LAHORE - Jubilee Insurance/Master Paints qualified for the main final of the Outfitters-sponsored Lt Gen Shah Rafi Alam Memorial Polo Cup 2018 while Army booked berth in the subsidiary final here at the Lahore Polo Club (LPC) ground on Thursday.

One and half goal handicap advantage helped Jubilee Insurance/Master Paints beat Diamond Paints by 5½-4. Hamza Mawaz Khan thwarted three goals while Edward Bannireve hit one. Eulogio Celestino hammered a hat-trick for Diamond Paints and Agha Musa struck one.

The first chukker of the match was evenly poised as one goal each was converted by both the sides to draw the score 1-1. Jubilee Insurance then thwarted two more goals to take 3-1 lead, which was soon reduced to 3-2 by Diamond Paints in the dying moments of the second chukker. The only goal of the third chukker was slammed in by Diamond Paints to level the score 3-3.

The fourth saw both the teams scoring one goal each to finish the match at 4-4. With one and half goal handicap advantage, Jubilee Insurance/Master Paints won the thriller 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 American system, Army first beat Artema Medical 4-2 and then they defeated Master Paints 3-2½ to register win and book berth in the subsidiary final. Master Paints Black also registered victory against Artema Medical 3-2½, but with next match defeat, they couldn’t make it to the subsidiary final.

Today (Friday), Outfitters will vie 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.