Chadha & C.S.Puranik (-70) bt Chetan Hemadi & Rohan Jambusaria (-65) 170-65; Shekhar Surve (-60) lost to Siddharth Parikh (-240) 31-340(181); Ishpreet Singh Chadha(-100) bt Hitesh Kotwani (-130) 200-193(59).

     Siddhant Strikers beat Rajdhani Ke Aryan 3-0 (Rovin D’Souza (-60) bt Chandu Kansodaria (-90) 160-131; Aditya Agrawal (-170) bt Nalin Patel (-210) 270(53)-188; Loukic Pathare & Rajwardhan Joshi (-40) bt Melwyn Mascarenhas & Rishabh Kumar (-60) 140-130).

    Round-VII: Siddhant Strikers beat Race for Gold 3-2 (Rovin D’Souza & Rajwardhan Joshi (-45) bt Prabdeep Singh & Jatinder Dawer (-55) 145-133; Loukic Pathare (-50) lost to Rishabh Thakkar (-150) 54-250(111); Aditya Agrawal (-170) lost to Mahesh Jagdale (-110) 244-210; Rajwardhan Joshi (-30) bt Nishit Chandan (-30) 130-114; Loukic Pathare (-50) bt Mahesh Jagdale (-110) 150-200).

    Adamo Potters beat Rajdhani Ke Aryans 3-2 (Siddharth Parikh (-240) bt Rishabh Kumar (-70) 340(89,81)-99; Hitesh Kotwani (-130) bt Melwyn Mascarenhas (-50) 230-107; Rohan Jambusaria & Chetan Hemadi (-65) lost to Malkeet Singh & K.K. Bhatia (-88) 131-188; Sunil Jain (-50) lost to Nalin Patel (-210) 128-310(195); Siddharth Parikh (-240) bt Malkeet Singh (-135) 340(93,81,56)-156).

    Mumbai Stars beat Ottomans 3-1 (Ashok Shandilya (-190) bt V. Subramanian (-150) 290(71,52)-150; Vishal Madan (-160) lost to Dhruv Sitwala (-240) 230-340(87); Nikhil Ghadge & Deependra Pinkyar (-60) bt Sanjiv Bijlani & Chandresh Shah (-70) 160-86; Vishal Madan (-160) bt Dhruv Sitwala (-240) 260-320).

    SPG Billiardiers beat Rrockets 3-1 (Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) bt Sarang Shroff (-130) 200(93)-191; Devendra Joshi & C.S.Puranik (-115) bt Subhash Agrawal & Satbir Narula (-75) 215-164; Vishal Gehani (-60) lost to Manav Panchal (-60) 74-160; Devendra Joshi (-190) bt Dhvaj Haria (-190) 290-182).


    Dhvaj Haria and Dhruv Sitwala shine with century efforts

    Mumbai, August 23:

    Continuing with their rich vein of form, young Dhvaj Haria of Rrockets and Dhruv Sitwala of Ottomans, grabbed all the attention as they both registered a couple of century breaks each during their 4th round league match of the BSAM (Billiards & Snooker Association of Maharashtra) organized Rs 10 lakh prize-money 2nd Videocon-Billiards Premier League (BPL) 2015, and played at the Bombay Gymkhana’s Billiards Hall on Saturdaynight. The BPL 2015 is being ‘Powered by Videocon’ and hosted by Bombay Gymkhana.

    The young 21-year-old talented Gujarat cueist, Dhvaj, showing exceptional touch, control and a hunger for big breaks, cleverly stitched together brilliant breaks of 107 and 68 (1st frame) and a composed 184 and 59 (4th frame), as he won both the frames. However, his efforts were overshadowed by the current Asian Billiards Champion, Sitwala who with a run of 60 managed to win the second frame. But, then he showed his class two well-constructed century breaks of 197, the highest of the competition, and 114 to win the deciding fifth frame, which helped Ottomans secure a tight 3-2 win over Rrockets.

    Earlier, Ottomans doubles team of Derek Sippy and V. Subramaniam (-90) prevailed over Subhash Agrawal and Raajeev Sharma (-90) in the third frame.

