Patong end Phuket Star’s unbeaten run with 81 run win

Last Sunday (Sept 24) saw round six of the Madras Cafe 30 Over Cricket League at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) between Patong Cricket Club (PCC) and the Phuket Stars.

Man of the Match, Hico Mc Donald (48 runs, two wickets) lofts a six. Photo: Michael Way

Patong were hoping to continue where they left off in round five of the league after picking up their first win against Island Cricket Club on Sept 16 while Phuket Stars were looking to continue their unbeaten run of three games.

PCC skipper A Van Blerk won the toss, decided to bat first and were looking to repeat last week’s dominant performance. They opened with A Runhaar and M Kohler and once again got off to a flier with Kohler again in aggressive form.

Runhaar (11) also started well, however, he was run out following a poor call from Kohler.

H McDonald was next in and together with Kohler made up for the loss of Runhaar by taking the score to 92. But their 57 run partnership was broken first ball after the 10 over drinks break when Kohler was clean bowled for a valuable 44 runs.

M Flowers came to the crease and supported McDonald well, anchoring one end whilst McDonald went on the attack. But the breakthrough for the Stars came in the 18th over when Jha trapped McDonald (46) LBW just shy of a well deserved 50.

D Thomas (4) called for an uncharacteristic quick single and was well run out looking to push the score on. J Robinson was next in and played a very good aggressive innings, scoring 30 not out off just 22 deliveries. Flowers retired hurt (35) in the 28th over leaving Kohler (not out, 2).

Patong had set the Stars 196 runs to win.

The Stars opened with P Jha and I Malik, but Malik was sent back to the clubhouse first ball when he was caught by Runhaar. The Stars intentions were clear, with Jha looking to score off every ball and new batsman M Sadarangani supporting well.

However in the 8th over and with the score on 49, Jha was clean bowled by Bhattacharya. S Khan was next in and was in belligerent mood, however, Sadarangani (24) could not support him and was clean bowled by McDonald.

Big hitting A Khan (0) could not live up to his reputation this time as he was brilliantly caught by Runhaar. When M Manzoor (0) was trapped LBW to Robertson in the 18th over, the game was PCC’s to loose.

Tight bowling during the second half tightened the screws and the Stars were falling further behind the run rate every ball. Khan (24) was then dismissed, caught by McDonald and A Rana (2) bowled by Kohler in the 26th over leaving S Bowry not out on 11.

PCC had beaten the Phuket Stars by 81 runs.

McDonald earned Man of the Match this week with his fine display of batting, bowling and fielding.

For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) web-site at www.phuketcricket.com or e-mail the PCG committee at phuketcricketgroup@gmail.com. New players are always welcome & would be well received by the current teams on the island.

Patong pick up first win in Madras 30 Over Cricket League

Last Sunday (Sept 17) saw round five of the Madras Cafe 30 Over Cricket League at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) with Island Cricket Club (ICC) taking on Patong Cricket Club (PCC).

Last Sunday (Sept 17) saw round five of the Madras Cafe 30 Over Cricket League at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) with Island Cricket Club (ICC) taking on Patong Cricket Club (PCC).

ICC skipper P Borkar won the toss and decided to field first, on what was a very wet pitch following heavy rains the previous day, but PCC, who looking for their first win of the tournament, were acutely aware that a good score was needed.

A Runhaar and M Kohler opened the PCC innings and got off to a flier with Kohler attacking ICC’s opening bowlers, including hitting his first ball for a six.

Runhaar (6) tried to join the early run fest but was caught behind by a sharp bouncer off Mirza.

H McDonald joined Kohler and between them dispatched the ICC bowlers all over the park. The batsmen brought up a 50 run partnership in the sixth over and 100 runs in the eighth off 59 deliveries.

Kohler’s 50 came in the same over off just 22 deliveries and included seven 6s.

There was no rest bite for ICC as Kohler and McDonald continued to pile on the runs with their 100 run partnership coming just after drinks and McDonald’s 50 in the 12th over.

