Champs Otters ‘Rockets’ make a winning start 18-Jun-2019
Asutosh Padhye Asutosh Padhye

Mumbai: Reigning champions Otters ‘Rockets’ launched the defence of their title on a positive note, by winning both the home and away ties (3-1 & 3-2) against MG ‘Lollipops’ in a Section-A league match during the first week  of the Billiards & Snooker of Maharashtra organized Otters-BSAM Mumbai Snooker League 2019. Otters earned a bonus point from the two successes and now have 5 points in the kitty.
Meanwhile, Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana cueist Asutosh Padhye (+10) produced impressive, consistent performances and had a outstanding week as he won all his four frames, which was instrumental in JVPG ‘Mafia’ recording twin victories, against Khar Gymkhana youngsters KG ‘Gully Boys’, by identical 3-1 margins in the home and away matches in Section-F. He has also compiled a break of 71 in the home match, which is currently the best in the competition. Khar Gym’s Kreishh Gixbaxani constructed a run of 70, bit his effort could not inspire his teammates.
The doubles combo of Krishna Saraf and Rahil Patel played the supporting roles by winning the doubles frames in both the ties to seal Mafia’s win.
JVPG ‘Tigers’ also made a roaring start as they defeated Matunga Gymkhana’s MG ‘Six Sigma’ by 3-1 scorelines in the home and away encounters in Section-F.
Both the JVPG teams now have 5 points each, including a  bonus point for their winning efforts.
In Section-B matches, Chembur Gymkhana’s CG ‘Gladiators’ and Bombay Gymkhana’s BG ‘B’ also won both the home and away encounters against Radio ‘Tigers’ and MBPT Sports ‘B’ respectively.
Elphinstone CC’s team ECC ‘Elfies Old Foxes’ also enjoyed a rewarding week defeating Cricket Club of India outfit CCI ‘Storm Breakers in the two matches, 3-2 at home and 3-1 in the away game.
Results – Sections A-H (1st week):
Section-A: Otters ‘Rockets’ Vs MG ‘Lollipos’ - (home 3-1, away 3-2); CCI ‘Royal Strikers’ Vs Dadar Club ‘Mercenaries’ - (3-1, 1-3).
Section-B: CG ‘Gladiators’ Vs Radio ‘Tigers’ – (3-1, 3-2; BG ‘B’ Vs MBPT Sports ‘A’ – (3-0, 3-1).
Section-C: ARC ‘Cheetahs’ Vs ECC ‘Elfies Super Stars’ - (2-3, 3-1); Islam Gymkhana 'A' Vs CG 'Derek's Cecaptare' – (1-3, 3-2).
Section-D: ECC ‘Elfies Old Foxes’ Vs CCI ‘Storm Breakers – (3-2, 3-1).
Section-E: CCI ‘Jedi's’ Vs PCL ‘Beach Boys’ – (1-3, 3-1).
Section-F: JVPG ‘Mafia’ Vs KG ‘Gully Boys’ – (3-1, 3-1).
Section-G: JVPG ‘Tigers’ Vs MG ‘Six Sigma’ – (3-1, 3-1).

Section-H: JVPG ‘Cue Masters’ Vs CRMI ‘Star Blue’ – (3-1, 0-3).