Pakistani cueists storm into last-16 round of IBSF 6-Reds Snooker Contest

 
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KARACHI, Aug 5 (TNS): In the Egyptian city of Hurghada on Thursday, all the five Pakistani cueists stormed into the last-16 round of the IBSF 6-Reds Snooker Championship.

According to information reaching here, reigning junior world champion Mohammad Naseem Akhtar overcome Ireland’s Rodney Goggins 4-2 (45-0, 0-61, 40-21, 0-45, 42-5, 43-42) while Babar Masih sent Malaysian Mohd Reza Hassan packing straight 40-17, 72-0, 37-13, 39-0.

National champion Mohammad Sajjad cruised to straight victory over Mohamed Tarek of Egypt the scores being 40-3, 39-18, 70-0, 45-28 whereas former world champion Mohammad Asif recovered from two-all to post 4-2 victory over Indian Rafath Habib (34-22, 16-44, 41-0, 0-56, 73-0, 32-1).

Asjad Iqbal, however, survived a scare while coasting to thrilling 4-3 victory over Indian Arvind Kumar in the fully stretched battle. He won the duel 29-50, 1-42, 43-22, 51-1, 48-1, 16-39, 47-15.

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At the outset, Masih and Sajjad directly made it to the last-32 stage by winning all their league matches while the remaining three cueists — Akhtar, Asif and Iqbal had to play last-60 round.

The pre quarter-finals were in progress at the time of filing this report.

The 6-Reds event concludes on Saturday with quarters-final semi-final and the final on card. The 6-Reds will be followed by the team event.

Results:

Last-32 round:

Mohammad Naseem Akhtar bt Rodney Goggins (Ireland) bt 4-2 (45-0, 0-61, 40-21, 0-45, 42-5, 43-42); Babar Masih bt Mohd Reza Hassan (Malaysia) 4-0 (40-17, 72-0, 37-13, 39-0); Mohammad Sajjad bt Mohamed Tarek (Egypt) 4-0 (40-3, 39-18, 70-0, 45-28); Mohammad Asif bt Rafath Habib (India) 4-2 (34-22, 16-44, 41-0, 0-56, 73-0, 32-1); Asjad Iqbal bt Arvind Kumar (India) 4-3 (29-50, 1-42, 43-22, 51-1, 48-1, 16-39, 47-15)

Last-60 round:

Muhammad Naseem Akhtar bt Suchart Sukliem (Thailand) 4-2 (3-46, 40-0, 55-7, 35-8, 0-37, 51-6); Muhammad Asif bt Dylan Rees (Wales) 4-0 (61-20, 39-1, 40-31, 44-7); Asjad Iqbal bt Ehsan Heydari (Iran) 4-3 (51-17, 66-0, 10-72, 5-52, 38-7, 4-74, 38-12).

Thursday’s remaining results:

Babar Masih bt Martin Williams (Wales) 4-0 (50-13, 48-0, 70-0, 47-1); Asjad Iqbal bt Aaron Busuttil (Malta) 4-0 (59-1, 62-10, 45-19, 64-1); Fung Kwok Wai (Hong Kong) bt Mohammad Naseem Akhtar 4-3

(33-30, 33-47, 0-47, 36-1, 20-32, 60-8, 29-18); Muhammad Asif bt Sundeep Gulati (India) 4-1 (39-17, 26-50, 37-25, 62-0, 49-44); Muhammad Sajjad bt Tom O’Driscoll (Ireland) 4-0 (33-24, 64-6, 65-0, 68-0); Babar Masih bt Pushpender Singh (India) 4-2 (13-58, 37-36, 8-45, 61-4, 30-21, 48-40).

 

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