Mumbai schoolboy shines in CCI All India Open Snooker Championship

Vastavam web: Schoolboy Shahyan Razmi stole the thunder with a break of 70 during his first round 3-1 win against Surat’s Vismay Gadhiya in the Rs 12.9 lakhs prize- money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2019 here Wednesday. The 13-year-old Shahyan, who represents the local Elphinstone Cricket Club, took off on the wrong foot as the Surat cueist grabbed the opening frame.But the resilient Shahyan bounced back in style and, with some small breaks, won a close second frame to level scores at 1-all.That win proved to be the perfect boost for Shahyan, who went on to construct the superb effort to win the frame.

Later, Shahyan’s elder brother Rayaan was not at his best, but still managed to overcome seasoned campaigner Kankan Shamsi of Uttar Pradesh in four frames, winning at 3-1.Rayaan was a bit tight and lacked fluidity with his shots and struggled against Samshi, who was quite steady but could not pull off a win against the youngster.

Sixteen-year-old Rayaan came through at 73-25, 32-61, 54-43 and 61-52 to join his brother in the second round.Meanwhile, Mumbai challengers, Sidraj Shah and Mithun Merchant, encountered mixed fortunes in other first round encounters.

Sidraj overcame Telangana’s Yashasvi 3-1 (68-43, 27- 65, 66-30, 73-9), but Mithun suffered a straight frames defeat against city rival Anurag Bagri. The steadier Bagri went on to record a 3-0 (46-35, 56-16, 51-14) win.