Rewarding day for Rovin in snooker state selection tourney

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Mumbai, Nov 23 (UNI) Rising star Rovin D'Souza enjoyed a rewarding day following two remarkable wins, in Maharashtra State Selection 2007 Billiards and Snooker Tournament, at the Matunga Gymkhana here today.

D'Souza kicked off the day when he stormed into the sub junior snooker semi-finals with a convincing 95-26, 71-9 win over Harmeet Sahani in the best-of-three frames contest.

D'Souza later advanced to the senior snooker pre-quarter-finals following an impressive 60-49, 51-71, 63-33, 60-17 win over formidable Sachin Sanchetti of Pune in a best-of-five frames encounter between quality cueists.

''I was fortunate to have things in my favour today. I was consistent, the balls rolled in my favour and in the end it seemed pretty easy,'' explained D'Souza.

Joining D'Souza in the last four of the sub junior snooker were Arapan K, Reza Merchant and Naman Agarwal.

In the senior snooker second round, Samuel Selven upset Chandresh Shah of P J Hindu Gymkhana with 74-41, 20-57, 76-6, 58-36.

In contrast, Amit Saboo, Rishabh Pandya, Marzdi Kalyaniwala, Aditya Mehta and Nikhil Ootam were the other cueists who advanced to the pre-quarter-finals following second round wins.

Results: Sub Junior Snooker (QF): Rovin D'Souza bt Harmeet Sahani 95-26, 71-9; Arpan K bt Rahil Khan 34-44, 54-23, 50-10; Reza Merchant bt Abhishek Bhave 41-27, 45-29; Naman Agarwal bt S Shirodkar 51-49, 16-41, 72-24.

Senior Snooker (2nd Rd): Samuel Steven bt Chandresh Shah 74-41, 20-57, 76-6, 58-36; Amit Saboo bt Aditya Hule 65-18, 14-70, 72-1, 76-1; Rishabh Pandey bt Jaideep Deshpande 57-9, 54-28, 56-51; Hasan Badami bt Mahesh Jagdale 11-61, 61-16, 30-66, 71-38, 70-30; Marzdi Kalyaniwala bt Reza Merchant 60-4, 68(64)-0, 54-14; Rovin D'Souza bt Sachin Sanchetti (Pune) 60-49, 51-71, 63-33, 60-17; Aditya Mehta bt Mayur Sanghvi 63-14, 60-32, 55-33; Nikhil Ootam bt Kaizad Fitter 36-71, 71-24, 60-37, 68-9.


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