But the breakthrough came in the 12th over when Kohler (77) was bowled by Borkar.

M Flowers batted steadily with McDonald (61) before the latter was caught off Naik. Naik struck again soon after bowling Flowers (13). A Van Blerk (7) was bowled by Rana and I Bekker (3) caught off Rehman leaving D Thomas (23) and S Gaur (5) the not out batsmen.

PCC had set ICC a substantial target of 234 runs to win.

ICC opened with Y Mirza and S Kandolkar who couldn’t afford to start slowly. However, they were soon on the back foot when they were both were dismissed by the fifth over.

PCC’s bowlers put in some wayward bowling, but wickets kept falling with Rehman falling for a duck with the score on 30 for three.

Thomas and McDonald then combined well with the ball. McDonald keeping the runs down with accurate line and length seam bowling and Thomas tempting the batsman with flighted off spins.

The batsmen couldn’t resist and Thomas ended with four wickets off just five overs, and McDonald one wicket but going for just eight runs off his allotted six overs. Thomas went on to win Man of the Match. (That’s B500 please Dave!)

ICC reached 50 in the 17th over, but the damage had been done and it was just a case of the tail-enders salvaging some pride.

ICC’s innings was wrapped up in the 18th over, all out for just 53 runs, when Abrahams clean bowled Dessai (5) leaving Kumar the not out batsman.

For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) web-site at www.phuketcricket. com or e-mail the PCG committee at phuketcricketgroup@ gmail.com. New players are always welcome and would be well received by the current teams on the island.

Stars dominate in Madras 30 Over Cricket League

The Phuket Stars strengthened their spot at the top of the Madras Cafe 30 Over Cricket League table last Sunday (Sept 10) with a strong showing against the Island Cricket Club (ICC) in soggy conditions at the Alan Cooke Ground.

Boundary bound; a steady 48 from Divan Mydeen (ICC) was top score of the day. Photo: Michael Way

The Phuket Stars won the toss and choose to have a bat. The likelihood of a rain effected and reduced overs match meant that there was an attacking display from the first ball of the innings. Prakash Jha was hoping to replicate his man of the match innings versus ICC in round one but the Islanders had his measure this time around.

Despite handing him a couple of chances he could only muster 32 runs. Manish Sadarangani was promoted to the top of the order but was also unable to find any timing against the ICC bowlers. Arun Virdikar dismissing both batsmen before the 10 over drink break. (Stars 2/80).
In the second session, tight bowling from Virdikar and Yasir was matched by some great hitting from Rishi ‘The Mongoose’ Sadarangani. Unfortunately both were overawed by a spree of drop catches. R.Sadarangani and Sameer Khan were both beneficiaries of ICC’s slippery fingers.

ICC’s Yasir finally getting some reward for effort when he bowled R.Sadarangani (46 runs) just before the drinks break. (Stars 4/129).
The third session went the way of ICC. Ravi Naik was handed the ball and he single handedly cleaned up the middle order and tail. S.Khan (25 runs) was his first wicket, before he effected a run out and another three wickets, all bowled! Stars all out 9/170 from 28 overs (R.Sadarangani 46, R.Naik 4/20, A.Virdikar 2/41).
Since the teams first met three weeks earlier, ICC had added the batting prowess of Mudasir Rehman and the Stars were without their tight opening bowler from that encounter.

What should have been a closely contested match was quickly swayed in the Star’s favour thanks to a dousing of rain and a string of dot balls.

After 10 overs ICC were 3/30 and the run rate had crept to just above seven an over.

Divan Mydeen held his own against the bowling but even with a healthy amount of extras ICC’s middle order had batted themselves out of the match 5/80 at the 20 over drinks break.

Mydeen took the scoring up another level in the last session. Rakesh Kumar picked up two wickets in two balls in the 24th over but it took the Stars Iqbal Malik to dismiss Mydeen for 48 well compiled runs.

