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Damani clinches CCI Snooker title


 

Brijesh Damani of Indian Oil emerged triumphant defeating Sourav Kothari of ONGC by a stunning 7-1 margin in a best-of-13 frame final of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018, and played at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room on Sunday evening.

Indian Oil cueist Brijesh Damani smiles as he poses with the CCI Snooker trophies. Damani defeated ONGC’s Sourav Kothai 7-1 in the final on Sunday

Indian Oil cueist Brijesh Damani smiles as he poses with the CCI Snooker trophies. Damani defeated ONGC’s Sourav Kothai 7-1 in the final on Sunday

 

The efforts of Damani, earned him a whopping cash fund of Rs two lakh and the handsome CCI Snooker Trophy and a fine crystal trophy as well. Kothari who was a lot jaded had to be satisfied with the runner-up cash award of Rs 1.30 lakh, while the losing semi-finalists, Kamal Chawla and Aditya Mehta, both took home a purse of Rs 75,000 each.

 

The Indian Oil cueist Damani did not have to produce anything exceptional as Kothari seemed tense and was unable to find his rhythm. Damani played steadily and potted consistently. He was also more ambitious of the two PSPP players as he boldly attempted some long and difficult shots and succeeded with those pots which played a big role in his victory.

 

“It’s great to win. I am not surprised to have won so comfortably, sometimes it happens that your opponent has a bad day. Sourav is a formidable opponent, who has great qualities, but I decided to stick to my game and I think it was my consistent performance which helped me come through,” a pleased Damani said after the win. “I had defeated Kothari by a similar 6-1 margin in a tournament in Kolkata in 2015,” he further stated.

 

Kothari made a positive start and came with two small efforts of 19 and 21 to lead 48-25, but missed a simple last red in the centre pocket. Damani grabbed the chance as he potted the final red and followed it up with the brown before clearing the balls from the table to compile a run of 35 to snatch the first frame, which was the beginning of his charge to success. In the second Damani rattled in efforts of 33 and 53 to close out the frame to take a 2-0.

 

The third frame was a virtually a cat and mouse affair as Kothari was more intent on safety play and in the process missed some sitter and also gave away a lot of penalty points which helped Damani win the third to increase hois advantage 3-0. Damani trailed in the fourth but won the frame on the black to further stretch his lead and he continued his surge by coming from behind to also pocket the fifth.

 

Kothari raised hopes of a fight back as he managed a break of 43 to finally get on the scoreboard winning the sixth frame just before the break.

 

However, on resumption, Damani won the next two frames to wrap up the match, winning at (57(break 35)-48, 86(33, 53)-6, 57-8, 55-51, 65-54, 5-79(43), 75-20, 72-2).

 

Results – final: Brijesh Damani (Indian Oil) bt Sourav Kothari (ONGC) 7-1 (57(35)-48, 86(53)-6, 57-8, 55-51, 65-54, 5-79(43), 75-20, 72-2).


Sandip Soparrkar first Indian choreographer learning Tanoura Dance


 

Under the influence of globalization, many dance genres have become international and grown roots in locations far from their birthplaces. Hip-hop, salsa, tango, capoeira, ballet and bharatanatyam exemplify this trend. Globalization has also accelerated the creation of hybrid dance forms that fuse elements from various cultures, as illustrated by Bollywood choreographers. If you thought salsa was the last stop to sizzle on the dance floor, think again. For the first time ever, Indian dancer, Choreographer Sandip Soparrkar is all set to witness one of the best global dance forms from across the world. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Sandip Soparrkar becomes the first Indian Choreographer who is learning Tanoura Dance form under the expert guidance of one of the best Tanoura masters in the World Mr. Hassan Moora.

Sandip Soparrkar

Sandip Soparrkar

 

A few days back Soparrkar on his Instagram and facebook posted a few pictures and videos of him practicing Tanoura with Mr Moora. To which renowned Tanoura Teacher Mr Moora replied, “Sandip you have been my best student, I have tried to give you all that is possible in a short span, It was an Honour to have you in Ismaïlia and learn under me.”

 

Sandip Soparrkar said, “If India has ghoomar than Egypt has Tanoura. It is a divine and spiritual dance that I am embarking a new journey with. In Egypt they say a dancer does not choose Tanoura rather Tanoura chooses a dancer. I am glad to be the chosen one.

 

Tanoura is an Egyptian folk dance derived from the whirling dance performed as a Sufi religious practice. Tanoura means skirt in English and Tanoura dance is a kind of folkloric dance which is very common in Islamic countries. The tanoura dance developed from sufi dance in Turkey and Egypt, distinguished by the use of a multicolored skirt.


Vintage feast greets Mumbai citizens on Sunday morning


A majestic display of classic vehicles, were seen driving through the streets of the city during the ‘Motul VCCCI Vintage Car Fiesta’, which was flagged from the Gothic Horiman Circle, early on Sunday morning. The Fiesta culminated at the Sofitel Hotel at the Bandra Kurla Complex.Vintage

 

The citizens of Mumbai who had lined the route were not disappointed and instead watched in amazement the grand old beauties gracefully move in a cavalcade during from Horiman Circle to Bandra.

 

Leading the pack was, Abbas Y. Jasdanwalla with his 1903 Humberette, was the oldest car to hit the roads along with his Citroen Type ‘A’.  His participation won the award for the ‘Oldest car’. Nitin Dossa who has 50 vintage cars in his stable was seating proud in his Rolls Royce 1938 Wraith which was the toast of the town along with his other beauties that took to the road.

 

Amal Tanna with his1920 Packard Twin Six stood a class apart while Viven and Zita Goenka were the toast of the Fiesta with their striking 1936 Cord 810 among their 15 vintage possessions in the rally.

 

There were 220 participants driving from Horiman Circle to Sofitel, BKC via Marine Drive and then took the Bandra-Worli Sea Link which was a show-stopper for the shutterbugs.

 

Nishant Dossa, son of VCCCI President, Nitin, was behind the wheels of an Alvis Sports Tourer of 1936 while Jagdish Thackersey was out in his majestic Bentley of 1947. Justice Sam Variyava with rallyist Homi Commissariat and Gautam Ashra were in a 1937 Mercedes.

 

Commisariat speaking proudly of his Chrysler Windsor 1947, said, “This beauty is with me since 1947. I always had a love for cars, so I bought this one.  I have roamed many places in the country with it. It depends how you treat your car, I have taken good care of her and in return she still runs. Also her parts are available incase if she runs out but hope that it never happens.”

 

Hiral Dossa was leading the ‘All Ladies Team’ in a 1933 Hudson 7 Sweater Phaeton which was also the only surviving body style in the world and had a cavalry of women drivers following her.

 

Vivek M Pittie who was behind his 1921 Type II Steyr bagged a couple of top honours, first in the Concours D’Elegance for the Best Vintage Car and also for the Best Performance Vintage Car category. The Best Maintained Car in the Vintage Car Category went to the 1926 Rolls Royce 20 HP owned by Amal Tanna.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Nitin Dossa, President, Vintage & Classic Car Club of India said that he was very impressed with the participation and the enthusiasm shown by them and was pleased that the number of participants increased in the sixth edition. “There are 5 new cars which were introduced this year. I am pleased that the car collection and its restoration is improving. The entrants have been very enthusiasts and were asking for another event in the calendar year.”

 

He also made a grand announcement for more vintage festivities for the centenary year of the Western Indian Automobile Association which will not only include a Vintage Car and Bike rally but would also include 100 Supercars. “WIAA is celebrating its 100th year in 2019 and we hope to do an event towards the end of January or February depending on the FIA chief Jean Todt who will be coming from Paris. We will be running 100 Supercars, 100 Vintage and Classic and 100 Vintage and Classic bikes which will run from Ballard Pier to Bandra-Kurla Complex and return back to the starting point,” said Dossa.

 

Padma Lal owner of Triumph 1929 said there was a deep connection with her car as it was a gift from her husband. “This is a 1929 car and I got it in 1984 my husband has a love for cars and I got it as a gift. It was not in a great condition it was pretty rundown. From 1984 to 2014 it was lying in the garage. It was difficult to do up the car firstly because its parts are no longer available, so now we could import the parts do up the car again.”

 

Winners list:

 

Concours D’Elegance – Vintage Car: 1921 Type II Steyr owned by Vivek M Pittie, Classic Car: 1958 Easel Villager owned by Vivek & Zita Goenka.

 

Best Performance: Vintage Car: 1921 Type II Steyr owned by Vivek M Pittie, Classic  Car: 1948 Ford Super owned by Percy M. Master, Recent Classic Car: 1970 Chevrolet Nova owned by Neeraj Birla.

 

Best Maintained – Vintage Car: 1926 Rolls Royce 20 HP owned by Amal Tanna, Classic Car: 1959 Mercedes Benz 300D owned by Abbas Y Jasdanwalla.


Brilliant break of109 by Pandurangaiah


 

Indian Railways E. Pandurangaiah showed excellent skills and great control as he registered the first century break of the tournament, when he rolled in a superb unfinished 109 run, en route to a facile 3-0 win against Ammar Arsiwala of Otters Club in the second round best-of-five frame match in the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018, and played at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room, late on Saturday evening.

Indian Railways E. Pandurangaiah

Indian Railways E. Pandurangaiah

 

Pandurangaiah, who finished runner-up to Pankaj Advani in the National championship last year, was awarded the first frame as his opponent Arsiwala reported late for the match. But, once he got on the table there was no stopping the cueist from Vellore Village in Andhra Pradesh as he hardly gave Arsiwal many visits to the table and the latter scored just six points in the two frames he played.

 

After pocketing the second frame 62-6, Pandurangaiah was in full flow in the third. He potted steadily and with good accuracy and he also played some brilliant shots to come out of sticky situations as he went on to polish the balls off the table to record the three-figure effort and complete the win.

 

On the side table, Ishpreet Singh Chadha of Khar Gymkhana recovered after losing a close opening frame to score a 3-1 win against Aditya Bhalla of Delhi in a third round match. The 2016 Asian Under-21 Snooker bronze medal winner, Ishpreet compiled a break fo 60 in the fourth frame to seal a 57-59, 65-0, 59-2, 81-0 victory to advance to the fourth round.