    The fifth round of matches did not witness too much fire-works as Mumbai Stars maintained their super winning streak coasting to their fifth successive victory. With ace Ashok Shandilya leading the charge Mumbai Star defeated Rajdhani Ke Aryans in the 4thround and later humbled Adamo Potters winning by a comfortable 3-0 margin. They are now sitting in pole position with 12 points, including 2 bonus points. Rrockets are in second position with 8 points from three wins.

    Results – Round-IV: Adamo Potters beat Race for Gold 3-0 (Farhad Tengra & Chetan Hemadi (-65) bt Nishit Chandan & Mahesh Jagdale (-70) 165-156; Siddharth Parikh (-240) bt Rishabh Thakkar (-150) 340(79,52)-190; Sunil Jain (-50) bt Jaiveer Dhingra (-190) 150-161(50).

    Ottomans beat Rrockets 3-2 (Amit Sapru (-60) lost to Dhvaj Haria (-190) 151-290(107-68); Dhruv Sitwala (-240) bt Manav Panchal (-60) 340(69)-106; Derek Sippy & Raja (-90) bt Subhash Agrawal & Raajeev Sharma (-90) 190-153; Amit Sapru (-60) lost to Dhvaj Haria (-190) 62-290(184,59); Dhruv Sitwala (-240) bt Raajeev Sharma (-70) 340(197,114)-62).

    Mumbai Stars beat Rajdhani Ke Aryans 3-1 (Ashok Shandilya (-190) bt Nalin Patel (-210) 290(67,53)-293(87,57); Ronnie Daruwalla & Nikhil Ghadge (-70) lost to K.K.Bhatia & Chandu Kansodaria (-65) 159-165; Vishal Madan (-160) bt Malkeet Singh (-135) 260-188; Ashok Shandilya (-190) bt Nalin Patel (-210) 290-230(71)).

    “Siddhant Strikers” beat “SPG Billiardiers” 3-2 (Arun Agrawal (-190) lost to Devendra Joshi (-190) 246-290; Aditya Agrawal (-170) bt Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) 270(71)-199(76); Rovin D’Souza & Asutosh Padhy (-75) bt Shekhar Surve & Vishal Gehani (-60) 175-104; Aditya Agrawal (-170) lost to Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) 253-200(57); Arun Agrawal (-190) bt Devendra Joshi (-190) 290-286).

    Results – Round-V: SPG Billiardiers beat Rajdhani Ke Aryans 3-1 (Devendra Joshi & C.S. Puranik (-115) bt Melwyn Mascarenhas & Chandu Kansodaria (-70) 215-147; Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) bt Nalin Patel (-210) 200-264(61); Shivam Arora (-130) lost to Rishabh Kumar (-70) 215-170; C.S. Puranik (-30) bt Nalin Patel (-210) 131-295).

    Rrockets beat Race for Gold 3-0 (Sarang Shroff (-130) bt Rishabh Thakkar (-150) 230-223; Dhvaj Haria (-190) bt Jaiveer Dhingra (-190) 290-276; Satbir Narula & Raajeev Sharma (-55) bt Prabdeep Singh & Jatinder Dawer (-55) 155-58).

    Mumbai Stars beat Adamo Potters 3-0 (Hasan Badami (-60) bt Siddharth Parikh (-240) 160-28; Ashok Shandilya (-190) bt Rohan Jambusaria (-90) 290(84,54,51)-108; Ronnie Daruwalla & Deependra Pinkyar (-40)  bt Sunil Jain & Farhad Tengre (-70) 140-71).


    Young Dhvaj compiles unbeaten 176 break as Rrockets win

    Mumbai, August 22: India’s young talented cueist, Dhvaj Haria showed an impressive touch in constructing a massive unfinished 176 break as Rrockets recovered from the loss of the first frame to overcome Siddhant Strikers 3-1 in the best-of-five-frames (100 up format) third round-robin league match of the BSAM (Billiards & Snooker Association of Maharashtra) organized Rs 10 lakh prize-money 2nd Videocon-Billiards Premier League (BPL) 2015, and played at the Cricket Club of India’s Billiards Hall on Friday night. The BPL 2015 is being ‘Powered by Videocon’ and hosted by Bombay Gymkhana.

