Narrow win for Sitwala

Mumbai: Twice world runner-up Dhruv Sitwala fashioned a narrow win, in the CCI Classic Billiards & Snooker Tournament on Friday.Sitwala coasted to his third straight win in Group D when he overcame Karnataka-based cueist K. Venkatesham of Railways 454-418 in the two-hour format billiards contest that was crucial for his progress in the competition.

Former Railways champion Siddharth Parikh registered back-to-back wins after prevailing over former world professional No. 7 Nalin Patel and state selection junior champion Jaiveer Dhingra of ONGC in Group A.

Parikh is sitting pretty with four wins in a row that has enhanced his chances of qualifying for the knock out pre-quarter-finals. In Group B, world bronze medallist Ashok Shandilya and senior state selection champion Arun Agrawal also recorded their third straight wins to keep their hopes alive.

Group A: Jaiveer Dhingra (ONGC) bt Satbir Narula (CCI) 612-287; Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) bt Nalin Patel (Mah) 500-313; Nalin Patel bt Satbir Narula 729(125,92,91)-201; Siddharth Parikh bt Jaiveer Dhingra 718(101,121,94)-256.

Group B: Arun Agrawal (Mah) bt Kekoo Nicholson (CCI) 854(116,90)-293;
Ashok Shandilya (Rlys) bt Rohan Jambusaria (Mah) 671(135)-351; Arun
Agrawal bt I.H. Manudev (Ktk) 625(114)-409.

Group C: Malkeet Singh (CCI) bt V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian (Mah) 538-373;
V. ‘Raja’ Subramanian bt Shekhar Surve (Rlys) 427-309; Aditya Agrawal
(Rlys) bt Shekhar Surve 388-343; D. Rajkumar (Ktk) bt Shekhar Surve

Group D: Dhruv Sitwala (PSPB) bt K. Venkatesham (Rlys) 454-418;
Devendra Joshi (PSPB) bt Rupesh Shah (PSPB) 417-395; Rupesh Shah bt K.
Venkatesham 398(101,91)-363.

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