ICC all out 10/134 from 28.4 overs (Mydeen 48 runs, Extras 22, A.Khan 3/23, R.Kumar 2/14).

This Sunday (Sept 17) the Patong Cricket Club play Island Cricket Club in the Madras Cafe 30 Over Cricket League.

If you would like to join in the action at the ACG please contact the Phuket Cricket Group by e-mail phuketcricketgroup@gmail.com

Stars take win over Patong in Madras 30 Over Cricket League

The Phuket Stars got the better of the Patong Cricket Club in a close Madras 30 Over Cricket League match at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) on Sunday (Sept 3).

Andrew MacMillian, batting for Phuket Stars, is bowled by Patong’s Hico MacDonald. Photo: Michael Way

After winning the toss, the Stars choose to bat first in sunny conditions. The Patong bowlers received some early punishment from Ali Khan and Iqbal Malik but Shivam Bhattacharya replied in fine fashion for Patong with four wickets before the drinks break.

The Stars were staring down the barrel, short on players, they had just three wickets in hand and 42 runs on the board.

Manish Sadarangani was the last notable batsmen remaining at the crease, he worked patiently with the tail-end to keep the scoreboard ticking over at around four runs per over and Patong out in the sunshine.

Patong managed just one wicket in the second session and it took until the 29th over for Sadarangani to salute with a well earned half century before he was superbly caught by Jason Robertson at point to end the Stars innings 8/123. (M.Sadarangani 50, Extras 31, S.Bhattacharya 4/28).

After being bowled out cheaply in their first match, Patong had a patient approach to the start of their innings. The batsmen saw off the new ball combination of Malik and Sadarangani before a few loose shots brought about three wickets for the Stars.

At drinks Patong still had their work cut out with 94 runs required with six wickets in hand

Sameer Khan put an upset victory into play when he went through Hico McDonald’s defences in the first over after the break.

Stuart Hamilton joined Anthony van Blerk in the middle and Patong were on par with the Star’s run rate two balls later. However, the fall of wickets continued and both batsmen were back in the shade before the second drink break. Patong 6/82.

Without captain Seemant Raju, Patong were hoping that Jason Robertson could score the bulk of the remaining runs. Robertson jumped to the task, hitting some well timed boundaries which included planting a Khan delivery on the roof of the Pavilion.

However, Khan had the last laugh with a slower ball wrapping Robertson on the pads and John King’s right finger ending a close and competitive match.

Patong 9/111 (Robertson 33, Hamilton 24, S.Khan 4/29, 2/14).

This Sunday (Sept 10) will see the Island Cricket Club up against the Phuket Stars in the fourth match of the Madras Cafe 30 Over Cricket League. Action starts at 10am sharp on the ACG. All teams are still in need for players, if you wish to join the action please e-mail phuketcricketgroup@gmail.com

Island Cricket Club dominate in latest Phuket cricket action

Last Sunday (Aug 27) saw the second instalment of the Madras Cafe 30 Over Cricket League with Patong Cricket Club (PCC) taking on Island Cricket Club (ICC) in front of a packed clubhouse of sport fans watching the early morning boxing bout between McGregor and Mayweather in the Boundary Bar at the Alan Cooke Ground ACG, on a wet and rainy day.

Shah Ullah makes his ground; ICC took their chances and were rewarded with a win. Photo: Michael Way

Sadly, as per the opening game of the season, last Sunday’s game also turned out to be another one sided affair.

PCC won the toss, chose to bat first and early on managed the difficult conditions well. Anthony Van Blerk hit two beautiful sixes over extra cover to move the score along to 26 before he lost his batting partner Stuart Hamilton for eight runs when he was trapped LBW by Mudasir Rehman.

Rehman was in the action for the second wicket when he took a magnificent diving catch to dismiss PCC skipper Seemant Raju for a duck, with the score on 30.

