Chennai: Defending champion Pankaj Advani (PSPB) and his team-mate Saurav Kothari progressed to the second round without much ado in the preliminary league matches of the 78th Senior Snooker Men's Championship at Chennai on Friday.

Punjab's Alok Kumar (PSPB) also had an easy 3-0 win over Nigel D'Souza of Goa in just 50 minutes, while former Asian Snooker champion, Yashin Merchant (Maharashtra) and Devendra Joshi (PSPB) were the other notable cueists to make the second round.

In one of the long-drawn matches, Faisal Khan of Railways came up with two superb breaks of 45 and 44 in the decider to get the better of Shabaaz Adil Khan (PSPB) 3-2.

The results (preliminary league):

Group A: Pankaj Advani (PSPB) bt Ranbir Singh Yadav (Raj) 3-0.

Group B: Kamal Chawla (Rlys) bt Vijay Nichani (TN) 3-2.

Group C: Manu Dev (Kar) bt Simranjeet Singh (Raj) 3-0.

Group D: Manan Chandra (PSPB) bt Vikas Sharma (UP) 3-0.

Group E: Lucky Vatanani (AP) bt Sumesh Turkey (JK) 3-0. Manish Jain (WB) bt Vivek Chopra (Har) 3-0.

Group G: Mumtaz Ali (Jhar) bt Nigel D'Souza (Goa) 3-0; Alok Kumar (PSPB) bt Nigel D'Souza (Goa) 3-0.

Group H: Faisal Khan (Del) bt Shabaaz Adil Khan (PSPB) 3-2; Anuj Uppal (Mah) bt Siddarth Rao (TN) 3-0.

Group I: Sourav Kothari (PSPB) bt Malkeet Singh (UP) 3-0.

Group J: Yasin Merchant (Mah) bt Venkatesham.K (Rlys) 3-2; Venkatesam K (Rlys) bt Anees Saini (Har) 3-1.

Group K: Devendra Joshi (PSPB) bt Jai Shankar Shaw (Jhar) 3-0; Ketan Sabachandani (Guj) bt Jai Shankar Shaw (Jhar) 3-2.

Group L: Neeraj Kumar (Rlys) bt Jasim Tawin (Kar) 3-2; Bharat Sisiddiya (MP) bt Jaism Tawin (Kar) 3-2.

Group M: Faisal Khan (Rlys) bt Divya Sharma (Har) 3-2.

Group N: Nigel Lazar (TN) bt MS Arun (Kar) 3-1; Pushpinder Singh (Rlys) bt Nigel Lazar (TN) 3-1.

Group O: Amit Bhushan (Kar) bt Shankar Rao (AP) 3-0; Kamal Rohnetra (JK) bt Amit Bhushan (Kar) 3-0.

Group P: Brijesh Damani (WB) bt D Rajkumar (Kar) 3-1; D Rajkumar (Kar) bt Shivam (Bih) 3-2.

(Agencies)