Hig­gins clinches In­dian Open ti­tle

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Ht Sportsmax - sports­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In a bat­tle of two baize sport stal­warts, John Hig­gins of Scot­land crushed the chal­lenge of com­pa­triot and de­fend­ing cham­pion An­thony McGill 5-1 (70-2, 84-43, 28-78, 71-0, 71-35, 104-1) to clinch the In­dian Open Snooker ti­tle, in Visakha­p­at­nam on Satur­day.

It was ex­pected to be the con­test of high­est stan­dards, what with McGill, the reign­ing cham­pion tak­ing on World No 3 and four-time world cham­pion Hig­gins. The pair had met on four pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions --- in rank­ing events --- with McGill hold­ing a slight edge.

DULEEP TIE DRAWN

KAN­PUR: Hanuma Vi­hari and Deepak Hooda slammed a cen­tury each as the Duleep Tro­phy match be­tween In­dia Blue and In­dia Red ended in a draw on the fourth and fi­nal day here to­day.

Opener Vi­hari and Hooda stitched 131 runs for the fourth wicket to help In­dia Blue score 444 all out and take a 61-run first in­nings lead.

In­dia Red leg-spin­ner Karn Sharma grabbed five wick­ets for 94 runs while Basil Thampi and Vi­jay Go­hil took two wick­ets apiece at the Green Park.

SAR­DAR RE­TURNS

NEW DELHI: Vet­eran mid­fielder Sar­dar Singh to­day re­turned to the na­tional team as Hockey In­dia named a strong 18-mem­ber squad un­der the cap­taincy of Man­preet Singh for the Asia Cup to be held in Dhaka from Oc­to­ber 11-22. Sar­dar, re­cently awarded the pres­ti­gious Khel Ratna Award, was dropped from the In­dian team which toured Europe last month but got a re­call for next month’s event to strengthen the team..

MANIKA WINS

AHMED­ABAD: Manika Ba­tra notched up three suc­ces­sive wins but Ach­inta Sharath Ka­mal’s hopes of a World Cup berth were dashed on a dis­ap­point­ing day for the Indians at the ITTF-ATTF 30th Asian Cup ta­ble ten­nis tour­na­ment here on Satur­day.

Manika will take on Ja­panese Miu Hi­rano in the chal­lenge round for a quar­ter­fi­nal berth.

SHA­P­ATH QUAL­I­FIES

NEWDELHI: In­dian teenager Sha­p­ath Bhardawaj has now qual­i­fied for the pres­ti­gious ISSF World Cup Fi­nals for shoot­ing.Hav­ing be­come the coun­try’s youngest ath­lete to fig­ure in the gov­ern­ment’s Tar­get Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme.

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John Hig­gins beat An­thony McGill 5­1 in the fi­nal.

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