Kinnaird CC beat Ravi CC

LAHORE – Kinnaird Cricket Club edged out Ravi Cricket Club by six wickets in the 8th Regional Inter-District Women Cricket Tournament (Seniors) 2013-14 seventh match which was played here at the Lahore Gymkhana Cricket Ground on Wednesday. Put into bat first, Ravi Cricket Club were all out for 114 runs in 40.4 overs. Ayesha Naz and Noreen Yaqoob batted well for Ravi Club as they slammed 43 and 20 runs respectively. Hafsa Amjad was bowler of the day as she clinched four important wickets for the winners while Irum Javed got one wicket. In reply, Kinnaird Cricket Club achieved the required target for the loss of four wickets. Fareeha Mehmood was impressive with bat as she played unbeaten knock of 57 runs and Aliya Riaz contributed 15 runs to bring their team home safely. –Staff Reporter

PBSA awaits visas for Pakistan jr team

LAHORE - Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) is awaiting Indian visas for the participation of Pakistan junior team in the Asian U-21 Snooker Championship being played from April 4 at Mohali, India. "We have received the groups of the event and few days are left in the start of the event but there is no information regarding issuance of visas to our team," PBSA spokesman said. "We have been informed by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad that they are still awaiting the clearance from the Indian Sports Ministry, Home Ministry and Ministry of Interior for the issuance of the visas to Pakistan team.” The PBSA has been corresponding through various emails and calls to host association chief Capt Mohan to expedite the required clearance from their concerned quarters. –Staff Reporter

Jhelum beat Attock in Women Sr Cricket

ISLAMABAD - Jhelum registered a thumping 50-run victory against Attock in the 8th Regional Inter-district Women Senior Cricket Tournament Pool-A match here at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. The 50-over-a-side match was reduced to 20 overs due to wet conditions and overnight rain. Attock skipper won the toss and decided to bowl first. Jhelum were restricted to 98-8 in the allotted overs. Sonia Aziz made 22 and Masooma Basharat 19. For Attock, Nazia Saleem, Saba Sajid and Ayesha Furqan claimed two wickets each. Attock batting flopped miserably as the entire team was bowled out for a meager 48 runs in 14.3 overs. Only Ayesha Furqan reached double figures with 11 runs. Tayyaba Fatima ripped through Attock batting as she claimed 4-4 while Memoona Basharat and Halima Safdar took two wickets each.–Staff Reporter

Rain hampers Pak Davis Cup chances

ISLAMABAD - Rain hampered Pakistan chances in the upcoming Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group-II tie against Philippines, as for the last three days, the players failed to train due to heavy rain. Talking to The Nation, Pakistan No 1 Aqeel Khan said: “Our preparations suffered badly, as rain didn’t allow us to train for the last three days or so which is not a good omen for our chances in the tie. We never performed well against Philippines for the last few years, but this time, our chances are bright with the arrival of Aisam. We need to spend more time in Philippines to stand any realistic chance of beating the hosts, who enjoy great home support and prepare courts as per their likings. The PTF should send the team not later than tomorrow (Friday) as any delay in departure can cost us dearly.”–Staff Reporter

PM urged to resolve hockey issues

ISLAMABAD - Olympian Samiullah, also known as flying horse, has demanded the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) patron Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif to play his constitutional role and invite both the sides to help promote Pakistan hockey. Talking to The Nation, Samiullah said: “Already too much precious time has been wasted and Pakistan hockey can't afford further delays. It is the time when the Prime Minister should interfere and play his due role to resolve hockey crises. He rubbished the claims of few circles, who were giving expression that the issue between ex-Olympians and the current PHF top brass had been settled. “The matter of the fact is that the issue stands as it is and I don't know on what grounds Shahnaz Shaikh, Islahuddin and others have joined hands with Akhtar Rasool and Rana Mujahid.