Concluded
 SPG - PARK CLUB BILLIARDS TOURNAMENT 2013
10 December 2013 to 24 December 2013

  • Venue

    SPG - Park Club

    Shivaji Park Gymkhana
    Keluskar Road, Shivaji Park,
    Dadar, Mumbai - 400 28
    Phone - 24453811

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    Park Club Ltd.
    Keluskar Road No.9, Shivaji Park,
    Dadar, Mumbai - 400 028
    Phone - 26440912, Fax - 26462438

  • Entry Fees

    RS. :- 700/-

  • For more details contact

    1) Amit Sapru: 9920321211, (2)Shekhar Surve: 9930388703,

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    SPG-Park Club Billiards Tournament

    10th to 22nd December, 2013

    At Shivaji Park Gymkhana & The Park Club

    Under the auspices of

    Billiards & Snooker Association of Maharashtra

    Jambusaria supreme

    Last year’s runner-up Rohan Jambusaria overcame dark horse Shekhar Surve in an exciting championship round to emerge supreme, in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament.

    Jambusaria of Mandpeshwar Civic Federation, Borivali ended Surve’s challenge with an impressive 375-294 victory that included a break of 56 in a championship round that had its fair share of anxious moments.

    Playing with a -110 handicap in familiar conditions, Surve of Shivaji Park Gymkhana, got off to a cautious start but struggled to find the form that aided his entry into the final. His tale was marked by more misses than hits as he muffed simple cannons and in-offs at crucial moments. While desperate for a significant break that would have kept his hopes alive, those errors proved costly and left him trailing all along.

    Playing with a -95 handicap, Jambusaria was rewarded for consistency as he surged to an early advantage, aided by small breaks. He enhanced his position to lead 183-135 and held on, with the threat of Surve changing the script not far behind.

    While trailing 173-283, Surve was down but not out and the closest he came to threatening his young opponent was when he was on a break that ended prematurely at 46 when he missed a red pot.

    In contrast, Jambusaria, though not at his best, made the most of the opportunities that came his way and held on to make amends for losing the final to Park Club’s Amit Sapru last year.

    “I enjoyed a healthy lead in the beginning and that actually stood me in good stead in the end,” explained Jambusaria. “Shekhar had his chances and he was truly in the game. He could have hit a big break and anything could have happened.”

    “Rohan was not at his best, but I paid the price for missing too many shots,” reasoned Surve. “I was in the game but I need some good breaks.”

    Result: Final: Rohan Jambusaria (-95, MCF) bt Shekhar Surve (-110, SPG) 375(56)-294.

    Highest Break: Arun Agrawal (225)


    Surve, Jambusaria in final

    Kabil Badami shocked

    Dark horse Shekhar Surve and last year’s runner-up Rohan Jambusaria registered contrasting wins to set up a title clash, in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament on Sunday.

    While Surve of Shivaji Park Gymkhana eased past Park Club’s Sanjiv Bijlani 375-207 that included a break of 52, Jambusaria of Mandpeshwar Civic Federation, Borivali upset Kabil Badami of Bombay Gymkhana 375-369 in a nail-biter.

    Playing with a -95 handicap, giant-killer Jambusaria, who shocked India junior No. 1 Dhvaj Haria of Ahmedabad in the pre-quarter-finals, was rewarded for patience while playing under immense pressure against a determined Badami, who had a -35 handicap, in a semi-final contest that had all the thrills of handicap billiards.

    It was a neck-and-neck battle that could have gone either way until Jambusaria inched one step closer to making amends for losing the final to Park Club’s Amit Sapru in 2012 by snatching the match by just six points in a tight finish.

    “I was nervous in the end. Kabil kept me under pressure right through. I have been playing fairly well (from the start of the competition) and this time too I had to just hang in there,” explained a relieved Jambusaria.

    Results: Semi-finals: Rohan Jambusaria (-95, MCF) bt Kabil Badami (-35, Bombay Gym) 375-369; Shekhar Surve (-110, SPG) bt Sanjiv Bijlani (-50, Park Club) 375(52)-207.


    Sitwala, Haria shocked

    Jambusaria, Surve, Bijlani in semis

    World bronze medallist Dhruv Sitwala and India junior No. 1 Dhvaj Haria were shocked on a dramatic day of thrilling upsets, in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament on Saturday.

    The quarter-finals had its fair share of excitement with the hazards and thrills of handicap billiards as the favourites crashed out, leaving the lesser-known their opportunity to experience glory.

