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Updated: July 21, 2011 03:01 IST

Varsha Sanjeev pockets snooker title too

J. Raakesh Natraj
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YOUNG CHAMPS: Dhuvaj Haria of Gujarat and Karnataka’s Varsha Sanjeev who emerged winners in the sub-junior boys’ billiards and girls’ snooker sections respectively. Photo: K. Pichumani
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YOUNG CHAMPS: Dhuvaj Haria of Gujarat and Karnataka’s Varsha Sanjeev who emerged winners in the sub-junior boys’ billiards and girls’ snooker sections respectively. Photo: K. Pichumani

Varsha Sanjeev pocketed her second title in as many days, as the 14-year old from Karnataka defeated Saniya Arif 37-23, 61-44 in the girls' sub-junior snooker final at the Hash-10 National championships here on Wednesday.

Later in the evening, Gujarat's Dhuvaj Haria made it his fourth National boys' sub-junior billiards title in a row, as he coasted to a 327-116 win over Javieer Dhingra in the one-hour time format final.

Varsha continued her form from Tuesday, when she had won the billiards title, to come up with a steady show, making most of her turns at the table count.

Saniya, on the other hand, clearly had problems with her potting, as the youngster could not sink a single coloured ball for almost the entire length of the final.

Eighteen of Saniya's 23 points in a largely uncontested first frame arrived via fouls from Varsha.

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The story was not too different in the second frame, and despite being just one point ahead (38-37) half-way through, Varsha held her nerve to close out the frame and the contest 61-44. Dhuvaj was perhaps the promising of the youngsters on view and saved his best for the final, clustering the balls during his visits and spreading them out during turn-overs to deny Javieer opportunities to accumulate big breaks. In three successive turns at the table, Dhuvaj gathered breaks of 33, 36 and 17 to chalk up a healthy lead early on. It was 88-21 after 15 minutes of play and 152-66 in Dhuvaj's favour a little after thirty minutes. The Gujarat lad sealed the contest with a break of 46 a few minutes later.

The results: Boys (Sub-junior, billiards): Final (one-hour time format): Dhuvaj Haria (Guj) bt Javieer Dhingra (Mah) 327-116. Semifinals: Dhuvaj bt Ustav Ramani (Guj) 236-214; Jaiveer bt M.L. Lakshman (Kar) 340-185.

Girls (Sub-junior, snooker): Finals (best of three frames): Varsha Sanjeev (Kar) bt Saniya Arif (Chn) 37-23, 61-44. Semifinals: Varsha bt I. Lahari (AP) 48-39, 70-29; Saniya bt Arya Pimpale (Mah) 84-24, 37-23. Quarterfinals: Saniya bt Keerath Bhandaal (Del) 37-78, 75-34, 23-9; Varsha bt P.S. Angel (AP) 60-26, 36-6; Arya Pimpale bt Alan Kruthi Prakash (Kar) 63-24, 70-18; Lahari (AP) w/o Saloni Bagga (MP).

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