CHENNAI: Rafath Habib of Railways kept title hopes alive with a 4-3 win over Akshay Kumar of UP in a last 32 match of the RKG Pro Snooker Series at Cosmopolitan Club. Rafath was enjoying a 3-1, but a slip in the fifth frame on black ball put him in danger zone. After losing that frame, he failed to save the sixth and lost 61-71 to go into the decider.
In the decider, Rafath could have landed in more trouble, but when Akshay missed on 27, he capitalised on the opportunity and won a place in the pre-quarterfinals. Local boys Peter Paul and S Shrikrishna lost in the fifth round. While Peter succumbed to Ishpreet Chadha of Maharashtra 2-3, Himanshu Jain of Telangana blanked Shrikrishna 3-0.
Adithya Hits 125
Adithya Giridhar’s 125 helped Perambur CC beat Krishna Raj Memorial Club by 61 runs in a third division A Zone league match of the TNCA.
Brief scores: Swaraj CC 206 in 39.3 ovs (R Rajkumar 80, S Prabhu 67, B Vinoth Kumar 3-42, M Abdul Hadhi 3-61) bt City Central League 125 in 34.5 ovs (M Manokaran 4-24, A Vivek 3-41).
Perambur Club 283 in 50 ovs (Adithya Giridhar 125, V Vignesh 52, L Ashok Kumar 45, R SarathKanna 3-68) bt Krishnaraj Memorial Club 222/9 in 50 ovs (E Vignesh 43, G Varun 5-38).