LAHORE - Honda Chenab qualified for another main final after overpowering Guard Group by 9-6 in the Shoe Planet Polo Cup 2017 match played here at the Lahore Polo Club ground on Thursday.

Ahmed Ali Tiwana played heroic role in Honda Chenab’s tremendous triumph by hammering a hat-trick while Shaharyar Khan, Ghulam Mustafa Monnoo and Bilal Haye pumped in two goals each to complete the tally. From Guard Group, which had half goal handicap advantage, Taimur Ali Malik and Ahmed Nawaz Tiwana banged in a brace each while Taimur Mawaz Khan and Rehan Babar hit one goal apiece.

Honda Chenab dominated the match right from the start as they hammered a hat-trick to take 3-0 lead which was reduced to 3-2 before the end of the first chukker. Honda Chenab struck another hat-trick to further increase their lead to 6-2 and in the dying moments of the second chukker, Guard Group struck one to reduce the gap to 6-3.

The third chukker was fully dominated by Guard Group, who changed their strategy, which paid dividend and helped them thwart two important goals to further reduce the deficit to 6-5. Then they kept on attacking Honda Chenab’s goal but they couldn’t convert more goals due to strong defence of their opponents.

The fourth and last chukker saw Honda Chenab once again dictating their terms as they fired another hat-trick to take unassailable 9-5 lead. Guard Group though tried hard to score more but they could add only one to finish the match at 9-6. Saqib Khan Khakwani and Mumtaz Abbas Niazi officiated the match as field umpires.

In another match of the day, Elan outpaced United Snacks by 8-4 to qualify for the subsidiary final. Saqib Khan Khakwani emerged as top scorer from the winning side by slamming in a quartet while Bilal Hayat Noon hammered a hat-trick and Agha Musa hit one. From the losing side, Hissam Ali Hyder thwarted three goals and Sufi Amir added one. Omar Asjad Malhi and Hamza Mawaz Khan supervised the match as field umpires.

Today (Friday), Diamond Paints, Sakuf and Dawood Group will vie against each other under American system at 2pm while Newage will take Black Horse Paints/Artema Medical in the second encounter of the day at 3:30 pm.