    The last edition’s runner-up Rohan Jambusaria of Mandpeshwar Civic Federation, Borivali, playing with a -60 handicap, surged closer to making amends for losing the final to Park Club’s Amit Sapru in 2012 when he stunned Haria, playing with a -350 handicap, 250-200 in a thriller.

    Haria made a desperate bid to stay alive and live up to his reputation at every opportunity but it was not enough. Jambusaria remained ahead and well in control all along to put Haria under pressure until Haria stepped on the pedal to give his opponent a scare towards the end.

    Park Club’s Sanjiv Bijlani, with a -30 handicap, fashioned the other major upset of the day when he shocked twice world runner-up and title favourite Sitwala, the only surviving -600 handicap player in the competition.

    Sitwala, who fired four century breaks and missed the fifth by eight points in the pre-quarter-finals against his PJ Hindu Gymkhana compatriot Ronnie Daruwalla, managed just a 63 as Bijlani sealed his place in the last four in brilliant fashion.

    In the semi-finals, Jambusaria will take on Kabil Badami of Bombay Gymkhana, while Bijlani will face dark horse Shekhar Surve of Shivaji Park Gymkhana who upset Mahesh Jagdale of Elphinstone Cricket Club.

    Results: Quarter-finals: Kabil Badami (-20, Bombay Gym) bt Chandu Kansodaria (-80, MCF) 250-230; Rohan Jambusaria (-60, MCF) bt Dhvaj Haria (-350, Ahmedabad) 250-200; Sanjiv Bijlani (-30, Park Club) bt Dhruv Sitwala (-600, PJ Hindu Gym) 250--366(63); Shekhar Surve (-70, SPG) bt Mahesh Jagdale (-275, Elphinstone CC) 250(93)-236(64,57).


    Jagdale upsets Shandilya

    Sitwala fires four century breaks

    Mahesh Jagdale stunned world bronze medallist Ashok Shandilya to storm into the quarter-finals, in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament on Friday.

    Elphinstone Cricket Club’s Jagdale, playing with a -275 handicap, triggered a dramatic day of upsets with a 250-83 win over Shandilya of Shivaji Park Gymkhana, who played with a -600 handicap. Jagdale hit significant breaks of 92 and 63, while Shandilya hit 111, 83 and 51 but failed to capitalize on his effort.

    In other upsets, Chandu Kansodaria beat Hitesh Kotwani, Shekhar Surve halted Farhad Tengra, Sanjiv Bijlani prevailed over V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian, Kabil Badami overcame Aditya Agrawal and Rohan Jambusaria stunned Subhash Agrawal to enter the last eight.

    In contrast, twice world runner-up and 2012 world bronze medallist Dhruv Sitwala and India junior No. 1 Dhvaj Haria of Ahmedabad lived up to their reputations to enter the quarter-finals. Sitwala fired four century breaks and missed the fifth by eight points, while Haria hit a break of 124.

    Results: Pre-quarter-finals: Chandu Kansodaria (-80, MCF) bt Hitesh Kotwani (-70, CCI) 250-209; Shekhar Surve (-70, SPG) bt Farhad Tengra (-150, Elphinstone CC) 250-122; Sanjiv Bijlani (-30, Park Club) bt V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian (-300, Matunga Gym) 250-160(123,71); Kabil Badami (-20, Bombay Gym) bt Aditya Agrawal (-300, PJ Hindu Gym) 250-171; Mahesh Jagdale (-275, Elphinstone CC) bt Ashok Shandilya (-600, SPG) 250(92,63)-83(111,83,51); Dhvaj Haria (-350, Ahmedabad) bt Hasan Badami (-70, CCI) 250(124)-208; Dhruv Sitwala (-600, PJ Hindu Gym) bt Ronnie Daruwalla (-50, PJ Hindu Gym) 250(157, 147, 182, 163, 73, 92)-222; Rohan Jambusaria (-60, MCF) bt Subhash Agrawal (-250, SPG) 250-88.


    Daruwalla shocks Patel

    Shandilya, Subhash Agrawal in pre-quarters

    Ronnie Daruwalla shocked former world No. 7 Nalin Patel to storm into the knock out pre-quarter-finals, in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament on Thursday.

    With Hitesh Kotwani of CCI topping Group C, Daruwalla’s win was crucial in his concluding round robin tie against Patel, who later lost to Kotwani and crashed out. Patel, playing with a handicap of -600, hit a brilliant break of 147 against Kotwani in a desperate bid to stay in the competition but the effort was not enough.

