LAHORE: Black Horse Paints/Artema Medical, Diamond Paints and Master Paints registered victories in the Lt Gen Shah Rafi Alam Memorial Polo Cup 2019 sponsored by Samba Bank after defeating their respective opponents at Lahore Polo Club ground.
In the first match of the day, Black Horse Paints/Artema Medical beat Monnoo Polo/Guard Group by a close margin of 9-8. From the winning side, which had two goals handicap advantage, all the seven goals were scored by phenomenal Hamza Mawaz Khan while from the losing side, Amirreza Behboudi struck a quartet while Saqib Khan Khakwani hit a hat-trick and Taimur Ali Malik scored one.
Monnoo Polo/Guard Group started the match by banging in a brace while later, Black Horse Paints/Artema Medical fought back well and thrashed two back-to-back goals to square the things at 2-all. The second chukker was also evenly poised as both the sides converted three goals each to finish the chukker at 5-all.
Both the teams continued their good show in the third chukker as well as they added one more goal each in their tally to make it 6-all. In the fourth chukker, Monnoo Polo/Guard Group though played better polo and cracked two classic goals to gain 8-6 edge but when the chukker came to an end, the score was 8-all as Black Horse had two goals handicap advantage in their total tally. The match was then decided in the sudden death chukker, where Black Horse succeeded in converting the match-winning goal to win the encounter by 9-8.
In the second match of the day, Diamond Paints defeated Lake City by 7.5-6. Jack William Hyde and Raja Arslan Najeeb emerged as stars of the day from the winning side, which had a half goal handicap advantage while Mir Huzaifa Ahmed struck one. From the losing side, Tom Brodie fired in five goals while Farhad Sheikh hit one.
Lake City opened their account by converting two goals to have 2-0 while Diamond Paints slammed in one to reduce the margin to 2-1. Lake City prevailed in the second chukker as well as they pumped in two more goals to gain 4-1 edge while Diamond Paints converted two to reduce the deficit to 4-3.
Lake City added one more in their tally in the beginning of third chukker to further enhance their lead to 5-3. After that, Diamond Paints bounced back well and thrashed two back-to-back goals to draw the score at at 5-all. In the beginning of the fourth chukker, Diamond Paints smashed in a field goal to gain a slight 6-5 edge. Lake City then struck an equaliser to make it 6-all. In the dying moments of the match, Diamond Paints hammered a match-winning goal to win the match 7-6.In the third and last match of the day, Master Paints outclassed AOS Polo Team by 12.5-1. Mariano Regal was hero of the from the winning side as he hammered double hat-trick while Raja Jalal Arslan scored five goals and Bilal Haye hit one. Hamza Ali Hakeem struck the only goal from the losing side.
Master Paints fully dominated the match right from the beginning as they hammered a hat-trick of goals in the first chukker while added four more goals in their tally to gain a healthy 7-0 edge. They pumped in three more goals in the third chukker to take 10-0 lead while added two more goals in the fourth chukker to complete one dozen goals. In the dying moments of the match, AOS converted one to finish the match at 12.5-1.