Chennai: In the first master snooker nationals held here, former Asian champion Alok Kumar was defeated in the finals by Manudev of Karnataka. Alok who had an excellent run in the tournament was denied of the victory by the ever so calm Manudev who played fearless snooker in the final. Dev went on to capitalise on the chances he got and kept scoring heavily, and in no time he dominated and secured the first two frames.
In the third frame, Manudev stole Alok’s frame with an extraordinary clearance with one red on the table to lead by 3-0 which made all the difference in the match. Alok went all guns blazing in the fourth frame and clinched it with great potting. Manudev however was seen to be taking no pressure as he came back in the next frame and utilised the mistakes made by Alok to secure the match and his maiden masters national title.
Manu Dev, Alok Kumar, Chirag Ramakrishnan and Rafath Habib have qualified for the world 6 red and team championship snooker to be held in Egypt and also for the world snooker championship to be held in Malta.
Results: Final: Manudev(KAR) bt Alok Kumar(PSPB) 4-1(68-42;60-22;65-59;17-66;63-33).