Mumbai, Nov 24 (UNI) Rishabh Pandya and Rovin D'Souza fashioned similar thrilling 4-3 wins to storm into the senior snooker quarter-finals, in the Matunga Gymkhana Maharashtra State Selection Billiards&Snooker Tournament, a here today.
Pandya rallied from a 0-2 deficit to overcome formidable V Subramaniam of Matunga Gymkhana 1-69, 40-46, 93-22, 66-21, 68-64, 8-57, 80-1 in an exciting best-of-seven frames contest between quality cueists, as the juniors took centre stage.
Enjoying home advantage on a familiar top, Subramaniam got off to a dream start with a 2-0 advantage, firing a break of 54 in the opening frame and following it up with a significant 38 in the second.
But Pandya came back strongly and replied with a brilliant 53 in the third, before surging to a vital 3-2 lead even as Subramaniam rifled in a break of 44 invain in the fifth.
Both got off to a cautious start in the crucial sixth, but Subramaniam compiled a significant 33 until he missed a red in the top corner. But that effort was enough to force the decider and keep his hopes alive.
As Subramaniam missed on a couple of occasions in the deciding seventh frame, Pandya seized the opportunity and compiled a break of 30 early in the frame until he missed the blue in the centre.
He returned to notch up another 24 before he bungled a red, but the huge lead he enjoyed was sufficient to leave Subramaniam stranded.
Rovin D'Souza, who already is in the sub junior snooker semi-finals, overcame a spirited Aditya Agrawal 33-63, 70-20, 62-55, 38-62, 73-45, 16-60, 76-15 in another thrilling pre-quarter-final tie to set up a clash with Bombay Gymkhana's Marzdi Kalyaniwala.
Joining Pandya, D'Souza and Kalyaniwala in the last eight were Aditya Mehta and Jatinder Dawer.
Results: Sr Snooker (PQF): Rovin D'Souza bt Aditya Agrawal 33-63, 70-20, 62-55, 38-62, 73-45, 16-60, 76-15; Marzdi Kalyaniwala bt Hasan Badami 63-51, 80-26, 64-59, 45-77, 48-13; Aditya Mehta bt Shailesh Rao 68-2, 74-20, 71-33, 77-8; Rishabh Pandya bt V Subramaniam 1-69, 40-46, 93-22, 66-21, 68-64, 8-57, 80-1; Jatinder Dawer bt Raju Adani 64-9, 48-71, 55-39, 73-40, 68-44.