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Parikh, Agarwal qualify for main draw; Sachdev sizzles with 125 break

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Mumbai: Mumbai-based cueists Siddharth Parikh and Aditya Agarwal in convincing fashion won their fourth qualifying round matches to advance to the main draw of the Rs 12.25 lakh prize-money CCI All India Open Snooker Championship 2018.

The articulate Parikh of Indian Railways played tactically and with a break of 69 in the second managed to edge out Paras Gupta of Uttar Pradesh snatching a 4-0 win in the best-of-seven frame encounter at the CCI’s Wilson Jones Billiards Room on Tuesday. On the side table, Agarwal of Matunga Gymkhana was cool and composed and with the help of two substantial runs of 40 in the first frame and 43 in the fifth rode to 4-1 win over Delhi’s Jaison Malhotra.

Meanwhile, Rahul Sachdev of Cue Schooling, stole the thunder with a neatly crafted 125 break as he went on to tame Telangana’s B.L. Dheeraj winning in four frames, 3-1. After sharing the first two frames with his Telangana rival, the left-handed Sachdev got into cracking form in the third as he potted with superb accuracy to run up a brilliant break of 125. However, with only the last three colours remaining, he missed the blue and his effort fell short of the 130 qualifying mark for the highest break prize of Rs 25,000. He went on pocket the fourth to clinch the match with the frame scores reading at 68-20, 15-65, 125(125)-0 and 69-30. The Railway player Parikh with some clever ploy and with a steady break of 69 in the second managed to outduel the UP cueist, winning three of the frames narrowly to steal a 67-65, 81-40, 64-60, 72-63 win.

Dipa Karmakar ruled out of Commonwealth Games
New Delhi:
India's top gymnast Dipa Karmakar has been forced out of the upcoming Commonwealth Games owing to the career-threatening knee injury she picked up last year, her coach Bisweshwar Nandi said yesterday.

"She is not yet ready for a tournament like the Commonwealth Games. So, the target is to make her fully ready for the Asian Games  (August 18-September 2)," Nandi told PTI.

Karmakar, the first Indian female to compete in the Olympics where she finished a historic fourth in the women's vault at the 2016 Rio Games, opted out of the CWG trials taking place at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here.

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