    World bronze medallist Ashok Shandilya and veteran Subhash Agrawal, both of Shivaji Park Gymkhana, also entered the pre-quarter-finals. Shandilya topped Group A with a win over Chandu Kansodaria of Mandpeshwar Civic Federation (MCF), Borivali. Kansodaria qualified following a crucial win over former great Prakash Rajani of Khar Gymkhana.

    Subhash Agrawal qualified with Group H topper Sanjiv Bijlani of Park Club who registered back-to-back wins over Yash Rungta of Kandivli and Agrawal, who’s win over Rungta in the opening group tie proved decisive.

    The others to advance to the pre-quarter-finals were, Mahesh Jagdale and Farhad Tengra, both of Elphinstone Cricket Club, and Rohan Jambusaria of MCF.

    Results: Elite Round Robin: Group A: Chandu Kansodaria (-80, MCF) bt Prakash Rajani (scr, Khar Gym) 250-112; Ashok Shandilya (-600, SPG) bt Chandu Kansodaria 250-101.

    Group C: Hitesh Kotwani (-70, CCI) bt Ronnie Daruwalla (-50, PJ Hindu Gym) 250-206; Ronnie Daruwalla bt Nalin Patel (-600, Bombay Gym) 250--19; Hitesh Kotwani bt Nalin Patel 250-121(147).

    Group D: Mahesh Jagdale (-275, Elphinstone CC) bt Arun Agrawal (-550, Matunga Gym) 250(100)-44.

    Group E: Farhad Tengra (-150, Elphinstone CC) bt Manoj Kasare (-20, Matunga Gym) 250(57)-112.

    Group G: Rohan Jambusaria (-60, MCF) bt Deependra Pinkyar (-10, SPG) 250(58, 51)-126.

    Group H: Sanjiv Bijlani (-30, Park Club) bt Subhash Agrawal (-250, SPG) 250-204; Sanjiv Bijlani bt Yash Rungta (-30, Kandivli) 250-232.


    Pinkyar stuns Subramanian

    Arun Agrawal's double century break in vain 

    Deependra Pinkyar shocked V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian, while Arun Agrawal’s double century break went in vain, in the elite round robin of the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament on Wednesday.

    Pinkyar of Shivaji Park Gymkhana was rewarded for consistency and held on to overcome formidable Subramanian of Matunga Gymkhana that threw Group G wide open where Subramanian also has a win to his credit.

    While Subramanian, playing with a -300 handicap, hit breaks of 60 and 57, Pinkyar, playing with a -10 handicap, thrived on small breaks to stay ahead to fashion one of the most significant upsets in the competition.

    In the other upset of the day, young Kabil Badami of Bombay Gymkhana, playing with a -20 handicap, stunned state senior champion Arun Agrawal for his second win in Group D to seal his place in the knock out pre-quarter-finals.

    Agrawal, fired a sensational break of 225 and added 127 but could not use it to his advantage against Badami. Agrawal and Mahesh Jagdale will clash in the concluding group tie in a must-win contest that will decide the second qualifier.

    Shekhar Surve of Shivaji Park Gymkhana also entered the pre-quarter-finals from Group F when he prevailed over Sunil Jain of Elphinstone Cricket Club for his second win. Aditya Agrawal of PJ Hindu Gymkhana joined Surve following his win over Jain.

    Junior India No. 1 Dhvaj Haria of Ahmedabad lived up to his reputation with back-to-back wins to qualify from E. Haria’s effort included brilliant breaks of 146 and 90 against Manoj Kasare of Khar Gymkhana and 101, 210 and an unfinished 74 against Farhad Tengra of Elphinstone Cricket Club.

    Meanwhile, stalwarts Subhash Agrawal and Ashok Shandilya emphasised their passion for the sport was still alive when they kicked off their campaigns with impressive wins in their opening group ties. Shandilya’s effort included breaks of 108, 80 and 70 in his win over septuagenarian and former great Prakash Rajani of Khar Gymkhana in Group A.   

    Results: Elite Round Robin: Group A: Ashok Shandilya (-600, SPG) bt Prakash Rajani (scr, Khar Gym) 250(108,80,70)-180.

    Group D: Kabil Badami (-20, Bombay Gym) bt Arun Agrawal (-550, Matunga Gym) 250(47)-121(225, 127).

    Group E: Dhvaj Haria (-350, Guj) bt Manoj Kasare (-20, Matunga Gym) 250(146,90)-132; Dhvaj Haria bt Farhad Tengra (-150, Elphinstone CC) 250(101,210,74unf)-31.