 

Otters Club Abhimanyu Gandhi halted the fine winning run of Pune’s Amol Abdagiri pulling off a 3-1 (55-17, 60-65, 73-41, 67-35) in another third round encounter.

 

Results – Third round: Abhimanyu Gandhi (Otters Club) bt Amol Abdagiri (Pune) 3-1 (55-17, 60-65, 73-41, 67-35); Ishpreet Singh Chadha (Khar Gym) bt Aditya Bhalla (Del) 3-1 (57-59, 65-0, 59-2, 81(60)-0);

 

R3: Arvind Kumar (Rly) bt Rajeev Sharma (MHC) 3-1 (36-67, 68-15, 62-15, 90-26); Ketan Chawla (MP) bt Shoabh Khan (Rly) 3-2 (56-28, 18-66, 64-63(40), 36-64, 62-35); Anuj Uppal (Del ) bt Siddesh Mulay (Chiplun) 3-0 (41-34, 46-4, 62-36); Abhijeet Ranade (Pune) bt Rishabh Thakkar (Otters Club) 3-2 62-51(40), 81-1, 43-50, 17-100(40), 72-27).

 

Second round: E. Pandurangaiah (Rly) bt Ammar Arsiwala (Otters Club) 3-0 (awarded 1st frame as opponent reached late, 62-6, 109(109)-2); Vinayak Agarwal (UP) bt Lucky Vatnani (TLGN) 3-2 (74-61, 63-16, 27-84(57), 29-65, 89-34); Sundeep Gulati (Del) bt Omkar Gore (Chiplun) 3-0 (59-28, 82(40)-1, 64-23); Dhawal Karia (Mulund) w/o Anurag Giri (BSAA); Laxman Rawat (PSPB) bt Vimal Mariwala (Radio Club) 3-0 (7016, 65-10, 68-25); Anuj Utpal (Del ) bt Oswald Massey (Baroda) 3-2 (43-49, 57-23, 52-59, 82(82)-9, 58-44); Brijesh Damani (PSPB) bt Harshad Sonkamble (BSAA) 3-0 (70-35, 78-26. 82-35); Rishabh Amin (CCI) w/o Ataur Rehman (Kol).


Air India down Karnatak SA 2-0


 

Defending champions Air India scored once in each half to overcome Karnatak Sporting Association 2-0 in a quarter-final match of the 111th RCF-Nadkarni Cup knockout football tournament, organized by RCF Sports Club under the aegis of MDFA, and played at the RCF Colong ground, on Saturday.

 

Air India called the shots from the start and opened the scoring through Advait Shinde in the 24th minute before seasoned Neil Gaikwad added the second to double their lead in the 79th minute.

 

Earlier in a Super Division encounter, Ubaid Ansari scored a brace of goals as Young Boys SC got the better of Mumbai Muslims 2-0.

 

Results – 1st round: Air India 2 (Advait Shinde 24th, Neil Gaikwad 79th) beat Karnatak SA 0.

 

Super Div: Young Guns SC 2 (Ubaid Ansari 2) beat Mumbai Muslims 0.


Parikh tames Sharma; Sidraj Shah overcomes spirited Dossa


 

A charged up Siddharth Parikh of Indian Railways hogged the limelight hitting a big one, constructing a substantial break of 91 during his 3-1 win against Viren Sharma in the best-of-five frame third round match in the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018, and played at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room, on Saturday afternoon.

Siddharth Parikh of Indian Railways

Siddharth Parikh of Indian Railways

 

The seasoned pro Parikh took time to settle down and lost the opening frame before he came into his own and thereafter potted fluently to run away with the match. He tamely lost the first, but comfortably won the next two before firing on all cylinders in the third, constructing a break of 91, the highest in the competition at the moment, to complete a 33-64, 61-2, 59-10 and 107-0 victory.

 

Earlier in a battle between Cricket Club of India cueists, Sidraj Shah staved off a spirited fight back from Nishant Dossa to clinch a hard-fought 3-2 win. Shah started on a promising note by winning the first two frames very convincingly and looked set to wrap up the win. But, Dossa proved to be a sticky customer as he with some clever play gradually worked his way back into contention. He won the third by a close margin and then easily took the fourth to push the match into the decider. In the tense fifth frame, Shah did well to hold his nerves to come through and seal a 75-38, 92-32, 45-54, 8-52, 66-59 win to advance to the next round.

 

However, Hassan Badami also of Cricket Club of India enjoyed a slender 2-1 lead, but was unable to sustain the momentum and crashed to a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Anand Raghuvanshi of P.J. Hindu Gymkhana. Facing exit, Raghuvanshi produced a solid effort making a break of 72 to win the fourth frame to level scores and went on to snatch a tight win in the fifth to script a 68-47, 47-55, 21-71, 72-3, 66-52 victory.

 

Railway cueists, Rafat Habib and Shoaibh Khan, also took off on the right track recording comfortable wins in their second round matches. Habib got the better of Manan Shah of Malabar Hill Club 3-1 (15-52, 63-33, 55-15, 67-16), while Shoabh blanked  Neville Razmi of Radio Club 3-0 (57-35, 82(47)-5, 66-32) to progress to the third round.

 

Results – Third round: Kanish Jhanjharia (MP) vs Ashutosh Padhy 3-0 (57-22, 81-58, 21-6); Jaison Malhotra (Delhi) bt Ibrahim Sheikh (Borvali) 3-2 (36-55, 58-15, 74-19, 20-59, 78-66); Sidraj Shah (CCI) bt Nishant Dossa (CCI) 3-2 (75-38, 92-32, 45-54, 8-52, 66-59); Siddharth Parikh (Rly) bt Viren Sharma 3-1 (33-64, 61-2, 59-10, 107(91)-0); Anand Raghuvanshi (PJHG) bt Hassan Badami (CCI) 3-2 (68-47, 47-55, 21-71, 72(72)-3, 66-52);

 

Second round: Rajat Khaneja (Chandigarh) vs Amit Parashar (Pune) 3-1 (65-21, 65-0, 39-49, 54-26); Venkatesh (Rly) bt Rohan Kothare (BSAA) 3-0 (93(71)-24, 79-32, 64-23); Arvind Kumar (Rly) bt Gaurav M Jaisinghani (Vashi) 3-1 (77-23, 56-14, 36-61, 54-24); Laxman Rawat (PSPB) bt Anas Chandiwala (Secunderabad) 3-0 (68-43, 76(59)-6, 78-41); Akshay Kumar (UP) bt Shaikh Najeeb Ahmed (KSBA) 3-0 (52-33, 78(43)-38, 72(48)-17); Rafat Habib (Rly) bt Manan Shah (Malabar Hill Club) 3-1 (15-52, 63-33, 55-15, 67(41)-16); Shoabh Khan (Rly) bt Neville Razmi (Radio Club) 3-0 (57-35, 82(47)-5, 66-32); Bharat Sissodia  (MP) bt V. Subramanian (Matunga Gym) 3-2 (32-54, 5-83, 63-38, 83-37, 59-12); R2: Rafat Habib (Rly) bt Manan Shah (Malabar Hill Club) 3-1 (15-52, 63-33, 55-15, 67(41)-16).

 

1st round: Vinayak Agarwal (UP) vs Rahul Narang (NIA) 3-0 (70(58)-10, 65-51, 66(65)-8).


Good response for G.D. Birla badminton


 

A huge response has been received for the Badminton 45 organised, Aditya Birla Capital sponsored 25th G.D. Birla Memorial Masters Inter-Club Badminton Tournament to be played at the Bombay Gymkhana from February 12 to 17, 2018. HDFC Mutual Fund, HDFC Life and IDFC are the co-sponsors of the week-long tournament.

 

Almost 25 clubs have registered for the Master Inter-Club Team event and over 110 individuals have registered for the Masters Open event.

 

The Inter-Club tournament will comprise of three events — Combination Doubles 80+, Combination Doubles 90+ and Combination Doubles 100+, for the Elite Cup and Plate titles.

 

The Masters Open event will consist of the following events, Men’s Singles 45+, Men’s Doubles 45+, Men’s Combination Doubles 80+, Men’s Combination Doubles 100+, Women’s Combination Doubles 75+, Mixed Combination Doubles 80+, Professional Singles and Professional Doubles.

 

On the final day of tournament, there is a talk show by Padma Bhushan Pullela Gopichand, who will later in the day be involved in some exhibition matches with HS Prannoy.


Vignesh stuns 3rd seed Manish


Unseeded Prenamallur Vignesh of Andhra Pradesh stunned third seed Manish Sureshkumar of Tamil Nadu in two sets to set up a title clash with seventh seed Siddharth Vishwakarma of Chhattisgarh who defeated fourth seed Kunal Anand of Delhi, also in straight sets in the second semi-final of the AITA Ranking Rs 22 lakh prize-money JVPG Anirudh Desai All-India Open Tennis Tournament 2018, at the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana’s tennis courts on Saturday afternoon.

Unseeded Prenamallur Vignesh of Andhra Pradesh stunned third seed Manish Sureshkumar of Tamil Nadu to make it to the finals of the AITA Ranking Rs 22 lakh prize-money JVPG Anirudh Desai All-India Open Tennis Tournament .

Unseeded Prenamallur Vignesh of Andhra Pradesh stunned third seed Manish Sureshkumar of Tamil Nadu to make it to the finals of the AITA Ranking Rs 22 lakh prize-money JVPG Anirudh Desai All-India Open Tennis Tournament .

 

Vignesh subdued the seeded Manish winning at 6-3, 6-2, while Vishwakarma beat back a late challenge from Kunal to post a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory.

 

Meanwhile, Eetee Maheta of Gujarat and Shweta Chandra Rana of Delhi played with determination and held their nerves to overcome Nidhi Chilumula of Telangana and Rishika Sunkara of Delhi 6-4, 4-6, 11-9 to claim the women’s doubles crown and the winners’ cash award of Rs 1,00,000 (50,000×2). Nidhi and Rishika received the runners-up prize of Rs 60,000 (30,000×2).

 

The 30-year-old Vignesh, ranked 30th in the country was in his elements and quashed the aspirations of his younger and higher ranked opponent. The 18-year-old Sureshkumar, ranked 17th, was unable to put up a fight and caved in rather meekly as Vignesh romped to a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win, and have a shot at top prize of Rs 2 lakh.

