LAHORE - DS Polo/Rizvi’s and Diamond Paints qualified for the main final of the Master Paints 2nd Jinnah Gold Polo Cup 2022 after winning their respective semifinals played here at the Jinnah Polo Fields on Friday.

Max Charlton’s heroics helped DS Polo/Rizvi’s outsmart Adamjee Insurance by 8-6½ to qualify from the main final. DS/Rizvi’s dominated the match right from the word go as they fired in four fantastic goals against one by Adamjee Insurance to gain 4-1 lead. The second chukker saw both the sides scoring a brace each to with DS/Rizvi’s enjoying 6-3 lead. They further converted one goal apiece in the third chukker, making it 7-4. The fourth and last chukker saw Adamjee Insurance slamming in two goals against one by DS /Rizvi’s, who won the mactch by 8-6½.

Collective efforts of Diamond Paints players helped them beat Newage Cables/Master Paints by 9-7 and earn a place in the main final, where they will take on DS Polo/Rizvi’s. Ahmed Ali Tiwana, Guy Gibrat and Matias Vial Perez emerged as heroes of the day by smashing in four, three and two goals respectively while from Newage Cables/Master Paints, Vieri Antinori, Gonzalo Deltour and Raja Temur Nadeem banged in a brace each and Adnan Jalil Azam struck one.

Diamond Paints stamped their authority from the beginning by firing in fabulous five goals and then added two more in their tallies to take a healthy 7-0 lead. After that Newage/Master Paints though made their presence felt and pumped in four back-to-back goals in the second and third chukker to reduce the margin to 7-4 but Diamond Paints thrashed in two more goals to enhance their lead to 9-4. Newage/Master Paints then hammered a hat-trick to reduce the deficit to 9-7 but it was too little too late as they lost the crucial match by 7-9.

Master Paints outpaced Astrada Polo Team by 7-4 to earn a spot in the subsidiary final. Master Paints hero Marcos Panelo malleted five goals while Martin Carlos and Sufi Muhammad Amir hit one goal apiece. From Astrada Polo, Abdul Rehman Monnoo thrashed in two while Saqib Khan Khakwani and Julio Astrada scored one each.

Master Paints opened their account by firing in a field goal to take 1-0 lead in the first chukker. The action-packed second chukker saw Master Paints hammering four goals against one by Astrada Polo to gain a healthy 5-1 lead. The third chukker though was dominated by Astrada Polo, who converted two against one by Master Paints, who were still enjoying 6-3 lead. Both the teams hit one each in the fourth and last chukker with Master Paints winning the match by 7-4.