Lyceum In­ter­na­tional school­boy Thaha wins cham­pi­onship

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL - By M. Shamil Amit

Young Mo­hamed Thaha of MICH emerged cham­pion at the Colombo District Snooker tour­na­ment when he de­feated Samil Ameen of Sea End­less by four frames to two in the seven frame fi­nal played at the Moors SC bil­liards ta­ble at Bray­brooke Place.

In the process, the 17-year-old young­ster, a grade eleven stu­dent of Lyceum In­ter­na­tional School Wat­tala over­came ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in the run up to clinch his first ma­jor snooker ti­tle.

The seven frame fi­nal saw Thaha win­ning the first frame to take the lead, but Ameen fought back to make it one each. How­ever, Thaha un­ruf­fled, came back with a vengeance by tak­ing the third and fourth frames which in­cluded a break of 52 which was the high­est of the tour­na­ment.

Though Ameen re­duced the lead by win­ning the fifth frame, Thaha pulled off an easy win in the sixth frame to come out vic­to­ri­ous which as­sured him of the ti­tle.

Ear­lier, Thaha coasted to easy wins in the quar­ter and semi fi­nal en­coun­ters while Ameen un­der­went some anx­ious mo­ments in his semi fi­nal clash which went to the wire be­fore pre­vail­ing 3-2 in the five frame en­counter.

Mean­while, the Kandy and Galle district snooker tour­na­ment which was held con­cur­rently saw Fauzan Hus­sain of Pyra­mid Snooker Par­lour (PSP) com­ing out vic­to­ri­ous de­feat­ing Su­ranga Per­era of Gar­den Club with M. Izak and D. John both of PSP se­cur­ing third and fourth slots.

In the Galle district tour­na­ment, Samantha Liyan­age of YMBA clinched the ti­tle when he over­came H.

Kan­ishka Priyan­tha (8BPP) beat M.M.F. Aflal (MICH) 2-1 (42/56, 45/12, 60/7). Mo­hamed Thaha (MICH) beat T.D. Madu­ranga (Army) 2-0 (65/20, 53/22). Riyaz Noor (The Cue) beat Azeem Hi­noon (MICH) 2-1 (69/9, 34/52, 61/5). Samil Ameen (Sea End­less) beat R.M.K. Rat­nayake (Army) 2-0 (67/29, 69/24).

Mo­hamed Thaha (MICH) beat Kan­ishka Priyan­tha (8BPP) 3-0 (59/38, 61/34, 63/61). Samil Ameen (Sea End­less) beat Riyaz Noor (The Cue) 3-2 (56/36, 68/59, 31/52, 52/59, 71/32).

Riyaz Noor (The Cue) beat Kan­ishka Priyan­tha (8BPP) 2-1 (54/30, 29/55, 55/41).

Mo­hamed Thaha (MICH) beat Samil Ameen (Sea End­less) 4-2 (60/49, 23/71, 65/16, 53/13, 30/65, 66/3). Wi­malaratne of Galle CC.

The com­ple­tion of the Colombo District Snooker tour­na­ment will see cueists who qual­i­fied for the pre-quar­ter fi­nals be­ing el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the All Is­land Lanka Cham­pi­onship which is the last qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment to book the berth to the 65th Na­tional Snooker Cham­pi­onship which is sched­uled to be played in late De­cem­ber at the same venue. The Nuwara Eliya district tour­na­ment was in progress.

The All Is­land Lanka Plate which is due to get un­der­way next week will see the 16 cueists who qual­i­fied for the pre- quar­ter fi­nal­ists of the Colombo District tour­na­ment along with the top four Kandy cueists and the top two from the Galle and Nuwara Eliya dis­tricts be­ing el­i­gi­ble to con­test.

Cham­pion Mo­hamed Thaha of MICH in ac­tion.

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