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  Soubhagya crowned new snooker king of Odisha
14 Nov 2021

Soubhagya Behera was today crowned as the new snooker king of Odisha when he won his maiden title in the 27th State Senior Snooker Championship, defeating defending champion Nishant Biswal 6-5 in the nail-biting final at Cuttack Club in Cuttack.

Despite playing his first final in the State championship, Soubhagya showed nerves of steel to enter his name in the history of the sport in Odisha. Both Soubhagya and Nishant had a good start and the match progressed neck to neck with each winning the alternate frame.

The best-of-11-frame contest went to the decider after both the finalists won five frames each. But in the final frame Soubhagya maintained a good lead and sealed the match in his fever.


Odisha Mining Corporation Director (Personnel) Alok Kumar Pal graced the presentation ceremony as chief guest and handed over the trophy. Cuttack Club President Sanjukta Mohapatra, Secretary Satyaki Ghosh, Joint-Secretary Satya M Rath, Billiards & Snooker Association of Odisha Secretary Srimoy Kar and Tournament Coordinator Govind Sharma were present on the occasion.


First Round: Sujit Agarwal beat Satyajyoti Mohanty 3-2; Amiya Ranjan Nayak beat Sameer Ali 3-2; Jiten Sarangi beat Aakash Mohapatra (w/o); Khalid Sultan beat Chirag Arora 3-2; Abinash Mahapatra beat Sabyasachi Patnaik 3-0; Kunal Agarwal beat Chiranjeev Singh 3-0; Anuj Panda beat Nischay Mishra 3-0; Gyana Ranjan Satpathy beat Altaf Ali 3-1.
Pre-Quarterfinals: Nishant Biswal beat Ashwini Patnaik 3-1; Soubhagya Behera beat Amiya Ranjan Nayak 3-0; Raja beat Gyana Ranjan Satpathy 3-2; Subrat Das beat Sujit Agarwal (w/o).
Quarterfinals: Subrat Das beat Raja 4-1; Nishant Biswal beat Rakesh Pradhan 4-0; Ashutosh Padhy beat Jiten Sarangi 4-0; Soubhagya Behera beat Anuj Panda 4-0.
Semifinals: Soubhagya Behera beat Subrat Das 5-3; Nishant Biswal beat Ashutosh Padhy 5-4.
Final: Soubhagya Behera beat Nishant Biswal 6-5 (61-34, 8-76, 66-0, 7-64, 73-50, 78-41, 45-71, 0-61,  67-20, 30-65, 60-5).
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TOP: Odishas new senior snooker champion Soubhagya Behehra during the 27th State championship in Cuttack.
RIGHT: Title winners, runner-ups with guests and tournament officials at the presentation ceremony of the 27th Odisha State Senior Billiards & Snooker Championship at Cuttack Club, Cuttack on 14 November 2021.


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