Title contender Pankaj Advani won the clash of bigwigs as he tamed Peter Gilchrist of Singapore 4-1 to enter the semi-finals of the points format competition in the ONGC IBSF World Billiards Championship in Bangalore on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old local lad beat the Singapore national coach 151-54, 150-141, 36-151, 150-5, 150-61 in a quarter-final match at the Karnataka State Billiards Association hall here.
Gilchrist played well in the second and third frames butAdvani came back strongly in the later stages to notch up a deserving win.
He was joined in the last four by defending champion (points format)Rupesh Shah, Geet Sethi and Devendra Joshi.
In the other quarter-finals, Shah came from behind to beat Dhruv Sitwala (India) 4-1 (113-150, 152-32, 150-142, 150-44, 151-74); veteran Sethi ousted compatriot Alok Kumar 4-2 (151-21, 150-7, 151-2, 68-150, 5-150, 121-5) (match conceded), while Joshi eliminated Praprut Chaithanasakun (Thailand) 4-2 (150-89, 0-150, 138-151, 150-8, 150-70, 150-0).
In the all-Indian semi-finalsto be played on Thursday, Sethi takes on Joshi while Advani meets Shah.