Samurai took a 7-6.5 win against Tusker Malt Lager yesterday at the Nairobi Polo Club as a 6-goal Kenya International Championships / Subsidiary Cup hit-off.
Seasoned Callum Shaw played for Samurai with a score of six goals in the last three chukkas, while Jadini Nzomo returned one for the winners to create an impressive start to the tournament that allowed the South African polo team to test the Kenyan horses .
South Africa’s captain Handicap 4 Chris Lund shot Tasker Malt Lager in the lead with a brace in the first chukka, but Shaw responded with a brace and Jadini made another comeback in the second chukka.
Lund was there again in the second chukka when the two teams were tied 3: 3 at the end of the chukka.
After starting the game with half a fraction of a goal due to their low handicap, Lund scored three more goals in the third and fourth chukka, with the assistance of Kenyan trio Jonathan Stichbury, Nikki Ngugi and Izzy Stichbury.
Impressed with the show, Shaw made a strong comeback, scoring four more goals in the same chukkas, two in each chukka, to narrowly win the game by a goal and a fraction of a goal.
In the second game, Kenyan international Casimir Gross led TML to victory when he scored five goals in an 8-5.5 win over MICT.
William Crowe was the only South African in the match. He played for the MICT team and scored a goal in the first chukka before Callum Shaw, who replaced Mbu Ngugi, saved his team (MICT) from a major loss by three goals out of five in what turned out to be one of the most entertaining games of the day .
Mina Stiernblad scored the MICT’s fifth goal in the fourth chukka before Georgina Millar doubled up for TML when Ed Burbrige scored a goal to put the game out of MICT’s reach.