Jagtap, Niraj Shirgaokar clinch title for Team Willstrop
Pradeep Vijayakar | tnn
22nd June 2008
Ravi Jagtap jets around the world trying to further the squash career of his
son India 's u-17 champ Aditya Jagtap, ranked No 7 in the world. On Sunday
the 44-year-old experienced some of the pleasures of winning titles that his
son does when winning one of two crucial ties that helped Team Willstrop
claim the title in the inaugural Bombay Gymkhana-SRAM Squash League at the
Bombay Gymkhana courts. The league was played over one and half months with
players of various ages from 8 to 60-plus Ravi Puri from the city and Pune
spread over the eight teams.
The team, named after England 's world-class player James Willstrop beat
Team Shabana named after four-time world champ from Egypt, Amr with a 4-3 score line.
Jagtap won a close tie against a younger pro from Bombay Gymkhana Manish
Chavan 3-2. The other crucial tie was won by skipper Niraj Shirgaokar who outmaneuvered
the younger Cyrus Vakil 3-1. With former international Manish
Chotrani, with a stiff handicap of minus 9, losing to Yudhvir Katoch 2-3,
the match hung on the seventh and last tie between Naveen Jangra and the
seasoned Raj Arora. Navin won 3-0. Skipper Shirgaokar paid tribute to
Sachin Jadhav who won most of his ties and to the younger kids in the team
like Pranay Merchant. The losers missed Vikram Malhotra who in in Chennai
preparing for the Asian Juniors.
Team Palmer beat Team Mathew 4-1 to claim third spot. Their winners were
Rishad Billimoria, Sanjay Pawar, Jehangir Surti and Rohan Vora. Aditya
Jagtap pulled off a creditable 3-2 win for Team Mathew over CCI pro Temo
Team Willstrop bt Team Shabana 4-3:
Sachin Jadhav bt Aouloke Mathur 3-1;
Niraj Shirgaokar bt Cyrus Vakil 3-1;
Ravindra Jagtap bt Manish Chavan 3-2;
Pranay Merchant lost to Rahil Fazelbhoy 2-3;
Dheerav Moolani lost to Nikhil Jain 0-3,
Manish Chotrani lost to Yudhvir Katoch 2-3;
Navin Jangra bt Raj Arora 3-0.
Team Shabana got past Team Matthew 5-2 win
Team Willstrop beat Team Palmer 5-1.
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