Jaiveer regains junior billiards crown
Former champion Jaiveer Dhingra of PJ Hindu Gymkhana registered a convincing victory to regain the junior billiards title in the Malabar Hill Club Maharashtra state selection billiards & snooker tournament.
Dhingra, winner in 2008, 2010 and 2011, overcame Rajwardhan Joshi of PYC, Pune 441-162 that included significant breaks of 63 and a brilliant 103 that came in the last 16 minutes of the hour and a half long time-format contest. In the process, the champion helped himself to his 10th state title. Nikhil Saigal of Khar Gymkhana overcame Rayyan Razmi of Elphinstone Cricket Club 318-179 to finish third.
“The conditions were beautiful and that enhanced my game,” said Dhingra who featured in the World Championships in Leeds and is ranked No. 32 in the world. “That break of 183 gave me a lot of confidence.” Runner-up Joshi said: “Jaiveer is far superior. He did not give me a chance. The better player won. But I am happy to have qualified to represent Maharashtra.”