Al Fujairah: India’s Siddharth Parikh overcame a determined resistance of Aung Htay of Myanmar to emerge champions of the English Billiards Men (100 Points Format) at the 1st Asian Billiard Sports Championship on Saturday. The 36-year-old Mumbai-based Parikh, a right-handed cueist, staged a dramatic comeback 4-2 win (26-100, 2-100, 100-21, 100-47, 100-60, 100-60) against the Htay, a silver medalist in English scotch billiard doubles of the 2013 Southeast Asian Games, to land one of the highest wins of his career. For the champion, who is also an employee of Indian Railways, the victory in Al Fujairah has been long in coming. It was a day that will definitely linger for a long time in the memory of Parikh who went against all odds, after loosing the first two games in the best of seven-frame encounter, after scripting a performance that will definitely go down as one of the major highlights of the maiden edition of this nine-day tournament in the Emirati city of Al Fujairah. The momentum was tilted in favour of Htay, who had the highest break of the match (90), after the first two frames and he could have killed the game in the third howbeit for some unexpected errors. The tone changed in the third, however, as the Indian came back into the game on the back of a good break (88). He thereafter ensured that no mistake was made as he carefully lined up fantastic shots upon shots to take the game beyond the reach of the man from Myanmar. With Parikh’s victory, he sort of avenge the loss of his compatriot, Sourav Kothari, who had suffered a 4-1 defeat in the hands of Htay in the semi-finals.

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