    The 21-year-old tall, lanky Gujarat player Dhvaj playing to a handicap of -190 against Mumbai’s 25-year-old Aditya Agrawal (-170) maintained a cool composure as he neatly played some fine canons and hazards to piece together the huge effort to win the fourth frame and close out the win for his team. This was the second win for Rrockets in three matches, while Strikers are yet to achieve a win.

    Earlier, Rrockets’ pairing of veteran Subhash Agrawal and Satbir Narula (-75) failed to get going against the Siddhant Strikers combo of Aditya Agrawal and Rajwardhan Joshi (-100) and conceded a 150-200 defeat in the first frame. Manav Panchal (-60) repaired the damage when he beat Loukic Pathare (-50) 160-127 in the second before the experienced Sarang Shroff (-130) outwitted the wily Arun Agrawal (-190) by 230-107 points in the third frame and give Rrockets a 2-1 cushion.

    Meanwhile, current Asian Billiards Champion Dhruv Sitwala carved out a magnificent match-winning performance to help Ottomans secure a tight 3-2 against Adamo Potters. The left-handed billiards pro, Sitwala (-240 handicap) exhibited strong fighting qualities as he came from behind to put it across Siddharth Parikh, playing with the same handicap, in the crucial fifth frame.

    In the battle of heavyweights, Sitwala taking time to get off the blocks trailed 9-126 as Parikh, who has shown consistent form opened with a 63 break to gain the initiative. However, Sitwala found his touch on his 6th visit and with fine control ran up a judicious 187 break, which is the second highest break after Parikh’s 189 the previous day, and that helped him to wrest the advantage. Thereafter, he maintained the momentum and went on to win the decisive 5th frame frame 340-163 and wrap up the tie for Ottomans. This was Sitwala’s third century effort after he made 147 and 125 in the first and second rounds repectively.

    Earlier, Sitwala provided Ottomans with the perfect start by defeating Hitesh Kotwani (-130) 34-204 in the first frame before his teammate Amit Sapru (-60) won the second against Parikh to give them a 2-0 buffer. However, Ottomans lost the next two frames with their doubles team of Sanjiv Bijlani and V. Subramanian (-100) losing to Adamo Potters pairing of Farhad Tengra and Sunil Jain (-70) by a close 170-173 margin and in the fourth frame Sapru went down tamely to Kotwani 87-230 to take the match to the wire.

    Both Ottamans and Adamo Potters now have a 2-1 win-loss record.

    Meanwhile, former Asian Games gold medalist Ashok Shandilya led Mumbai Stars to their third straight win as they blanked SPG Billiardiers 3-0 in another third round match.

    Results – Round-III: Mumbai Stars beat SPG Billiardiers 3-0 (Ashok Shandilya (-190) bt Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) 290(88)-165(60); Deependra Pinkyar & Nikhil Ghadge (-60) bt Shivam Arora & Vishal Gehani (-95) 160-135; Hasan Badami (-60) bt Devendra Joshi (-190) 160-176(93)).

    Rrockets beat Siddhant Strikers 3-1 (Subhash Agrawal & Satbir Narula (-75) lost to Aditya Agrawal & Rajwardhan Joshi (-100) 150-200; Manav Panchal (-60) bt Loukic Pathare (-50) 160-127; Sarang Shroff (-130) bt Arun Agrawal (-190) 230-107; Dhvaj Haria (-190) bt Aditya Agrawal (-170) 290(176*)-70).

    Ottomans beat Adamo Potters 3-2 (Dhruv Sitwala (-240) bt Hitesh Kotwani (-130) 340(52)-204; Amit Sapru (-60) bt Siddharth Parikh (-240) 161-296; Sanjiv Bijlani & V. Subramanian (-100) lost to Sunil Jain & Farhad Tengra (-70) 173-170; Amit Sapru (-60) lost to Hitesh Kotwani (-130) 87-230; Dhruv Sitwala (-240) bt Siddharth Parikh (-240) 340(187)-163(63).

