Talwar stuns top seed Joshi, enters carombole quarters


New Delhi : Sumit Talwar achieved a record break of 15 canons on way to an upset victory over top seeded Devender Joshi to breathe life into the national one-cushion carombole championship at the Billiardco Hall here Sunday.

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Punjab cueist Talwar he sustained himself with a more than average game per visit to take a commanding lead before winning 85-57 against the seasoned Joshi to storm into the quarterfinals.

His break of 15 canons came on the 57th visit as the two cueists scored a total of 142 points within the stipulated time, the maximum in this championship so far.

Earlier, second seed Manan Chandra moved into the quarterfinals with a 77-38 win against Anil Sabhrawal.

Chandra seemed to be in a hurry as he went one better than the highest break of nine canons by Kamal Chawla. His record stood for a few hours before Chawla notched 11 canons, only to be overhauled by Talwar.

Chandra had six breaks of four canons each before he dished out the 10 on his 57th visit. He then scored five canons to close out the match in less than 45 minutes, the quickest match in the tournament.

The results:

Pre-quarterfinals: Kamal Chawla bt Dhruv Sitwala 72-69, Sumit Talwar bt Devender Joshi 85-57, Ajay Rehani bt Rafath Habib 65-52, Manan Chandra bt Anil Sabhrawal 77-38.