LAHORE – Army and Punjab registered victories on the opening day of the National Baseball Championship here at the Iqbal Park Sports Complex on Thursday.

Army outclassed Police 11-0 as the match could last till the fifth innings. For Army, Arshad scored three with one grand-slam home-run. The other scorers for Army were Imtiaz, Zafar Junior, Iftikhar Ahmad, who scored two runs each. Obaidullah and Omar added one run apiece. In the second match of the day, Punjab earned 21-2 big-margin win against Islamabad. The match also lasted till the fifth innings.

Mudassar and Zaman batted well for the winners, contributing four runs each. Aqeel and Ali scored three runs each. Aasim, Faisal and Ali Raza hit two runs each. Azeem made one run. For Islamabad, Tauheed and Mudassar could score one run each, just to reduce the margin of the defeat.

Additional Secretary Punjab Sports Rana Tahir Khan inaugurated the event. Pakistan Baseball Federation (PBF) Secretary Khawar Shah welcomed the chief guest.

The PBF secretary said that a strong Pakistan team will be selected from the event to compete in the first South-West Asia Baseball Cup to be held in Lahore from March 23 to 28 next year.

Today’s matches: KP vs Balochistan and Wapda vs Sindh.