Sports

LAHORE – Master Paints Black and Diamond Paints/Newage qualified for the main final of the Zameen Polo here on Saturday at Lahore polo club.

The final will be played tomorrow, (Sunday) at 3:00pm.

In the subsidiary final, Barry’s and Guard Group/Master Paints will vie against each other at 1:30 pm.
In the first match of the day, Guard Group/Master Paints defeated Master Paints Black by six and a half goal to five. Despite losing the crucial match, Master Paints Black booked a berth in the final on better goal average.

Master Paints Black was off to flying start as they hammered a hat-trick to take the 3-0 lead. Both the teams struck one goal apiece in the second chukker to make it 4-1. In the third chukker, Guard Group banged in a brace to reduce the margin to 4-3 while Master Paints Black added one more in their tally to enhance their lead to 5-3. In the fourth and last chukker, Guard Group made a remarkable comeback and thwarted three back-to-back goals to take a 6-5 lead which remained intact till the final whistle was blown. With a half goal handicap, Guard Group/Master Paints won the match by six and a half goal to five.

Farooq Amin Sufi hammered a hat-trick for the winning side while Juan Cruz Losada, Saqib Khan Khakwani and Taimoor Ali Malik hit one goal each from the winning side while Jamie Li Hardi hammered a hat-trick and Ahmed Ali Tiwana and Sufi Mohammad Amir struck one goal apiece.

In the second match of the day, one and a half goal handicap helped Diamond Paints/Newage to best Barry’s by six and a half goal to six.

Diamond Paints started the match well by converting a goal to take the 1-0 lead. In the second chukker, both the sides slammed in a goal each with Diamond Paints having the 2-1 lead. Diamond Paints maintained their supremacy in the third chukker, as well as they, pumped in a brace to further enhance their lead to 4-1 while Barry’s hit one to reduce the deficit to 4-2.

In the fourth and last chukker, Barry’s bounced back in style and smashed in four fantastic goals to take the 6-4 lead. But Diamond Paints/Newage also fought back well and struck one goal to make it 6-5. When the final whistle was blown, the score was 6-5 in favour for Barry’s but one and a half goal handicap advantage helped Diamond Paints/Newage win the crucial match by six and a half goal to six.