Adding yet another feather to his illustrious cap, Pankaj Advani won the snooker event at the National Billiards and Snooker Championship which concluded in Agra on Sunday.
The Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) cueist beat teammate Sourav Kothari 28-111(102), 81-16, 78-1, 84-8, 11-78, 102-35, 152(102)-0, 0-98, 98(98)-0 in the final to follow his victory in the billiards event here. The win gives him a rare hat-trick of double crowns in the nationals.
Sourav began on a high note with a break of 102 to take the first frame. But Pankaj took the next three frames, mixing safety play and sound potting, for a 3-1 lead.
Sourav took the fifth but Pankaj returned the compliment by winning the sixth for a 4-2 lead. Pankaj then came up with a superb 102 break to consolidate his lead. Sourav had the consolation of winning the next frame, but Pankaj sealed victory with a 98 break in the ninth frame.
Earlier, Maharashtra's Meenal Thakur completed her dream of winning a double in the women's category.