 

In the second semi-final, seventh seed Siddharth Vishwakarma of Chhattisgarh quite comfortably defeated fourth seed Kunal Anand of Delhi, also winning two sets at 6-2, 7-6(4). In the tie-breaker Vishwakarma was down 2-4 before he reeled off five successive points to clinch the second set and the match.

 

In the women’s action, top seed Mahak Jain of Madhya Pradesh tamed fourth seed Nithyaraj Baburaj of Tamil Nadu 6-0, 6-3 in teh first semi-final. Sixth seed Humera Shaikh of Telagana advanced to the final without getting on to the courts as her opponent unseed Mihika Yadav of Maharashtra did not report for the match as she is unwell.

 

Results – Women’s doubles – Finals: Eetee Maheta (GJ)/ Shweta Chandra Rana (DL) bt Nidhi Chilumula (TS)/Rishika Sunkara (DL) 6-4, 4-6, 11-9. Semi-finals: Eetee Maheta (GJ)/ Shweta Chandra Rana (DL) bt Sai Samhitha (TN)/ Bhuvana Kalwa (TS) 7-6(6), 6-2; Nidhi Chilumula (TS)/Rishika Sunkara (DL) bt Yubrani Banarjee (WB)/Humera Shaikh (TS) 6-4, 6-2.

 

Men’s doubles (semi-finals): Anirudh Chandrasekar (TS)/ Peranamallur Vighnesh (AP) bt Kunal R Vazirani (MAH)/ Prajwal Dev (KA) 6-4, 6-2; Manish Sureshkumar (TN)/ Prithvi Sekhar (TN) bt Niki Poonacha (AP)/ Ankit Chopra 6-2, 2-6, 10-4.

 

Women’s singles (semi-finals): 1-Mahak Jain (MP) bt 4-Nithyaraj Baburaj (TN) 6-0, 6-3; 6-Humera Shaikh (TS) w/o Mihika Yadav (MH).

 

Men’s singles (semi-finals): Prenamallur Vignesh (AP) bt 3-Manish Sureshkumar (TN) 6-3, 6-2; 7-Siddharth Vishwakarma (CG) bt 4-Kunal Anand (DL) 6-2, 7-6(4).

 

Mixed doubles (semi-finals): Niki Poonacha (AP)/Rishika Sunkara (DL) bt Peranamallur Vighnesh (AP)/ Sai Samhitha (TN) 5-7, 6-3, 10-7; Paras Dahiya (HR)/Eetee Maheta (GJ) bt Anirudh Chandrasekar (TS)/ Kaaviya Balasubramanian (TN) 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.


Ketan,Harmehr record impressive victories to march into 3rd round


Ketan Chawla of Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai’s promising talent, 19-year-old Hamehr Mago of Khar Gymkhana, both produced impressive performances and in convincing fashion won their respective best-of-five frame second round matches by identical 3-0 margins in the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018, and played at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room, on Friday morning.

Mumbai’s 19-year-old Harmehr Mago in action during the second round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship .

Mumbai’s 19-year-old Harmehr Mago in action during the second round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship .

 

The MP cueist Ketan did not take much time to adjust to the table and immediately got into a groove in his match against Kartik Shah of P.J. Hindu Gymkhana. He showed excellent control and accuracy with his potting as he rolled in a composed break of 79 in the first frame and followed it up with a 54 run in the next. Showing consistency he managed another decent run of 44 in the third to quickly close out the match, coasting to a 99-0, 74-34, 68-1 victory.

 

On the adjacent table, Harmehr Mago, was equally dominant his match against Dhruv Singh of Telagana and also compiled a couple of good useful breaks to set up his win. He had a run of 38 in the first and finished with a break of 40 in winning the third as he charged past the Telagana cueist and completed a deserving 63-26, 60-38, 71-15 win to join his younger brother Sumehr in the third round. The 13-year-old Sumehr had defeated Nikhil Ootam 3-2 on Thursday.

 

Mumbai’s Rahul Sachdev was also impressive and registered an authoritative 3-0 win against Darshan Shah of Matunga Gymkhana. The left-handed Rahul potted steadily to enjoy complete control as he romped to a 78-20, 64-26, 62-32 win later in the day.

 

Results – second round: Nabil Lakdawala (TLGN) bt Tushar Pankhania (Bhyander) 3-1 (20-63, 49-39, 63-45, 58-18); Harmehr Mago (Khar Gym) bt Dhruv Singh (TLGN) 3-0 (63(38)-26, 60-38, 71(40)-15); Ketan Chawla (MP) bt Kartik Shah (PJHG) 3-0 (99(79)-0, 74(54)-34, 68(44)-1); Dhruv Sitwala (PSPB) bt Durlabh Sisodiya (KSBA) 3-1 (27-48, 39-25, 68-20, 8-34);  Alexander Rego (Pune) bt Kushal Chandrashekhar (KSBA) 3-1 (57-24, 58-22, 69-72, 49-48); R. Girish (Rly) bt Ashish C. Shah (Baroda) 3-1 (58-31, 70-40, 21-61, 67-21); Karan Mangat (Vashi) bt Mahadev Bhogle (JVPG) 3-2 (56-19, 66-20, 35-61, 32-47, 45-43; Taaha Khan (Pune) bt Saurabh Mehrotra (Radio Club) 3-0 (60-27, 59-24, 71(40)-2); Nitesh Madan (Rly) bt Akhil Saiyed (Vashi) 3-0 (79-32, 63(58)-0, 62(41)-12); Mukund Bharadia (CCI) bt Krishna Saraf (JVPG) 3-0 (62-1, 67-40, 47-4); B.L.Dheeraj (TLGN) bt Pankaj Vanjari (Ghatkopar) 3-1 (59-20, 71-58, 56-57, 56-20); Vignesh Thangamani (Panvel) w/o Avenish Shah (MCF); Rahul Sachdev (CS) bt Darshan Shah (MG) 3-0 (78-20, 64-26, 62-32); Piyush Khushwa (BSAA) bt Joseph Menezes (Otters Club) 3-2 (32-40, 87-15, 54-39, 40-75(47), 82-13).


Goalkeeper Verma saves the day for Bank of India


 

Goalkeeper Sanjeev Verma’s heroics under the bar saved the day for Bank of India as they defeated PIFA Colaba 4-2 via the tie-breaker in a first round match of the 111th RCF-Nadkarni Cup knockout football tournament, organized by RCF Sports Club under the aegis of MDFA, and played at the RCF Colony ground, Chembur on Friday. The match ended in a goalless draw.

 

Showing good reflexes and agility Verma brough of a couple of fine saves in normal play to deny the Elite Division club from finding the net. Later, Verma made two timely saves in the crucial penalty shootout duel to help the Super Division club, Bank of India emerge victories and advance to the quarter-finals.

 

In another first round match, Mumbai Strikers got the better of Mumbai Customs by a similar 4-2 margin also via the tie-breaker after their match ended in a goalless draw.

 

Results – 1st round: Bank of India 4 (Alvito Gomes, Shubham Dalvi, Rupesh Meher, Sailesh Jadhav) beat PIFA Colaba 2 (Kamran, Sushant ).

 

Mumbai Striker 4 (Abhishek Bhagat, Saurabh Solanki, Ravish D’Souza, Arsalan Hamdulay ) bt Mumbai Customs 2 (Joshua Vesaokar, Mathias Coutinho).


Ramesh Singh strikes winner for HDFC Bank


 

HDFC Bank pulled off a narrow 1-0 win against Central Bank of India in a keenly contested first round match of the 111th RCF-Nadkarni Cup knockout football tournament, organized by RCF Sports Club under the aegis of MDFA, and played at the RCF Colony ground, Chembur on Thursday. Striker Ramesh Singh scored the all-important winner with snap long powerful left-footer in the 32nd minute, to secure HDFC’s win.

 

In another first round match, Union Bank of India got the better of Millat FA ‘A’ by a 3-2 margin. Union Bank struck three goals in the first half through Vinod Kumar Pandey (12th), Ranjeet Pandre (19th) and Sameer Swamy (24th) to take a 3-0 half-time lead. But they then soaked in lots of pressure and in the second period and in process conceded two goals but managed to hold out for a win. Kamran Siddique (52nd) and Kalpesh Rane (63rd) scored Millat’s goals.

 

Results – 1st round: HDFC Bank 1 (Ramesh Singh 32nd) beat Central Bank of India 0.

 

Union Bank of India 3 (Vinod Kumar Pandey 12th, Ranjeet Pandre 19th, Sameer Swamy 24th) beat Millat FC ‘A’ 2 (Kamran Siddique 52nd, Kalpesh Rane 63rd).


Young Sumehr scores over Ootam


 

Mumbai’s talented upcoming 13-year-old youngster Sumehr Mago of Khar Gymkhana stood tall as he showed steely nerves and great temperament to prevail over the experienced Nikhil Ootam of Cricket Club of India by a tight 3-2 margin in the best-of-five frame second round contest of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018, and played at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room, on Thursday.

13 year old Sumehr Mago in action during his 2nd round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship. Sumehr won against Nikhil Ootam.

13 year old Sumehr Mago in action during his 2nd round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship. Sumehr won against Nikhil Ootam.

 

Sumehr, a student of Podar international school, maintained a calm, cool composure even after Ootam started with a flourish by rolling a steady break of 64 in winning the first frame. The Khar Gym cueist made a perfect reply by winning a close second frame. But, Ootam playing in familiar surroundings managed to nose ahead for the second time by pocketing the third frame and once again the youngster managed to level frame scores by taking the fourth to push the match to the decider.

 

In the fifth frame, both players had their fair share of chances, but missed some regulation pots as the lead changed hands a couple of times. With only the last five colours remaining, Ootam did well to pocket the green and was lucky to pocket the brown which went in off the blue to marginally go ahead at 61-52. But he faltered on a not-too-easy long blue to the bottom pocket. The adventurous Sumehr with a thin slice did well to pot a difficult blue which was close to the bottom cushion and the cue ball came perfectly for the pink which he sank and also the black to clinch a satisfying 13-70, 46-37, 21-69, 63-42, 70-61win and a passage to the third round.

