LAHORE - Royal Palm/Master Paints and Adisseo started the Nabi Yousaf Memorial Polo Cup 2016 campaign in style as both carved out impressive triumphs in the inaugural matches of the event here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground on Tuesday.

The first match of the day saw Adisseo, having one and half goal handicap advantage, routing Master Paints/Habib Metro with a big margin of 11½-2. Adisseo dominated the match right from the start and kept this dominance till the end. They played so well that their opponents couldn’t play freely and could manage to covert only two goals as compare to 10 goals by the winners.

The players of the winning team prevailed almost the entire chukkers and landed their team home safely. Hero of the match Shah Qubilai Alam played quality polo and kept the scoreboard on rotation till the end. He remained top scorer with the tally of five goals while his teammates Abdul Rehman Monnoo (2), Bilal Haye (2) and Usman Haye (1) also contributed well in their team’s triumph. For the losing side, only two goals were scored – one each by Sufi Amir and Fedrick. Ahmed Ali Tiwana and Raja Taimur Nadeem officiated the match as field umpires while Saqib Khan Khakwani performed the duty of referee.

In the second match of the day, in-form Juan Cruz Losada and Hamza Mawaz Khan steered Royal Palm/Master Paints to inspiring 11-5 victory over PE/Al-Khan. Both the teams were enjoying the services of 7 handicap players as the winners had 7-handicaper Losada while the losing side’s 7-handicaper foreign player was Max Charlton. It was not just a clash between two international players Losada and Max but it were Pakistani players Hamza Mawaz Khan and Mumtaz Abbas Niazi who amused the spectators with their outstanding and high-quality polo skills.

Juan Cruz Losada remained the top scorer of the match with his fabulous five goals tally while Hamza gathered fantastic four goals and Mumtaz Abbas Niazi contributed two in their team’s win. For the losing side, Max Charlton managed to hammer four goals and Atif Yar Tiwana one but their efforts were made dull by heroics of Royal Palm/Master Paints players who steered their team to impressive 11-5 victory. The umpires for the match were Shah Shamyl Alam and Maj Omer Minhas while Bilal Haye was referee.