FPJ SPORTS DESK Mumbai
Railways champion Siddharth Parikh kicked off his campaign in the competition with a delightful unfinished century break en route to a convincing win, in the Matunga Gymkhana- Pidilite Billiards Tournament, o
Facing novice Rohan Jambusaria of Mandpeshwar Civic Federation, Parikh warmed up with a break of 91 in the opening frame of the 100- up best- of- five Group C tie and added the unfinished 100 in the second frame to romp to a 3- 0 lead. Earlier, Jambusaria kept his hopes alive with a crucial 3- 0 win over club mate Chandu Kansodaria.
Twice world runner- up Dhruv Sitwala of PJ Hindu Gymkhana almost matched Parikhs effort when he missed a century break by a solitary point while prevailing over club mate Chetan Hemmadi 3- 0 in his opening Group A tie.
Elphinstone Cricket Club cueists Farhad Tengra and Arun Agrawal endured opening round blues as they were stretched in their group ties.
Tengra dropped the opening frame en route to a 79- 100, 100- 91, 100- 30, 100- 87 win over Naresh Sadarangani of the host club in Group A, while 2010 state champion Agrawal was stretched on two occasions in back- to- back ties before prevailing over Hitesh Kotwani of CCI and Rohinton Daruwala of Dadar Parsee Colony Gymkhana in Group D. Results: Group A: Dhruv Sitwala ( PJ Hindu Gym) bt Chetan Hemmadi ( PJ Hindu Gym) 100- 8, 100( 99)- 13, 100( 55)- 18; Farhad Tengra ( Elphinstone CC) bt Naresh Sadarangani ( Matunga Gym) 79- 100, 100- 91, 100- 30, 100- 87.
Group B: Devendra Joshi ( Matunga Gym) bt Amit Thakker ( Matunga Gym) 100( 64)- 3, 100- 80, 101( 50)- 56.
Group C: Shekhar Surve ( SPG) bt Chandu Kansodaria ( MCF) 100- 70, 100- 77, 56- 100, 100- 58; Rohan Jambusaria ( MCF) bt Chandu Kansodaria ( MCF) 100- 45, 100- 54, 100- 72; Siddharth Parikh ( PJ Hindu Gym) bt Rohan Jambusaria 100( 91)- 2, 100( 100unf)- 0, 100- 23.