Snooker: Amin, Jhaveri record hard-fought victories
Mumbai, Feb 1 (PTI)Rishabh Amin of the Cricket Club of India and Kavish Jhaveri of P J Hindu Gymkhana came through first round matches by scoring hard-fought 3-2 wins on the opening day of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI Open Snooker Championship 2018.
Amin beat back the challenge from Krishnam Vohra of Otters Club and managed to pull off a 59-19, 45-49, 46-21, 35-62, 57-23 win at the CCI here.
Jhaveri was engaged in a keen tussle with Rushabh Gohil of Elphinstone CC in the best-of-five frames contest before snatching a tight victory.
After the two shared the opening four frames, Gohil started positively in the deciding frame and with a couple of small breaks enjoyed a marginal 39-17 lead but Jhaveri with some clever play gradually turned things around and went on to clinch the frame in his favour to complete a 63-28, 15-64, 69-55, 4-56, 63-48 victory.
Sangeeta Hemchand, the only lady in the competition, went down fighting to B Keshwa of Goregaon Club 2-3 in five closely fought frames in another first round encounter.
Raj Shetye of Panvel had things totally under control and cruised past Parag Mankame of Thane in three frames, winning 37-28, 66-46, 47-21.
Pune cueist Amit Parashar also enjoyed an easy outing as he easily defeated Ajay Chugani of Radio Club 3-0 (55-45, 47-29, 61-29).
Keshwa (Goregaon Club) bt Sangeeta Hemchand (CCI) 3-2 (41-21, 59-60, 24-53, 41-28, 51-26); Devesh Sharma (CCI) bt Sachin Bhoir (Thane) 3-1 (49-26, 45-3, 21-41, 61-20); Vilas Upsham (ECC) bt Junaid Ravani 3-0 (63-55, 51-37, 63-10); Raj Shetye (Panvel) bt Parag Mankame (Thane) 3-0 (37-28, 66-46, 47-21); Amit Parashar (Pune) bt Ajay Chugani (Radio Club) 3-0 (55-45, 47-29, 61-29); Asim Kadiwala bt Manish K.Dhanwani (Ulhasnagar) 3-0 (60-31,67-30, 60-13); Rishabh Amin (CCI) bt Krishnam Vohra (Otters Club) 3-2 (59-19, 45-49, 46-21, 35-62, 57-23); Kavish Jhaveri (Hindu Gym) bt Rushabh Gohil (ECC) 3-2 (63-28, 15-64, 69-55, 4-56, 63-48); Anees Jumani (Radio Club) bt Kaizad Fitter (Bombay Gym) 3-1 (65-53, 56-21, 31-69, 69-14)