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Title for Advani

Mumbai: Pankaj Advani (ONGC) stamped his authority yet again, by winning the billiards crown in the Cricket Club of India (CCI) Classic Billiards and Snooker tournament here on Wednesday.

The Bangalore-based cueist defeated Dhruv Sitwala in the final. Advani, 27, also won the Highest Break award for the 530, which he scored against Devendra Joshi in the quarter-finals.

At the halfway mark of the four-hour final, Sitwala, who was nursing a fever, was trailing 227-787. Advani had procured breaks of 243, 193, 98, 87 and 78. The onslaught continued after the interval when Advani resumed on a break of 22, and converted it into a double hundred.

This was followed by a barrage of back-to-back breaks of 96, 89 and 196 in successive visits. Sitwala, who registered a nail-biting 9-point win over Maharashtra state selection champion Arun Agrawal, in the semi-final, replied with a 90 before conceding the match and title to his younger opponent.

The difference was a little under a thousand points with half an hour left on the clock.