Advani, Chawla in last eight of IBSF World Snooker C`ship

Bangalore: Seven-time world champion Pankaj Advani stormed into the quarterfinals of the IBSF World Snooker Championship, overwhelming Craig Macgillivray of Scotland 5-3 in a hard-fought battle at KSBA.

The ace Indian cueist trumped the field to win the match by beating his opponent 86-1, 8-86, 104-0, 5-82, 54-18, 93-4, 10-66 and 69-15.

Kamal Chawla also joined compatriot Advani in the quarterfinals, after registering a dazzling comeback against India`s Alok Kumar. He outplayed the reigning Asian Billiards champion 5-4 (66-1, 4-120 (58, 58), 26-66 (50), 68-59 (51),37-67, 23-76, 69 (69)-20, 67-31, 57-12).

Advani breezed through the initial frame by crafting a neat break of 60, which saw him take a 1-0 lead. But Craig replied strongly with a 41 break to level frames 1-1.

Advani again went past Craig after firing a superb 104, and yet again Craig replied with a 70 to level frames 2-2 for the second time.

The Indian cueist then showed what a superb player he is by seizing the opportunity as a result of the uncharacteristic miss by Craig.

An excellent break of 93 in the sixth frame scripted Advani`s 4-2 lead over his Scottish rival. But a timely break of 54 cut the deficit 4-3 in favour of Craig.

The last frame was all about Advani as he dominated from the start of the frame, forcing Craig to concede at 69-15.

Meanwhile, Thailand`s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh also made it the last eight stage after crushing England`s Martin O`Donnell 5-1.

Starting of well by the first frame 134-1, Un-Nooh lost his touch midway when O`Donnell fashioned third and fourth frame victories.

The Thai, however, bounced back claiming last three frames with finesse.