LAHORE: Jubilee Insurance/Master Paints qualified for the main final of the Outfitters-sponsored Lt Gen Shah Rafi Alam Memorial Polo Cup while Army booked a berth in the subsidiary final here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground on Thursday.
One and a half goal handicap advantage helped Jubilee Insurance/Master Paints beat Diamond Paints by 5½-4. Hamza Nawaz Khan turned out to be a top scorer from Jubilee Insurance with his tremendous three goals while Edward Bannireve contributed one. Eulogio Celestino hammered a hat-trick for Diamond Paints and Agha Musa Ali Khan struck one.
The first chukker of the match was evenly poised at one goal each was converted by both the sides to finish it 1-1. Jubilee Insurance then played superbly and thwarted two goals to take a 3-1 lead which was reduced 3-2 in the dying moments of the second chukker. The only goal of the third chukker was struck by Diamond Paints to level the score at 3-3. The fourth and last chukker saw once again both the teams scoring one goal to finish the match at 4-4. With one and a half goal handicap advantage, Jubilee Insurance/Master Paints won the thrilling match 5½-4. Luis Mighal Duggan and Hissam Ali Hyder supervised the match as field umpires.
In the earlier match of the day played between Army, Master Paints Black and Artema Medical under the American system, Army first beat Artema Medical by 4-2 and then defeated Master Paints 3-2 to emerge as winners of the match and also qualified for the subsidiary final. Master Paints Black also registered the only victory against Artema Medical with a margin of 3-2.
Tomorrow (Friday), Outfitters will play against Guard Group in the first match of the day at 2:00 pm while Barry’s will face Rijas/Green Orchard challenge in the second encounter of the day at 3:00 pm.