Pune: Suraj Rathi from Pune produced a determined fighting performance to snatch a close 3-2 win against Luv Boricha of Mumbai in the best-of-5-frame Group-F round-robin league match of the Maharashtra State Senior Snooker & Billiards Selection (leg-1) Championship 2018 at the Deccan Gymkhana on Tuesday.
The Pune cueist Rathi grabbed the early advantage by winning the first two frames to take a healthy 2-0 lead. But, the Mumbai player Boricha fought back to take the third and then narrowly won the fourth to level the frame scores at 2-all. In the decider Rathi once again potted steadily and smoothly went on to win the fifth frame to script a 79-23, 66-52, 10-51, 42-49 and 66-20 victory and make a winning start.
Meanwhile, in a Group-B encounter, Shivam Arora also from Pune enjoyed a good roll of the balls and quite comfortably defeated Siddhesh Mulay of Chiplun by a 3-1 margin at the Poona Club. Arora held his nerves to win a tight opening frame, but was in complete control in winning the second to open up a 2-0 lead. But, Mulay managed to find form and halted Arora’s charge to victory by winning the third to bridge the gap.
Played at Poona Club:
Group-A: Arun Kumar bt Viren Sharma 3-1 (57-43, 50-31, 17-61, 53-35).
Group-B: Shivam Arora bt Siddhesh Mulay 3-1 (58-53, 63-14, 50-60, 71-29).
Group-C: Anand Raghuvanshi bt Rohan Kothare 3-0 (73-46, 69-15, 65-51).
Played at Deccan Gymkhana
Group-F: Suraj Rathi bt Luv Boricha 3-2 (79-23, 66-52, 10-51, 42-49, 66-20).
Group-G: Kreishh Gurbaxani bt Tahaa Khan 3-0 (59-22, 59-50, 59-53).
Group-H: Abhimanyu Gandhi bt Gaurav Patange 3-1 (56-46, 53-21, 21-50, 73-34).