CAS Jr National Squash title
Peshawar—Qualifier Muhammad Hamza upset Pakistan No.1 Muhammad Ammad in a marathon five sets battle final witnessed by capacity crowd present on this occasion in the 30th Chief of the Air Staff National Junior Boys Squash Championship played here at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex on Tuesday.
Air Marshal Asad Abdur Rehman Khan Lodhi, Acting Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was the chief guest on this occasion. Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Athar Shams, former World Champion Qamar Zaman, Base Commander Air Commodore Irfan Zaka, President PAF Sports Control Committee Air Commodore Mohsin Ali Hussaini, Director PAF Sports Control Committee Group Captain Asghar Awan, Chief Referee Pakistan Squash Federation Munawar Zaman and large number of players were also present.
The final provided great thrill for the sitting spectators. Muhammad Hamza, also from PAF Squash Academy, gave a tough resistance to his strong rival Muhammad Ammad, the current national Champion.
Both Muhammad Hamza and Muhammad Ammad played well and received thundering applauses from the sitting spectators.
Hamza lost the first set against Ammad but he came back by winning the second set 11-9, again Hamza lost to Ammad at 3-11.
When Ammad took a set lead, Hamza staged a strong comeback and won two consecutive sets by 12-10 and 11-4. The final lasted for 49th minute. In the Under-13 category international Asad Ullah of PAF beat Noor Zaman of PAF in straight sets, the score was 11-9, 11-6 and 11-5. Asad UIllah fully dominated the proceedings and did not give much time to Noor Zaman to settle down.
In the Under-15 category final international Uzair Shoukat of PAF beat Rashid Doulat of PAF in another five sets battle, 3-2, the score was 5-11, 11-9, 3-11, 12-10 and 11-4. Uzair Shoukat played well and did not give much room to Rashid to strike back.
In the Under-17 final qualifier Saif Ullah of PAF who just a year earlier started squash by skipping from hockey, beat Own Abbas of Punjab in a five sets battle, 3-2. The score was 9-11, 9-11, 11-3 and 11-9 when Oan Abbas called for a retired hurt by leaving the fifth set 7-3.
In the Under-19 final both Mehran Javed, seeded second, and Mansoor Zaman, second first, presented a good display. Both attacked each other with some good display of shorts and some beautiful cross-courts smashes were also witnessed. Lefty Mansoor has better control over his length short while Mehran Javed fully utilized his long reach, putting, Mansoor Junior under tremendous pressure.
Mansoor got three points very easily but Mehran has a perfect nick to make it 3-1. Mansoor took the first set despite some excellent shorts from Mehran Javed. Mehran has two nicks and as many drops but Mansoor kept up his lead and raced up to victory at 9-11.
In the second set, both have 3-3 and Mansoor took up a lead to reach to 7-4 but Mehran tied the tally first at 7-7, then at 8-8 before taking the set at 11-8. It was the third set in which Mehran fully utilizes his energies and first tied the tally at 5-5, then at 7-7 and 9-9 before taking the set at 11-9. Mansoor on the hand, managed his position when he was one set down, came back strong and raced to victory at 9-11 to make the tally 2-2.
It was the last and decisive set when Mehran did not look behind and marched into victory at 11-6. At the end, the chief guest gave away trophies and cash prizes to the winners and runners-up. A total of 240 players took part in five different categories.—APP