Easy openers for Geet, Pankaj, Manan muzzles Premprakash

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Chennai, Sep 15 (UNI) Nine-times World Billiards Champion Geeth Sethi and his prodigy Pankaj Advani dazzled on the green baize to start their campaign on a winning note in the Alliance Group ASCA All India snooker tournament here today.

While Sethi taught a lesson or two to Vijay Nichani of Tamil Nadu winning the five frame Group ''F'' contest 3-0, Advani of ONGC, was qually emphatic against Varun Kumar before winning by a similar margin in Group A.

Nichani later crashed out of reckoning losing his second match to Rafat Habib 3-1.

But the day's honours went to Manan Chandra of ONGC, who stunned Prempraksh in Group B. Manan wrapped up the first three frames in just 25 minutes winning 98-0, 86-1, 72-26, baffling his rival.

The unfinished 98 break in the first frame by Manan virtually sank Prampraksh, who looked clueless and surrendered meekly.

Results: Group A: Pankaj Advani (ONGC) bt Varun Kumar (TN) 3-0 (87-19,103-23,93-18) Group B: Manan Chandra (ONGC) bt Prem Prakash (TN) 3-0 (98-0, 82-1, 72-26).

Group F: Geet Sethi (Gujarat) bt Vijay Nichani (TN0 3-0 (92-0, 93-6, 56-20); Rafat Habib (Rlys) bt Vijay Nichani (TN) 3-1 (80-41, 71-0, 36-63, 69-24).

Group G: Karthik (TN) bt S A Saleem (TN) 3-1 (12-74,14-40,57-12,55-9).

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