Sports Briefs




Shoaib Riaz stunned current national Under-19 Champion Zohaib Khan Khalil in a thrilling encounter to enter the 6th Nazim Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Badminton Championship semifinals here at Tariq Wadood Indoor Hall on Monday.

Shoaib, hailing from Bannu, played well and did not give much time to his strong rival Zohaib in the marathon three-set battle. Shoaib upset Zohaib 2-1, as the score was 21-18, 19-21 and 21-18. Besides him, Haroon, Masood and Hamza Ibrahim also moved into the semifinals. Haroon defeated Tahir 2-0, 21-16 and 21-16, Masood routed Nadeem Khan 2-0, 21-16 and 21-17 and national junior champion Hamza Ibrahim defeated Basit of Swat 2-1, 15-21, 21-18 and 21-19.

Another upset was witnessed in the men’s doubles, when Haseenb Khan and Haroon of Bannu stunned Tahir and Masood 2-1, the score was 21-17, 15-21 and 21-19. Masood and Tahir, both from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police, had been winning the doubles events for the last three consecutive years. Shoaib/Khasif Bannu beat Fazal Rehman/Tehsil Ullah Mardan 2-0, 21-19, 21-17, Nadeem/Basit beat Amin/Shakir Ullah 2-1, 21-23, 21-19 and 23-21 while Hayat Ullah/Shakeel thumped Yasir/Jawad 2-0, 21-19 and 21-16.

In the women’s quarterfinal, Arifa of Swabi beat Kainat of Abbottabad by 2-0, the score was 21-19, 21-18 while Iqra of Swabi routed Rani of Abbottabad 2-0, 21-16 and 21-15, Urooj of Mardan downed Hadi of Abbottabad 2-0, 21-19 and 21-18, Urooj of Peshawar outpaced Hina of Abbottabad 2-0, 21-18 and 21-18, Javeria beat Maryum of Abbottabad 2-0, 21-15 and 21-17, Nayyab of Mardan outsmarted Fatima of Peshawar 2-0, 21-17 and 21-16 and Aqsa of Swabi outplayed Umbar of Peshawar.




Shahid wins Royal Palm Golf title

LAHORE – Shahid Abbas clinched the Royal Palm Monthly Medal Golf title here at the Royal Palm golf course on Monday. Shahid emerged as gross winner with the aggregate score of 78. Hussain Hamid displayed appreciable playing ability and finished runner-up with a score of gross 80. In the net section, in handicap category zero to 12, Shahid Anwar won the first net prize with the aggregate net of 69, three under par while Abdul Islam Nazir was runner-up. In seniors’ section, which involved players of 55 plus age, Imran Mairaj won the best net and Irfan Raja best gross. In handicap 13 to 18, Agha Asad won the gross and Ali Naeem was runner-up. In net section, Rizwan Chaudry was first and Imran Amjad second. Shahid also won the nearest to pin prize and Islam Nazir the longest drive.–Staff Reporter



Lahore Open Polo commences today

LAHORE – The Samba Bank Lahore Open Polo Championship 2017 will stroll into action here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground today (Tuesday) with top national and international polo players featuring in this eight-goal event. Top nine teams have been taking part in this two-week championship, which are divided into two pools. Pool A has Diamond Paints, Allied Bank, Barry’s, Habib Metro Lions/Master Paints and Future Developers/Rijas while Pool B incudes Newage, Army, Guard Group and Black Horse Paints. The inaugural match will take place between Diamond Paints and Barry’s today (Tuesday) at 2pm while the second match of the day will be contested between Habib Metro Lions/Master Paints and Future Developers/Rijas at 3pm. Samba Bank is sponsoring this eight-goal championship.–Staff Reporter



Askari Greens win Veteran Cricket

ISLAMABAD – Askari Greens won the Pakistan Veteran Trust Cricket Tournament after defeating Manserah Seniors by 133 runs in the final here at KRL Cricket Stadium. Askari Greens, batting first, scored 241-5 with Tariq Mahmood hitting 112 and Waheed Ahmed 44. Arshad Rahman took 2-47. Manserah Seniors, in reply, were bundled out for paltry 108 runs in 25.3 overs. Pakistan Army Surgeon General Lt Gen Zahid Hameed was the chief guest and distributed trophies and cash awards amongst the teams. The winning group team was awarded Rs 100,000 and runners-up Rs 50,000. Tariq Mahmood of Askari Greens was player of the final. Sajid Rasheed of Manserah named best batsman, Iftikhar Mahmood of Askari Greens best bowler while Shahzad Bhatti of Lahore and Sajjad Ahmed of Kasur were given special prizes.–Staff Reporter




LAHORE: Chief guest Bahria Town Lahore Administrator Brig (r) Khalil Ullah Butt in a photo with winners of 3rd Bahria Cup Archery Championship. Faisalabad won male and female team events, Nighat and Hafiz Abdul Rehman male and female individual winners and Nouman and Saira Dilshad the best archers of the event.

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