Mumbai: The combined efforts of skipper Karl Vaz and Vinod Nair helped Catholic Gymkhana team CG Derek Decapitare clinch decisive 3-2 home and 3-1 away wins against Elphinstone Cricket Club’s ECC Elfies Super Stars in the concluding Section-C league matches during the third week of the Billiards & Snooker of Maharashtra organized Otters-BSAM Mumbai Snooker League.
Chembur Gymkhana’s CG Gladiators looked invincible as they finished with a 100 perfect win record having won all their six matches in Section-B and topped the section with 15 points, including 3 bonus points. They defeated Bombay Gymkhana’s BG ‘B’ 3-1 and 3-0 in the final round.
Vaz produced a solid dogged display to rescue Catholic Gymkhana from the jaws of defeat, in the home encounter. After ECC raced to a 2-0 lead by winning the first two frames, Vaz (+45 handicap) rose to the challenge as he put up a gutsy, determined approach and overcame ECC’s seasoned cueist Anurag Bagri (+30) 95-66 to win the third frame.
Later, Nair (+50), who had narrowly lost the first frame to Shubam Randhe (+45) 111-118, seemed to be inspired his captain’s success as he went on to tame ECC’s Sunil Jain (+25) 104-35 to pocket the fourth frame in favour of Catholic Gymkhana and level the match scores at 2-all. Catholic Gymkhana had earlier lost the doubles second frame. In the deciding fifth frame, Vaz slowly and steadily came from behind to pull off another win against Bagri by a close 94-83 point margin and secure a tight win for his team.
- FPJ Sports Desk