Saleem retains Masters snooker title

Chennai: Former Tamilnadu Champion SA Saleem of Cosmopolitan Club retained the ABC snooker title defeating Nigel Lazar of TNBSA 3-0 in the final on Sunday. Saleem won 84-31, 56-48, 70-30 to win the best of five frame contest 3-0.

In the first frame, Saleem took it easy as he potted with elan making small breaks to gain early advantage winning the first frame. In the second frame, Nigel Lazar showed better touch and was leading by 28 points on yellow when he committed an in-off and Saleem grabbed the chance with both hands as he cleared yellow, green brown, but missed the blue.

In subsequent visits, he cleared the table for a 2-0 lead, before taking the third frame with consummate ease to retain the title.
After the finals, Deputy Commissioner of Police Vepery S Saravanan distributed the prizes. Saleem took home the winner’s purse of Rs 10,000. The Rs 2,000 award for highest break (55) went to Nigel Lazar.