Odisha Sun Times Sports Bureau
Lucknow, Feb 17:
Odisha boy Ashutosh Padhy crushed Arjun Mehta of Karnataka 251-121 to lift the sub-junior billiards title at the Manisha Billiards and Snooker Nationals, here today.
Padhy dominated the 60-minute final.
He had an initial break of 59, which helped him retain a decent lead throughout the match.
“It was like a dream come true for me,” Ashutosh said after his win.
“In the final, I didn’t want my rival even to think about a comeback once I took a handsome lead,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Padhy had scored a thrilling 251-203 win against M L Laxman, also of Karnataka, in the semi-final, while Mehta had outplayed defending champion Ishpreet Chadha of Maharashtra 186-168 in the other last-four game.
In snooker, young cueist Shobhit Chandra of Lucknow stormed into the semifinals, defeating Rohan Sahani of Madhya Pradesh 2-1.
Joining him in the semi-finals were Ashutosh Padhy, Uttar Pradesh’ Mandeep Singh and Johnson Narsidani Gujarat.
Padhy beat UP’s Mark Menezes 2-1 while Mandeep Singh knocked out Lalit Agarwal of Delhi and Johnson brushed aside M D Hussain of MP.
The State Bank of India powered event is being organised by the Uttar Pradesh Billiards and Snooker Association.