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National Ranking Snooker Championship Final: Babar Masih earns his spurs as he captures maiden title


Rawalpindi-based Babar Masih was on target in Sunday’ big game, at Karachi’ Movenpick Hotel; and prevailed against seasoned Asjad Iqbal in the Jubilee Insurance Second National Raking Snooker Championship final. Previously number fourth in national rankings, Babar leaps to the first position with his maiden title.

Christian Pakistani cueist Babar Masih

In Sunday’ big game the Christian cueist who made his domestic debut in 2012, drew level two times prior to beating Asjad Iqbal by 6-5 frames. Babar has been a news maker since past few months, as he made into the semis finals of the 41st national championship, quarter-finals in Asian 6-Reds and represented Pakistan in an event at Abu Dhabi lately.

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“It’s indeed an honor for me and my family and I’ll try to maintain it besides going all out to win international laurels,” 28-year-old, national number one said. He also earned his spur for amassing highest break of 135 against Nadir Miran on second day of the event and was awarded 5,000 Rupees for it.

Though wobbly at the outset, Babar managed to fight back as the final results are: Babar Masih beat Asjad Iqbal 6-5 (8-66, 58-49, 20-67, 39-71, 57-56, 0-123, 80-45, 64-57, 61-64, 79-49, 68-13). Babar was awarded the winning amount of Rupees 70,000 and the trophy while the runner-up Asjad received Rupees 40,000 and the runner-up trophy.