Susantha Boteju once again proved his dominance in cue sport by winning the 59th National Snooker Championship which concluded at the Sugathadasa Stadium Hotel recently.
Boteju, who was the reigning National Champion qualified for the final by defeating H.S.M. Aslam 6-4 frames in the first semi final while Munsi beat M.J. Anjelo Cronge 6-4 frames in the other semi final to book his berth in the final.
The final stage of the championship lined up 32 National level cueists, including eight new entries who qualified after the all-island tournament. Altogether 29 players, who cleared the district level stage took part in the all-island competition representing Colombo (17), Kandy (8) and Galle (4) Districts.
The championship was conducted by the Billiards and Snooker Association of Sri Lanka (BSASL) and was sponsored by the Sumathi Group of Companies for the 12th consecutive year. According to the BSASL the number of participants in the district level was impressive this year.
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"He's always been the ultimate team man, leading us brilliantly as a captain and always putting the team first. Everyone in the dressing room respects and admires his honesty, integrity, commitment, inner strength and great strategic vision. As a batsman, he's been phenomenal for Sri Lanka, always unselfish and committed to the needs of the team, and invariably saving his best for when we needed him most." Kumar Sangakkara
"When I walked into the national team, he was my first captain. I learnt a lot by looking at him, and by what he is doing on and off the field - the way he handles situations. He's been tremendous for us in the past 15 years and I am very thankful to him." Angelo Mathews
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