    Race for Gold beat Rajdhani Ke Aryans 3-0 (Jaiveer Dhingra (-190) bt Nalin Patel (-210) 290(158)-305(65); Mahesh Jagdale & Nishit Chandan (-70) bt Chandu Kansodaria & Rishabh Kumar (-80) 172-65; Rishabh Thakkar (-150) bt Malkeet Singh (-135) 250-134).


    Consistent Parikh fires in 189 break to steer Potters to easy win

    Mumbai, August 21: Showing great consistency, seasoned pro Siddharth Parikh (-240 handicap) of Adamo Potters produced another sterling performance by compiling a mammoth break of 189, which is the highest in the competition at the moment. That effort was the highlight as Adamo Potters defeated Rrockets 3-0, in the best-of-five-frames (100 up format); second round-robin league match of the BSAM (Billiards & Snooker Association of Maharashtra) organized Rs 10 lakh prize-money 2nd Videocon-Billiards Premier League (BPL) 2015, and played at the Hindu Gymkhana’s Wilson Jones Billiards Hall on Thursday night. The BPL 2015 is being ‘Powered by Videocon’ and hosted by Bombay Gymkhana.

    Potters got off to a bright start as their doubles pairing of Farhad Jambusaria and Chetan Hemadi (-65) prevailed over Manav Panchal and Satbir Narula (-50) 165-141 in the first frame to put them in front. Later, in the second frame, Parikh who up against Rrockets’ young talent Dhvaj Haria (-190) quickly got into his rhythm and in his very fourth visit amassed the huge run. He could have extended the break but after reaching the magical figure of 189 he ran out of position and was forced to play a safe shot. A couple of visits later he completed the win with an unfinished break of 64 to clinch a 340-69 win and give his team a 2-0 advantage.

    Parikh’s brilliant display seemed to have inspired Hitesh Kotwani (-130) who went on to tame Raajeev Sharma (-70) by a comfortable 230-166 margin in the third frame and finish a deserving win for Potters who have now won both their matches. For Rrockets this was their first defeat which came after their fluent 3-0 win against Rajdhani Ke Aryans on Wednesday.

    Reigning Asian Billiards Champion Dhruv Sitwala (-240) also came with up a couple of good breaks including a century run as he won both his frames to help Ottomans snatch a close 3-2 win against Rajdhani Ke Aryans in another league match. Sitwala made breaks of 90 and 80 as he defeated Rishabh Kumar (-70) in the second frame and later had a runs of 125 and 52 in the fourth frame which he once again won against Kumar. Ottomans Amit Sapru (-60) overcame Nalin Patel (-210) in the deciding 5th frame to wrap up the match in their favour.

    In the two other matches, Mumbai Stars and SPG Billiardiers, defeated Siddhant Strikers 3-1 and Race for Gold 3-2 respectively, to record their second successive wins.

    Results – Round-II: Ottomans beat Rajdhani Ke Aryans 3-2 (Chandresh Shah (-90) lost to Nalin Patel (-210) 110-310(66); Dhruv Sitwala (-240) bt Rishabh Kumar (70) 340(90,80)-120; Amit Sapru & Sanjiv Bijlani (-55) lost to Malkeet Singh & K.K.Bhatia (-88) 135-188; Dhruv Sitwala (-240) bt Rishabh Kumar (-70) 340(125,52)-42; Amit Sapru (-60) bt Nalin Patel (-210) 160-216).

    Adamo Potters beat Rrockets 3-0 (Farhad Jambusaria & Chetan Hemadi (-65) bt Manav Panchal& Satbir Narula (-50) 165-141; Siddharth Parikh (-240) bt Dhvaj Haria (-190) 340(189,64*)-69; Hitesh Kotwani (-130) bt Raajeev Sharma (-70) 230(56)-166).

