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                                 Asian Billiards : Final                                                          Asian Under 21 Snooker : Final

    Pankaj Advani (India) VS  Thawat Sujarittukarn (Thailand)           Anda Zhang (China) VS Hossein Vafaei Ayouri (Iran)


                 Pankaj Advani (India) (6-3)                                               Hossein Vafaei Ayouri (Iran) (6-2 )


    On the day of resurrection here at the Clube Tennis De Gaspar Dias Miramar, Goa in the 11th ONGC Asian Billiards Championship, six times world billiards champion Pankaj Advani from India, after a brief hiatus of one year from the Asian scene, once again realized his true potential even as he outclassed Thawat Sujaritthurakarn from Thailand in the best of 11 games final.
    Although Pankaj was the one who started the proceedings on a positive note by winning the opening game, It was Thawat who actually impressed in the initial stages of the match as he by taking the second and third games secured a 2-1 lead. Having won the second, Thawat showed that not only is he a very capable player, but also has an intelligent head over his shoulders. Employing a credible strategy to keep Pankaj away from the table for as long as he could, Thawat played the white in-off method of scoring repeatedly and double baulked whenever the opportunity arose.
    That the 26 year old Indian cueist, Pankaj is a total package for the cynosures of the game, is a fact amply proved, and displayed by the Indian champion in this match. Under a little pressure when trailing by 1-2 Pankaj flowered at this juncture, to touch  peak level of concentration, the rest of the requirements needed for a top class game just falling automatically into place.
    Stroking the balls to a nicety, Pankaj compiled an unbeaten century break to take the fourth game and restore parity at 2-2. Continuing in full flow, Pankaj notched up a 73 break to win the fifth game leaving Thawat stranded once again on 0.
    Showing no remorse, Pankaj just went about his job of scoring in a fluent manner with clinical efficiency, to record another unbeaten century break on way to pocketing the sixth game. A totally distraught Thawat could not take any advantage, whatsoever of a possible one cushion regulation cannon, which was very much required, even to have a semblance of a chance to make a comeback after Pankaj had begun the seventh game. Pankaj in trying to score a cannon got a yellow pot instead. Following on the stroke, Pankaj promptly double baulked. This ploy enabled Pankaj eventually to notch up a break of 98 and stretch the lead to 5-2.
    However, Thawat did show a flash of promise as he compiled a century break to get one back, to trail by 3-5, but that was the distance he could cover. Pankaj stamped his authority  on the rather one sided match, with a splendid century break in the ninth game to win the game, match and championship title with consummate ease.
    FINAL Results (English Billiards)

    (101(101)-28, 00-100(100), 28-100, 100(100)-00, 101(73)-00, 100(100)-00, 100(98)-00, 11-100(100), 101(101)-00

    Pankaj Advani (India) - Billiards                               Zhou Yelong (China) - Under-21 Snooker
    In one of the best recent encounters between two former world champions, Pankaj Advani of India and Praput Chaithanasukan from Thailand, a classic display of champagne billiards that had the packed audience at the Clube Tennis De Gaspar Dias Miramar, Goa virtually on their toes as they awaited the outcome with baited breath. Finally Pankaj managed to outwit Praput by 5 games to 4 in the second semi final of the 11th ONGC Asian Billiards Championship. 
    Right from the outset, the match which was billed as the ‘clash of titans’, expectantly through and through the nine games, it was a sheer toss up between the two highly skilled cueists. Pankaj was the first to gain the required high level of concentration while chalking up an unfinished break of 102 to take the first game. Praput exhibiting matching skill and temperament rallied superbly to take the second and third in which he piled up an unfinished 99 break for an early 2-1 lead. Not to be outdone, Pankaj bounced back with an unfinished 100 break leaving Praput stranded without scoring. Continuing his fine form Pankaj was once again a picture of poise and determination as he uncorked 97 in the process of taking the fifth game to nose ahead by 3-2. 
    At this stage the home supporters of Pankaj were thinking that from hereon their favourite would run away with the match, but the Thai player was not finished yet. Playing in his usual carefree manner, Praput struck once again to notch an unfinished 102 restoring parity at 3-all. 
    The crucial seventh game was the most pulsating one as Pankaj began piling point over point after having traded a couple of safety exchanges with his rival in a patient methodical and calculated manner to reach 96 points, but just when he needed only four points to close the game, he went out of position. Having a difficult choice of going for a wild attempt or to play safe, he pondered and paused before choosing to opt for the second alternative putting the balls in relatively safe position. But it was here that Praput showed why he is such a feared opponent, when he exhibited monumental focus and unmatched craft for an unfinished break of 101 to gain a vital 4-3 lead. 
    Had it been any other lesser mortal he would have succumbed to this pressure situation, but then Pankaj who is surely made of much sterner stuff, once again gathered his wits around him to unleash another unfinished century break to bring the match on a decisive juncture. 
    The ninth and deciding game, which was full of tension, anxiety and adroitness Pankaj scored an useful 71 break in reply to the 46 points gathered by Praput at the given stage. Subsequently, playing with utmost care and caution, Pankaj finally closed shop with a well executed cannon when just requiring one scoring stroke to win.
     However, Thailand had the satisfaction of winning the other semi final match when Thawat Sujaritthuarkarn from Thailand completely white-washed the challenge of the other Indian, Devendra Joshi 5 games to nil.


