Nitin Banka won a nerve-wracking fifth frame (15-red singles) against Ronak Dedhia to help MHCL Madcaps come from behind to snatch a 3-2 win against NSCI Riders in a pre-quarter-final match of the Otters-BSAM Mumbai Snooker League. Khar Gymkhana A proved too strong for North Indian Association’s Cut Miss Hook, winning 3-0 at an adjacent table.
In the decider, Banka (+50 handicap) and Ronak Dedhia (+45) were both edgy and the scores ran close. The former led throughout and clinched the frame after surviving anxious moments. The latter, trailing 74-88 and required to pocket the last three colours remaining, poted the blue, missed the pink. Banka then sank the pink in the bottom pocket to win the frame 94-79 and seal victory. Z3 Zodiac Clothing and Otters Club are the event sponsors.
NSCI, after losing the opening doubles, bounced back to pocket the next two (15-red singles) and lead 2-1. Experienced Rajeev Sharma ensured that the MHCL team stay in the fight by winning the fourth frame against NSCI’s captain Karan Chug and take the match to the wire. Banka and Anshuman Loyalka had tamed Kunal Kapoor and Dedhia earlier.
The results (pre-quarterfinals): KG A beat NIA Cut Miss Hook 3-0 (Ishpreet Singh Chadha bt Harana 96-45, Faisal Khan bt Hardik Vyas 82-75, Nikhil Saigal & Sparsh Pherwani bt Manjeet Singh & Rajan Gupta 77-35).
MHCL Madcaps beat NSCI Riders 3-2 (Nitin Banka & Anshuman Loyalka bt Kunal Kapoor & Ronak Dedhia 81-63, Rajeev Sharma lost Karan Chug 63-109(47), Adil Engineer lost to Meet Mirchandani 100-122, Rajeev Sharma bt Karan Chugh 115-70, Nitin Banka bt Ronak Dedhia 94-79).
Otters get past CCI A
Otters Club’s Ekambir Singh breezed past Aditya Chandani of Cricket Club of India A to guide his team to a 4-1victory in a Otters inter-club juniors squash league first round round-robin tie, organised by the Indian Squash Professionals. Syska and Wadhwa group are the chief sponsors.
The results (first round): Otters beat CCI A 4-1 (Kavya Bansal bt Sara V 10-12, 11-9, 11-4; Tanay Punjabi bt Armaan D 12-10, 11-7; Varun Shah lost to Akanksha Gupta 9-11, 11-6, 10-12; Ekambir Singh bt Aditya Chandani 11-3, 11-3; Agastya Bansal bt Yusuf P 11-6, 11-5); NSCI beat Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhhana Club 4-1 ( Ahaan Bhansali bt Aryan A 11-5, 11-9; Rohan Padhye bt Aaryaa O 11-3, 11-7; Suren Gupta bt Shurya S 11-8, 11-9; Vivaan Bhatia bt Ranbir M 2-11,12-10,13-11; Diva Shah lost to Arnav D 811, 9-11) Jindal Squash Academy beat Chembur Gymkhana 3-2 ( Om Semwal bt Vidish Puri 11-5, 11-7; Mohit Bhatt bt Krish Parikh 11-1, 11-1; Nupur Joshi lost to Mahathi Subramaniam 10-12, 2-11; Neil Paswan lost to Pranav Nair 0-11, 12-10, 8-11; Pratap Gupta bt Vedant Bahari 11-9, 11-4). CCI beat Goregaon Sports Club 3-2 (Sonya Bajaj lost to Aryan Mehta 11-3, 10-12, 7-11; Avani N bt Yash Kothari 11-6, 11-7; Aryan Diwan bt Khwahish Nagda 11-6, 11-2; Kabir Taraporewala bt Siddhant Bhandari 4-11, 11-7, 11-6; Ansh Somani lost to Vivaan Sagar 11-8, 7-11, 7-11).
Falcon, Palkaya advance
Falcon Brothers SC soared to a 4-0 win against Football Leaders FC in a MDFA League Third Division match, played at the St. Xavier’s ground, Parel. Palkaya FC won 1-0 against Strom Chasers SC.
The results: Falcon Brrothers Sc 4 (Ajay Panikar, Shreyas Egade, Ojas Bhandare, Sahil Vichare) beat Football Leaders FC 0. Palkaya FC 1 (Francis D’Souza) beat Strom Chasers SC 0.
Nitin Banka won a tense deciding fifth frame to help MHCL Madcaps snatch a 3-2 win
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