    Group F: Aditya Agrawal (-300, PJ Hindu Gym) bt Sunil Jain (-30, Elphinstone CC) 250(85,70,70,60)-229; Shekhar Surve (-70, SPG) bt Sunil Jain 250-182.

    Group G: Deependra Pinkyar (-10, SPG) bt V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian (-300, Matunga Gym) 250-189(60,57).

    Group H: Subhash Agrawal (-250, SPG) bt Yash Rungta (-30, Kandivli) 250-194.


    Crucial win for Surve

    Shekhar Surve rallied from a substantial deficit to shock Aditya Agrawal in the elite round robin, in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament on Tuesday.

    Trailing 136-180 against the in-form Agrawal of P.J. Hindu Gymkhana in the race-to-250 contest, Surve of Shivaji Park Gymkhana relied on experience to fire breaks of 57, 27 and an unfinished 36 to snatch an exciting 250-186 win in Group F.

    Agrawal, playing with a -300 handicap, got off to a good start, aided by breaks of 50, 38 and 28 that kept him ahead and well in control. But Surve, playing with a -70 handicap, changed the script brilliantly with the crucial half century break and the 36 in the end that proved decisive.

    In other upsets, Hasan Badami of CCI stunned 2011 champion Rishabh Kumar of Bombay Gymkhana 250-225 in Group B, while Kabil Badami of Bombay Gymkhana prevailed over Mahesh Jagdale of Elphinstone Cricket Club 250-140 in Group D.

    V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian of Matunga Gymkhana kicked off his campaign in Group G with a brilliant break of 100 en route to a 250-161 win over last year’s runner-up Rohan Jambusaria of Mandpeshwar Civic Federation, Borivali who fired an unfinished break of 91 in the round of 32.

    Hitesh Kotwani, Chandu Kansodaria, Deependra Pinkyar, Ronnie Daruwalla, and Sunil Jain qualified for the round robin, while Jatinder Dawer of NSCI was the significant loser who went down to Jain.

    Two players from each group in the round robin main draw will qualify for the knock out pre-quarter-finals that kicks off the final phase.

    Results: Elite Round Robin: Group B: Hasan Badami (-70, CCI) bt Rishabh Kumar (-80, Bombay Gym) 250-225.

    Group D: Kabil Badami (-20, Bombay Gym) bt Mahesh Jagdale (-275, Elphinstone CC) 250-140.

    Group F: Shekhar Surve (-70, SPG) bt Aditya Agrawal (-300, PJ Hindu Gym) 250-186.

    Group G: V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian (-300, Matunga Gym) bt Rohan Jambusaria (-60, MCF) 250(100)-161.

    Round of 32: Hitesh Kotwani (-50, CCI) bt Vishal Gehani (-40, Park Club) 200-135; Chandu Kansodaria (-60, MCF) bt Joe Thomas (+10) 200-160; Kabil Badami (scr, Bombay Gym) bt Nikhil Ghadge (-50, Matunga Gym) 200-176; Deependra Pinkyar (scr, SPG) bt Vishal Madan (-160, Chembur Gym) 200-128; Ronnie Daruwalla (-25, PJ Hindu Gym) bt Carl Serrao (-15, Dadar Club) 200-176; Sunil Jain (-10, Elphinstone CC) bt Jatinder Dawer (-50, NSCI) 200-149.


    Tengra, Jagdale snatch thrillers

    Seasoned Elphinstone Cricket Club cueists Farad Tengra and Mahesh Jagdale fashioned nail-biting wins to storm into the elite round robin, in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament on Monday.

    The duo inspired an exciting day of billiards action and close encounters as Tengra halted Shivaji Park Gymkhana marker Jeet Gawde 200-198 in the most riveting match of the day, while former state champion Jagdale edged past 80-year-old Jal Singporevala 200-191 in another absorbing knock out contest.

    Gawde, playing on home turf and in familiar conditions and started on scratch, frittered away an envious 196-122 lead, aided by a significant break of 36 in the race-to-200 tie and needed just two points at 198-197 for a famous win.

    The experienced Tengra, playing with a -150 handicap, held his nerves to fire a break of 47 that included two flukes to close in at 169-196. He added another break of 28 to lead 197-196 that rattled Gawde who regained the lead at 198-197 with a white pot. Gawde then missed a red in-off before Tengra returned to fire in the red to seal a pulsating win.

