TOP seed Jiten Prasad made a bright start to his title defence after winning the first round pool game at the Paradise Beverage-sponsored National Rankings Snooker Championship at the Lautoka Club yesterday.
Prasad defeated Ba Central Club veteran Ismail Wali 2-1. The number one player in the A Grade, Prasad displayed good potting skills to outwit Wali in the final frame after the match was locked one each.
The score card read 61-48, 53-63, 80-22.
Ali Boy of Ba upset Fiji number three Deepak Jai Ram 2-1. Boy lost the first frame 49-19 but bounced back to win the next two frames 36-27 and 55-50.
In the B Grade Shanil Kumar of Nausori Club upset Francis Ram 2-1. Ram a former A Grade player failed to find his form going down 27-67, 57-55, 62-37.
Natabua High School student Vikrant Sharma downed Ravi Narayan in straight frames 59-57, 59-39. The event continues at the Lautoka Club and South Seas Club today.