Barbados whip Cheshire in polo

Pablo Crispin put on his Superman cape yesterday, and the Cheshire polo club were in need of some kryptonite.

Crispin thrilled the small crowd at Lion Castle’s polo ground yesterday with a superhero six-goal performance to help lead ICBL Barbados to a crushing 9-4 victory over the visiting English side when the UNNA/ICBL Cheshire
tour continued.

It was the second straight victory for the home side, but it was a far cry from the close 2-1 win, which they registered last Sunday at Holder’s Hill.

Pablo Crespin (right) scored six goals for ICBL Barbados against Cheshire.
Pablo Crespin (right) scored six goals for ICBL Barbados against Cheshire.

At one point, the match was actually very closely contested, with Howard Taylor’s spectacular backhand shot from an acute angle bringing Cheshire within one goal at 4-3, at the beginning of the third chukka.

But it was all one-way traffic from there as Crispin, who was having a fantastic match up to that point, turned
up the pressure.

After picking up the ball on the right side of the field, he coolly slotted the ball between the goalpost to
make it 5-3.

Seconds later, he stole the ball from Taylor, and galloped down the field before guiding the ball into the goal.

He then put the match out of Cheshire’s reach, when he tapped in from close range after receiving a pinpoint pass from teammate Stuart Gill to make it 7-3.

Marc Atwell got into the act in the final chukka with two late strikes, the first of which was beautifully set up by a pass from Crispin.

Earlier, Crispin left mouths wide open after opening the scoring with an unbelievable shot.

Picking up the ball on the left flank about 15 yards away, he somehow managed to flick the ball from an almost impossible angle through the goalposts.

His shot earned him rapturous applause from the spectators, even the Cheshire supporters.

He then extended the lead to 2-0 after scoring a 30 yard penalty, only to watch Charlie Walton draw one back for Cheshire in the same manner.

Another strike by Crispin and one by Alex Cole gave Barbados a 4-2 half time lead, with Howard Taylor also getting on the scoresheet for the visitors.

The final match of the series will be played at Holder’s Hill on Sunday.

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