Eight players in men’s singles main draw

ISLAMABAD – M Shoaib, Usman Ejaz, Gibran-ul-Haq, Talha Bin Asif, Shakirullah, Ahmed Kamil, Nasim Amir and Aftab Anwar qualified for the men’s singles main draw of the 31st Federal Cup National Ranking Tennis Championship 2017 after defeating their respective opponents here on Monday at the Senator Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex. A total of 32 matches were decided in the qualifying draw of men’s singles. The top eight seeds in the main draw are Aqeel Khan, M Abid, Heera Ashiq, Shahzad Khan, Muzammil Murtaza, Mudassar Murtaza, Usman Rafiq and Abdal Hyder. Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) patron Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas, who is also senior vice president of Asian Tennis Federation (ATF), and Islamabad Tennis Association (ITA) president Tariq Murtaza inaugurated the championship.–Staff Reporter


Treet Polo Cup gets underway today

LAHORE – The Treet Polo Cup 2017 will stroll into action today (Tuesday) here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground. Altogether eight teams are participating in the tournament and they have been divided into two pools. Pool A consists of Dewa’s Own, Terra Energy, Artema Medical and BBJ Pipes while Pool B includes Remington Polo, Dawood Group, Black Horse Paints and Guard Group. The inaugural match of the tournament will be played between Dewa’s Own and Terra Energy at 2:00 pm while Artema Medical and BBJ Pipes will vie against each other at 3:00 pm. The main and subsidiary final of the event will be held on November 12. The way the polo lovers thronged the ground to witness the final of the last event shows their passion and love for the game, which has been increasing with each passing day.–Staff Reporter


Descon Super League enters semis stage

LAHORE - ICCI, Meezan Bank, Nestle and Descon qualified for the Descon Super League 2017 semifinals after defeating their respective opponents here at the various grounds of the city. In the first match of the day at Arfa Kareem ground, ICCI team beat CCI (Coke) team by two wickets. M Yousaf of ICCI was named man of the match. At Amir Cables ground, Meezan Bank routed Nespak by six wickets with Mohsin Pervaiz of winning side emerged as player of the match. The third match of the day at Arfa Kareem ground saw Nestle carved out 41-run victory over Packages while in the fourth and last match of the day at Al-Bilal cricket gorund, hosts Descon proved too hot for FBR as Faheem Butt-led Descon thrashed them by 9 wickets with M Mubashir of Descon winning the man of the match award.–Staff Reporter


Bahawalpur lift PPL Blind Cricket trophy

ISLAMABAD - Bahawalpur won the final of the 1st Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) Blind Cricket Championship 2017 by 137 runs against Gujranwala at National Cricket Ground, Islamabad. Chasing huge total of 392, Gujranwala were all out for 255 in 30.5 overs. Winning captain M Waqas received the trophy from PPL Deputy Managing Director M Rafiq Vohra was the chief guest and presented man of the match award to M Rashid of Bahawalpur and also gave away awards to best fielder, bowler and batsman. Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) chairman Syed Sultan Shah, Islamabad Cricket Club of the Blind (ICCB) secretary Bilal Satti and PPL and ICCB officials were also present on the occasion. –Staff Reporter



Wapda win national wrestling title

LAHORE – Wapda’s grappler won the national wrestling championship title held at Faisalabad. They won 7 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal to outsmart their respective opponents, said Wapda Sports Board (WSB) spokesman here Monday. Wapda secured 97 points to get the top slot in the national premier activity. Behind Wapda were Pakistan Army with 2 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals and 79 points while HEC remained third with 75 points. As many as 10 teams participated in the two-day event in 10 different categories namely Balochistan, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad, Sindh, Army, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Police, Railways and Wapda. Congratulating the Wapda players, the Wapda Sports Board hoped that their players will continue to bring laurels at national and international level.–Staff Reporter