: Karnataka's Manudev got the better of fancied Alok Kumar of PSPB by four frames to one in the final today to win the title in the first National Masters snooker tournament here. Kumar, a former national men's champion, had been in fine form coming into the summit clash, but found Manudev a tough proposition. Manudev, who played fearless snooker in the final, capitalised on the chances he got and kept scoring heavily.
He dominated the first two frames and seized control. In the third frame, Manudev stole Kumar's frame with an extraordinary clearance with one red on the table to lead by 3-0 which made all the difference in the match. Kumar went all guns blazing in the fourth frame and clinched it with impressive potting. Manudev however kept his cool and capitalised on Kumar's mistakes to seal the match. Manudev, Alok Kumar, Chirag Ramakrishnan and Rafath Habib have qualified for the world 6 red and team championship snooker to be held in Egypt and also for the world snooker championship to be held in Malta later this year. Earlier in the semifinals, Manudev knocked out former Asian Games gold medallist Rafath Habib of RPSB 4-2 while Alok Kumar thrashed Chirag Ramakrishnan of Maharashtra 4-0. Results: Final: Manudev bt Alok Kumar 68-42, 60-22, 65-59, 17-66, 63-33. Semifinals: Alok Kumar bt Chirag Ramakrishnan (60(60)-22, 67-27, 65-26, 73-42: Manudev bt Rafath Habib (105(64)-15, 33-59, 58-17, 31-71, 48-56, 70-32).
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