 

Pune’s Sahil Gadiya powered his way past Vishal Gehani of Park Club by a convincing 3-0 margin. Gadiya potted confidently and consistently to overcome the Mumbai cueist Gehani 62-29, 57-16, 72-70, winning the third on the black.

 

Meanwhile, Rishabh Thakkar of Otters Club and Ishpreet Singh of Khar Gymkhana also advanced to the third round. Thakkar got the better of Shubham Randhe of Elphinstone CC 3-1 (42-31, 26-64, 66-3, 65-32), while Ishpreet fired a break of 52 in the third frame on way to a 3-1 win agsint Sahil Karnani with the frame scores reading 25-66, 66-13, 77-8, 72-20 in favour of the Khar Gym cueist.

 

Results – second round:

Aditya Bhalla (Del) bt Sumit Ahuja (Ulhasnagar) 3-2 (11-50, 52-42, 57-62, 59-19, 48-39);

Ishpreet Singh Chadha (Khar Gym) bt Sahil Karnani 3-1 (25-66, 66-13, 77(52)-8, 72-20);

Sagar Desai (NSCI) bt Poras Shah (Matunga Gym) 3-1 (32-51, 60-52, 74-39, 59-19);

Rafu Sheikh (TLGN) bt Kishore Laungani (Khar Gym) 3-1 (49-40, 25-83, 65-33, 51-39);

Abhijeet Ranade (Pune) bt Omar Ahmed Farooqui (BSAA) 3-2 (25-54, 65-1, 18-59, 77(54)-26, 67-18);

Rishabh Thakkar (Otters Club) bt Shubham Randhe (ECC) 3-1 (42-31, 26-64, 66-3, 65-32)

Sahil Gadiya (Pune) bt Vishal Gehani (PCL) 3-0 (62-29, 57-16, 72-70);

Sumehr Mago (Khar Gym) bt Nikhil Ootam (CCI) 3-2 (13-70(64), 46-37, 21-69, 63-42, 70-61);

Johnson (Gujarat) bt Siddharth Kemani (CCI)  3-0 (52-38, 69-5, 72-23);

M.D.Hussain (Rly) bt Mayank Daga (Andheri) 3-0 (68-6, 56-39, 61-26).


Kadhe,Jain in quarters;Mihika stuns Rishika


Top seeds Arjun Kadhe of Maharashtra and Mahak Jain of Madhya Pradesh, both comfortably sailed into the quarter-finals of the men’s and women’s singles events respectively, in the AITA Ranking Rs 22 lakh prize-money JVPG Anirudh Desai All-India Open Tennis Tournament 2018, at the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana’s floodlit tennis courts on Wednesday.

 

The Pune-based Kadhe prevailed over Dhakshineswar Suresh of Tamil Nadu 6-4, 7-5, while Jain powered her way to 6-0, 6-1 victory against her compatriot Sara Yadav in second round encounters.

Mihika Yadav

Mihika Yadav

 

In one of the biggest upsets, third seed Rishika Sunkara of Delhi crashed to a humiliating first round defeat at the hands of unseeded Mihika Yadav of Maharashtra. The 19-year-old girl from Maharashtra had things much her own way against the 24-year-old Rishika and coasted to 6-1, 6-0 victory.

 

Seasoned pro, 43-year-old Nitten Kirrtane of Maharashtra made a second exit going down in the straight sets to 21-year-old state mate Jayesh Punglia. Kirrtane, who had upset fifth seed hardeep Singh Sandhu in the first round, was unable to sustain the winning momentum and suffered a 3-6, 1-6 loss to his younger opponent.

 

Fourth seed Kunal Anand of Delhi and seventh seed Siddharth Vishwakarma took different routes to the quarter-finals. Anand outplayed Shubham Malhotra 6-2, 6-3, while Vishwakarma had quite a fight on hand before he managed to overcome Abhinav Sanjeev 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

 

 

Meanwhile, third seed Manish Sureshkumar (TN) and Peranamallur Vignesh (AP), both won their men’s first round encounters. Sureshkumar easily deposed off unseeded Paras Dhaiya posting a 6-2, 6-2 win, while Vignesh lost the first set, but later put up a determined fight to sideline Anvit Bendre 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

 

Results - Women’s singles (2nd round): 1-Mahak Jain bt  Sara Yadav 6-0, 6-1; 2-Sai Samhitha vs Arushi Vikram Bhasin 6-0, 6-1.

1st round: Mihika Yadav bt 3-Rishika Sunkara 6-1, 6-0; Dakshata Patel bt 7-Shweta C. Rana 6-1, 6-2;

Men’s singles (2nd round): 1-Arjun Kadhe bt Dhakshineswar Suresh 6-4, 7-5; 7-Siddharth Vishwakarma bt Abhinav Sanjeev 6-3, 3-6, 7-5; 4-Kunal Anand bt Shubham Malhotra 6-2, 6-3; Jayesh Pungliya bt Nitten Kirrtane 6-3, 6-1;

 

1st round: Abhinav Sanjeev bt Vilasier Khate 6-4, 6-1; Peranamallur Vignesh bt Anvit Bendre 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; 3-Manish Sureshkumar bt Paras Dahiya 6-2, 6-2;


Dena Bank cash in on Denzil’s late equaliser


 

Striker Denzil Mascarenhas was instrumental in helping Dena Bank shock Western Railway 6-5 via the penalty shootout tie-breaker in a first round match of the 111th RCF-Nadkarni Cup knockout football tournament, organized by RCF Sports Club under the aegis of MDFA. Mascarenhas struck a late equaliser and then successfully scored in the tie-breaker as Dena Bank rallied to defeat the railway outfit, after the scores were locked 1-all at the end of regulation period, at the RCF Colony ground, Chembur on Wednesday.

 

In another first round match, Indian Navy had smooth sailing as they cruised to a fluent 2-0 win against Kenkre FC, with both goals coming in the first half.

 

Aman Solanki, Anees Pathan, Kashif Pathan and Anas Khan were the others who scored for the bankers in the tie-breaker. Western had taken the lead through Anil Pawar’s goal in the 29th minute. In the penalty shootout, they could only convert four of their five kicks through Merwin Stephen, Linekar Machado, Somnath Mondal and Avinash Dabodia.

 

Results – 1st round: Indian Navy 3 (Anoop Pauly 14th, Bibake Thapa 45th) beat Kenkre FC 0.

 

Dena Bank 6 (Denzil Mascarenhas 85th; TB – Aman Solanki, Anees Pathan, Kashif Pathan, Mascarenhas, Anas Khan) beat Western Railway 5 (Anil pawar 29th; TB – Merwin Stephen, Linekar Machado, Somnath Mondal, Avinash Dabodia) via the tie-breaker. Full time 1-1.

 

Elite Div: ONGC 3 (Himanshu Patil 32nd, Enock C 70th, 78th) beat Mumbai Customs 1 (Sajjad Alam 60th).


Hassan Badami strikes form


 

Hassan Badami of Cricket Club of India was on a roll and waltzed past Vaibhav Waingade of Khargar winning their best-of-five frame second round contest by a convincing 3-0 margin in the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018, and played at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room, on Wednesday.

Hassan Badami

Hassan Badami

 

The home cueist Badami straight away got cracking making a  small break of 31 in the first frame and he followed it with a timely constructed run of 38 to win the second frame on the black and open up a 2-0 lead. He, then, signed off in style by compiling a composed break of 51 to quickly pocket the third frame and wrap up the win with the frame scores reading 55-41, 53-52, 61-9.

 

Meanwhile, Amol Abdagiri of Pune led the charge of outstation cueist to the third round. Puru Dembla from Agra and Siddhesh Mulay from Chiplun, were the other visiting players who won their second round matches to progress to the next round.

 

Abdagiri quelled the late fight back from Malabar Hill Club’s Neel to register a 3-1 (55-8, 56-16, 84-22, 58-8) win. Dembla sidelined Divesh Gangwani of Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana 3-0 (52-43, 59-46, 43-30), while Mulay rallied to overcome Nikhil Ghagde of Railways 3-1 (38-56, 68-61, 74-22, 67-37).

 

In other matches, Aditya Agrawal of Matunga Gymkhana and Manav Panchal of Malabar Hill Club also ended on the winning side to move into the third round. Agarwal lost the first frame but made a strong reply winning the next three to beat Manoj Nandwani of Ulhasnagar 3-1 (26-54, 62-57, 78-47, 82-21).

 

Panchal potted quite steadily to prevail over Asim Kadiwala of Jogeshwari in four frames recording a 3-1 (65-54, 32-63, 60-34, 73-17) victory,

 

Results – second round: Aditya Agarwal (MG) bt Manoj Nandwani (Ulhasnagar) 3-1 (26-54, 62-57, 78-47, 82-21); Ibrahim Shaikh (Borivali) bt Kavish Jhaveri (Hindu Gym) 3-0 (53-42, 60-16, 73-62); Jaison Malhotra (Del) bt Rovin D’Souza (Rly) bt 3-2 (55-32, 16-63, 63-24, 11-68(46)-11, 64-39); Vimal Mariwala (Radio Club) vs Devesh Sharma 3-0 (50-31, 60-17, 64-12); Vishal Vaya (Borivali) vs Vilas Upsham (ECC) 3-0 (89-78, 58-32, 64-53); Manav Panchal (Malabar Hill Club) bt Asim Kadiwala (Jogeshwari) 3-1 (65-54, 32-63, 60-34, 73-17); Hasan Badami (CCI) bt Vaibhav Waingade (Kharghar) 3-0 (55(31)-41, 53(38)-52, 61(51)-9); Anand Raghuvanshi (Hindu Gym) Jigar Shah (KVSC) 3-0 (53-31, 57-43, 74(53)-7); Kanish Jhanjharia (MP) bt Md Hasnain Ajani (Dadar Club) 3-0 (69-21, 67-13, 60-7); Ashutosh Padhy bt Kartikeye Sharma (Vashi) 3-1 (35-68, 63-23, 56(41)-14, 56-26); Amol Abdagiri (Pune) bt Neel Vathlani (MHC) 3-1 (55-8, 56-16, 84(52)-22, 58-8);  Abhimanyu Gandhi (Otters Club) bt Liyakat Ali Shaikh (Solapur) 3-1 (41-52, 69-46, 69-27, 60-23); Puru Dembla (Agra) bt Divesh Gangwani (JVPG) 3-0 (52-43, 59-46, 43-30); Siddhesh Mulay (Chiplun) bt Nikhil Ghagde (Rly) 3-1 (38-56, 68-61, 74-22, 67-37).


