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Cippenham player Gehlot fights back to retain Veteran's British League Open title

Reading’s Hari Gehlot fought back in the final to retain his title in the Veteran’s British League 1 Star open in Cippenham last week.

But he had to do it the hard way after losing the first two games of his final against Paul Carter from Sussex.

Gehlot was in fine form throughout the competition and raced through to the final, losing just one game

en route against Farhat Rasul.

Top seed Carter looked to have the measure of him in the final as he raced into a 2-0 lead, however, Gehlot claimed a decisive 11-4 win in the third to turn the tide.

The fourth game could have gone either way before being settled at deuce in favour of the Cippenham player, who then came from behind to win the fifth and deciding game 11-7.

Carter’s route to the final was a little more troublesome. He was 2-1 down in the second round to Chris Marlow before fighting back to win. He followed that with victories over Tony West in the quarter final and third seed Kevin Nicholls in the semis.

Mark Banks, another of Cippenham’s Veteran’s British League team, reached the semi-finals with victories over Keith Falconer and Vadym Krevs before succumbing to Gehlot. The other quarter finalists were Vishal Yadav, who lost to Nicholls, and Michael Silver, another of Gehlot’s victims.

Of the other Cippenham players in the draw, Mike Rhodes departed in the second round to Krevs, while Graham Trimming also made it through the preliminary round groups to make the main draw.

The consolation event, for players finishing fourth to sixth in the preliminary groups, gave Thamal Udamulla – who played in the same group as Gehlot – some cheer as he beat Paul Martindill 3-1 in the final.

The tournament was organised by Graham Trimming and was refereed by Wendy Porter.

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