    Playing with a +30 handicap, octogenarian Singporevala also came close to registering a famous win but frittered away the opportunity after leading in his match against Jagdale who was playing with a -220 handicap. Jagdale hit significant half-century breaks to catch up with Singporevala at 145, before the latter snatched the advantage again with a break of 32 to lead 177-145.

    Jagdale, a former India junior No. 3, then relied on small breaks before adding a significant 68 at the end to lead 198-191. Singporevala was down but not out when he missed a crucial red pot in the centre pocket that changed his fortunes. Jagdale, who missed a red in-off just before that, seized the opportunity to end Singporevala’s campaign.

    In contrast, septuagenarian Prakash Rajani of Khar Gymkhana upset Chandresh Shah of PJ Hindu Gymkhana, while Manoj Kasare also of Khar Gymkhana stunned Raj Khandwala of CCI.

    Sixteen players qualify for the round robin main draw that will have eight groups of three players each including elite cueists, Ashok Shandilya, former world No. 7 Nalin Patel, twice world runner-up Dhruv Sitwala, state champion Arun Agrawal, his son Aditya Agrawal, V. ‘Raja Subramanian, junior India No. 1 Dhwaj Haria of Gujarat and veteran Subhash Agrawal.

    Two players from each group in the round robin main draw will qualify for the knock out pre-quarter-finals that kicks off the final phase.

    Results: Hasan Badami (-40, CCI) bt Ankit Thacker (scr, Matunga Gym) 200-172; Yash Rungta (-60, Kandivali) bt Rovin D’Souza (-20, PJ Hindu Gym) 200-112; Rishabh Kumar (-60, Bombay Gym) bt Pramod Mhatre (+20, Park Club) 200-95; Farhad Tengra (-120, Elphinstone CC) bt Jeet Gawde (scr, SPG) 200-198; Rohan Jambusaria (-40, MCF) bt Amandeep Kohli (-20, Khar Gym) 200(unf 91)-140; Mahesh Jagdale (-220, Elphinstone CC) bt Jal Singporevala (+30, DPCG) 200-191; Manoj Kasare (-10, Khar Gym) bt Raj Khandwala (-30, CCI) 200-104; Kabil Badami (scr, Bombay Gym) bt Nikhil Ghadge (-50, Matunga Gym) 200-176; Prakash Rajani (+10, Khar Gym) bt Chandresh Shah (-150, PJ Hindu Gym) 200-11.


    Serrao scrapes through

    Carl Serrao of Dadar Club registered crucial back-to-back wins to progress to the next phase, in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament on Sunday.

    Serrao kicked off an exciting day of billiards action when he fashioned a thrilling 156-152 win over Dependra Pinkyar of Shivaji Park Club in Group N and later overcame Vinay Kalro of Park Club to make it to the knock out round of 32 along with Pinkyar.

    Former champion Rishabh Kumar of Bombay Gymkhana also snatched a crucial win over Dharmesh Mistry of Mandpeshwar Civic Federation (MCF), Borivali in his last Group D tie to scrape through along with compatriot Rovin D’Souza. Kumar, winner here in 2011, had to win by a substantial margin and his 267-168 win over Mistry shunted out Deepak Khubchandani of Khar Gymkhana.

    Sunil Jain of Elphinstone Cricket Club and Chandu Kansodaria of MCF also registered crucial wins in their concluding ties to enter the next round. The others to make it were, Mahesh Jagdale, Jatinder Dawer, Raj Khandwala, Nikhil Ghadge, Vishal Madan, Jeet Gawde, Manoj Kasare, Sunil Ghadge, Amandeep Kohli and Ronnie Daruwalla.

    Two players from each of the 16 groups qualify for a knock out round of 32.

    Later, 16 will qualify for the round robin main draw that will have four groups of six players each including elite cueists, twice world runner-up Dhruv Sitwala, state champion Arun Agrawal, his son Aditya Agrawal and Railways champion Siddharth Parikh.

    Two players from each group in the round robin main draw will qualify for the knock out quarter-finals that kicks off the final phase.

    Results: Group A: Mahesh Jagdale (Elphinstone CC) bt Ankit Thacker (Matunga Gym) 368(57)-182.

    Group B: Sunil Jain (Elphinstone CC) bt Kailash Patil (SPG) 203-122; Vishal Madan (Chembur Gym) bt Ashwin Deshmukh (Dadar Club) 383(53)-77.

    Group C: Prabdeep Singh (MIG) bt Manjeet Singh Bhomar (NIA) 272-192.

