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Indian cueists score easy win

August 18, 2006 18:20 IST

India 'A' thrashed Isle of Man 3-0 in their inaugural match in the IBSF World Snooker Team Championship in San Jose, USA, on Friday.

The team, comprising Manan Chandra, Pankaj Advani and Yasin Merchant, coasted to victory on the opening day of the championship, at the Gateway Ballroom of Doubletree Hotel.

Chandra, who registered a break of 85 in his second frame, outplayed Robbie Corkish in the opening match. The national champion won 69-33, 139-0, 77-22.

Advani, who appeared to be in high spirits after learning about the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award being conferred on him, exhibited his excitement on the green baize as he routed Chris Dagnall 67-0, 82-7, 100-36 to consolidate India's lead to 2-0.

Yasin Merchant sealed the issue, breezing past Cameron Davies 87-25, 50-10, 63-15 in the third and final match.

Indian players are divided into men's A and B teams in what will be their last international outing in the run-up to the Doha Asian Games in December.

Rafat Habib, Aditya Mehta and Siddhartha Rao comprise the 'B' side.

Sethi is playing in the above-40 category along with Devendra Joshi and V V S Murthy.

Manoj Kothari is the coach of the team.

The tournament comprises an initial group phase with the top finishers going through to the quarter-finals.

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