Pakistan Open Tennis from 28th

LAHORE - The Peek Freans Sooper Pakistan Open Tennis Championship 2014 main round will begin here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah’s Coaching Centre courts from April 28. Speaking at the press briefing Saturday, Punjab Lawn Tennis Association (PLTA) chief Rao Iftikhar said that the PLTA organsied the qualifying round on April 25 and 26 and now it is focusing on the main round commencing from April 28 to May 2. “More than 200 players from across the country got registered for main round while 20 players are coming from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.” Tournament Organiser Rashid Malik said that the competitions would be held in the U-10, U-12, U-14, U-18, men’s and women singles and men’s doubles the age groups. “The event, being sponsored by Peek Freans, carries total prize money of Rs 450,000.–Staff Reporter

Ranking Badminton Tournament begins

LAHORE – The Ranking Badminton Tournament got underway here at the Wapda Sports Complex on Saturday under the aegis of Pakistan Wadpa Sports Board. Director General Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Usman Anwar inaugurated the tournament which was being participated by more than 50 men and women of various units of Wapda. On the first day, Farhan Ahmad, M Ali, M Adnan, M Shafiq, M Waqas and Adil Haseeb registered victories in their respective men categories while Sara Farooq, Saima Waqas, Saadia Arshad, Khizra Arshad and Farzana Ali were winners in various women categories to enter next round. The final will be played on April 19. Chief organiser of the event Captain M Mahmood said that the purpose of holding this event was to provide maximum opportunities to the players to excel at higher level.–Staff Reporter

Lodhi among leaders in National Chess

LAHORE – Mahmood Lodhi is among the leaders after the conclusion of the third round of the 29th National Chess Championship here at SISSA Hall on Saturday. After three rounds, six players including defending champion Mahmood Lodhi (Gujranwala) won all their three games while others top performers include Anwar Qureshi (Hyderabad), Raees Ansari and Hafeezur Rehman (Karachi), Asifur Rehman (PIA) and Syed Ahmad Ali (HEC). International Master Shahzad Mirza is trailing the tournament leaders by half point as he has to be contented on a draw in the second round against Shakir Hussain (Karachi). The event will continue till 11 rounds and end on April 30. Chess Federation of Pakistan (CFP) is organising the event skillfully under the guidelines of its secretary Dr Naeem Hamid Mirza.–Staff Reporter

Inter-Media Cricket reaches semis stage

ISLAMABAD - Kashmir Media XI stunned holders ATV by nine wickets in the quarterfinals of the PTCL Inter-Media Cricket Tournament 2014 here at G-6 cricket ground Saturday to book berth in the semifinals against Abb Tak TV, who registered 9-wicket thumping victory against Duniya TV in the second quarterfinal. In the first quarterfinal, ATV suffered humiliating defeat at the hands of Kashmir Media XI. ATV, batting first, scored 117-4 in 8 overs. Khurrum Riaz made 52 and Zeeshan Rizvi 30. Opener Naveed (73*) helped Kashmir Media XI achieve the target in 6.3 overs losing just one wicket. In the second quarterfinal, Abb Tak TV registered easy win against Duniya TV. Duniya TV, put into bat first, scored 92 runs and in reply, Abb Tak achieved the target in 6.3 overs losing just one wicket. –Staff Reporter

Rawalpindi beat Jhelum

ISLAMABAD - Rawalpindi inflicted an innings and 23-run defeat against Jhelum in the PCB Regional Inter-District Two-day U-19 Tournament 2014 match here at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Jhelum were bundled out for 111 in 39 overs in their second innings. Zohaib made 20 and Aneeq 18. M Ismail grabbed 4-32 while Aaqib Shah and Shahdab Khan took two wickets each. Earlier, Rawalpindi resumed their first innings at the overnight score of 77 without loss in 20 overs and scored 302-5 in 60 overs. Zeeshan Malik, a victim of nervous 90s, slammed superb 99 runs while Noman Ali added 65, Ayaz Khan 41 and Aaqib Shah 35. Rawalpindi declared their first innings after taking 123-run lead. The second round matches were postponed by the PCB and a new schedule would be announced later. –Staff Reporter