Alok Kumar of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board got the better of Tamil Nadu's Siddharth Rao 3-1 in the quarter-final of the 1st National Masters Snooker here today. In another match, Chirag Ramakrishnan of Maharashtra outplayed Joy Mehra 3-0 to book a spot in the last four. Earlier in the pre-quarters, D Bhuvaneswaran of Tamil Nadu blanked state-mate S A Saleem 3-0 while former national champion Alok Kumar made short work of N Srinivas, 3-0. Former Asian Games gold medallist Rafath Habib too made it to the quarters as he knocked out Dhruv Agarwal 3-0. Results: Prequarters: Alok Kumar bt N Srinivas 78(56)-1; 76-30; 63-28), Siddharth Rao bt Thirumurugan (TN) 65-14; 66-59; 39-58; 59-51); D Bhuvaneswaran bt S A Saleem 58-49; 64-9; 72-13, Chirag Ramakrishnan bt Prem Prakash (TN) 77(64)-24; 53-47; 20-57; 57-17, Joy Mehra bt Nadeem Ahmed 69-45; 35-49; 59-57; 58-38; Rafath Habib (RSPB) bt Dhruv Agarwal (WB) 54-23; 74-42; 54-40, Shyam Jagtiani (WB) bt Rajesh Tulshian 70-19; 56-37; 42-57; 76-34, Manu Dev (Kar) bt L Nagaraj (Kar) 84-10; 30-55; 62-50; 06-47; 55-35.
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