Brits rally too late
A spirited comeback by the Lovelock team of Britain late in the fourth and final chukka was not enough to stop Apes Hill from taking the three-match polo series 2-0 when they met in the second game at the Lion Castle grounds on Thursday.
Apes Hill, just as they did in the opening game on Tuesday, began the match with a 1½-goal advantage and took the fight to the visitors from the opening round, winning 5-4½.
Playing for Apes Hill, Pablo Crespin opened the scoring in the first chukka with well-timed shot from about 30 yards after being strongly challenged by Charlie Hanbury.
The local lads added three goals in the second chukka to make the score 5½-0, leaving the visitors with an uphill task to avert another defeat.
However, in the second half the Brits stepped up their attack and had the Barbadians on the defensive for most of the chukka.
It was their highest-ranked player, Jaime Garcia-Huidobro, playing off an eight-goal handicap, who opened the scoring for his team.
Hanbury, who had missed several scoring opportunities, finally found the uprights and scored possibly the goal of the match, a nicely executed backhand flick, with the ball seemingly heading over the back line at the southern end of the field.
With a minute left in the third, Huidobro showed whey he is rated at eight after weaving a web around the Barbadians to add his second goal.
With all to play for in the final chukka, Lovelock were once again all over the Barbadians who tried to be more on the defensive, maybe too defensive.
An infringement by one of the Barbadians when the players were tightly bunched together saw the visitors being awarded a spot hit from just 20 yards in front of the goal post.
It was duly converted by none other than Huidobro with less than 20 seconds to the final whistle as Barbados then managed to come away with the victory.
The final match will be played at the Apes Hill grounds at Waterhall, St James tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
A match featuring two local teams will be played at 3:30 p.m.