Zacara, Loro Piana win In British Open leagues
By Herbert Spencer
Lyndon Leaâ€™s Zacara squeeked past Prince Bahar Jefriâ€™s Richard Mille 11-10 Sunday in a see-saw Group C match in the British Open Championship for the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup at Cowdray Park Polo Club.
Zacara took the first chukka 3-1, but Richard Mille rallied in the second period to outscore their opponents. Their Max Rutledge equalised, then patron Prince Bahar Jefri scored to put his team ahead 5-4. Zacara held Richard Mille scoreless in the third period as Hilario Ulloa equalised and Gonzalo Deltour gave Leaâ€™s side a 6-5 advantage.
Positions were reversed in the fourth chukka with Richard Mille denying their opponents any points and retaking the lead 7-6 with two goals by Rutledge.
Zacara outscored the Brunei princeâ€™s side in the fifth period, with Zacaraâ€™s Deltour equalising and Ignatius Du Plessis accounting for three points to lead again and end the chukka 10-9. Du Plessis made it 11-9 in the sixth chukka, then Richard Milleâ€™s 10-goaler Pablo MacDonough pulled one back before time ran out, leaving Zacara the winners.
In the dayâ€™s other Gold Cup encounter, in Group B, Alfio Marchiniâ€™s Loro Piana led throughout the match to defeat Jerome Wirthâ€™s Enigma 13-10.