Cue Test Series
The Billiards & Snooker Association of Sri Lanka played hosts to the
South Indian State of Tamil Nadu when they conducted the inaugural
Sri Lanka vs. Tamil Nadu Billiards & Snooker Test Series 2000 in Sri
Lanka. The three test series, each test comprising of 3 matches of
snooker (best of 7 frames) and 2 matches billiards (best of 5, 150-up),
were played in three different locations in Sri Lanka.
The first test, played at the luxurious Grand Hotel in the hill country
station of Nuwara Eliya, saw the Sri Lanka team emerge winners by 3
matches to 2. Sri Lanka National Billiards Champion, K. H. Sirisoma,
overcame stiff opposition from Tamil Nadu’s M. Jaiganesh to beat him
3-1 in Billiards, whilst the 1999 National Champion Henry Boteju lost
to Prem Prakash of Tamil Nadu by 3-0. In the Snooker matches both Sri
Lanka National Champion, Susantha Boteju and runner-up Mohamed
Aslam were winners, whilst K. Ranjan took the only snooker victory
for Tamil Nadu.
The second test was held at the Garden Club, Kandy which saw Sri
Lanka win by 4 matches to 1.
The third and final test, along with the awards ceremony, was played at
the famous century old Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, which gave a touch
of the old charm and colonial taste to the occasion. Sri Lanka lost the
final test by 3 matches to 2 with only Susantha Boteju & Naresh
Samarawickrama winning their snooker matches whilst the much fancied
K. H. Sirisoma & veteran K. V. W. Jayasekera both lost their billiards
matches to Prem Prakash and Loganathan Rajasekeran of Tamil Nadu.
Sri Lanka’s Mohamed Aslam also lost his snooker match to M. Jaiganesh.
The Championship Trophy, which was donated by the Tamil Nadu
Billiards & Snooker Association, was presented to the Sri Lanka team.
Report: Mohan Silva (Admin. Sec; B&SA of Sri Lanka)