Ootam, Badami remain unbeaten
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CCI Cueists, Nikhil Ootam and Hasan Badami, claimed pole positions in their respective groups by virtue of their all-win record in the round-robin league of the senior snooker main draw in the Malabar Hill Club Maharashtra State Selection Tournament at the WIAA Malabar Hill Club on Tuesday.
Badami, who won both his Group-A league matches on Monday, continued in the same vein by recording a comfortable 3-1 victory over Sumit Saldurkar of Mandeswar Civic Foundation. The dapper Badami was in total control on way to a fluent 61-32, 60-47, 56-60, 54-24 victory.
Ootam, who had found success in his opening Group-C league match, maintained his fine run of form by winning the next two matches in convincing fashion. He first defeated Mayur Sanghvi (WG) 3-1 (51-69, 80(35,45)-41, 68-41, 98(53)-16) and later went onto get the better of Pune's Anand Raguvanshi by an identical 3-1 margin with the frame scores reading 58-13, 16-56(40), 66-25, 90-36 in his favour.
However, Raghuvanshi, with two wins, also qualified for the pre-quarterfinal knockout round of the competition.
Group-A: Hasan Badami (CCI) bt Sumit Saldurkar (MCF) 3-1 (61-32, 60-47, 56-60, 54-24); Group-B: Laxman Rawat (KG) bt Abhinay Edake (Dom) 3-1 (40-48, 54-40, 56-48, 71-14); Group-C: Nikhil Ootam (CCI) bt Mayur Sanghvi (WG) 3-1 (51-69, 80(35,45)-41, 68-41, 98(53)-16); Anand Raghuvanshi (Pune) bt Pawan Kohli KG) 3-1 (55-58, 55-42, 56-40, 70-32); Pawan Kohli (KG) bt Mayur Sanghvi (WG) 3-1 (54-13, 79-25, 44-58, 55-39); Nikhil Ootam (CCI) bt Anand Raguvanshi (Pune) 3-1 (58-13, 16-56(40), 66-25, 90-36).
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