Pune, Sep 28 (PTI) Mumbai’s Sparsh Pherwani came up with a calculated performance and managed to scrape past Pune’s Shivam Arora in an engrossing pre-quarter-final match of the Maharashtra State Senior Snooker & Billiards Selection (leg-1) Championship 2018 Friday. Also Read - Pro Kabaddi League: Dominating Pune outplay Haryana

In a match of fluctuating fortunes, both Pherwani and Arora fought tooth and nail. Also Read - Natasha, Vishwakarma enter Fenesta Nationals final for first time



The Pune player grabbed the initiative by winning the first and third frames to take a 2-1 lead. Also Read - Kadhe eyes first national title, starts as favourite at Fenesta Open

But Pherwani, with some calculative play, managed to pocket the next two frames in succession to jump into the lead (3-2).



Arora fought back and took the sixth to level scores and take the match to the wire.

In the decider, Pherwani was a bit more consistent with his pots and went on to claim the seventh frame to clinch a satisfying64-75, 67-43, 39-63, 60-56, 68-22, 42-52, 60-46 win to move into the quarter-finals.

In contrast, Punes Vignesh Sanghvi had an easy outing as he outshone Shabaz Khan of Mumbai by recording a convincing 4-1 win in another last 16 game.

Mumbai’s Anand Raguvanshi too had a fairly relaxed time as he tamed his city rival Raajeev Sharma by charging to a 4-1 (51-42, 56-35, 39-71, 61-54, 81-19) victory.

Results Pre-quarter-finals:Mukund Bharadia (Mumbai) beat Viren Sharma (Pune) 4-2 (56-26, 57-44, 42-63, 31-51, 76(70)-1, 59-18); Pankaj Khatri (Nashik) beat Kreishh Gurbaxani (Mumbai) 4-2 (35-75, 52-46, 59-20, 20-63, 63-21, 60-37); Rishabh Thakkar (Mumbai) beat Mayank Bhavsar (Mumbai) 4-1 (43-71, 69-2, 61-6, 73-33, 84-60); Abhimanyu Gandhi (Mumbai) beat Aakash Padalikar (Pune) 4-2 75(69)-8, 27-53, 73-26, 37-64, 70-10, 67-13); Vignesh Sanghvi (Pune) beat Shabaz Khan (Mumbai) 4-1 (59-9, 65(50)-61, 68-32, 13-68, 67-19); Manav Panchal (Mumbai) beat Cherag Ramakrishnan (Mumbai) 4-0 (61-37, 58-30, 67-21, 63-16); Sparsh Pherwani (Mumbai) beat Shivam Arora (Pune) 4-3 (64-75, 67-43, 39-63, 60-56, 68-22, 42-52, 60-46); Anand Raguvanshi (Mumbai) beat Raajeev Sharma (Mumbai) 4-1 (51-42, 56-35, 39-71, 61-54, 81-19).

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