Friday, October 29, 2010

Advani off to a flier

Leeds : Reigning champion Pankaj Advani remained on course for the second successive World Professional Billiards title after securing contrasting wins over compatriot Sushrat Pandia and England's Martin Goodwill on Thursday.

In his opening encounter, Advani produced four century breaks (178, 155, 172 and 125) to score a thumping 1150-167 victory over Pandia in a lop-sided encounter.

Advani, during his 42 visits to the table, was seen in his elements and hardly broke a sweat in overwhelming the lesser-known opponent.

However, the second match against Goodwill saw Advani putting all his experience on the table to score a slender 47 points victory over the Englishman.

Martin was 256 behind Pankaj's total of 659 with around 30 minutes remaining when he constructed a break of 141 to reduce the deficit to just 115 points.

Pankaj then scored nine points and broke down, followed by Martin scoring two (pot white and double baulk). Martin then, with about 9 minutes remaining, being 120 behind, made a break of 86 before sinking Advani's cue ball accidentally during a drop cannon.

The Indian then came to the table with just two minutes remaining and scored 13 crucial points without missing any shot to seal the issue.

Five-time winner Geet Sethi, making his 19th appearance at the event, scored an emphatic 781-397 win over teammate Siddharth Parikh before humbling England's Bem French 1223-186 at the Northern Snooker Centre.

Sethi, aiming his sixth world professional title, constructed three century breaks (150, 182 and 108) against Parikh, while in his second match against French, he made two century breaks including 452 in the last session.
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