    Devendra Joshi (India) who has been in fine touch throughout the tournament hammered in breaks of 83, 86 and 101 unfinished to beat Rupesh Shah (India) 5 - 3. Pankaj Advani (India) easily accounted for former World Champion Peter Gilchrist (Singapore) 5 - 2. With Pankaj and Devendra being in good form, it looks like we could witness an all Indian final.

      It was a very good Friday for the cueists from Thailand at the Clube Tennis De Gaspar Dias Miramar, Goa, on the fifth day of 11th ONGC Asian Billiards Championship. Down by 1-3 games in the best of nine quarter final, former Asian and world billiards champion, Praput Chaithanasukan playing against the defending champion, Alok Kumar from India, grafted a break of 52 in the fifth, clawing back into reckoning by taking the game.

    Having gained confidence from his fight back in the earlier game, Praput was in full flow using the top table method of scoring to advantage, for an unfinished break of 101 drawing level at 3-3. Alok Kumar not to be undone, produced a fine effort of 81 in the seventh, but just when needing only10 points for the game, he went out of position, not being able to control the roll of the balls. Pouncing on the offered chance, Praput made sure that he made no mistake in pocketing this vital game aided by a break of 81.

    Making a last ditch attempt, Alok managed a break of 54 in the eighth game, but again not able to control the run of the balls,went out of position. Subsequently, Praput closed the game and match with a break of 65.

    In the much awaited clash between two former world billiard champions, Pankaj Advani of India having done a thorough homework before the match, produced a gem of a century break to gain early ascendancy over Peter Gilchrist of Singapore. Continuing in the same vein, Pankaj had good breaks of 54 in the second and 86 in the third games in the process of taking a commanding 3-0 lead.

    Gilchrist still not out of the shock due to the defeat suffered at the hands of Thawat last evening, was not able to find his usual rhythmic flow in the first three games. Even so, he did manage to get one back by prevailing over Pankaj in the fourth game.

    Knowing fully well that he could not relax his grip at any stage, Pankaj again reached the desired level of concentration for a break of 97 to take the fifth game. Peter, however, a striking a purple patch for once, compiled a break of 99 to close the gap to 2-4.

    The seventh saw Peter continuing his good form in the shape of a break of 76. Yet lapsing into errors, he gave a semblance of an opening to Pankaj who promptly got into his full stride unleashing an unbeaten century to clinch the game and match in style.

    In another quarter final between two contenders from India, Devendra Joshi got the better of Rupesh Shah by 5-3 to enter the semi finals along with Pankaj and Praput. Joshi took an early 2-0 lead but Rupesh rallied well to snatch the third. Nevertheless, Joshi who was a picture of all concentration, picked up the fourth and fifth games for an unassailable lead of 4-1.

    Rupesh not the one to give in so easily, fought back with a degree of vengeance to take the sixth and seventh games. Even so Joshi struck peak form to score an unfinished break of 101 to complete the tally.

    Having surprised Gilchrist in his earlier league encounter, Thawat Sujaritthurakarn from Thailand was steadiness personified in his match with Dhruv Sitwala from India. Dhruv had no clue as to what had hit him in the process of the Thai taking the first three games on a trot. Such was the clinical display of this methodical Thai cueist that Dhruv just about got a single chance in the three games to do anything worthwhile. Keeping his patience some how, Dhruv was able to wrest the fourth game, but that was just about all. Thawat took the fifth game on the run of play giving one chance to Dhruv for a possible comeback in the sixth game. But having collected a break of 94, Dhruv made a colossal error when missing a regulation ‘long loser’ in the left hand side top pocket, the cue ball missing the pocket and the resultant rebound missing the opponents ball too, for a possible resultant cannon, just by a whisker. Thawat displaying an admirable temperament closed the game and match with a superb 51 break.

    At the completion of the league stage of the 13th ONGC Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship 2012, five Indian cueists have made the knockout grade of pre-quarter finals. Lalit Dahiya being the only casualty among the six Indian entrants.

    Results (English Billiards) KNOCKOUT QUARTER FINALS

    Pankaj Advani (India) beat Peter Gilchrist (India) :: 5-2 (100(100)-00, 100(54)-10, 101(86)-36, 44-100, 100(97)-02, 04-101(99), 100(100)-76(76))

    Praput chaithanasukan (Thailand) beat Alok Kumar (India) :: 5-3 (00-101(101), 19-100(100), 100-46, 00-100(100), 101-65, 101(101)-00, 101(81)-90(81), 101(65)-54)

    Devendra Joshi (India) beat Rupesh Shah (India) :: 5-3 (100(83)-83(81), 101(55)-38, 51-101(81), 101(56)-51, 101(86)-35, 03-101(99), 02-104(94), 101(101)-02)

