Amateur Snooker - 2016 Indian National Snooker Championships
21st-31st January 2016 / Emerald Height International School, Indore, India
MEHTA IS A HAT TRICK HERO
Current main tour professional Aditya Mehta claimed his third Indian National Snooker title this past weekend.
Mehta, the world number 64, took advantage of a rare break on the World Snooker calendar to travel back to his homeland for their most prestigious title, which as ever, boasted a bumper field of entries.
The event was divided into three different phases - qualification, round robin and knockout.
Mehta, as one of the seeds, was spared qualifying. He coasted through his four player group winning each fixture 3-0.
The former Indian Open finalist then won four matches from the Last 32 to set up a clash with Manan Chandra in the final - Chandra had beaten Mehta earlier in the month during the National 6 Reds in Kolkata.
Chandra began the best of 11 match strongly, constructing a 112 in taking the opening frame.
A 48 break helped Aditya get on the board, but Manan went back in front with a 73. The match continued to go back and forth until it reached 3-3.
From there, though, Mehta managed to get a stranglehold on the game, taking the last three out for a 6-3 victory. He also registered a fantastic 128 break in the eighth frame - the highest of the tournament.
This success goes alongside his previous wins in 2011 and 2012.
Unfortunately for Chandra, it was his second defeat in a final during January, after losing out to Kamal Chawla in the 6 Reds.
For more results and information on the competition, please visit the Cue Sports India website here.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 1st February 2016