RESULTS: Akhil Behl/Niraj
Shirgaokar (Otters Club) beat Chandrakant Pawar/Vinit Chauhan (The Leela)
Darius Pandole/Darius Surti beat Yogesh Panchal & Rashid Jehangir
RESULTS: D. Pandole and D. Surti (CCI)
beat Manish Chotrani and Nikhil Behl (Khar Gym) 3-2
Niraj Shirgaokar and
Akhil Behl (Otters) beat Gopi Mohite and Ben Ari Elias (Bombay Gym.)
C. S. Pawar and Vinit Chauhan (Leela) beat Cyrus Poncha and Paul Ferreira (Otters)
Cricket Club if
India’s Darius Pandole and Darius Surti overcame the challenge of Otters
Club’s Niraj Shirgaokar and Akhil Behl in five sets 15-7, 9-15, 15-13,
7-15, 15-10 to win the inaugural Squash Doubles Championship co-sponsored
by Timmy Builders & Monarch Builders and The Leela at the latter’s
glass back courts. The winner’s were richer by Rs.10,000 from the
Rs.25,000 prize money tournament. Rs.5,000 was awarded to the runners-up
and Rs.2,500 to the third placed pair.
The final was a lively
affair with the left-handed Shirgaokar puzzling the CCI pair with his
retrieving and expected shots However, Akhil Behl, a trifle less
experienced compared to the other three, cracked under pressure in the
THE SCRATCH combination
of Vinit Chauhan and Prashant Agarwal of The Leela rallied from a game
down to defeat Sameer and Suresh of Playmate Club 13-15, 15-12,15-14 in the
opening round of the first ever doubles squash tournament, sponsored by
Timmy Builders and Monarch Builders at the glass back court of The Leela.
In other matches,
Subhash Walia and Jogi Singh of Juhu Centaur beat Sandeep and Kaushik of
Andheri Sports Club and Otter’s Club’s Arif Paul and Avinash Bhavnani
beat Shishir Jain and Ketan of Andheri Sports Complex.
The Cricket Club of
India tandem of Darius Pandole and Darius Surti beat the Otter’s club
pair of Niraj Shirgaokar and Akhil Behl in a five game sweat out to clinch
the first Squash Doubles Tournament, co-sponsored by Timmy Builders and
Monarch Builders, at the glass-back court of the Leela Kempenski, here, on
The Darius Clinched a
15-7, 9-15, 15-13, 7-15, 15-10 verdict to pocket the winner’s cheque of
Rs.10,000 in the Rs.25,000 prize money championship.
Yogesh Panchal and Rashid Jehangir finished third with a 15-4, 15-12, 15-6
win over Chandrakant Pawar and Vinit Chauhan of The Leela.
Gopi Mohite and Ben Ari-Elias prevailed Sea Rock’s Vishal Jasoja and
Mangesh Nadkarni in a thrilling encounter 17-16, 5-15, 15-8 in the Timmy
Builders and Monarch Builders inaugural doubles squash tournament at the
In another encounter,
Manish Chotrani and Nikhil Behl of Khar Gymkhana got the better of Abbas
AI and Baburao Salvi, of Holiday Inn 17-16, 15-5.
THOUGH taken to five
games, Cricket Club of India’s Darius Surti and Darius Pandole had
things under control to become the champions of the inaugural Timmy
Builders and Monarch Builders doubles squash tournament, co-sponsored by
The Leela, at their glass back courts yesterday.
The CCI pair were up
against a younger pair in Otters Club’s Niraj Shirgaokar and Akhil Behl.
The former a left hander, the later a stroke player. However, the two
played well in patches and, as the match wore on, the CCI pair began
attacking the less experienced Behl. That paid dividends in the deciding
Having to play most of
the returns, Behl cracked under pressure, began hitting too many shots,
especially off the sidewall and made mistakes in a heap to let the CCI duo
through at 15-7, 9-15, 15-13, 7-15 and 15-10 for the top prize of
The runners-up got
Rs.5,000 Rs.2,500 went to Yogesh Panchal and Rashid Jehangir, of Bombay
Gymkhana, who clinched the third position with a 15-4, 15-12, 15-6 win
over The Leela’s Chandrakant Pawar and Vinit Chauhan.
Mr. Ramesh Kamat,
former president, Squash Rackets Association of Maharashtra, congratulated
the sponsors on the novel doubles tournament.
CHANDRAKANT Pawar and teammate Vinit Chauhan had too many aces up their
sleeves for the youthful pair Paul Ferriera and Cyrus Poncha in the
quarter-finals of the doubles squash tournament, sponsored by Timmy
Builders and Monarch Builders at The Leela court on Sunday. Pawar and
Chauhan, who had won the suburban doubles title last year, prevailed
15-12, 8-15, 15-8, 15-10 to move one step closer to the winner’s purse
ofRs.10,000. It was the
experience of Pawar and Chauhan which saw them through, as they tried out
Paul Ferriera, who tried to do too much by himself in the four set
Paul Ferrrieraand Cyrus Poncha ran into unexpected opposition from A. Soni and
Umesh Mehra before they were through to the last eight of the inaugural
doubles squash tournament of Timmy Builders and Monarch Builders,
co-sponsored by the Leela attheir
glass back Sahar on Sunday.
