Mumbai: Park Club cueist Amit Sapru (+90 handicap) defeated his club mate Sanjiv Bijlani (+110) 513-391 in a pre-quarter-final round match of the Shivaji Park Gymkhana and Park Club Open Handicap Billiards Tournament on Saturday.
In the quarterfinals, Sapru will cross swords with Mahesh Jagdale (ECC), who early this month won the state selection billiards title. Jagdale (-80) dashed the challenge from P.J. Hindu Gymkhana’s Jaiveer Dhingra (+30) winning by a comfortable 320-188 margin.
In a battle between professionals, Nalin Patel (-200) of Bombay Gymkhana and Devendra Joshi (-250) of Shivaji Park Gymkhana, the former who compiled a 266 break, the highest in the tournament so far, won the contest at 291-162.
Meanwhile, Matunga Gymkhana’s Nikhil Ghadge (+80) continued with his good run of form as he overcame World billiards number three Dhruv Sitwala (-250) to progress to the quarter-finals. Sitwala found the handicap quite stiff against Ghadge who played consistently and went down 223-303. Young Rohan Jambusaria of MCF also made the round of eight.