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Kothari outclasses Russell to enter World Billiards final

October 11, 2019 22:33 IST

Sourav Kothari

IMAGE: Sourav Kothari will take on Peter Gilchrist of Singapore in Saturday's final. Photograph: Australian Billiards & Snooker Council/Facebook

Defending champion Sourav Kothari continued his spectacular show to outperform multiple-time world champion Mike Russell of England and enter his second consecutive World Billiards (long-up) final, in Melbourne, on Friday.

 

Such was Kothari's dominance in the game that with 45 minutes remaining on the clock in the four-hour semi-final, Russell conceded the match apparently due to not having enough time remaining for him to overcome the huge deficit of nearly 600 points.

In the end, Kothari prevailed 1090-594 with breaks of 205, 195, 175, 128 and 103, whereas Russell made breaks of 247, 131 and 121.

The key highlight of the semi-final which gave Kothari a huge push and rattled Russell was a break of 195 in reply to a break of 247 by virtue of which the Kolkata lad brought parity in the scoreline just before the mid-session interval.

From the very beginning in the second session, it was Kothari all the way as he went on a rampage with successive blows of 205, 175 and 103 in a matter of just over an hour to take a huge lead of nearly 600 points, reducing Russell to a mere spectator.

Eventually Russell conceded the match with still 45 minutes remaining and complimented Kothari for his extraordinary display of high quality Billiards.

In the quarter-final earlier in the day, Kothari sailed past Rob Hall of England 1076-484 with breaks of 141, 135, 242 and 121.

In Saturday's title clash, Kothari will meet Peter Gilchrist of Singapore in a repeat of last year's world billiards final.

Gilchrist defeated David Causier 1183-1023 in the other semi-final.

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