    Mumbai Stars beat Siddhant Strikers 3-1 (Hasan Badami & Ronnie Daruwalla (-55) bt Asutosh Padhy & Rovin D’Souza (-75) 155-122; Ashok Shandilya (-190) bt Aditya Agarwal (-170) 290(63)-166; Vishal Madan (-160) lost to Arun Agarwal (-190) 82-190(83-57); Ashok Shandilya (-190) bt Aditya Agarwal (-170) 290(53)-247(98).

    SPG Billiardiers beat Race for Gold 3-2 (Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) lost to Risabh Thakkar (-150) 198-250(50,61*); Devendra Joshi & Shivam Arora (-160) bt Jaiveer Dhingra & Mahesh Jagdale (-150) 260-231; Shekhar Surve (-60) lost to Jatinder Dawer (-160) 137-160; Devendra Joshi (-190) bt Prabdeep Singh (-50) 290(89)-107; Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) bt Risabh Thakkar (-150) 200(83) – 182(119)).


    Parikh makes light of stiff handicap to seal Adamo Potters win

    Mumbai, August 20:

    Bringing his vast experience to the fore, seasoned pro Siddharth Parikh made light of his stiff handicap of -240 by winning both his frames. Parikh’s superb efforts enabled Potters to record a come from behind 3-2 win against Siddhant Strikers in the best-of-five-frames (100 up format) first round match on the opening day of BSAM (Billiards & Snooker Association of Maharashtra) organized Rs 10 lakh prize-money 2nd Videocon-Billiards Premier League (BPL) 2015, and played at the NSCI Billiards Hall on Wednesday night. The BPL 2015 is being ‘Powered by Videocon’ and hosted by Bombay Gymkhana.

    After Potters lost the first two frames, Parikh showed his class with a clinical performance to score a decisive win against Rajwardhan Joshi (-30) in the third frame and turn things around. Later, Hitesh Kotwani (-130), who had lost the first frame to Arun Agrawal (-190) reversed things when he beat Agrawal in the fourth frame by a close 230-225 margin and level the scores at 2-all.

    In the fifth and deciding frame, Parikh produced another calculated performance to defeat Asutosh Padhy (-90) by a comfortable 340-115 margin and seal the match for his team.

    Earlier, the Strikers doubles pairing of Padhy and Aditya Agrawal (-130) defeated Sunil Jain and Rohan Jambusaria (-70) 110-230 in the second frame and put the team in a strong position with a 2-0 lead.

    In another match, Devendra Joshi compiled multiple half century breaks as SPG Billiardiers cruised to a 3-0 win against Ottomans. Joshi who came to the table for the third frame after his team had taken a 2-0 lead, played without any pressure. He dished out a good steady performance and compiled breaks of 78 and two more breaks of 50 to put it across V.  Subramaniam (-150) by a 292-156 margin and complete the win.

    Earlier, SPG’s doubles pair of  Shekar Surve and Shivam Arora (-95) defeated Ottomans combine of Derek Sippy and Amit  Sapru (-45) 197-116 in the first frame and set the tone for SPG’s triumph. In the second frame, the young Ishpreet Singh Chadha (-100) rose to the challenge against Dhruv Sitwala (-240) and managed to hold his nerves to come through at 200-287. After the recently crowned Asian Billiards champion Sitwala uncorked a 147 break Ishpreet replied with a neat 89 to canter to victory.

    Meanwhile, RRockets also enjoyed a smooth outing as they strolled to an identical 3-0 win against Rajdhani Ke Aryans on an adjacent table. The RRockets double combonation of Rajeev Sharma and Satbir Narula (-55 handicap) overcame Rishabh Thakkar and Melwyn Mascarenhas in the first frame before Manav Panchal (-60) managed to defeat Nalin Patel (-210) 160-268 in the second. In the third frame, RRockets young talent Dhvaj Haria (-190) held his nerves to snatch a win from the jaws of defeat against Chandu Kansodaria (-90) in the third frame. Kansodaria was within two points of crossing the winning line, but he missed a relatively simple canon and let Haria on. The youngsters grabbed the opportunity and coolly rattled up the remaining 24 points that he required to clinch a 290-118 win and seal the match in RRockets favour.

