Pune: Abhishek Bora was made to stretch the distance before booking a place in the Top-5 Round Robin stage of inaugural Corner Pocket Cup Open Championship at the Corner Pocket tables, here on Thursday.
In the final run up for top places Abhishek (Corner Pocket) faced stiff resistance from Nimish Kulkarni (PYC Gymkhana) before prevailing 3-2.
In a battle that tilted with every frame played, Abhishek was off the blocks first winning 35-23 he then lost the next 04-42 returned to winning ways by claiming a narrow third frame win 28-26.
Nimesh then levelled scores 31-52, before Abhishek had his final say 36-02.
Others to advance into the next round were, Amol Abdagiri who downed Satish Karad 3-1 and Sanket Mutha who posted a similar result against Ajay Kolpek.
All players will engage themselves in an all play all round, with the top finisher taking home the winners title.
Round 3: Amol Abdagiri (Pune) bt Satish Karad (Corner Pocket) 38-16, 44-10, 44-33; Abhishek Bora (Corner Pocket) bt Nimish Kulkarni (PYC) 35-23, 04-42, 28-26, 31-52, 36-02; Sanket Mutha (Corner Pocket) bt Ajay Kolpek (Corner Pocket) 35-06, 27-38, 52-40, 43-06; Altamksh Saifee (Arizona) bt Aditya Deshpande (PYC) 52-04, 54-26, 25-35, 44-05; Alex Rego (Horizon) bt Aranta Sanches (New Club) 30-25, 49-12, 09-35, 45-12.