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Advani, Merchant register wins

other Updated: Nov 18, 2009 01:27 IST

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Indian cueists, Pankaj Advani and Yasin Merchant maintained their winning streaks as they won their respective group matches of the men’s IBSF World snooker championship here on Tuesday.

The Bangalore-based Advani staved off a stiff challenge from Phillip Williams of Wales to carve out a 4-3 win, his third straight triumph in Group ‘A’

In Group ‘C’, Merchant trounced American Ahmed Aly 4-2 also for his third straight win. In Group D, Manan Chandra had a field day against Austrian Alexander Gauss, blanking him 4-0.

Among other Indians in the men section, Sandeep Gulati routed Ali Obaidly of Qatar 4-0, Shahbaz Khan spanked Pierre Jordaan of South Africa 4-1 and Brijesh Damani thumped Leonard Shanahan of Ireland 4-1.

In the masters section, India’s seasoned pro, Geet Sethi was eliminated when he went down to Clive Thomson of New Zealand. Sethi waged a grim battle before going down 2-3 to Thomson in the Group ‘B’ round robin clash.

Having lost the first two frames 42-50, 48-53, Sethi rallied to draw parity by winning the next two frames but Thomson prevailed in the decider, winning it 89-6.

In another master match, K Venkatesham beat fellow Indian Arvind Savur 3-2, Prabhakaran beat Bambos Kouzis of Cyprus 3-1, while Nadeem Ahmed blanked beat Emmanuel Jeandidier of France 3-0.

Results - Men: Group A: Daniel Thorp (Aus) bt Moosa Saleem (Mau) 4-1; Sandeep Gulati (Ind) bt Ali Obaidly (Qat) 4-0; Pankaj Advani (Ind) bt Phillip Williams (Wal) 4-3. Group B: Supoj Saenla (Thai) bt Habib Sabah Habib (Bah) 4-0; Mohamed Awad (Egy) bt Mark Hannah (NZ) 4-0; Shahbaz Khan (Ind) bt Pierre Jordaan (RSA) 4-1.

Group C: Yasin Merchant (Ind) bt Ahmed Aly (USA) 4-2.