Polo Cup to Bajans
ONE?GOAL?in the first and another in the fourth and final chukka were all Barbados needed to clinch the 2014 Barbados Polo Cup classic final against the visiting Cheshire team from Britain at Holders on Sunday.
Playing before a handful of supporters, Cheshire never got into the game after giving one of their poorest displays in the last ten or more finals between the two teams.
With the two teams evenly matched, apart from a half-goal advantage to Barbados, the Brits never turned up to the party and struggled all the way through the match.
Their most feared player, Oliver Taylor, missed no fewer than three penalties in his team’s 0-2 loss to Barbados, but was somehow still voted Most Valuable Player of the match.
Barbados opened the scoring in the first chukka with a clinical finish by Danny Atwell after he collected a pass from teammate Teddy Williams to outrun the fast-charging Charlie Walton at the northern end of the field.
No goals were scored in the second chukka even though there were some near misses from both teams.
Cheshire had their first opportunity to level the score at the start of the third chukka after being awarded a penalty in the final seconds of the second chukka. It was taken by the usually reliable Taylor but his effort missed the intended target by some distance.
Less than a minute later, Cheshire were awarded another penalty after a foul by Hyundai’s Philip Tempro deep into their own half. But Taylor again missed the mark and sent the ball wide one more time.
In the meantime, Tempro, who had a relatively good game, had a goal disallowed at the southern end of the field. His teammate Atwell got into the missing-the-bars act when he sent a penalty wide of the goal post in fading light and a fast-ticking clock.
Cheshire made several spirited runs at the Barbados defence but were unable to penetrate on every occasion through some stout defending.
Just when it looked like the game would end in a 1-0 victory for Barbados, Tempro sealed the deal at the northern end of the field with a strike from 20 yards out, with one minute remaining in regulation time.
It was not a particularly enjoyable day support wise for the British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Victoria Dean.
Dean, who was attending both cricket and polo in Barbados for the first time, saw her countrymen lose both encounters. She left Kensington Oval for Holders after England lost their fourth wicket in their Twenty20 International against the West Indies, only to turn up at Holders to witness another English team suffer defeat at the hands of the Barbadians. (CH)