Thakkar made break of 90, 88, 86, 56 and 52 en route to 575-137 victory.
Strong title contenders Rishabh Thakkar of Otters Club and Rohan Jambusaria of Mandpeshwar Civic Foundation won their respective last 16 round matches and have set up an interesting quarter-final clash in the Bombay Gymkhana Handicap Billiards Tournament 2018.
Maharashtra state champion Thakkar (-375 handicap) rolled out a simple steady performance against less experienced Pranay More (-60) of Malabar Hill Club in a pre-quarter-final encounter at the Bombay Gym billiards room, late on Sunday evening. Thakkar made break of 90, 88, 86, 56 and 52 en route to 575-137 victory.
Jambusaria (-375), also had a relaxed outing against Bombay Gymkhana’s Sanjay Gamre (-115) and comforabley strolled to victory. Playing confidently, Jambusaria strong together two substantial efforts of 114 and 62 to clinch a 575-63 sucess.
Meanwhile, Cricket Club of India’s Raj Khandwala (-140) continued with his fine winning streak and managed to overcome fancied Rishabh Kumar (-225) of Bombay Gymkhana in a tense encounter. Kumar, who had to score 425 points for a win, did well to cover his handicap (225) but fell short by 36 points as Khandwala after covering his handicap raced to 200 points, scoring a total of 340 as against the 389 scored by Kumar.
Elphinstone CC Anurag Bagri (-140) also advanced to the quarter-final when he sidelined Raajeev Sharma (-175) of Malabar Hill Club 340-282 in another round of 16 match.