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Indian challenge ends in world snooker

Indian challenge ends in IBSF World Snooker Championship as Manan Chandra lost to England's Daniel Ward in Men's semifinal.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 15:18 IST

Manan Chandra bowed out of the IBSF World Snooker Championships at Amman, Jordan, after a narrow 7-8 loss to Daniel Ward of England in the men's semifinal.

Chandra lost a see-saw battle to Ward 0-66, 60-5, 41-67, 64-15, 16-59, 71-27, 8-62, 75-43, 60-54, 64-41, 12-67, 36-60, 47-56, 74-34 and 44-67 late last night.

The Indian national champion, who was rusty in the first frame, put up a brave front to keep him in the contest but ran out of steam in the decider.

The 25-year-old Ward had defeated former champion Pankaj Advani in the pre-quarters.

Chandra earlier beat Craig Steadman of New Zealand 6-3 in the quarterfinal. He scored a 71-26, 44-68, 44-51, 75-23, 46-15, 62-38, 0-66, 86-0, 73-0 victory to advance to the semifinals.

In the women's section, Anuja Thakur finished third after blanking Ramona Belmont of New Zealand 3-0 in a play-off.

The Mumbai cueist notched up a 51-23, 64-61, 75-62 win against the Kiwi after being disappointed by Wan-Ip In of Czech Republic 2-4 (68-36, 46-6, 11-46, 55-71, 35-69, 58-62) in the semifinal.

It was a similar story for Devendra Joshi in the Masters (over-40) as veteran beat Joe Delaney of Ireland 4-0 after being blanked by Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan in their last-four stage match.