|Johnson Assenga (L) and Henry Limb Chukkas during the Mugs Mug Nairobi Polo Tournament at the Nairobi Polo Club, Saturday. [Photo:Martin Mukangu/Standard]|
By Oscar Pilipili
Geoff Morley converted a 30-yard penalty with just four seconds to the final bell to hand Chukkies Chips a crucial 5.5-5 victory over Cruise Control in a lively semi-final match of Peroni Mugs Mug tournament.
Lapa Investments annihilated Nameless 6-3 in yet another scintillating semi-final duel to book a main cup final date with Chips at the Nairobi Polo Club yesterday.
Craig Millar, playing off handicap three, showed why he is the high rated player in the tournament after he scored three goals to send Lapa to the final.
Jos Craig put through two goals, while Sasha Craig converted one for the Lapa during the match.
Nameless replied through Handicap one Kimoi Moi, Martin Kasier (one) and Maanam Madhvani (0.5) who scored one goal each.
Madhvanani replaced Kigen Moi who was reportedly unwell. According to polo rules, if a player is unable to play, he is replaced by any other of equal handicap.
Lapa were up 2-1 in the first chukka and maintained the lead throughout the match.
The winners extended their lead to 4-2 at the end of the second chukka with goals from Jos and hard-hitting Millar’s 30-yard conversion.
A chip from Jos and Millar’s tap handed Lapa 6-2 advantage at the end of the third chukka.
Nameless pulled one back in the final chukka, a 30-yard penalty by Madhvani but Lapa played well to claim the match 6-3 at the end of the final bell. The match between Chips and Cruise Control was a thriller with each team fighting for final berth.
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