KARACHI: Imran Shahzad retained the National Masters (Over-40) Snooker title on Thursday when he whipped Shahid Shafiq in the all-Punjab final at the Champions Snooker Academy in Lahore on Thursday.
According to the details made available by the Pakistan Billiards & Snooker Association (PBSA), holder Imran toppled Shahid in the best of 11-frame final 6-3 with the scores of 54-29, 35-81, 69-32, 32-64, 56-26, 21-70, 62-19, 66-14, 59-6.
Having greater experience at the national and international level, Imran stepped into the arena being the obvious favourite in the final. He lived up to the billing but his rival also had his moments during the title clash.
Imran drew the first blood by pocketing the opening frame but Shahid didn’t waste time in returning the compliment. The defending champion surged again with the help of a break of 64 in the third frame but he was drawn level again in the fourth frame.
The crowd sensed something special when Shahid fired a dazzling break of 68 in the sixth frame to restore parity once more. But Imran proved too good for Shahid and pocketed the next three frames to retain the crown.
Imran received Rs50,000 and Shahid got Rs25,000. Muhammad Yousuf, a former world champion, was presented Rs5,000 for chalking up the highest break (110) of the six-day event. Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Billiards & Snooker Association (PBSA) president Munawwar Hussain Shaikh and co-chairman Alamgir Anwar Shaikh promised their total support to the cause of spreading the game of snooker at all levels in the country.