    Results – Round-I: SPG Billiardiers beat Ottomans 3-0 (Shekar Surve & Shivam Arora (-95) bt Derek Sippy & Amit Sapru (-45) 197-116; Ishpreet S. Chadha (-100) bt Dhruv Sitwala (-240) 200(89)-287(147); Devendra Joshi (-190) bt V. Subramanian (-150) 292(78,50,50)-156).

    Adamo Potters beat Siddhant Strikers 3-2 (Hitesh Kotwani (-130) lost to Arun Agrawal (-190) 181-290; Sunil & Rohan (-70) lost to Asutosh & Aditya Agrawal (-130) 110-230; Siddharth Parikh (-240) bt Rajwardhan J (-30) 340-73; Kotwani bt Arun Agrawal 230-225(81); S. Parikh bt Asutosh Padhy (-90) 340-115).

    RRockets beat Rajdhani Ke Aryans 3-0 (Raajeev Sharma & Satbir Narula (-55) bt Rishabh Thakkar & Melwyn Mascarenhas (-60) 155-120; Manav Pachal (-60) bt Nalin Patel (-210) 160-268(50). Dhvaj Haria (-190) bt Chandu Kansodaria (-90) 290-188).


    Femina Miss India Supranational Aafreen Rachael Vaz and actor Rahul Roy inaugurate BPL 2015.

    Mumbai 19th August

    Aafreen Rachael Vaz, the reigning Femina Miss India Supranational, and Bollywood actor Rahul Roy of Aashiqui fame, set the balls rolling by inaugurating the Videocon 2nd Billiards Premier League (BPL) 2015 at the NSCI Billiards Hall on Wednesday evening. Videocon Director, Ketan Khanna and the billiards players from the eight participating teams were present on the occasion.

    Maharashtra’s leading billiards pros, including recently crowned Asian Billiards Champion, Dhruv Sitwala, Ashok Shandilaya, Devandra Joshi and Nalin Patel to name a few, and representing different teams, will be seen in action during the nine-day competition.

    The tall model Aafreen, who was born in Auckland, New Zealand, said that she was glad to be associated with the BPL. “Playing any sport is a skill and billiards is a brilliant game and it’s a lot of fun. The BPL requires a great team effort and the initiative taken to organise this event is great and I was so happy to be associated with this league and I had a great time,” she said after attempting to play a canon shot to signal the opening of the tournament.

    “There is so much of brotherhood and bonding in this billiards fraternity and if the keep can keep up that spirit they are more likely to attract more people and also get the media attention,” she said before cross over the baulkline.

    After the tournament was opened the teams got down to action in the first round of league matches, which are being played on a best-of-five frames (100 up) format.

    Pic Caption 1: Aafreen Rachael Vaz attempts a red pot to mark the opening of the  2nd Videocon BPL 2015 at the NSCI Billiards hall on Wednesday. Others seen in the picture is J.S. Dawer (left), billiards convener NSCI, BSAM Vice-President, Derek Sippy (right) and Rishabh Kumar

    Pic Caption 2: Bollywood actor Rahul Roy plays a shot as he is looked on by other dignitaries to mark the opening of the  2nd Videocon BPL 2015 at the NSCI Billiards hall on Wednesday. 


    Top class action awaits billiards fans

    2nd Videocon-BPL set to cue-off today

    Mumbai, August 18

    Cue sports enthusiasts are certainly going to be treated to some mouth-watering contests as eight teams, comprising of Maharashtra’s top-notch cueists, including iconic billiards players (with a handicap of over -190), will battle for glory in the Rs 10 lakh prize-money 2nd Videocon-Billiards Premier League (BPL) 2015, organized by BSAM (Billiards & Snooker Association of Maharashtra) and to be played in five venues across the city from August 19 to 27, 2015. The BPL 2015 is being ‘Powered by Videocon’ and hosted by Bombay Gymkhana, while NSCI, Garware Club House, P.J. Hindu Gymkhana and Cricket Club of India are the Venue Partners and the Hospitality Partner is 'UNICCA'.