    Group D: Rishabh Kumar (Bombay Gym) bt Dharmesh Mistry (MCF) 267-168.

    Group E: Jatinder Dawer (NSCI) bt Pramod Mhatre (Park Club) 243-113.

    Group G: Amit Sapru (Park Club) bt Rishad Bharda (Elphinstone CC) 352(59)-114.

    Group I: Raj Khandwala (CCI) bt Sanjay Patil (SPG) 308-93; Vishal Gehani (Park Club) bt Kreishh Gurbaxani (Khar Gym) 282-85.

    Group K: Chandu Kansodaria (MCF) bt Percy Patel (Matunga Gym) 232-123.

    Group L: K.K. Bhatia (PJ Hindu Gym) bt Hitesh Kotwani (CCI) 226-190.

    Group M: Nikhil Ghadge (Matunga Gym) bt Lalit Jham (Park Club) 230-162.

    Group N: Carl Serrao (Dadar Club) bt Dependra Pinkyar (SPG) 156-152; Carl Serrao bt Vinay Kalro (Park Club) 182-107.

    Group O: Sunil Ghadge (CRMI) bt Malcolm Kapadia (DPCG) 200-183.

    Group P: Amandeep Kohli (Khar Gym) bt Ronni Daruwalla (PJ Hindu Gym) 192-169.


    Hasan Badami advances 

    Hasan Badami of CCI registered impressive back-to-back wins to advance to the next phase, in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament on Saturday.

    Badami was on a roll, winning three matches on the trot to top Group K. He kicked off a rewarding day with a win over Ram Bhagnani of Shivaji Park Gymkhana, Chandu Kansodaria of Mandpeshwar Civic Federation, Borivali and Percy Patel of Matunga Gymkhana.

    While easing past Bhagnani and Patel, Badami relied on experience to overcome a determined Kansodaria 251-209. He was ahead by a substantial 160 points at one stage in the one hour tie, aided by an early break of 76. But Kansodaria staged a brilliant recovery to narrow the margin to a 16-point deficit. Under pressure, Badami managed to fire a significant break of 40 at the end that proved decisive in an exciting finish.

    Meanwhile, Rovin D’Souza, Hitesh Kotwani, Jeet Gawde, Dependra Pinkyar and Manoj Kasare registered their second wins to enhance their hopes of qualifying for the next round.

    Results: Group A: Ankit Thacker (Matunga Gym) bt Rebanta Sahijwani (Khar Gym) 205-202.

    Group B: Vishal Madan (Catholic Gym) bt Kailash Patil (SPG) 295-107.

    Group C: Kabil Badami (Bombay Gym) bt Prabdeep Singh (MIG) 235-208.

    Group D: Rishabh Kumar (Bombay Gym) bt Deepak Khubchandani (Khar Gym) 269-249; Rovin D’Souza (Bombay Gym) bt Rishabh Kumar 220-170.

    Group G: Prakash Rajani (Khar Gym) bt Rishad Bharda (Elphinstone CC) 217-172; Joe Thomas (CRMI) bt Prakash Rajani 190-176.

    Group K: Hasan Badami (CCI) bt Percy Patel (Matunga Gym) 218-128; Hasan Badami bt Chandu Kansodaria (MCF) 251(76)-209; Hasan Badami bt Ram Bhagnani (SPG) 268-89.

    Group L: Hitesh Kotwani (CCI) bt Navroze Vania (DPCG) 307-154.

    Group M: Jeet Gawde (SPG) bt Lalit Jham (Park Club) 189-131.

    Group N: Amit Joshi (MCF) bt Vinay Kalro (Park Club) 170-132; Carl Serrao (Dadar Club) bt Amit Joshi 168-115; Dependra Pinkyar (SPG) bt Vinay Kalro 185-122.

    Group O: Manoj Kasare (Khar Gym) bt Malcolm Kapadia (DPCG) 190-170.

    Group P: Amandeep Kohli (Khar Gym) bt Mithil Shinde (Thane) 244-130.


    Mixed fortunes for Gehani

    Vishal Gehani experienced mixed fortunes while going down by just three points against Raj Khandwala of CCI in a thrilling Group I tie, in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament on Friday.

    Gehani of Park Club opened his campaign with a convincing win over Sanjay Patil of Shivaji Park Gymkhana before losing to Khandwala 204-207 in his second outing in the one-hour time format contest.

    In contrast, the fancied marched on as Chandresh Shah of PJ Hindu Gymkhana registered his third straight win to top Group F and qualify for the next phase along with second-placed Jal Singporevala.