Easy wins for Dalwinder, Samitha


National champion and second seed Dalwinder Singh of Punjab warmed up perfectly for the stronger challenges ahead as he eased past unseeded Jatin Dahiya in two sets in a men’s singles first round match of the AITA Ranking Rs 22 lakh prize-money JVPG Anirudh Desai All-India Open Tennis Tournament 2018, at the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana’s floodlit tennis courts on Tuesday.

 

The 21-year-old Dalwinder was in complete control and hit some fine winners to cruise past Dahiya, winning at 6-3, 6-2 and move into the second round.

 

In other men’s singles matches, Kunal Anand, seeded fourth brushed aside the challenge from Shahbaaz Khan scripting a 6-4, 6-3 win, while qualifier Dhruv Sunish produced a creditable performance to tame a higher ranked opponent Nitin Kumar Sinha in two sets at 6-2, 6-4.

Dhruv Sunish plays a backhand shot during his win against Nitin Kumar Sinha  in a men’s singles first round match of the AITA Ranking Rs 22 lakh prize-money JVPG Anirudh Desai All-India Open Tennis Tournament .

Dhruv Sunish plays a backhand shot during his win against Nitin Kumar Sinha in a men’s singles first round match of the AITA Ranking Rs 22 lakh prize-money JVPG Anirudh Desai All-India Open Tennis Tournament .

 

In women’s action, second seed Sai Samitha also enjoyed an easier opening round as she breezed past unseeded Shruti Gupta posting a fluent 6-0, 6-2 victory. Third seed Rishika Sunkara was also in great form dropping just one game as she packed off unseeded Mihika Yadav 6-1, 6-0 in quick time to also progress to the second round.

 

Meanwhile, unseeded Dakshata Patel scored a shock win against seventh seed Shweta C. Rana romping to a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 win and fourth seed Nithyaraj Baburaj proved too good for Avika Sagwal and charged to a 6-1, 6-0.

 

Results - Women’s singles (1st round): Bhuvana Kalva bt Nikita Bishnoi 6-1, 6-2; 3-Rishika Sunkara bt Mihika Yadav 6-1, 6-0; Arushi Vikram Bhasin bt Shrishti Daas 6-1, 7-5; Shreya Tatavarthy bt Moulika Ram 6-1, 6-0; 2-Sai Samitha bt Shruti Gupta 6-0, 6-2; Dakshata Patel bt 7-Shweta C. Rana 6-1, 6-2; 4-Nithyaraj Baburaj bt Avika Sagwal 6-1, 6-0; 8-Nidhi Chilumula bt Kaaviya Balasubramaniam 6-1, 6-1; Sara Yadav bt Nidhitra Rajmohan 6-2, 7-6; Bhuvana Kalva bt Nikita Bishnoi 6-1, 6-2; 3-Rishika Sunkara bt Mihika Yadav 6-1, 6-0.

 

Men’s singles (1st round): Dhruv Sunish bt Nitin Kumar Sinha 6-2, 6-4; 4-Kunal Anand (Dli) bt Shahbaaz Khan (Mum) 6-4, 6-3; Dakshineswar Suresh (TN) bt Anurag Nenwani (Del) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(5); Shubham Malhotra bt Kunal R. Vazirani 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Paramveer Singh Bajwa bt Karan Srivastav 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-1; Madhwin Kamath bt Amarnath Arora 6-2, 6-0; 7-Siddharth Vishwakarma bt Mohammed Fahad 6-1, 6-2; 2-Dalwinder Singh bt Jatin Dahiya 6-3, 6-2.


Air India, Karnatak SA get off to flying starts


 

Defending champions Air India and Karnatak Sporting Association (KSA) enjoyed easy first round outings in the 111th RCF-Nadkarni Cup knockout football tournament, organized by RCF Sports Club under the aegis of MDFA.

 

Fancied Air India got off to flying start as they blanked Mumbai Port Trust 5-0 in a first round match at the RCF Colony ground, Chembur on Tuesday afternoon. Later in the day, KSA got the better of ESIC (Employees State Insurance Corporation) 3-0 to set up a second round match with Air India.

 

Air India were well-served by strikers Pratk Koli who scored twice in the sixth and 23rd minutes and Sagar Khanvilkar who also  struck a brace of goals in the 16th and 83rd minutes, while seasoned Santosh Koli also chipped with one in the eighth minute.

 

The karnatak outfit scored through Nascimanto Santiago’s doubles strikes (13th and 30th minutes) and Johnson D’Silva 40th).

 

Results – 1st round: Air India 5 (Pratk Koli 6th, 23rd, Santosh Koli 8th, Sagar Khanvilkar 16th, 83rd) beat Mumbai Port Trust 0.

 

Karnatak SA 3 (Nascimanto Santiago 13th, 30th, Johnson D’Silva 40th) beat ESIC 0.


Dossa,Shah score contrasting wins


Home contenders, Nishant Dossa and Sidraj Shah, both of Cricket Club of India, scored contrasting victories to advance to the third round of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018, and played at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room, on Tuesday.

Nishant Dossa scored a hard-fought 3-2 win against Cherag Ramakrishnan in a second round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship .

Nishant Dossa scored a hard-fought 3-2 win against Cherag Ramakrishnan in a second round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship .

 

In a keenly contested second round match, Dossa was engaged in an absorbing tussle with Cherag Ramakrishnan of Colaba before scraping to a 3-2 victory in five close frames. In a match of fluctuating fortunes, Ramakrishna started positively by pocketing the opening frame before a resilient Dossa replied back by narrowly winning the next two to take a slender 2-1 lead. The fourth frame witnessed another tight contest which Ramakrishnan managed to win by a slender margin to level scores and take the match to the fifth frame.

 

In the decider, Dossa showed better control and was more steady with his shots and went on to win the frame to come out trumps by a 41-55, 52-45, 58-40, 52-57 and 57-37 verdict.

 

In contrast, Shah quickly found his rhythm and potted confidently to breeze past B. Keshwa of Goregaon Club in three straight frames in a one-sided first round match. Keshwa struggled from the start and Shah seized the situation as he pounced on every opportunity to keep the scoreboard ticking before completing a fluent 54-17, 60-9, 53-46 victory.

 

Meanwhile, the experienced Siddharth Parikh of Railways (Rly) picked up steam immediately and raced to a smooth 3-0 win against Rajwardhan Joshi (ECC) in another second round encounter. Parikh took off on the right track and with a neat break of 50 in the second frame completed a 74-38, 62(50)-7, 73-63 victory without much ado.

 

Results - 2nd round: Viren Sharma (BSAA) bt Puneet Thakkar 3-2 (52-38, 19-52, 46-60, 53-41, 51-32); Siddharth Parikh (Rly) bt Rajwardhan Joshi 3-0 (74-38, 62(50)-7, 73-63); Nishant Dossa (CCI) bt Cherag Ramakrishnan (Colaba) 3-2 (41-55, 52-45, 58-40, 57-52, 57-37); Sidraj Shah (CCI) bt B. Keshwa (Goregaon Club) 3-0 (54-17, 60-9, 53-46); Nikhil Saigal (Khar Gym) bt Shahyan Razmi (Radio Club) 3-1 (68-45, 71-37, 42-58, 60-31); Paras Gupta (UP) bt Anees Jumani (Radio) 3-0 (68-32, 57-54; 77-15).

 

1st round: Jaison Malhotra (Dli) bt Sanjay Gamre (Bombay Gym) 3-2 (47-55, 12-39, 48-40, 52-32, 52-45); Aditya Bhalla (Dli) bt Selven Samuel (Otters Club) 3-1 (56-28, 34-47, 70-44(40), 51-24); Sahil Karnani bt Shivam Jhajharia (UP) 3-0 (69-20, 50-20, 60-3); Poras Shah (Matunga Gym) bt Mustaq Khan (TLGN) 3-1 (9-73, 59-51, 58-23, 78-31); Darshan Shah (MG) vs Vishwajeet Mohan (Lucknow) 3-0 (56-9, 57-32, 60-27).


‘Vilas Menon Trust’ to promote Table Tennis at grass root level


Ms. Renu Menon, wife of former international Table Tennis player Late Vilas Menon, had launched a trust ‘Vilas Menon Trust’ in her husband’s name, three years ago. And, the first beneficiary was young Om Lotlikar who was felicitated at National  Sports Club of India(NSCI) , in presence of office bearers of NSCI, celebrities like masters of table tennis, artistes and senior sports journalists. Few exhibition matches were also played amongst the invitees, with a group of upcoming children partnering with them. Om who is physically handicapped, represented India last year in Paralympics at China and won the state TT championship for Para sports recently.

Late Vilas Menon

Late Vilas Menon

It may be recalled that in the past late Vilas Menon  who was a popular international level  TT player with many friends, had organised regular exhibition matches of Table Tennis to promote the  game, by inviting celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Shakti Kapoor, Archana Puran Singh and many others. Later, after his sad demise his wife Renu organised such exhibition matches in memory of her husband and celebrities like Kapil Dev, Nana Patekar, Salim Durani, karsan Ghavri, Arbaaz Khan, Dhanraj Pillay, Nikhil Dwivedi, Sunita Menon, TV personalities, Sports Journalists & former TT international and Industrialist Niraj Bajaj took part, supporting her endeavour to promote the game of table tennis.

The idea of establishing a Trust in her husband’s name  was always there in Renu’s mind after the sad demise of her husband. Though ‘Vilas Menon Trust’ was formally launched by her, it has now received official charity registration and contributions made by individuals and corporates shall qualify for deduction under section 80G(5)(VI) of the Income tax Act 1961.

Speaking to magzmumbai about this trust, Ms. Renu Menon said that Well Wishers like Mr. Niraj Bajaj and Kapil Dev have always been supporting her to organise exhibition matches   to promote the game of table tennis and now they will be supporting her future plans to be taken up by this trust. Initially, Renu has planned to start training in Table Tennis for Municipal School children in Mumbai, which will later spread to other cities and district places. TT tables and Kit will be provided to selected children from these schools and they will be offered training area wise, under expert TT Coach. Many ex-TT players have already expressed their support for her plans.

