Indians to vye with each other in semis

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Bangalore, Sep 8 (UNI) It will be an all Indian semi-final with Thailand Cueist Thawat Sujaritthurakarn and Peter Ghilchrist of Singapore ousted in the quarter-finals of the ONGC IBSF World Billiards Championship (Timed Format) played in the KSBA Hall here today.

Eight time world title winner Geet Sethi proved his supermacy trouncing the Thailand cueist with an unbeatable 1756-783 by having a highest break of 334 in the 19th visit.

In a keenly contested match, defending champion Pankaj Advani had anxious moment, as his compatriot Sourav Kothari had over taken him in the second session after trailing by 118 point (627-509). However, the 23-year-old Bangalore lad succeeded with his highest break of 210 at 27th visit and enter the semis to meet Sethi.

Pankaj, who had a slender lead of 118 lead in the first session, had to struggle to overcome the turmoil, as the score was neck to neck and at one time it was 1200-1200 in the second session.

With 197 break in his 29th visit, Pankaj kept up hopes and went on with 98 and 65 in his next two visits to take a comfortable lead.

Sourav said he missed the red ball in the 26th visit, as otherwise the result would have been reversed.

In another thrilling match, former Asian Champion Devendra Joshi scored an eight point victory over his compatriot Dhruv Sitwala 1108-1102. Joshi had his highest break at 288 in his 30th visit, while Dhruv had highest break of 240 in the 14th visit to take lead.

However, it vent in vain as he lost the match.

''If I had five minutes more I would have been the winner,'' Dhruv.

British-born Singapore settled cueist Ghilchrist was ousted from the Championship when former IBSF World Billiards Champion (Points Format) Rupesh defeated him at 1182-966.

In the semi-finals slated for tomorrow, Sethi will meet Pankaj and Rupesh Shah will clash with Joshi.

Results: Quarter Finals: (all Indian unless mentioned) Geet Sethi 1756 (Breaks/Visit 293/3, 52/5, 92/9, 196/11, 51/16, 334/19, 78/20, 144/33, 187/34) bt Thawat Sujaritthurakarn (Thailand) 783 (52/9, 105/11, 84/13, 123/15, 55/17, 84/24); Rupesh Shah 1182 (104/13, 150/20, 188/22, 56/26, 257/29, 156/31) bt Peter Gilchrist (Singapore) 966 (79/6, 59/12, 181/13, 91/23, 71/24, 96/27, 50/28, 87/32); Pankaj Advani 1356 (88/10, 116/13, 73/16, 122/17, 101/18, 90/26, 210/27, 197/29, 98/31, 65/32) bt Sourav Kothari 1293 (82/3, 125/13, 119/19, 63/21, 106/22, 136/25, 182/26, 80/27, 166/28); Devendra Joshi 1108 (97/5, 97/14, 82/15, 51/21, 101/26, 75/28, 288/30) bt Dhruv Sitwala 1102 (50/2, 240/14, 83/32, 136/36, 86/45, 186/49).

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