DA Huslters, Strachen Champions in semis

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Pune, Dec 3 (UNI) DA Hustlers pulled out a sensational 2-1 victory over fancied Poona Club to storm into the semi final round in the fourth edition of the PYC-ATC Snooker Challenge 2007 at the PYC (Hindu) Gymkhana hall here today.

They will clash with holders Strachen Champions in the second semi final round of the ATC (Shipping&Clearing) sponsored championship tomorrow afternoon and the winners will clash with the winners of Khadki Billiards Club versus Cue Sports (India), who were scheduled to meet later in the first semi final round tonight.

Down in the first match DA Hustlers cueist Sachin Sanchetti conquered Munez Poonawalla 3-2 in a closely fought match winning the first two frames easily only to see Munez come from behind to level up the score 2-2.

The final frame saw Sachin maintain his cool to record a decisive 67-39 frame to turn the match in his favour. Mohan Jagtap later after a promising start winning the first two frames, went into jitters to concede the next two frames only to tighten up the given game to capture the decider 59-34 over Rahul Bagga to see his team through into the semis.

They will clash with holders Strachen Champs in the semi final round tomorrow after, the latter having ended the challenge of one time winner's Royal Western India Turf Club 3-nil earlier.

Shabaz Khan, Aditya Mehta and Devendra Joshi giving them easy paced three frames to nil victories over Sherry Singh, Jhonny Kane and Mazhar Taherbhoy.

Earlier Khadki Billiards team like DA Huslters also became the second team to earn their first berth into the semi final rounds by inflicting a decisive 3-nil victory over T Pool Junction. They will clash with fancied Cue Sports (India) in the other semi final round.

The finals to be played in the best of seven frames will be cued off at 1630 hrs tomorrow. Mr Ashutosh Sathe and Mr Moghe, directors of ATC (Shipping&Clearing), will be guest of honor for the finals.

PYC-Snooker Challenge 2007: Quarter finals: Strachen Champs beat Turf Club 3-0: Shabaz Khan beat Sherry Singh 3-0: 77(48)-8, 73-59, 61-31,; Aditya Mehta bt Jhonny Kane 3-0: 86-21, 65-17, 69-9; Devendra Joshi bt Mazhar Taherbhoy 3-1: 58-24, 52-63. 67 -38 (conceded).

DA Hustlers beat Poona Club Ltd 2-1: Siddharth Baran lost to Kapil Punjabi 1-3: 27-60, 38-56, 52-42, 39-60; Sachin Sancheti beat Muneez Poonawalla 3-2: 62-30, 72-32, 42-62, 44-57, 67-39; Mohan Jagtap bt Rahul Bagga 3-2:61-68, 52-16, 16, 15-56, 78-14, 59-34.

UNI

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