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Sham Jagerssar returns to top of Snooker world

Sham Jagerssar returns to top of Snooker world

Sham Jagerssar returns to top of Snooker world

Sham Jagerssar returns to top of Snooker world

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  • Sham Jagerssar kept his vow to return to  pinnacle of T&T Snooker.
  • He faced Damien Bisnath in a rematch of the 2020 championship match.
  • Adrian Bisnath sinks both pink and black to win 63-57.
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Sham Jagerssar, the 2020 National Snooker Champion of the Billiards Sports Organization of T&T (BSOTT), kept his vow to return to the pinnacle of T&T Snooker following a poor 2021 season.

In a rematch of the 2020 championship match, which took place on Monday night at the Chinese Association, St. Ann’s, Jagerssar faced Damien Bisnath. While the storyline differed slightly from the original, Jagerssar still emerged victorious.

No one in attendance or watching the livestream would have anticipated the events of the match to play out the way they did, which was styled after the recent FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and France.

Having finished second in 2020 and third in 2021, Bisnath consistently places in the top four. He quickly took a three-nil lead in the best-of-seven match and appeared to be headed for the victory this time. The past champion, however, proved that a champion’s heart is never to be underestimated by handling all the early pressure while maintaining his composure and mounting a valiant comeback.

The match-up is as follows:

– Frame 1: Bisnath runs all four colours from brown to black to steal the opening frame 51-44 with Jagerssar down 44-29 with just four colours remaining.

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– Frame 2: Bisnath breezes through to win 75-55.

– Frame 3: More of the same, a Bisnath win 68-42.

– Frame 4: The frame that ended the match (and perhaps the tournament), with both players dealing powerful blows. The lion awakens with breaks of 24 and 27 while behind 0–3 and facing definite defeat. With a break of 38, Bisnath responds, but it is insufficient since Jagerssar wins 71-47.

– Frame 5: A tight contest with Jagerssar pulling himself out of the hole Bisnath had built, 50-36

– Frame 6: Jagerssar wins the game 3-3 after sinking a long black to win a tight frame 57-53.

– Frame 7: This was again another intense situation that could have gone either way. All the marbles were on the line, along with $7,500, a trophy, and bragging rights. Blue, pink, and black were the last three remaining colours, and Bisnath was in the lead 52-45. When Jagerssar misses an easy blue shot to take the lead, Bisnath sinks the next shot to increase the score to 57-50. This gives his opponent five points. The match would have been over after Bisnath missed a very easy pink, but for some reason the roll fell in Jagerssar’s favour, and he joyfully accepted the early Christmas present by sinking both pink and black to win 63-57 and pull off a truly amazing comeback.

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It was a game that belonged in the championship. In exchange for coming in second, Bisnath received a trophy and $4,500.

The defending champion Aaron Raghoonanan defeated Desmond Nicholls by a score of three games to two in the third-place playoff. Raghoonanan quickly built a two-nil advantage (69-10; 48-35), but Nicholls fought back to take the following two frames (68-40; 55-28). In the decisive frame, Raghoonanan might have won or lost, exactly like in the championship game being played at the table next door, but he eventually won 64–51.

For exceeding his own high break of 56 with a break of 63 earlier in the Round Robin round of the competition, Raghoonanan got an additional $1,000 in addition to the $3,000 and a trophy. For finishing in fourth place, Nicholls was awarded a trophy and $1,000.

The remaining top eight finishers, who each won a trophy and $500 cash, were Reagan Low Chew Tung, Adrian Mora, Clint Bachan, and Adrian Bajnath.

In a press statement, BSOTT thanked the Chinese Association, Cue First (previously Petrotrin Sports Club), and the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) for their support of the organisation.

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