New batsman Hico McDonald, joined Van Blerk to steady the ship, moving the score to 51 runs. But, when they were dismissed for 12 and 24 respectively, PCC collapsed and lost their last seven wickets for just seven runs, and all due extensively to fantastic spells of bowling from Ravi Nair (three for three) and Surender Kumar (three for 13).

This left ICC a target of 59 runs for victory and a much-needed bounce back from their huge defeat in their opening match last week, at the hands of the Phuket Stars.

PCC would need early wickets if they were to rattle the ICC, but ICC’s openers played beautifully with Shah Vila and Yasir moving the score to 35 before losing Yasir (18) to a sublime running catch by McDonald in the outfield, off the bowling of Shivam.

This PCC double act were in business just nine runs later to dismiss Vila for a well played 25.

That was the end of the PCC’s challenge, however, and the ICC cantered to an eight wicket victory with the help of not out batsman Mudi (14*) and Sarvesh (5*), well inside the allotted 30 overs.

Next Sunday (Sept 3) will see the next game in the Madras Cafe 30 Over Cricket League when PCC will look to bounce back against the Phuket Stars at the ACG. Start time will be 10am.

All teams are still looking for players, so if you would like to play cricket on the island, sponsor a team or would like more information on cricket in Phuket, please contact the Phuket Cricket Group committee, by email at phuketcricketgroup@gmail.com or through their website http://phuketcricket.com/

Phuket Stars take on Island Cricket club in Phuket cricket season opener

Last Sunday (Aug 20) saw the first game of the The Madras Cafe Cricket League, which started with a one-sided affair in warm and sunny conditions at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG).

A juggle by Manish (Phuket Stars), but be held to end Yasir Kaka’s innings for ICC. Photo: Michael Way

The Phuket Stars won the toss, choose to bat and had accumulated 87 runs for no loss at the 10 over drinks break.

After dropping a few early chances, Island Cricket Club (ICC) captain Paresh Borkar finally held onto a catch in the 15th over to dismiss Prakash Jha for a well compiled 85 off 47 balls. Ravi Mehra chipped in with two wickets just before the second drinks break to restrict the Stars to 3/161.

Ravi Naik dismissed opener Manish Sadarangani 39 off 55 balls and Ali Khan for six in the 22nd over.

Boundaries dried up for the Stars in the heat of the day but the damage had already been done.

Surinder Kumar took two late wickets at the death. The Stars finished on 7/242 (P.Jha 85, M.Sadarangani 39, S.Khan 32, S.Kumar 3/42, R.Mehra 2/24).

After some time out of the sun and refreshments in the Boundary Bar, ICC headed out needing just over eight runs per over for an unlikely victory. The innings quickly turned into one of preservation after Sheik Shabir and Iqbal Malik took four ICC wickets in the first six overs.

Ravi Naik offered a glimmer of hope for the Islanders before both he and Ravi Mehra were caught before the 10 over break (ICC 6/26).

The Stars continued to shine after the break, bowling ICC out for the lowest recorded PCG league score of just 38 runs. (Extras 16, S.Shabir 3/9 I.Malik 2/15, P.Jha 2/4)

This Sunday (Aug 27) sees Patong Cricket Club come up against Island Cricket Cub (start time 11am).

All teams are still seeking players. If you would like to play cricket on the island or would like further information about cricket on Phuket, please contact the Phuket Cricket Group website: http://phuketcricket.com or email the PCG committee at phuketcricketgroup@gmail.com.

Still no win for ICC in the 2017 T20 league

Last Sunday (Mar 26) saw the 8th round of the C&C Marine 2017 T20 tournament at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) with Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) taking on the Island Cricket Club (ICC).

Waseem brings up 50 with a 6; one of nine in a total of 75 runs, not out. Photo: Michael Way

PCG went into the game hoping to regain ground on league leaders Patong Cricket Club, while ICC were hoping to secure their first min of the season and finally get some points on the board.

PCG skipper I Mushtaq won the toss and elected that he and his team would bat first.

