Monday, 16 July, 2007

Wilbur pots glory, defeats Crazol

B D Narayankar

PUNE: Disappointed after giving an Inoff (committing an error on black) to his rival in the tie-breaker, Crazol D’Souza watched Wilbur Francis raising his cue in joy after he defeated him 75-73 and 68-61 in a close battle in PGI Snooker and Billiards Championship here on Thursday.

Wilbur and Crazol played amazing game in the deciding frame. The latter started his second stint on a confident note leading 18 points on black. But his opponent soon spoiled his party when he potted pink, blue and black, taking the frame to a tiebreaker. “Wilbur was simply amazing. Potting of three colors gave him immense confidence. I wilted under pressure and gave him the Inoff,” Crazol told Herald after the match.

The first frame was not that easy too. Crazol gave a tough time to Wilbur by giving him three snookers making slim his winning chances. Wilbur got all the three snookers and posted a win elegantly.

RESULTS: Snooker: Wilbur Francis (PGI) bt Wilbur Francis (PGI) 75-73, 68-61; George Fernandez (PGI) bt Devesh Inamdar (Deccan Gymkhana) 47-52, 70-30, 71-39; Harish Talavde (Mischiefmakers) bt Leo Alfanso (PGI) 47-33, 60-36; Yogesh Sharma (Poona Club) bt Nelson D’Souza 35-51, 62-43, 62-33; Sameer Sheikh (Friends) bt Wilbur Francis 52-41, 53-55, 48-16; Jaideep Khandekar bt Ninad Ghag 69-31, 25-66, 82-42

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