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Third Asian Billiards title for Pankaj Advani

April 16, 2010 00:29 IST

Pankaj Advani completed a hat-trick of titles at the Asian Billiards championship after edging past Singapore's Peter Gilchrist 6-5 in the closely fought final in Indore on Thursday.

The defending champion held his nerves to beat the competition from Gilchrist, who gave a tough time to the Indian with his never-say-die spirit at Yeshwant Club.

After losing the opening game 62-103, Pankaj came back well and went on to create a 3-1 cushion.

Gilchrist narrowed the margin by taking the fifth game but the Indian got another clearance break of 102 in sixth game.

The keen tussle continued till the 10th game but Pankaj did not give any chance to his rival in the deciding 11th game which he sealed with an unfinished break of 100.

In the Asian Under-21 Snooker event, Liu Chuang of China emerged champion after defeating Thanawat Thirapongpaeboon of Thailand.

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