    The other significant winners were Ronnie Daruwalla, Majesh Jagdale, Sanjeev Bijlani, Nikhil Ghadge and Rohan Jambusaria who fashioned their second straight wins to enhance their hopes of making it to the next round.

    Results: Group A: Mahesh Jagdale (Elphinstone CC) bt Rebanta Sahijwani (Khar Gym) 354-102.

    Group B: Sunil Jain (Elphinstone CC) bt Ashwin Deshmukh (Dadar Club) 236-119; Vishal Madan (Catholic Gym) bt Sunil Jain 218-115.

    Group F: Chandresh Shah (PJ Hindu Gym) bt Jal Singporevala (DPCG) 283-175.

    Group I: Vishal Gehani (Park Club) bt Sanjay Patil (SPG) 232-99; Raj Khandwala (CCI) bt Vishal Gehani 207-204.

    Group J: Rohan Jambusaria (MCF) bt Yash Bhansal (Indore) 273-108; Rohan Jambusaria bt Mohan Varde (SPG) 224-74; Sanjeev Bijlani (Park Club) bt Yash Bansal 213-159.

    Group M: Nikhil Ghadge (Matunga Gym) bt Siddharth Shah (Elphinstone CC) 229-184; Nikhil Ghadge bt Jeet Gawde (SPG) 190-159.

    Group P: Ronnie Daruwalla (PJ Hindu Gym) bt Mithil Shinde (Thane) 190-158.


    Golden oldie Rajani upsets Sapru

    Golden oldie Prakash Rajani of Khar Gymkhana snatched a nail-biting seven-point win over Amit Sapru, in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament on Thursday.

    Septuagenarian Rajani, a great on the domestic circuit in his heyday, continued the winning ways of the veterans after 80-year-old Jal Singporevala created a stir on the opening day. Rajani, who has a famous win over the legendary Michael Ferreira to his credit, prevailed over Park Club’s Sapru, who is almost half his age, 199-192 in his opening Group G tie.

    Rajani set the trend for a day of upsets and close encounters as his club mate Deepak Khubchandani stunned Rovin D’Souza of Bombay Gymkhana with a narrow 173-166 win in a Group D thriller and Sunil Ghadge of Central Railway Mechanical Institute shocked R. Girish of MIG 183-179 that included a significant break of 65, in another pulsating finish.

    Meanwhile Farhad Tengra of Elphinstone Cricket Club cruised to his third straight win to top Group C and qualify for the next phase, while Singporevala registered his second win in Group F.

    The other significant winners were Jatinder Dawer of NSCI and Ronnie Daruwalla of PJ Hindu Gymkhana.

    Results: Group B: Kailash Patil (SPG) bt Ashwin Deshmukh (Dadar Club) 220-115.

    Group C: Farhad Tengra (Elphinstone CC) bt Prabdeep Singh (MIG) 407-174.

    Group D: Deepak Khubchandani (Khar Gym) bt Rovin D’Souza (Bombay Gym) 173-166; Rovin D’Souza bt Dharmesh Mistry (MCF) 172-147.

    Group E: Jatinder Dawer (NSCI) bt Umesh Barve (CRMI) 260-116; Jatinder Dawer bt Vikram Nerlekar (SPG) 204-150.

    Group F: Chandresh Shah (PJ Hindu Gym) bt Deven Mistry (MCF) 275-186; Jal Singporevala (DPCG) bt Deven Mistry (MCF) 135-97.

    Group G: Prakash Rajani (Khar Gym) bt Amit Sapru (Park Club) 199-192.

    Group J: Yash Bhansal (Indore) bt Mohan Varde (SPG) 157-83.

    Group M: Jeet Gawde (SPG) bt Siddharth Shah (Elphinstone CC) 201-165; Lalit Jham (Park Club) bt Siddharth Shah 251-202.

    Group N: Deependra Pinkya (SPG) bt Amit Joshi (MCF) 266-111.

    Group O: Sunil Ghadge (CRMI) bt R. Girish (MIG) 183(65)-179.


     

    80-yr-old Jal wins a thriller

    Octogenarian Jal Singaporevala and Farhad Tengra of Elphinstone Cricket Club snatched thrilling wins to give the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament an explosive start on Wednesday.

    Tengra kicked off his campaign with a nail-biting 176-171 win over Kabil Badami of Bombay Gymkhana in the one hour time-format Group C round robin tie, in the closest match of the day. Later, he overcame Manjeet Singh Bhomar of North Indian Association to enhance his hopes of making it to the next phase.

