Dave Causier today completed a successful defence of his short format World Billiards Championship title with a dramatic 8-6 final victory over Dhruv Sitwala.
Fourth title for Causier
At 7-4 in front and needing one more frame, Dave came to the table with two points on the scoreboard and proceeded to compile a break of 95, just needing three more points for the title. With the red over the middle pocket the match looked all over.
However in potting the red he also scored a cannon taking the break to 100, but he hadn’t crossed the baulkline (which is required between 80 & 100 in every break) meaning the ‘winning’ shot became a foul. After some discussion the match continued with Dhruv coming to the table 2-97 behind, producing a cool 98 unfinished to keep the match alive.
It was a similar story in the next frame as Dave stalled within four points of the title and Dhruv again ran out with 94 unfinished under extreme pressure.
Sitwala reached his second world final
Dave wasn’t to be denied his fourth World Championship win however, and made his own contribution of 81 unfinished to become the 2016 LITEtask World Billiards Champion (short format). He also won the short format event in both 2013 and 2015.
To watch the final see the World Billiards YouTube Channel here.
To see the match details see here.
To see a summary of all results see here.
For high breaks see here.
The 100-up event was played with modified rules; see here.