Nayza All-Pakistan Open Tennis

LAHORE - Only eight matches of men’s singles category were played in the Nayza All-Pakistan Open Tennis Championship while rest of the matches were rained out here at the Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA) tennis courts on Tuesday. Pakistan’s longest serving number one player Aqeel Khan trounced Ejaz Ahmad Khan in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. Shehzad Khan edged out Israr Gul 6-2, 6-3, Muzamil Murtaza outpaced Ahmad Babar 6-1, 6-4, Mudassar Murtaza outlasted Mian M Bilal 6-1, 6-3, Abdaal Haider beat M Waqas Malik 7-5, 7-6, Usman Rafique routed Faizan Khurram 6-3, 6-4, Heera Ashiq overpowered Ahmad Kamil 6-2, 6-1 while Yousaf Khan defeated Shehzad of PAF 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. PLTA secretary Rashid Malik, chief referee Arif Qureshi, Faheem Siddiqui and players’ family members were present on the occasion and enjoyed the matches in lovely weather.–Staff Reporter

Polo in Pink day one matches washed out

LAHORE - The first day matches of the Polo in Pink 2017 tournament were washed out here on Tuesday at the Lahore Polo Club ground. According to Lahore Polo Club secretary Col (r) Shoaib Aftab, these matches will now be decided later. “Today (Wednesday), if weather permits, Remington Polo will take on Artema Medical/Black Horse Paints at 2:00 pm while Edezell and Guard Group will vie against each other in the second encounter of the day at 3:00 pm. “I hope with this rain, the weather will be better which will make the matches more entertaining and exciting. Not only the polo ponies perform better in the pleasant weather, but it is also enjoyed by the polo enthusiasts, so I am expecting very enthralling matches in the tournament ahead,” the LPC secretary added.–Staff Reporter

CPL T20 qualifying round matches held

LAHORE - Pepsi Cola and Unifoam Shaheens have won their qualifying round matches of the Pepsi Cup CPL Twenty20 Cricket Championship 2017 here at the various grounds of the city. Pepsi Cola outsmarted Zephyr by 39 runs. Pepsi, batting first, posted 188 runs on the board losing just one wicket with captain Ali Khan playing swashbuckling unbeaten knock of 103 runs off 56 balls while he was ably assisted by Ammar Zaeem who struck unbeaten 63. In reply, Zephyr could score only 159-6 in the allotted overs. Only Awais Munir (45) and Shahzad Ahmed (43) were main contributors. Akhtar Hussain was wrecker-in-chief of Zephyr batting as he grabbed 4 wickets for 28 while M Atta and Ammar Zaeem got one wicket apiece. Skipper Ali Khan was named man of the match for his brilliant batting performance. Unifoam Shaheen outclassed Intech by 107 runs with Amir Ashiq emerging as player of the match. In other qualifying matches, Meezan Bank defeated Atlas Copco by 3 wickets and Gourmet Foods edged past by 4 wickets to get precious 2 points each. For Meezan Bank, Yousaf Iftikhar emerged as man of the match while from Gourmet Foods, M Sheraz won the player of the match award. Two matches were also contested between already qualifying teams of the event in order to improve their individual points. In the first match, Ufone outlasted Servis Industry by 80 runs and in another match, Brighto Paints edged past Descon by 17 runs.–Staff Reporter

8th annual 10km race held at Atwala

ISLAMABAD – The 8th annual 10kilometre race was conducted under the banner of Sports Plus at far-flung village of Atwala, Gujrat. The marathon race was divided into three categories, 10km walk on foot, 10km relay and 2km race for the kids. Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) also nominated 30 athletes for the 10km race. Total 150 athletes participated in 10km relay and 85 kids vie for top honours for 2km race. Bhako Club won the first prize as they covered the 2km distance in 36 minutes and 37 seconds while Amir Hamza was second and M Ali was third. In 10km relay of schools, Overseas Academies were first, Pakistan Overseas second and Amjed Mehmood third. Four teams participated in tug-of-war with Jawad Club emerging as winners, while the most interesting match of tug-of-war was held between Atwala Sports Plus and Punjab Police, which was won by Punjab Police. Besides cash prizes, trophies and certificates were also distributed amongst the contestants.–Staff Reporter