    The teams that will be competing for the winners’ purse of Rs 3.20 lakh are Rajdhani Ke Aryans (owners Rishabh Kumar, Gaurav Goenka & Nakul Arya), SPG Billiardiers (Shivaji Park Gymkhana), Ottoman (Sanjiv Bijlani), Adamo Potters (Atit Agarwal, Rahul Kothari, Kunal Shah & Chirag Parekh), Siddhanth Strikers (Babu Bhai& Siddhanth Rakshe), Mumbai Stars (Sanjay Naik), RRockets (Raajeev Sharma) and Race for Gold (Gurjit Dhingra & Yashmann Pathak).

    The opening round of four matches, cue-off simultaneously at the NSCI billiards hall on Wednesday, August 19 from 6.00pm onwards.

    Ottomas outfit which comprises of recently crowned Asian Billiards Champion, Dhruv Sitwala (-240 handicap), will cross swords with SPG Billiardiers with former world pro billiards runner-up Devendra Joshi (-190) in the team. The Adamo Potters team which include Siddharth Parikh (-240) will clash with Siddhanth Strikers, who have Arun Agrawal (-190) in their ranks.

    In the other two matches, Mumbai  Stars who have roped in former Asian Games gold medalists Ashok Shandilaya (-190) are up against Race for Gold who will bank youngster Jaiveer Dhingra (-190) to led them to victory. RRockets, with the lone player from outside Mumbai, Dhvaj Haria (-190) from Gujarat, will face off against Rajdhani Ke Aryans who will have the experience of seasoned pro Nalin Patel (-210) as the core member of the team.

    The tournament committee comprises of Devendra Joshi, Ashok Shandilya, Derek Sippy, Manav Panchal and Ronnie Daruwalla.

    Each seam consists of a minimum & a maximum of 6 players. A player can play more than 2 frames per match, but he cannot play consecutive frames in a match. Every player in the team has to play 4 frames in the league stage or he shall not be allowed to play in the ties & playoffs. A penalty of 2 points per such player shall be deducted from the total points.

    Every player has been given a handicap based on the BSAM Billiard League & the BGPL (as reference). The handicaps will not be revised during the course of the league. Handicaps may however be revised before the playoffs.

    Following are the teams and their respective owners: Rajdhani Ke Aryans (Rishabh Kumar, Gaurav Goenka, Nakul Arya), SPG Billiardiers (Shivaji Park Gymkhana), Ottoman (Sanjiv Bijlani), Adamo Potters (Atit Agarwal, Rahul Kothari, Kunal Shah & Chirag Parekh), Siddhanth Strikers (Babu Bhai & Siddhanth Rakshe), Mumbai Stars (Sanjay Naik), R Rockets (Raajeev Sharma), Race for Gold (Gurjit Dhingra & Yashmann Pathak).

    The iconic players: Dhruv Sitvala (handicap -240); Siddharth Parikh (240); Nalin Patel (-210); Ashok Shandilya, Devendra Joshi, Jaiveer Dhingra, Arun Agrawal, Dhvaj Haria, all -190.

    Format: League Stage (All Frames are 100 Up best of 5)

    Order of Frames: 

    Game 1: 100 Up (Singles).

    Game 2: 100 Up (Singles).

    Game 3: Double Trouble (Regular Doubles – any combination is allowed).

    Game 4: 100 Up (Singles).

    Game 5: 100 Up (Singles).

    Prize-money break up:

    Winners: Rs 3,20,000.

    Runners-up: Rs 2,70,000.

    Third place: Rs 2,20,000.

    Fourth place: Rs 1,70,000.

     

    Event Sponsor: Videocon

    Event Host: Bombay Gymkhana

    Other Venue Partners: NSCI, Garware Club, P.J.Hindu Gymkhana and CCI.

    Hospitality Partner: 'UNICCA'.

    Event Organisers: BSAM.