Lahore: HBL/Newage and Diamond Paints carved out victories on the second day of the Faysal Bank Solitaire Polo Cup 2017 at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground.
The first match of the day proved to be a thriller but one and half goal handicap advantage helped HBL/Newage beat Master Paints by 5½-4. Taimur Ali Malik scored a brace for the winning side while Taimur Mawaz Khan and Hissam Ali Hyder scored one goal apiece. From the losing side, Andres Crispo slammed three goals and Sufi M Haris scored one.
Master Paints started a match with a fabulous field goal by Andres Crispo to take 1-0 lead in the first chukker and they also dominated the second chukker scoring tremendous two goals – one goal each by Andres Crispo and Sufi M Haris – to finish the chukker, having 3-0 lead. HBL/Newage players then changed the gears in the third chukker and slammed two back-to-back goals – one each by Taimur Mawaz and Hissam Hyder – to reduce the margin to 3-2.
Andres Crispo started the fourth chukker with a goal to strengthen Master Paints lead to 4-2. Taimur Malik then pumped in two goals to level the score at 4-4. With one and half goal handicap advantage, the final score 5½-4 was in favour of HBL/Newage.
Diamond Paints proved too good for Barry’s and routed them by 6-3½ in the second match of the day. Saqib Khan Khakwani was hero of the match as he thwarted three goals while Bilal Haye scored two and Raja Taimur Nadeem one goal for the winning side. From the losing side, Hamza Mawaz Khan scored a brace and Mumtaz Abbas Niazi struck one.