2015 Asian 6 Reds Snooker Championship & 2015 Asian Team Snooker Championship
24th-31st May 2015 - Kish Island, Iran
IRAN DOMINANT DURING HOME EVENT
The Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports (ACBS) recently held both their Continental 6 Reds and Team Snooker Championships on the Kish Island in Iran, with entrants from India, Pakistan, Iraq, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Palestine, Syria and the host nation Iran taking part. However China and Thailand elected not to send representation.
6 reds is a form of snooker that seems to be enjoying continued popularity and success abroad.
Presumably along the lines of 20/20 cricket, the short format of the sport seems to be in high demand across Asia and the Middle East, whilst the conventional 15 red format was used in the team competition, where entries were made up of pairings involved in singles and doubles action.
The festival would be totally dominated by the home country, with distinct success in both disciplines.
In the 4th Asian 6 Reds Snooker Championship, it was an all Iranian lockout in the final with Soheil Vahedi beating Ehsan Heydarinejad 7-4.
It was an identical story in the team competition with Iran A (Vahedi and Amir Sarkhosh) defeating Iran B ( Heydarinejad and Ali Gharagozlou) 3-0.
It ended India’s reign as champions, after the subcontinent nation won the opening two team editions in 2013 & 2014.
Newly crowned Asian Snooker Champion Hamza Akbar (Pakistan) lost in the last 16 of the 6 reds to familiar fellow countryman Shahram Changezi, and whilst as part of Pakistan B, his team got eliminated in the semi-finals.
2015 ASIAN 6 RED SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP
Results (from the last 16 onwards)
Muhammad ASIF (Pakistan) beat Amir SARKHOSH (Iran)
Kamal CHAWLA (India) lost to Ehsan HEYDARINEJAD (Iran)
Ali JALEL ALI (Irag) lost to Muhammad SAJJAD (Pakistan)
Saleh MUHAMMAD (Afghanistan) beat Lee CHUN WAI (Hong Kong)
Ali GHAREHGOZLOU (Iran) lost to Au CHI WAI (Hong Kong)
Muhammad LABABI (Iran) lost to Fung KWOK WAI (Hong Kong)
Omar AL KOJAH (Syria) lost to Soheil VAHEDI (Iran)
Shahram CHANGEZI (Pakistan) beat Hamza AKBAR (Pakistan)
ASIF lost to HEYDARINEJAD
SAJJAD lost to MUHAMMAD
CHI WAI lost to KWOK WAI
VAHEDI beat CHANGEZI
HEYDARINEJAD beat MUHAMMAD
KWOK WAI lost to VAHEDI
HEYDARINEJAD 4-7 VAHEDI
2015 ASIAN TEAM SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP
Results (from the Semi-Finals)
IRAN (B) 3-1 PAKISTAN (A)
(Ali Gharagozlou & Eshan Heydarinejad) (Muhammad Asif & Muhammad Sajjad)
IRAN (A) 3-1 PAKISTAN (B)
(Soheil Vahedi & Amir Sarkhosh) (Hamza Akbar & Shahram Changezi)
IRAN (A) 3-0 IRAN (B)
Written by MIchael Day, published on 30th June 2015