Those who desire to offer donations to this trust, may send their cheques in favour of Vilas Menon Trust  and forward the same to  Ms. Renu Menon, who will issue them receipt for the same. For more details,  Ms.Renu can be contacted @ 9819799867  or 9892352238 .


Seasoned Kirratne stuns 5thseed Sandhu


 

Seasoned pro Nitten Kirrtane of Maharashtra created the first major upset when he sent fifth seed Hardeep Singh Sandhu of Punjab crashing out handing him a straight sets defeat in the men’s singles event of the AITA Ranking Rs 22 lakh prize-money JVPG Anirudh Desai All-India Open Tennis Tournament 2018, which is scheduled to commence at the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana’s floodlit tennis courts on Monday.

Nitten Kirrtane

Nitten Kirrtane

 

The Pune-based 43-year-old Kirrtane, showed that age has no bearing and hardly counts as he put to good advantage his vast experience to outshine the 23-year-old Sandhu without much of an effort. The left-handed Kirrtane pounced on every single opportunity to punish his young opponent as he waltzed to a fluent 6-3, 7-6(3) win to serve a warning to the rest of the field.

 

Sixth seed Prajwal Dev of Karnataka had an easy first round romping to a straight sets 6-3, 6-1 win against his state mate Niki K. Poonacha to book his place in the second round.

 

In women’s competition, top seed Mahak Jain of Madhya Pradesh brooked no opposition from Neru Rapria and conceded a solitary point as she cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win in a first round match. Meanwhile sixth seed Humera Shaikh from Telangana was taken the distance before prevailing over Iska Teertha of Hyderabad 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.

 

Results - Men’s singles 1st round: Nitten Kirrtane (Mah) beat Hardeep Singh Sandhu (Pjb) 6-3, 7-6(3); Jayesh Pungliya (Pun) bt Yugal Bansal (Del) 6-4, 6-4; 6-Prajwal Dev (Ktk) bt Niki K. Poonacha (Ktk) 6-3, 6-1.

 

Women’s singles 1st round: 6-Humera Shaikh bt Iska Teertha 6-1, 5-7, 6-4; Mahak Jain (MP) bt Neru Rapria 6-1, 6-0.


Mumbai boy Kush bags gold; Suhaani, Anugraha win silver


 

Candidate Master Kush Bhagat of Mumbai added another feather to his hat, by winning the Gold medal in the Boys’ Under-9 category of the recently concluded 7th All India National School Chess Championship in Bhubaneswar at KIIT campus.

Mumbai youngsters, Candidate Master Kush Bhagat (left) won the Gold medal in the Boys’ Under-9 category, Anugraha Jaisingh (centre) Silver medallist in the Boys’ Under-17 and Suhaani Lohia won the Silver Medal in the Girls’ Under-9 event in the 7th All India National School Chess Championship in Bhubaneswar.

Mumbai youngsters, Candidate Master Kush Bhagat (left) won the Gold medal in the Boys’ Under-9 category, Anugraha Jaisingh (centre) Silver medallist in the Boys’ Under-17 and Suhaani Lohia won the Silver Medal in the Girls’ Under-9 event in the 7th All India National School Chess Championship in Bhubaneswar.

 

The Mumbai lad, a student of American School of Bombay and a trainee at the South Mumbai Chess Academy (SMCA), who has already carved a niche for himself in Mumbai’s chess circuit, once again showed why he is highly rated as he competed against senior players and scored 7.5 points in the nine rounds format to lift his maiden Under-9 National schools title.

 

The talented Kush, with a 1392 rating points and Andhra Pradesh’s Tanish Sai Kavuru, with an identical 1392 rating points, finished with the same number of 7.5 points, but the upcoming Mumbai chess prodigy was declared winner of the Gold medal on better progressive scores.

 

Meanwhile, there was more to cheer for the Mumbai camp as WCM Suhaani Lohia of Dhirubai Ambani School, who like Kush is an exceptional talent in the sport, won the Silver medal in the Girls’ Under-9 category. Suhaani was tied with Karnataka’s WCM Shefali A.N., both on 7.5 points, but had to settle for second place.

 

There was more success for the Mumbai team as talented teenager Anugraha Jaisingh of Campion School, who has an international rating of 1664, bagged the Silver medal in the Boys’ Under-17 event. The youngster put up a great show to win his maiden silver medal in the competition.

 

Both Suhaani and Anugraha are also trainees at SMCA.

 

“It is definitely a great beginning to the New Year and we would make it a memorable one, winning many more medals for Mumbai and Maharashtra as well as India,” said renowned coach FIDE Master Balaji Guttula, who is also the chief coach of the SMCA.

 

A total number of 710 players (boys and girls) from different schools across 25 states in the country participated in 12 different age categories from Under -7 to Under-17.

 

Chess books and Chess CDs were given as prizes apart from Trophy and medals. Trophies, Medals and Merit Certificates were awarded to the top 3 players of each category plus. All players were given a certificate of participation in the prize distribution ceremony.

 

Final standing top-3 – Girls’ Under-9: 1. WCM Shefali A.N. (kar) – 7.5 points, Gold;  2. WCM Suhaani Lohia (Mah) – 7.5 points, Silver; 3. Arushi Srichandan (Odi) – 7.00 points, Bronze.

 

Boys’ Under-9: 1. CM Bhagat Kush (Mah) – 7.5 points, Gold; 2. Tanish Sai Kavuru (AP) – 7.5 point, Silver; 3. Sriansh Das (Odi) – 7.0 points, Bronze.

 

Boys’ Under-17: 1. AGM Arka Sengupta (WB) – 5.5 points, Gold; 2. Anugraha Jaisingh (Mah) – 5.0 points, Silver; 3. Sibi Visal R. (TN) – 5.0 points, Bronze.


KSBA cueists Kushal and Ahmed move into CCI Open 2nd round


 

Karnataka cueists Kushal Chandrashekar and Shaikh Najeeb Ahmed, both made bright winning starts by posting easy wins in their respective first round encounters, in the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018, and played at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room, on Monday.

Kushal Chandrashekar

Kushal Chandrashekar

 

Chandrashekhar took time to get off the blocks and tamely lost the opening frame to Nayan Bhuva of Gujarat in a first round tie. But, the Karnataka challenger quickly got into a groove and bouncing back in style by winning the next three to clinch a  3-1 win with the frame scores reading 16-57, 56-12, 54-48 and 59-14 in his favour.

 

On another table, Ahmed also had a hesitant start and conceded the opening frame to Punjab’s Shivam Rana before pulling through at 3-1. Ahmed recovered well and started to strike the balls perfectly to close out the match winning at 30-45, 60-39, 63-45 and 42-25.

 

Meanwhile, Anas Chandiwala of Surat and Ashish C. Shah from Baroda recorded contrasting first round victories to progress to the next round. Chandiwala straight away hit the right notes and outplayed Naveen Paladugula of Secunderabad, romping to a fluent 3-0 win. With some clinical potting Chandiwala went on to register a 60-18, 58-18, 53-12 victory.

 

On the other hand, Shah produced solid fight as he came from behind to turn the tables on Telagana’s P. Abhiraj winning by a  3-2 margin. Abhiraj got off to a great start by taking the first two frames, but he was unable to carry the momentum and completely lost his way. Shah who managed to find his touch and began to pot more consistently managed to snatch the remaining three frames to script a 18-74, 27-68, 53-43, 63-28 and 61-36 victory.

 

Results – 1st round: M.D. Hussain (Rly) bt Varun Daga (Bombay Gym) 3-2 (38-54, 42-55, 93-26, 72-14, 58-17); Vimal Mariwala (Radio Club) bt Ejaz Merchant (CS) 3-2 (64-61, 43-41, 20-56, 51-53, 66-43); Abhijeet Ranade (Pune) bt Ramizudding Khan 3-1 (66-24, 23-68, 64-32, 57-22); Ashish C. Shah (Baroda) bt P. Abhiraj (TLGN) 3-2 (18-74, 27-68, 53-43, 63-28, 61-36); Siddharth Kemani (CCI) bt Chinmay Gawde (Radio Club) 3-1 (65-40, 30-66, 66-24, 61-47); Anas Chandiwala (Surat) bt Naveen Paladugula (Secunderabad) 3-0 (60-18, 58-18, 53-12); Shaikh Najeeb Ahmed (KSBA) bt Shivam Rana (Pun) 3-1 (30-45, 60-39, 63-45, 42-25); Nabil Lakdawala (TLGN) bt Ranjeet Nagi (Vashi) 3-0 (awarded the 1st frame as Nagi reported late, 55-34, 58-48); Tushar Pankhania (Bhyander) vs Zulfikar Saria (CCI) 3-0 (51-26, 53-43, 68-2); Durlabh Sisodiya (KSBA) bt Rishabh Panchamia (MCF) 3-0 (57-28, 61-50, 38-35); Kushal Chandrashekhar (KSBA) bt Nayan Bhuva (Guj) 3-1 (16-57, 56-12, 54-48, 59-14); Rohan Kothare (BSAA) bt Sudin (KSBA) 3-0 (58-38, 72-48, 65-17); Manoj Nandwani (Ulhasnagar) bt Tehkum Alim 3-0 (66-32, 50-15, 53-45).


Hat-trick for Pratik and his Juhu Heroes


 

Juhu Heroes thrashed Mulund Blasters by nine wickets for their third win in a row in the 8-team  SAI-Mumbai Masters T-20 League, powered by- Paradigm Reality, at the Police Gymkhana’s floodlit ground here last night.  And their opener Pratik Patil showed remarkable consistency with scores of 102,  96 not out and 67 not out in his three outings so far to earn his third man-of-the-match award. Batting first, Mulund Blasters, but for Anuj Mathur’s 53, failed to force the pace and ended with 133 for two in 18 overs as the tie was reduced by two overs for delayed start.

Hat-trick for opener Pratik Patil  and Juhu Heroes as he  receives his third Man-of-the-match award  from the guest of honour Ms Riddhi Thomas of the co-sponsors. For Juhu Heroes, too, it was their third successive win in the league.

