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Gujarat Kings starts well

Icons clash: Andrew Pagett’s win over Pankaj Advani set the tone for Gujarat Kings’ win over Chennai Strikers.

Icons clash: Andrew Pagett’s win over Pankaj Advani set the tone for Gujarat Kings’ win over Chennai Strikers.  

Andrew Pagett wins two in win over Chennai Strikers

The icon versus icon skirmish in the 6-Red variety of the Cue Slam Indian Cue Masters League at the Rajpath Club will appeal most to the cue sports buffs; the outcome of this particular match set to three frames will just win a point, with odds of a player making a clearance of 75, for the bonus point, being very difficult.

On the inaugural day of the distinctively created format, the spectators at the Club got a taste of the icon-nominated match between Chennai Strikers Pankaj Advani and Gujarat Kings’ Andrew Pagett and Delhi Dons’ Kelly ‘kwikfire’ Fisher and Bengaluru Buddies’ Darren Morgan.

The spectators, as much as the players, were curious to know as to how each frame with a ten-minute time limit could drift, but as it transpired the first Welshman on show, Pagett got the better of Advani in two straight frames, and the second Welshman, with almost two decades of experience in the ruthless world professional snooker, was beaten by Kelly in three frames. Pagett’s two wins (mixed doubles and icon match) paved the way for his team Gujarat Kings to beat the Strikers 3-2, while, Laxman Rawat potted the last black to clinch the tie for the Buddies in a thrilling and deciding single frame match against the Delhi Dons’ Pushpinder Singh.

The Cue slam started, with the Pagett-Daria Sirotina pair winning their match against Advani and Vidya Pillai. While the Strikers lost the first two 6-Red snooker matches; Dharminder Lilly sustained the interest in the tie, by winning the 9-ball against Alok Kumar. Then Vidya and Lilly won the mixed doubles 9-ball pool against Alok and Russia’s Daria to go 2-all for the tie before the Kings’ Brijesh Damani scored an easy win over Strikers’ Faisal Khan.

“We wanted to put them under pressure right right away and that’s exactly what we managed. It was a great team performance and everything went according to plan,” said Pagett. victory.

The results: Gujarat Kings bt Chennai Strikers 3-2 (6-Red snooker Andrew Pagett & Daria Sirotina bt Pankaj Advani & Vidya Pillai 2-0 (32-9, 23-1); Pagett bt Advani 2-0 (37-30, 35-30); Brijesh Damani bt Faisal Khan 1-0 (32-7) ; 9 ball pool: Alok Kumar lost to Dharminder Lilly 0-2; and Alok & Daria lost to Lilly & Vidya 0-2).

Bengaluru Buddies bt Delhi Dons 3-2 (6-Red Snooker Darren Morgan & Anistasia Nechaeva bt Laura Evans & Manan Chandra 2-0 (27-17, 32-16); Darren Morgan lost to Kelly Fisher 1-2 (44-14, 32-34, 0-45); Laxman Rawat bt Pushpinder Singh 1-0 (35-27); 9 Ball Pool: Sandeep Gulati lost to Kelly Fisher 0-2; Sandeep Gulati and Anastasia Nechaeva, bt Laura Evans and Malkeet Singh 2-1).

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