Ferriera took more of
the ball than Poncha and found the opponents returning everything in the
close second game which went to extra points. Ferriera and Poncha won
THE youthful pair of
Paul Ferriera and Cyrus Poncha came a cropper against professional
Chandrakant Pawar and Vinit Chauhan in the quarter-finals of the first
Timmy Builders and MonarchBuilders
Doubles Squash Tournament at The Leela courts. The event is being
co-sponsored by The Leela and carries a top prizes of Rs.10,000
Pawar and Chauhan had
won the Suburban doubles title last year. They tried out Ferriera, who
took too much upon himself in the four-set encounter. Pawar and Chauhan,
who won 15-12, 8-15, 15-8, 15-10 nowrun into Niraj Shirgaokar and Akhil Behl of Otters Club, who
defeated Bombay Gymkhana’s Gopi Mohite and Ben Ari Elias 15-10, 15-1,
Manish Chotrani and Nikhil Behl did well to take game off Darius Pandole
and Darius Surti (CCI) before losing 15-9, 12-15, 15-7. The winners take
on Bombay Gymkhana’s Rashid Jahangir and Yogesh Panchal, who beat Rishad
Billimoria and Vaman Apte (Willingdon) 17-15, 15-13, 15-13.
In one of the best
doubles encounter of the Leela squash tournament, which lasted 100 minutes,
D. Pandoleand D. Surti (CCI) beat Yogesh Panchal and Rashid Jahangir
(Bombay Gym) 12-15, 15-11, 15-8, 9-15, 17-14.
After being two games
all and down 3-12 in the decider, Panchal and Jahangir made a brilliant
comeback to level at 12all.
The tournament is
sponsored by Timmy Builders and Monarch Builders and The Leela.
The finals and the
third and fourth place matches will be played on May 1.
THE organizers have
received an overwhelming response to the first ever doubles squash
tournament sponsored by Timmy Builders and Monarch Builders which is to
commence at the Leela courts from Sunday.
Thirty-two pairs from
eleven clubs and hotels have entered the fray. Among them are former India
player Ananth Nayak and Kotecha from CCI, Darius Pandole and Darius Surti,
also from CCI, Yogesh Panchal and Rashid Jahangir (Bombay Gym) and
professional Gopi Mohite and K.S. Bains (Bombay Gym). Other strong
candidates for the prize ofRs.10,000
are the Otters pairs Paul Ferreria and Cyrus Poncha, and Akhil Behl and
The pair of Darius
Pandole and Darius Surti, representing the Cricket Club of India, quelled
the challenge of Otters Club’s Niraj Shirgaokar and Akhil Behl to win
the inaugural squash championship, sponsored by Monarch Builders and Timmy
Builders at the Leela courts on Sunday.
The CCI combination won
in five sets, 15-7, 9-15, 15-13, 7-15 and 15-10 to take home the
winner’s purse of Rs.10,000. The runners-up pair won Rs.5,000
In the match for third
place, Bombay Gymkhana’s Yogesh Panchal and Rashid Jahangir defeated The
Leela’s Chandrakant Pawar and Vinit Chauhan to be richer by Rs.2,500.
The final was peppered
with erratic play and fluctuating for tunes in tandem, enabling both teams
win two sets each with relative ease. The decider saw Otter’s Akhil Behl,
a bit inexperienced to the Otter’s, cracking under pressure. His
unforced errors prompted the CCI pair to keep on attacking on Behl’s
side, a strategy which paid off in the end.
Vivek Nair of The Leela
was the chief guest for the occasion.
Chandrakant Pawar and
Vinit Chauhan staked a strong claim for the title in the inaugural Timmy
Builders and Monarch Builders doubles squash tournament, co-sponsored by
the Leela, when beating a younger pair, Paul Ferriera and Cyrus Poncha to
reach the semi-finals.
The Otters’s pair
failed to combine, while Pawar and Chauhan, playing on their home courts
at The Leela, showed why they won the suburban doubles title last year.
Pawar and Chauhan now
play Niraj Shirgaokar and Akhil Behl of Otters, who beat Bombay
Gymkhana’s Gopi Mohite and Ben Ari Elias. The other semi final next
Sunday pits Darius Pandole and Darius Surti (CCI) against Rashid Jahangir
and Yogesh Panchal (Bombay Gym) Khar’s Manish Chotrani and Nikhil Behl
did well to take a set off Pandole and Surti who played the ball to
length. The top pair stands to claim Rs.10,000.
Tournament Organised by ISP
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