PESHAWAR: NWFP beat Sindh by 2-1 in the opening match
of the three teams squash event of the 3rd Provincial Games, which
got under way here at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex on Thursday.
Former World Champion Qamar Zaman was the chief guest on this
occasion. Before the start of the matches the players were introduced
to him. Male and female teams from Punjab, Sindh and host NWFP are
taking part in the event which dates had been revised because of
Games dates clash with Pakistan Open commencing from 9-14 at Islamabad.
The team of NWFP comprising Owais Khan, Waqar Mehboob, Danish Altas
and Adil Atlas took no time against Sindh team.
In the first set Kashif of Sindh stunned NWFP's Owais by 3-0, the
score was 11-7, 11-9 and 11-6. Kashif exhibited nice shorts against
Owais in the 23 minutes battle. Only the two give tough resistance in
the first set otherwise Kashif kept up pressure and did not give much
time to Owais to settle down.
After victory in the first set, Sindh players did not maintain the
same rhythm in the other sets and lost to NWFP players. Waqar Mehboob
in the second set by 3-0, the score was 11-9, 11-5 and 11-6.
Adil beat Saad Shahid by 3-0, the score was 11-8, 11-9 and 11-7. Adil
playing with incisive rallies kept up pressure on Saad Shahid. Saad
did some resistance but he failed to keep his nerve intact against Adil Atlas.
Securing victory against Sindh also enabled NWFP to play the final
against Punjab, who got walkover against Balochistan. The later did
not turn up for the Games event despite confirmation.
In the Female squash event, Sindh girls defeated NWFP team by 3-0.
The Sindh team comprising Habiba Khan, Hina Bashir, Zahab Khan, and
Neha Khan got an easy sailing toward victory.
Habiba beat Moniza by 3-0, the score was 11-8, 11-2 and 11-7, Hina
beat Amina by 3-0, the score was 11-8, 11-6 and 11-9 while in the
last set Zahab beat Sadia by 3-1, the score was 11-3, 4-11, 11-9 and
11-8 in a thrilling match. Sadia of NWFP did hard efforts against
Zahad and stretched to four sets battle.
Now NWFP will face Punjab in the final in the Men event while Sindh
girls will play against Punjab in the Women event final on Friday.