Joshi, Sissodia score contrasting victories in CCI snooker

Vastavam web: BPCL’s Devendra Joshi and Madhya Pradesh’s Bharat Sissodia Tuesday scored contrasting wins in their respective third round matches of the CCI All India Open Snooker Championship here. The Mumbai-based cueist Joshi, representing Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), rattled up two half century breaks to outshine his city rival Mayank Bhavsar and win in three straight frames. Joshi, after taking the first frame, was in full flow and constructed breaks of 59 in the second and 55 in the third to complete the clean sweep and advance to the round of 64.

Earlier, Sissodia showed a remarkable fighting spirit as he recovered to turn the tables on Arun Kumar of Thane and notch win after five well-contested frames. He comfortably won the fourth and fifth frames to snatch a deserving victory and make it to the fourth round.

Results First round: Malkeet Singh (Railways) beat Sarang Shroff (Mumbai) 3-1 (2-82(55), 62-55, 67-33,78(60)-10). Second round: Rafath Habib (Railways) beat Sunil Jain (Mumbai) 3-0 (70-56, 64-23, 60-28), Mohd Hussain Khan (Railways) beat Kiran Chheda 3-0 (64(33)-18.

62(45)-9, 74(47)-9); Abhinav Dhiman beat Chintamani Jadhav (Pune) 3-0 (61-16, 56-53, 62-48); Rishabh Thakkar (Mumbai) beat Shiva Sharma (AP) 3-0 (63-37, 63-30, 75-20); Anuj Uppal (Delhi) beat Tanmay Jatkar 3-0 (50-37, 72-9, 85-1); Vimal Mariwala (Mumbai) beat Raj Khandwala (Mumbai) 3-2 (43-74, 26-54, 64-30, 65-8, 60-25).

Third round: Abhishek Ahuja (Delhi) beat Manoj Nandwani (Ulhasnagar) 3-0 (53-45, 69-30, 62-49); Bharat Sissodia (MP) beat Arun Kumar (Thane) 3-2 (40-47, 35-39, 79(64)-10, 67-19, 66-34); Devendra Joshi (Mumbai) beat Mayank Bhavsar (Mumbai) 3-0 (66-29, 79(59)-0, 88(55)-0).