Hat-trick for opener Pratik Patil and Juhu Heroes as he receives his third Man-of-the-match award from the guest of honour Ms Riddhi Thomas of the co-sponsors. For Juhu Heroes, too, it was their third successive win in the league.

 

In reply, Juhu Heroes maintained a steady run-rate to achieve their target. Pratik, who had earlier hit soaring sixes in abundance, played rather sedate unbeaten innings of 67 with 11 fours..

 

In the other tie, Santacruz Crackers, thanks to tight bowling Amey Kothavle (4/22), beat Shivaji Park Superstars by 10 runs. Replying to Santacruz Crackers total of 147 for five, Shivaji Park outfit were 99 for six in 13.4 overs. But spinner Amey Kothavle’s (4/22) tight spell at this stage left them short by 10 runs in the end.

 

 

 

    Brief scores: Mulund Blasters 133/20ff 18 overs (Anuj Mathur 53 (7×4, 2×6), Siddharth Naik 24,Vivek Prabhu 23)  lost to Juhu Heroes 136/a off 16.2 overs (Pratik Patil n.o. 67, Tejas Solanki 33; Kunal Dedhia 2/21. By 9 wkts.

 

Santacruz Crackers 147/5 off 18 overs (Rohan Sadarjoshi 61 (8×4, 1×6), Meher Kamat 20; Dinesh Sawant 2/27) bt

 

Shivaji Park Superstars 137/6 in 18 overs (Amar Padhye 39, Saurabh Joshi n.o. 24, Prashant Gawade n.o. 21; Amey Kothavle 4/22) by 10 runs.


Sidhath Rawat, Mahak Jain top seed


 

Defending champion Sidharth Rawat of Uttar Pradesh and Mahak Jain of Madhya Pradesh are the top seeds in the men’s and women’s singles event of the AITA Ranking Rs 22 lakh prize-money JVPG Anirudh Desai All-India Open Tennis Tournament 2018, which is scheduled to commence at the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana’s floodlit tennis courts from Monday, February 5, 2018. This is the richest prize-money AITA Ranking Tournament in the history of Indian lawn tennis organised by a private club in the country.

 

 

The 24-year-old Rawat, currently ranked seventh in the country, will have to contend with second seed Maharashtra’s Arjun Kadhe, who is ranked 10th. Suraj R. Prabodh of Karnataka and current National champion Dalwinder Singh of Punjab are the third and fourth seeds respectively.

 

The 16-year-old Mahak, who is also India ranked seventh, is followed by Delhi’s Sai Samhitha as the second seed, while another Delhi girl Rishika Sunkara is seeded third and Tamil nadu’s Nithyaraj Baburaj is the fourth seed.

 

The men and women champions will receive a handsome prize of Rs 2 lakh each and the runner-up will get Rs 1 lakh each. Prize money in the singles will be offered from the first round itself, with the first round losers also gaining Rs 12,000 each. Prize money will also be awarded to the qualifying losers.

 

This tournament is being conducted to commemorate the memory of the late Anirudh Desai, a club member and tennis aficionado and his family is the title sponsor to the event.

 

Events will be conducted in men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

 

Men’s qualifying 3rd round: Abhinav Sanjeev bt Jaydeep S. Chudasama 9-6; Rhythem Malhotra bt Anshuman Gulia 9-8(7); Aaditya Tewari bt Armaan Bhatia 9-7; Alex Solanki bt Kunj Kotak 9-5; Paras Dahiya bt Krishna Teja Ankam 9-6; Abhimanyu Vannemreddy 9-0; Antarkish Mohandas bt Ayush Hindlekar 9-4; Arpit Sharma bt Chilakalapudi 9-4..

 

The seedings: Men’s top 8: 1. Sidharth Rawat (UP – rank 7),  2. Arjun Kadhe (Mah – rank 11), 3. Suraj R. Prabodh (KA – rank 13), 4. Dalwinder Singh (PB – rank 15), 5. Manish Sureshkumar (TN – rank 17), 6. Kunal Anand (DL – rank 18), 7. Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash (TN – rank 19), 8. Hardeep Singh Sandhu (PB – rank 20).

 

Women’s top 8: 1. 1. Mahak Jain (MP – rank 7), 2. Sai Samhitha (TN – rank 9), 3. Rishika Sunkara (DL – rank 13), 4. Nithyaraj Baburaj (TN – rank 14), 5. Eetee Maheta (GJ – rank 15), 6. Humera Shaikh (TS – rank 16), 7. Ramya Natrajan (TN – rank 18), 8. Shweta Chandra Rana (DL – rank 19).

 

Prize Money break-up:

 

Men’s & Women’s: Winner Rs 2,00,000; Runner-up Rs 1,00,000; losing semi-finalists Rs 50,000 each; losing quarter-finalists Rs 25,000 each; losing pre-quarter-finalists Rs 15,000 each; losing 1st round players Rs 12,000 each.

 

Doubles (3 categories): Winners Rs 50,000; Runners-up Rs 30,000; losing semi-finalists Rs 20,000 each; losing quarter-finalists Rs 15,000 each.


Nishant Dossa cruises into 2nd round


 

Nishant Dossa of Cricket Club of India, was in good nick and convincingly defeated Sanjeev Shah of Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana by a 3-1 margin in a best-of-five frame first round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018, and played at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room, on Sunday morning.

Nishant Dossa of CCI, easily defeated Sanjeev Shah of JVPG in a first round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018.

Nishant Dossa of CCI, easily defeated Sanjeev Shah of JVPG in a first round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018.

 

Having returned after a long flight back to Mumbai early in the morning, Nishant showed no signs of jetlag as he potted quite consistently and with some clever, safety play, he managed to sideline his rival Sanjeev, by coasting to a 73-25, 38-61, 71-49, 60-40 victory. He will meet Cherag Ramakrishnan in the next round on Tuesday.

 

Meanwhile, talented youngster Sumehr Magoof Khar Gymkhana showed great touch and cruised to an easy 3-0 win against the experienced Anurag Bagri of Elphinstone Cricket Club in another first round tie. The 13-year-old Sumehr showed fluency with his potting and with good selection of shots he charged to a fluent 71-35, 50-27, 56-32 victory.

 

Manan Shah of Malabar Hill Club also enjoyed a good run as he overcame Pratik Thakkar of Thane, in three straight frames to also advance to the second round. The Malabar Hill cueist was in complete control and eased to 51-7, 63-25, 70-26 win.

 

Telangana’s B.L. Dheeraj had a good roll of the balls and defeated S.R. Vaid of Cricket Club of India in three quick frames. Dheeraj quickly adapted to the table and eased to a 77-20, 55-7, 62-16 win.

 

Results – 1st round: Sahil Gadiya (Pune) bt S. Magesh (TN) 3-1 (54(42)-2, 62-42, 34-60, 70-18); Sumehr Mago (Khar Gym) bt Anurag Bagri (ECC) 3-0 (71-35, 50-27, 56-32); V. Subramanian (Matunga Gym) bt Naman Agrawal (Shivaji Park) 3-1 (53-2, 47-56, 70-50, 68-58); Saurabh Mehrotra (Radio Club) bt Luv Boricha (ECC) 3-2 (51-40, 31-58, 66-15, 39-62, 74-62); Mahadev Bhogale (JVPG) bt Shekhar Surve (Rly) 3-0 (58-44, 67-14, 73-39); Nishant Dossa (CCI) bt Sanjeev Shah (JVPG) 3-1 (73-25, 38-61, 71-49, 60-40); Mayank Daga (Andheri) bt Shoaib Pathan (BSAA) 3-0 (66-52, 63-52, 59-53); Akhil Saiyed (Vashi) bt Sagar Patne (Thane) 3-0 (47-35, 38-24, 59-24); Manan Shah (MHC) bt Pratik Thakkar (Thane) 3-0 (51-7, 63-25, 70-26); B.L. Dheeraj (TLGN) bt S.R. Vaid (CCI) 3-0 (77-20, 55-7, 62-16); Pankaj Vanjari (Ghatkopar) vs Siddharth Verma (Bihar) 3-0 (52-37, 66-17, 52-14).


G.M. Police charge into Padmakar Talim Shield cricket final


 

Greater Mumbai( G.M.) Police Sports Club recorded a fluent 4-wicket win against Dr. D.Y. Patil SA in a semi-final match of the Padmakar Talim Shield Cricket Tournament 2017-2018, and played at the Police Gymkhana ground, Marine Drive on Sunday.

 

All-rounder Chirag Kkurana played a stellar role in Mumbai Police’s win. He first picked three wickets for 35 runs and later scored a useful 41 runs which put the policemen on the road to victory.

 

Mumbai Police electing to field first, did well to restrict D.Y. Patil to 254 for 7 wickets in their stipulated 45 overs. Opener Shoaib Shaikh (54 runs) and middle order batsman Sarvesh Damle (81 runs) were mainly responsible in helping D.Y. Patil set a target of 355 runs for the cops.

 

In reply, Mumbai Police were provided with a solid start from openers Agni Chopra (47 runs) and Humayun Hirapure (65 runs) as they laid the foundation building a 99-run partnership for the first wicket. Later, Khurana and Swapnil Kulaye 34 not out ensured that the policemen crossed the finish line scoring 255 for 6 wickets in 44.5 overs. Pravin Tambe was the only successful bowler with 3 for 49.

 

Brief scores: Dr. D.Y. Patil SA 254 for 7 in 45 overs (Sarvesh Damle 81, Shoaib Shaikh 54, Yogesh Pawar 34*; Chirag Khurana 3/35, Somsing Rawal 2/61) lost to Greater Mumbai Police Sports Club 255 for 6 in 44.5 overs (Humayun Hirapure 65, Agni Chopra 47, Chirag Khurana 41, Swapnil Kulaye 34*; Pravin Tambe 3/49). Result: Greater Mumbai Police Sports Club won by 4 wickets.


Jaisinghani fights back to down Adani


Gaurav M. Jaisinghani of Vashi showed plenty of resilience and strong fighting spirit as he, after losing the opening two frames, recovered to snatch a remarkable 3-2 victory against Rajiv Adani of Matunga Gymkhana in a best-of-five frame first round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018, win, at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room.

