Bhubaneswar: Ace cueist of the state Ashutosh Padhy emerged the Junior National Snooker champion on Friday at the National Billiards and Snooker Championship 2017, held at PYC Gymkhana from January 12 in Pune.
During this ongoing event of National Snooker Championship 2017, talented cueist Padhy won all of his four consecutive knock out matches of Main Draw against four opponents with frame scores like 3-1, 3-0, 3-2, 3-0 and swiftly confirmed his spot in the Round Robin League of Top-4. In the Round Robin League of Top-4, he held on Thursday and Friday, he won all his three league matches and has successfully grabbed the Junior National Title 2017.
On Thursday, Padhy beat Hritik Jain of Madhya Pradesh with 3-2 points. Following on Friday, he defeated Sparsh Pherwani of Maharashtra and Md Hussain Khan of Madhya Pradesh with 3-0 and 3-0 points respectively. He is also in the senior championship league.
Similarly, in the event of National Billiards Championship 2017, Senior State Cueist Subrat Das has also won two out of three consecutive Senior Billiards Main draw matches and has confirmed his berth in the Round of Top-32 Senior Billiards. He beat Dheeraj Raj of Telengana with 3-0 points and Kankan Shamsi of Uttar Pradesh with 3-1 points. Today he will play one more match.
Meanwhile, two other junior cueists Rakesh Barik and Soubhagya Behera from the state lost their respective 1st match of Junior Main Draw Snooker and were eliminated.