Pune, Nov 25 (UNI) Last year's winners Zip Sports, now playing under the new name Strachan Champions, recorded a 2-1 win over Deccan Gymkhana 'D', in an opening round match of PYC-ATC Snooker Challenge-2007 team championship, which stated simulteneously at the PYC and Deccan Gymkhana halls here today.
A heart-warming feature of the Strachan-Deccan Gymkhana clash was the debut by the Deccan Gymkhana club's 12-year-old school boy Yash Deshpande against former world champion Devendra Joshi.
Yash, who is the younger brother of the youthful table tennis international Divya Deshpande, was unnerved by the presence of Devendra before going down 88-5, 63-22 margin.
The College of Military Engineers, considered as among those who run, had a mixed luck in the opening round. They went down fighting to Poona Goan Institute 'A' team by a 2-1 margin, but restored their pride by crushing hosts PYC (Hindu) Gymkhana 'B' squad by a 3-nil margin. The father-daughter duo in Col Sanchez and Aranza provided their star cueist Major Basnet a launching pad for their 3-nil triumph.
The tournament was inaugurated at the hands of Rajan Khivansara, vice president of Billiards&Snooker Association of Maharashtra (BSAM) and Shantanu Bhadkamkar, MD of the title sponsor ATC (Clearing&Shipping) Pvt Ltd.
Results: Group 'A': Strachen Champions bt Deccan Gym 'D' (2-1) Shabaz Khan bt Ajinkya Mehta 69-32, 63-22; Devendra Joshi bt Yash Deshpande 88-5, 63-22; Ajinkya Mehata lost to Mihir Gokhale 64-23, 60-49; Group 'C': Poona Goan Institute 'A' bt College of Military Engineering (CME) 2-1: Agnello Harry lost to Major Basnet 28-48, 42-59; Clint D'souza bt Miss Arantxa Sanchez 71-22, 61-08; Felix Francis bt Col Sanchez 58-27, 5-14; CME bt PYC 'D'(3-0): Col Sanchez bt Chaitanya Halbe 61-20, 39-89, 66-38; Aranta Sanchez bt Sanjeev Patil 43-14, 52-22; Maj Basnet bt G Phalke 43-33, 61-25; Group 'D': Pradhikaran Youth Forum (PYF) bt PYC 'C' - (3-0): Bipin Sankpal bt Arjun Parmar 61-22, 55-21; Rahul Padhye bt Karan Mehta 36-54, 64-20; Arsh Sidiqui bt Ishan Bhale 49-37, 55-34; Group 'E': Turf Club bt Poona Goan Institute 'B' (3-0): Nitin Israni bt Nelson 62-34, 46-63, 61-18, Zubin Registrar bt Crezol D'Silva 68-12, 61-28; Jhonny Kong bt Daniel Joseph 64-23, 60-49; Group 'G': Khadki Billiards XClub bt Cue Masters (2-1): Ashish Hule bt Shri Sane 50-38, 69-22; Hari bhau Mirajkar bt Vikram Palande 38-61, 54-27, 59-29; Pramod Aiywar lost to Aniruddh Sawant 36-17, 55-41, 78-21.