Delhi junior Rawat shocks snooker legend White

Mumbai, Jan 18 (PTI) Delhi collegian Laxman Rawat createda sensation in the Rs 5-lakh CCI Open Invitation SnookerChallenge when he surprised snooker legend Jimmy White of theUnited Kingdom 4-3 in a league encounter here today.

The 19-year-old, a qualifier, started off in brilliantfashion in his Group C tie against 48-year-old White, winnerof 23 professional titles in his three-decade long career anda six-time world runner-up, with a break of 71, beforecruising to a memorable 72(71)-0, 39-51, 3-59, 76 (50)-35,36-54, 73-39, 69-22 victory.

It was his first in four games in the pool.

"I was quite tense in the beginning. I tried to be calmand focused," said Rawat after beating the man who ruled thecue sport for over two decades and is credited with snooker''smaximum break of 147 during the World Championships in 1992.

"I started off well with a 71. I had two other fiftybreaks including an unfinished 55," said Rawat, who took upthe game three years ago.

"He played some great shots but also missed a few. Helater told I played a good game," said Rawat, who made thelast 16 in the national 6-red snooker in Bangalore and isranked No. 6 in the 9-ball pool.

The promising teenager, who intends to try his hand inthe professional circuit at the earliest opportunity, hadearlier lost to Kamal Chawla, Manan Chandra and Neeraj Kumarin the six-man pool and is to play against Nikhil Ootam toconclude his league engagements.

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