The break came in the fourth frame of Mehta’s match with Brijesh Damani who was leading 2-1. Damani, after inducing a snooker foul from Mehta, missed a red pot and left the Mumbai player on. Mehta, the 2011 national champion, went on to sink all the 15 reds, followed by 15 blacks and the colours for a 147 break.
Responding to Mehta’s feat, Sethi, who had crafted a 147 against Nasar Latiff during the 1988 National championship, said: “A fantastic achievement by a very dedicated player who richly deserves all the accolades. Words cannot explain my joy and happiness.”
Balasubramaniam, Secretary, Billiards and Snooker Federation of India, announced a cash reward of Rs 14,700 for the 27-year-old who along with Kamal Chawla and Damani qualified to represent India in the Asian Indoor Games.