VETERAN Ismail Wali won the Six Reds League round one championship at the Ba Central Club last weekend.
The experienced Wali edged out Salesh Chand 3-2 in an exciting final.
In the semi-final, Wali defeated Atish Charan 2-1 while Chand beat Ritesh Nair by the same score.
In the quarter-final, Wali beat Parmesh Kumar 2-1, Chand defeated Ali Boy 2-0, Charan downed Mohan Singh 2-1 while Nair beat Shanil Kumar 2-1.
North West Billiards and Snooker Association Six Reds League co-ordinator Raymond Reddy said the opening round of competition in Ba, which featured 11 players, was tight.
"The number of players have increased from last year," he said.
"This shows the interest in the sport is gradually growing and we expect the number of players to increase in the coming weeks."