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UAE duo Shehab and Joaker to face-off in final

posted on 27/03/2012: 2217 views



The UAE's top two cueists, Mohamed Shehab and Mohammed Al Joaker, have set up an enticing finale for the ENOC UAE Snooker Ranking Circuit's second event after winning their respective semifinal encounters at the Dubai Snooker Club late on Saturday night.

While Shehab breezed through his semi-final against Saif Al Kitbi 4-1, Al Joaker was stretched to the limit by Mohammed Hussain before he registered a hard-fought 4-3 victory.

Al Joaker had to shrug off a spirited challenge by Hussain with the help of a crucial late break of 30 points in the first frame to gain an upper hand.

Hussain levelled the frame score with a 38 in the next, but then saw Al Joaker produce runs of 35 and 62 to gain a 3-1 advantage.

Holding a decent lead and with the match almost in his pocket, Al Joaker, uncharacteristically, missed a simple blue in the fifth to let Hussain off the hook and paid the price by allowing his rival to close the gap at 3-2 and leave the game in a precarious situation.

The low-scoring sixth frame was an engrossing tactical battle which Hussain took on the final black to force the decider.

Much was expected in the seventh frame but Al Joaker succeeded in getting his act together and scored a break of 47 points that carried him to the final.

Shehab made his intentions clear to Al Kitbi from the word go as he orchestrated a captivating break of 82 points to grab the first frame.

A run of 57 followed in the next and Shehab's advantage widened to 2-0.

To his credit though, Al Kitbi succeeded in getting one frame by taking the third, but Shehab produced another break of 68 to win the fourth frame.

Although Al Kitbi did apply brakes to Shehab's scoring spree in the fifth, it was not enough to stop the former Asian Indoor Games gold medallist from marching to a 4-1 triumph.

Shehab and Al Joaker had clashed in the final of the 2011 Ramadan Cup, with the latter winning 4-3.

However, Shehab extracted sweet revenge for that defeat when he got the better of Al Joaker when the duo clashed in the 2011 Arab Games and 2012 West Asian Championships. – Sport 360°

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