Many thanks for trying Bullfrog / Ade
I tend to agree with Bullfrog that Punt would make more sense than Play, therefore the answer must be a proper noun as there are no dictionary words that fit _ n _ h _.
I've looked into every possibility now and will just have to wait for the answer, patiently, in a fortnight's time.
As an aside did you know an anagram for DESPERATION is A ROPE ENDS IT !!
Luckily I'm not that desperate. :)
Thanks again for all your efforts.