    Thawat Sujaritthurakarn (Thailand) beat Dhruv Sitwala (India) :: 5-1 (100-00, 100(100)-00, 62-07, 23-101(73), 101(53)-50, 102(51)-94(94))

    Results (Under-21 Snooker)

    Hossein Vafaei Ayouri (Iran) beat Hunain (Pakistan) :: 4-1 (97(81)-04, 69-00, 79-01, 51-75(57), 96(58)-00)

    Lalit Dahiya (India) beat Marcus Lim Wei Jie (Singapore) :: 4-1 (69(41)-17, 08-46, 59-16, 74-52, 77-48)

    Noppon Saengkham (Thailand) beat Aloysius Yapp (Singapore) :: 4-0 (92(62)-01, 58-30, 132(132)-01, 111(86)-05)

    M.L. Laxman (India) beat Badr Obaid Khalifa (UAE) :: 4-0 (69-52, 53-39, 61-28, 58-28)

    Lu Ming (China) beat Lalrina Renthlei (India) :: 4-1 (18-86(58), 81-32, 73-14, 64-22, 59-28)

    In the 11th ONGC Asian Billiards Championship being held at the Clube Tennis De Gaspar Dias Miramar, Goa, day four saw a very tense, but exciting contest between two former world champions Praput Chaithanasukan of Thailand and Rupesh Shah of India. It was Rupesh who took the lead by clinching the first game with the aid of a break of 58 but Praput was quick to strike back with a break of 55 to win the second and level scores at 1-1. Keeping up the pressure, Praput also took the third. Nevertheless, Rupesh touching a high level concentration, produced vintage billiards, especially on top of the table, to crack a century break followed with an equally competent break of 96 to pocket the fourth and fifth games nosing ahead by 3-2.

    Yet it was the crucial sixth game which actually turned the tide in favour of the Thai. Playing in a slow, calculated and methodical manner, Praput was able to prevail over Rupesh in the sixth game. Rupesh did attempt to make the most of the chances that came his way in the deciding seventh game, but having made 59 attempted to go for a rather difficult cross angular red pot into the top pocket instead of the better option of playing it safe.  Praput not the one to let go of such a chance at a vital stage of the match, displayed nerves of steel and a sincerity of purpose in the process of piling point over point in a steady manner for a well compiled unbeaten century break sealing the fate of Rupesh.

    On the other table in a match of no consequence, Pham Hoai Nam of Vietnam, nonetheless gave a creditable account of his billiards skills to get past Sasan Lashkari of Iran.  Sasan did have his chances when trailing by 1-2 but Pham chipped in useful small breaks to wrest the fourth game and take a vital 3-1 lead.  Sasan did well to pocket the fifth game with a break of 49 but soon lapsed into errors. Pham made no mistake in securing the sixth with a good in-off play and spot potting from the  red spot to complete the tally.

    In the 13th ONGC Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship 2012, taking inspiration from the performance of famed compatriot Hossein Vafaei, Iranian cueist Mohammed Lababi gave an exhibition of solid potting and good safety play to completely outclass Indian youngster Himanshu Jain in straight frames by 4-0.  A lot was expected from Himanshu who has been improving by leaps and bounds in the last two months, but up against a very capable opponent, Himanshu had no answer to the game plan of Lababi. As the scores suggest, Lababi was in total command of the situation right from the start, hardly giving any chance to the Indian.

    Hossien Vafaei Ayouri (Iran)


    2011 IBSF World Champion Hossien Vafaei Ayouri (Iran) started off his campaign with a fluent 137 break in the very first frame to win and blank his opponent Marcus Lim Wei Jim from Singapore,  4 -0. Maharashtra's Arun Agarwal bowed out of the Asian Billiards competition losing to former World Champion Peter Gilchrist (Singapore) 0-4. Anda Zang of China waltzed to a comfortable 4 - 0 win over his Saudi Arabian opponent Abdulla Nabil.


         Hunain (Pakistan)                                                                                Laxman Rawat (India)


    In an India v/s Pakistan encounter Lalit Dahiya (India) lost to Hunain (Pakistan) 3-4. Lalit after losing the 1st frame 33-68, came back strongly in the 2nd frame with a break of (73). He then took the 3rd 59 - 26 to go up 2 - 1. Hunain however had other plans and managed to level the scores 2-2. Hunain then hit back in the 5th Frame with a break of (54)  to go up 3-2. Lalit Dahiya leveled the scores once more to 3-3 in the 6th frame. The 7th and final frame and the match went to the Pakistani Hunain 4-3.

    Arun Agrawal of Maharashtra who jumped to a 2 - 0 lead eventually lost to his Thailand opponent Thawat.S  2-4 in the 11th Asian Billiards Championship 2012 being held in Goa. Arun has now to beat former World Champion Peter Gilchrist from his group to qualify for the Knock out stage.

    Anda Zang (China) beat Chang Ming Tung (Hkg) 4-1. Zhou Yuelong (China) beat Abdul Aziz Abdullah 4-1. Lakshman Rawat bt Abdullah Nabil 4-0





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