Gaurav M Jaisinghani of Vashi recovered well to overcome Rajiv Adani of Matunga Gymkhana in a first round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship

Gaurav M Jaisinghani of Vashi recovered well to overcome Rajiv Adani of Matunga Gymkhana in a first round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship

 

The Vashi cueist looked to be down and out as Adani grabbed his chances to pocket the first two frames and was within distance of coasting to victory. But, Gaurav seemed unfazed and gradually found his touch and with some steady play he managed to bounce back in grand fashion by winning the next three frames in succession to turn the match in his favour. Gaurav completed a 28-64, 5-83, 71-25, 79-47, 69-14 to advance to the next round.

 

Meanwhile, Puru Dembla from Agra staved off a spirited challenge from Rajesh Rana of Cricket Club of India to also pull off a close 3-2 win in another first round encounter. The visiting cueist from Agra quite comfortably grabbed the first two frames, but was unable to maintain the momentum in the subsequent two frames. The home player Rana, did well to win the third and fourth frames by close margins and take the match to the fifth frame. The decider also witnessed a keen contest as the scores ran close before Dembla managed to hold his nerves to win the crucial fifth frame to clinch a 66-27, 53-28, 36-43, 44-48, 62-59 victory.

 

Neville Razmi of Radio Club also came through a tight first round encounter against Chandu Kansodaria of Mandpeshwar Civic Federation, posting a 3-2 win. Neville played with lots of determination to record a 62-52, 78-33, 66-69, 9-65, 68-30 victory and join his young son Shahyan in the second round.

 

Rajeev Sharma of Malabar Hill Club, Shubham Ranade of Elphinstone Cricket Club and Kishore Laungani of Khar Gymkhana, all easily won their first round ties by identical 3-0 margins to march into the second round.

 

Results – 1st round: Harshad Somkamble (BSAA) bt Kushal Chhadva (Thane) 3-0 (71-40, 61-9, 51-38); Divesh Gangwani (JVPG) bt Furqaan Abrahami 3-1 (35-67, 68-29, 60-18, 76-0); Puru Dembla (Agra) bt Rajesh Rana (CCI) 3-2 (66-27, 53-28, 36-43, 44-48, 62-59); Sumit Ahuja (Ulhasnagar) bt Raj Khandwala (CCI) 3-1 (88-58, 48-57, 48-38, 49-1); Neville Razmi (Radio Club) bt Chandu Kansodaria (MCF) 3-2 (62-52, 78-33, 66-69, 9-65(39), 68-30);  Niraj Vasava (Surat) bt Yash Babani (Otters Club) 3-1 (62-25, 20-49, 54-39, 64-9); Rajeev Sharma (Malabar Hill Club) bt Pramod Pol (ECC) 3-0 (56-19, 63-14, 54-9); Omkar Gore (Chiplun) bt Mithun Merchant (CCI) 3-1 (39-52, 54-49, 68-23, 57-14); Gaurav M Jaisinghani (Vashi) bt Rajiv Adani (MG) 3-2 (28-64, 5-83, 71-25, 79-47, 69-14); Omar Ahmed Farooqui (BSAA) bt Amit Sapru (Park Club) 3-1 (52-25, 49-54, 73-41, 59-31);  Shubham Ranade (ECC) bt Alam Shaikh 3-0 (71-43, 58-39, 62-12); Kishore Laungani (Khar Gymkhana) bt Akshay Joshi 3-0 (70-37, 59-9, 68-33).


Boxers FA,Castle Boys record wins


 

Boxers Football Academy and Castle Boys SC, both scored identical 1-0 wins in their respective Second Division matches of the MDFA League 2017-2018 and played at the St. Xavier’s Ground, Parel on Saturday.

 

A determined Boxers outfit scored the lone goal through their striker Janjitwar Dyaneshwar in the 55th minute to secure the win and collect the full three points.

 

Later in the day, Maxie D’Silva scored the all-important goal midway through the second session to help Castle Boys snatch a close win and walk away with the three points.

 

Results – Div-II: Boxers FA 1 (Janjitwar Dyaneshwar 55th) beat Marouli United FC 0.

 

Castle Boys 1 (Maxie D’Silva 55th) beat Godrej & Boyce SC 0.


AICFB National ‘A’ Chess Championship for the Blind begins


The 13th edition of AICFB ‘National ‘A’ Chess Championship for the visually challenged’, commenced in Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai today. Sagar Shah, International Chess Player,  Ravindra Dongre, Chairman, Maharashtra Chess Association (MCA) and Dr. Charudatta Jadhav, President of AICFB, inaugurated the tournament and declared it open. A unique initiative, Radio Chess was launched at the inauguration which is specially conceptualized by Dr. Charudatta Jadhav for the visually challenged chess players. The idea behind the initiative is to educate and create awareness about the game of chess in the visually challenged people.Sagar Shah, International Chess Player,  Ravindra Dongre, Chairman, MCA and Dr. Charudatta Jadhav, President of AICFB, Manjunath Murthy, Arbitor at the inauguration of the AICFB National A Chess Championship for the Blin

 

 

14 of the best visually challenged chess players from India were present during the inauguration ceremony and were all excited for the tournament to start. AICFB is focused on creating an important platform for the blind players to mark their presence on the world through this tournament. Dr. Charudatta Jadhav along with chief guests Sagar Shah and Ravindra Dongre have a vision of making more efforts to gain support from the Government of India and the viewers in empowering the players ahead.

 

Dr. Charudatta Jadhav, a chess champion himself inspired and encouraged the participants to create awareness in the country to get recognition and change the mindset of the people about Blind Chess. He referred all the participants as the ambassadors of AICFB and said, “AICFB is planning to take an aggressive step to create an infrastructure for our Blind Chess.”

 

Sagar Shah, International Chess Champion empowered AICFB by gaining the support of the audience and take vital steps to encourage and spread the awareness of this Blind Chess tournament for the coming days ahead.

 

Along with Sagar Shah, Ravindra Dongre, Chairman of the MCA appreciated Dr. Charudatta Jadhav for his selfless efforts throughout many years for blind chess and AICFB.

 

 

The 14 visually challenged chess players competed against each other during the first leg of the National ‘A’ Chess Championship. The top 5 players from National ‘A’ Chess Championship for the Visually Challenged will form Indian teams for the forthcoming ‘World Team Championship’ and ‘World Junior’ for the blind which will be held in Bulgaria in July 2018 and Poland in August 2018 respectively.


12-year-old Shahyan Razmi advances into second round


Mumbai youngster Shahyan Razmi of Radio Club showed plenty of promise and good potting skills as he went to record a commendable 3-1 win against Yogesh Sharma of Pune in a best-of-five frame first round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018, win, at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room.

 12-year-old Shahyan Razmi showed good touch to overcome Pune’s Yogesh Sharma 3-1 in a first round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018.

12-year-old Shahyan Razmi showed good touch to overcome Pune’s Yogesh Sharma 3-1 in a first round match of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018.

 

The 12-year-old Shahyan, a class seven student of St. Mary’s ISC Schools, Mazagon, played confidently and steadily to cut down to size his senior rival from Pune. The left-handed Shahyan easily won the first frame, but seemed to have lost his focus in the second, which Sharma won comfortably. However, Shahyan, quickly regained his composure and went on to pocket the next two frames to complete a well-deserved 77-29, 9-68, 60-22, 61-51 victory and a passage to the second round.

 

Sidhraj Shah of Cricket Club of India looked completely comfortable playing on his home tables and quickly deposed off Pune’s Chintamani Jadhav win in straight frame 3-0 (59-39, 64-51, 48-10) in another first round contest.

 

Meanwhile outstation cueists, Liyakat Ali Shaikh from Solapur and Siddhesh Mulay from Chiplun, both enjoyed successful first round outings. Shaikh was in complete control against Jaydeep Soni of Gujarat and posted a 3-0 (53-9, 78-23, 76-16) win, while Mulay also had things much his own way and easily defeated Sachit Jamgaonkar of Pune 3-0 (64-26, 61-35, 62-33) to advance to the second round.

 

In another match, Harmehr Mago of Khar Gymkhana recovered well after dropping the first frame to put it across Hitesh Kotwani of Hindu Gymkhan by a 3-1 margin. Mago taking time to get into his groove lost the opening frame, but bounced back well to win the next three on the trot to clinch a 34-75, 54-30, 60-28, 59-35 win.

 

Results – 1st round: Ibrahim Sheikh (Borvali) bt Veer Singh Nagi (JVPG) 3-0 (56-28, 52-29, 53-28); Harmehr Mago (Khar Gym) bt Hitesh Kotwani (Hindu Gym) 3-1 (34-75, 54-30, 60-28, 59-35); Shahyan Razmi (Radio Club) bt Yogesh Sharma (Pune) 3-1 (77-29, 9-68, 60-22, 61-51);, Viren Sharma (BSAA) bt Sumit Saldulkar 3-1 (45-42, 65-43, 37-65, 62-43); Puneet Thakkar bt Vishal Rajani (Pune) 3-2 (80-6, 72-35, 36-60, 55-58, 55-24); Rajwardhan Joshi bt Bharat Mandhan (Jalgoan)  3-0 (67-5, 56-45, 54-31); Sidhraj Shah (CCI) bt Chintamani Jadhav (Pune) 3-0 (59-39, 64-51, 48-10); Vaibhav Waingade (Kharghar) bt Abhishek Doshi (Parel) 3-2 (54-61, 16-58, 60-23, 79-32, 61-39); Kartikeye Sharma (Vashi) bt Sameer Gupta (CCI) 3-0 (54-19, 54-30, 66-23); Neel Vathlani (Malabar Hill Club) bt Merzi Screwala (Parsee Gym) 3-2 (25-59(51), 58-43, 48-68, 61-32, 35-11); Liyakat Ali Shaikh (Solapur) bt Jaydeep Soni (Gujarat) 3-0 (53-9, 78-23, 76-16); Siddhesh Mulay (Chiplun) bt Sachit Jamgaonkar (Pune) 3-0 (64-26, 61-35, 62-33); Sagar Desai bt Shubham Bokade (Nagpur) 3-1 (66-61, 13-51(40), 64-51, 63-9).