Hasan Badami corners Taha to pocket title
Hasan Badami of Mumbai exacted revenge from Taha Khan of Thane to claim the inaugural Corner Pocket Cup Open Championship 2019 on their home tables.
Pune: Hasan Badami of Mumbai exacted revenge from Taha Khan of Thane to claim the inaugural Corner Pocket Cup Open Championship 2019 on their home tables.
In a hard-fought final, Hasan, who had lost earlier frames and was down 0-2 composed himself and rallied to win four straight frames and ended up a 4-2 victor. In the clash of Mumbai city players, Taha started well and won first two frames 40-14 and 36-28.
In the fourth frame Badami compiled a break of 64, the highest break of the tournament, and leveled the score 2-2. Having gained confidence, Badami allow no leeway to Taha in the fifth and sixth frames, winning 37-15, 48-01 and won the title.
Badami pocketed Rs. 17,000 for his effort, while Taha received Rs. 8000. Both the semifinalists-Salil Deshpande and Shivam Arora received Rs. 4000 each.
Badami added an additional Rs 5000 to his kitty for recording the ‘Highest Break’ in the tournament.
Final: Hassan Badami (Mum) bt Taha Khan (Thane) 14-40, 28-36, 32-20, 64(64)-0, 37-15, 48-1.
Semifinals: Hassan Badami bt Salil Deshpande (PYC) 42-22, 36-40, 42-21, 22-46, 46-24, 39-46, 58-27; Taha Khan (Thane) bt Shivam Arora (Pune) 42-22, 40-38, 2-35, 61(60)-0, 28-9.