FORTY-YEAR-OLD ace cueist from Lucknow Nittin Kohli reasserted his snooker supremacy in the State of Uttar Pradesh even as the curtain came down on the 37th UP State Billiards & Snooker Championship, at the Lupton Club here on Monday. Nittin overcame the strong challenge put up by the promising local cueist Rahul Arora in seven fully extended frames in the final, which provided live wire excitement right upto the last.
Nittin won the cliff-hanger by 51-65, 48-67, 61-54, 27-53, 68-53, 61-47 and 87-73 points.
When Rahul took the first two frames it seemed that the youngster would run away with the match, but Nittin fought back to take two frames out of the next three frames to reduce the advantage and bring it to 2-3 frames lead for Rahul.
Following it up when Nittin wrested the sixth frame to restore parity at 3-3 it was literally a pressure cooker atmosphere in the fully crowded billiards room.
The deciding seventh frame was even more exciting. With the local fans Rahul cheering every shot of Rahul even the official referee Kirti Khanna from Lucknow excelled as if inspired and Nittin playing like a true champion raised the level of his game to new heights eventually sealing the fate of his young rival by potting a straight blue ball into the top pocket positioning perfectly for the winning stroke on the pink ball into the top at the colours stage clinching the frame match and title as well as the top ranking in State snooker. It was indeed a fitting finale to the superb match.
The newly elected mayor of Moradabad , ST Hasan gave away the prizes.
Malik becomes UPBA’s secretary
IN A significant development in the cue world of the State of Uttar Pradesh at the AGM of the UP Billiards Association (UPBA) held at the Lupton Club IS Malik of Lucknow was nominated as the new secretary. The post of secretary of the association fell vacant after secretary Hasan Shahid Rizvi proceeded for Saudi Arabia. Malik brings with him a vast experience of organizing various cueing activities during the past 33 years, besides having the added advantage of having played billiards at the highest level.