    Tengra inspired a slew of ECC wins as his club mates Mahesh Jagdale, who hit a break of 77, Iqbal Rokadia and Singaporevala also registered impressive wins. Singaporevala rolled back the years for an exhibition of vintage billiards as he utilized all his experience to overcome Khar Gymkhana’s Kishore Laungani, four decades his junior, 158-141 in another exciting match in Group F.

    While Yash Rungta o Kandivali won all his three ties in Group H to qualify for the next phase, Pramod Mhatre of Park Club and Sushrut Pandya of PJ Hindu Gymkhana earned two wins apiece to enhance their hopes of qualifying from their respective groups.

    The tournament includes a one hour time-format round robin in the first phase that has 16 groups of four players each. Two players from each group will qualify for a knock out round of 32 that will be played in the one hour time format.

    Later, 16 will qualify for the race-to-250 round robin main draw that will have eight groups of three players each including eight elite cueists, world bronze medallist Dhruv Sitwala, Asian bronze medallist Devendra Joshi, state champion Arun Agrawal, Ashok Shandilya, Nalin Patel and junior national champion Dhwaj Haria.

    Two players from each group in the round robin main draw will qualify for the race-to-250 knock out pre-quarter-finals. The quarter-finals will be race-to-300, while the semi-finals and final race-to-350.

    Results: Group A: Sanket Bapat (SPG) bt Rebanta Sahijwani (Khar Gym) 230-116; Mahesh Jagdale (Elphinstone CC) bt Sanket Bapat 387(77)-128.

    Group C: Farhad Tengra (Elphinstone CC) bt Manjeet Singh Bhomar (North Indian Assn) 389-123; Farhad Tengra bt Kabil Badami (Bombay Gym) 176-171.

    Group D: Deepak Khubchandani (Khar Gym) bt Dharmesh Mistry (MCF) 197-179.

    Group E: Pramod Mhatre (Park Club) bt Vikram Nerlekar (SPG) 218-141; Pramod Mhatre bt Umesh Barve (CRMI) 157-128.

    Group F: Chandresh Shah (PJ Hindu Gym) bt Kishore Laungani (Khar Gym) 350-136; Jal Singaporevala (Elphinstone CC) bt Kishore Laungani 158-141.

    Group G: Joe Thomas (CRMI) bt Rishad Bharda (Elphinstone CC) 224-139.

    Group H: Yash Rungta (Kandivali) bt Shekhar Surve (SPG) 211-140; Yash Rungta bt Megh Shah (Catholic Gym) 271-130; Shekhar Surve bt Megh Shah 238-132; Iqbal Rokadia (Elphinstone CC) bt Megh Shah 230-123; Yash Rungta bt Iqbal Rokadia 234-155.

    Group I: Sanjay Patil (SPG) bt Kreishh Gurbaxani (Khar Gym) 178-152.

    Group J: Sanjeev Bijlani (Park Club) bt Mohan Varde (SPG) 274-106.

    Group K: Chandu Kansodaria (MCF) bt Ram Bhagnari (SPG) 304-88.

     

    Group L: Hitesh Kotwani (CCI) bt Shushrut Pandya (PJ Hindu Gym) 274-223; Shushrut Pandya bt N. Vania (Dadar Parsee CG) 213-176; Shushrut Pandya bt K.K. Bhatia (PJ Hindu Gym) 232-182.


    SPG-Park Club billiards

    Some of India’s leading cueists will feature in the SPG-Park Club Open Billiards Handicap Tournament that will be jointly organized & hosted by Shivaji Park Gymkhana and The Park Club from December 10 to 22.

    The league-cum-knock out tournament is being held under the auspices of the Billiards & Snooker Association of Maharashtra (BSAM).

    The tournament will be played in the points format and will kick off with a round robin in the first phase that will include 16 groups of four players each. Two players from each group will qualify for a knock out round of 32 that will be played in the one hour time format.

    Later, 16 will qualify for the race-to-250 round robin main draw that will have eight groups of three players each including eight elite cueists, world bronze medallist Dhruv Sitwala, Asian bronze medallist Devendra Joshi, state champion Arun Agrawal, Ashok Shandilya, Nalin Patel and junior national champion Dhwaj Haria.

    Two players from each group in the round robin main draw will qualify for the race-to-250 knock out pre-quarter-finals. The quarter-finals will be race-to-300, while the semi-finals and final race-to-350.