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Lee, Aditya, Chawla enter last eight of snooker meet

May 15, 2013 12:16 IST

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World No. 21 Stephen Lee of Britain, India's Aditya Mehta and Kamal Chawla cemented their berths in the knock-out quarter-finals in the Rs 22-lakh RKG- Khar Gymkhana Snooker Masters 2013 here today.

Two-time Asian champion Yasin Merchant also won a crucial tie to enhance his hopes of advancing to the second stage of the tournament being played at the Khar Gymkhana.

Bhopal cueist Chawla overcame Dharminder Lily of Punjab 4-2 for his fourth straight win in as many ties and sealed his place from Group A along with title-favourite Lee. The two will clash tomorrow to decide the group topper.

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Snooker professional Mehta won his fourth straight round robin tie. AFP

Snooker professional Mehta won his fourth straight round robin tie over Shivam Arora to qualify from Group C where world No. 46 Nigel Bond of Britain and Sourav Kothari of ONGC will strive to snatch the second spot in the group.

Merchant snatched a crucial win over national champion Manan Chandra in a 4-3 thriller to keep his hopes alive in Group B, where world No. 26 Michael Holt of Britain is also in the fray along with the formidable Indian duo.

While Pankaj Advani is sitting pretty atop Group D with three wins from as many outings, Sandeep Gulati of Delhi and Shahbaaz Khan of PSPB will battle it out for the second spot.

Results:

Group A: Kamal Chawla (MP) bt Laxman Rawat (PSPB) 59-68(58), 59-52, 73-44, 22-70, 85(45)-0, 43-81, 63-49; Dharminder Lily (Pun) bt Laxman Rawat (PSPB) 73-22, 61-26, 68-4, 56-33; Stephen Lee (GBR) bt Harish Pahuja (Mah) 80(60)-14, 93(75)-3, 75-9, 105(78)-25; Kamal Chawla bt Dharminder Lily 20-65, 58-22, 10-72(47), 68-19, 64-48, 59-46.

Group B: Michael Holt (GBR) bt Yasin Merchant (Mah) 71(59)-14, 69(52)-28, 47(31)-62, 32-56, 47-59, 64-9, 61-18; Manan Chandra (PSPB) bt Balaji Reddy (TN) 28-75, 38-62, 71-36, 68-33, 81-10, 100(73)-15; Michael Holt (GBR) bt Neeraj Kumar (Rlys) 61(50)-14, 114(106)-14, 59-46, 66-27; Yasin Merchant bt Manan Chandra 66(56)-34, 13-73(60), 67-40, 31-55, 91-5, 8-62, 64-32.

Group C: Nigel Bond (GBR) bt Shivam Arora (Mah) 81-15, 31-61, 65-67(42), 47-45, 29-68, 96(49)-42, 52-18; Sourav Kothari (PSPB) bt Shivam Arora 65-25, 33-68, 69(58)-38, 29-20, 4-67(44), 68-66(51); Siddharth Parekh (Rlys) bt Vijay Nichani (TN) 33-65, 88-45, 66-20, 69(58)-44(31), 66-59; Aditya Mehta (PSPB) bt Shivam Arora 77(60)-0, 102(40)-26, 66-58, 41-74, 29-60, 61(38)-10.

Group D: Shahbaaz Khan (PSPB) bt Mohd. Al Joker (UAE) 70-49, 51-33, 64-30, 89(54)-7; Shahbaaz Khan (PSPB) bt Faisal Khan (Rlys) 43-82, 66-55, 10-64(40), 72-43, 63-0, 58(54)-1; Pankaj Advani (TN) bt Sandeep Gulati (Delhi) 81-55, 87(87)-22, 2-72, 1-89(80), 58-12, 63-23; Faisal Khan (Rlys) bt Mohd. Al Joker (UAE) 16-84, 62-29, 79(53)-19, 34-55, 79(65)-1, 17-51, 64-21

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