SPORT

Good day for Sourav Kothari

Special Correspondent

MUMBAI: Sourav Kothari (Petroleum Sports Promotion Board) thwarted the challenge from Maharashtra cueists Z. Rattansey and Sunny in Group S round-robin league of the Khar Gymkhana National 8-ball pool championships at Khar Gymkhana on Saturday.

Playing in his first eight-ball pool event, the Kolkata player, employed with ONGC, got a grip on the game early to run out 5-1 winner and ensure a berth in the knockout phase of the ONGC-sponsored event.

Bihar's Shivam Arora proved to be his toughest rival, leading 4-3 before the former roared back for a 5-3 victory.

The results: round-robin: Group A: Manan Chandra (PSPB) bt Shyamlal Sharma (Bih) 5-3; bt Reza Merchant (Mah) 5-1; Shyamlal Sharma (Mah) bt Mukesh Chandwani (MP) 5-1; Group B: Mohd Asim (Rlys) bt Kunal Solanki (Mah) 5-1; S. Srinivas (AP) bt Shekhar Surve (Mah) 5-1; Kunal Solanki bt Shekhar Surve 5-4.

Group C: Deepak Sethi (Del) bt Mudit Loyalka (Mah) 5-4; Rafat Habib (Rlys) bt Deepak Sethi 5-0; Sumit Chandi (CHG) bt Mudit Loyalka 5-2; Group D: Dharmendra Lilly (Pun) bt S. Sogani (Mah) 5-3.

Group F: Divya Sharma (Har) bt Karan Menon (Mah) 5-0; S. Gulati (Del) bt bt Sanjay Bhavsar (Mah) 5-3; Group G: Devendra Joshi (PSPB) bt Ravi (Mah) 5-3; bt Shyam Vohra (Mah) 5-1; Group H: Kamal Chawla (Rlys) bt D Maru 5-0 (Mah).

Group I: Kamlesh Chawla (Mah) bt Ranjit Mehta (Mah) 5-3; Group J: Dhruv Sitwala (PSPB) bt V Sharma (MP) 5-2; Group K: Balaji Reddy (Kar) bt S Jairaj (Kar) 5-3; Group L: J. Varunkumar (TN) bt S. Pande (UP) 5-1; Group M: Yasin Merchant (Mah) bt S. Kamaraj (TN) 5-1; Group Q: Jatinder Dawar (Mah) bt Akhil Patel (Mah) 5-3.