Billiards: Advani leads nine Indians into last 16

Leeds, Oct 27:

Title contender Pankaj Advani led a field of nine Indians into the pre-quarter-finals of the World Billiards championship (timed format) along with two other favourites Peter Gilchrist and David Causier here Monday.

Pankaj Advani
Pankaj Advani

Along with Advani, the other Indians who qualified for the round of 16, which will be played over three hours later Monday night, were: Rupesh Shah, Alok Kumar, Devendra Joshi, Ashok Shandilya, Sourav Kothari, Balachandra Bhaskar, Aditya Agarwal and Dhruv Sitwala.

Advani, the 29-year old from Bangalore, crafted a 318, his second triple-century break of the tournament, while defeating England’s Jonathan Marwood 814-356, and Causier outclassed Australia’s Neil Bolton 1119-451 with a massive run of 403 marking the Englishman’s progress.

Causier’s 403 was the third highest break of the tournament so far, behind Peter Gilchrist’s 551 and Robert Hall’s 406.

The results Round of 32 (2 hours):

Rupesh Shah bt Mark Hirst (ENG) 665 (118, 104)-371; Pankaj Advani bt Jonathan Marwood (ENG) 814 (318)-356; Alok Kumar bt Siddharth Parikh 669 (104, 102)-393; Aditya Agarwal bt Nalin Patel (ENG) 551 (151)-427; Dhruv Sitwala bt Todd Hayward (AUS) 767 (271)-290; Ashok Shandilya bt Chris Taylor (ENG) 462 (103)-403; David Causier (ENG) bt Neil Bolton (AUS) 1119 (176, 403, 162unf)-451 (146); Phil Mumford (ENG) bt Wayne Doyle (IRE) 489 (106)-413; Matthew Bolton (AUS) bt Akhilesh Mohan (FRA) 1028 (107, 189, 268)-130; Sourav Kothari bt Jamie Barker (ENG) 935 (123, 320)-196; Robin Wilson (ENG) bt Dhvaj Haria 756 (101, 111)-359; Robert Hall (ENG) bt Ian Williamson (ENG) 448-268; Peter Gilchrist (SIN) bt Phil Davis (ENG) 977 (114, 304, 102)-196; Devendra Joshi bt Brian Harvey (ENG) 860 (141)-399; Steve Brookshaw (ENG) bt Jaiveer Dhingra 426-402 (114); Balachandra Bhaskar bt V Subramaian 722 (102, 192)-401 (155).

Line-up for pre-quarter-finals (3 hrs): Kothari vs Gilchrist; Bhaskar vs Wilson; Brookshaw vs Joshi; Mumford vs Shah; Shandilya vs Sitwala; Causier vs Aditya Agarwal; Advani vs Alok Kumar; Bolton vs Hall.


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