Daniyal Sanaullah staged a superb rally on the final day to win the qualifiers for the WESPA Youth Cup at Generation’s School, South Campus.
Daniyal wasn’t even in the top ten positions at the end of day one but kept moving up the ladder slowly but surely and ended up winning the event comfortably with 18-6 win record and a spread of 2231
It was a very timely return to form for Daniyal who has recently moved to Beaconhouse School for his A levels. He is considered one of the finest youth players in the country and a strong contender for the World Youth title in Malaysia later this year.
Hasham Hadi ended a superb tournament by remaining in the top positions throughout. He finished 2nd with 17-7 record and a spread of 1828
The hero of the tournament was undoubtedly little Usman Shaukat. The 12 year old surprised everyone by clinching the 3rd spot with 17-7 record and a spread of 949.
Ali Rashid who led for a large part of the tournament ran out of steam in the end and finished 5th
The under-16 world champion and the reigning national champion Sohaib Sanaullah finished 7th in a pool of 9-17 year olds which shows how much the standard of play has improved among the youth
The following players make up the Pakistan team with Abdullah Abbasi who has already qualified:
1- Daniyal Sanaullah, Beaconhouse School
2- Hasham Hadi Khan, BVS Parsi High School
3- Usman Shaukat, Beaconhouse School
4- Syed Imaad Ali, BVS Parsi High School
5- Ali Rashid Khan, Foundation Public School
6- Saim Waqar, Happy Home School
7- Sohaib Sanaullah, St. Patrick’s High School
8- Hamza Naeem, Happy Home School
9- Saim Usmani, BVS Parsi High School
10- Teham Ahmed, Arts & Science Academy
Little Teham is the only player in the team without international experience.
Ms. Sadia Ashar, Headmistress of the Generation”s School, middle section distributed prized among the winners.
The WESPA Youth Cup will be played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 27-29 November