Mushtaq opened for PCG together with M Sadarangani and they were looking to start strongly against a struggling ICC.

The openers managed to take the score to 33 when Mushtaq (17) departed after being caught by Virdikar off the bowling of Borkar. Next in was K Sadarangani (6), however, he unfortunately retired hurt in the over just after the drinks break which brought to the crease W Manzoor.

Manzoor and Sadarangani took the score to 84 when Sadarangani (29) was clean bowled by Kalakar. New batsman S Bowry (0) followed Sadarangani back to the pavilion just a few balls later after being trapped LBW by Virdikar.

With the score on 87 runs for 3, and in the 13th over, the time had come to push for a big score. Manzoor decided it was time to attack, and together with Rehman punished anything and everything. Both batsmen took PCG to the 19th over when Rehman (24) was run out by Naik looking for an extra run.

Meanwhile, at the other end, Manzoor had moved into the 70s and was joined by M Platts (0) with just a few balls left in the innings. Both batsman guided PCG through the 20th over, setting ICC a score of 173 runs to win.

Manzoor’s traffic innings of 75 runs came off just 34 deliveries which included two 4s and an incredible nine 6s!

ICC opened with S Ullah and S kandolkar. Both batsmen started positively with a challenging total to chase against a good bowling attack.

The openers took the score to 31, when in the 4th over Kandolkar (16) was clean bowled by Mirza. R Naik came to the crease and continued the positive batting, taking ICC to the 10 over drinks break, pushing the score into the 70’s without further wickets being lost.

With plenty of wickets in hand and batsmen full of confidence, ICC kept the run rate well ahead of what was needed. That was until the 15th over, when opener Naik (34) was dismissed caught by Sadarangani off Mushtaq’s bowling. Opener Ullah (40), who had batted for 60 minutes, was dismissed just two balls later again caught by Sadarangani again off the bowling of Mushtaq.

The loss of these two quick wickets seemed to slow the ICC momentum. They appeared to be heading for their first win of the competition, when with just a few overs left, S Bowry was given the ball and in an inspired spell claimed three wickets in the 19th over.

B Dessai (3) was cleaned bowled, S Kumar (19) stumped Manzoor, and A Kalakar was caught and bowled.

The flurry of late wickets effectively ended ICC’s chance of victory, falling just 15 runs short of their target and they remain winless.

This coming Sunday (Apr 2) April sees a short break in the C&C Marine T20 League due to ground maintenance issues, however, the league will recommence 30 April.

For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) web-site at www.phuketcricket.com or e-mail the PCG committee at phuketcricketgroup@gmail.com. New players are always welcome & would be well received by the current teams on the island. 

Patong Overcome Team ACG

Last Sunday (Mar 19) saw the 7th round of the C&C Marine 2017 T20 tournament at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) with the only game of the day being between Team ACG (ACG) and Patong Cricket Club (PCC), and PCC were looking to cement their place at the top of the league table.

Man of the Match, Hico MaDonald (PCC), brings up his 50 with a big 6. Photo: Michael Way

PCC skipper S Raju won the toss and elected for his team to field first.

Batsmen F Mir and R Sadarangani opened the PCC innings looking to start strongly against an in-form Patong side who had dominated their previous matches, however, they were quickly dealt a blow when Sadarangani (6) was dismissed in the 1st over caught by Wetherell off the bowling of Bhattacharya.

R Jayasuriya was next batsman in and together with Mir, took the score to 25 when Mir (9) was caught by Kohler off the bowling of Bhattacharya, only for Jayasuriya to follow him to the clubhouse the very next next delivery.

A Mushtaq (12) then came to the crease and started off quickly, showing his good form from previous weeks, but he couldn’t push on and was caught behind by keeper Van Blerk off the bowling of Kohler. C Murphy (5) was next in but was soon on his way back after being clean bowled by McDonald bringing S Khan to the crease with plenty of work to do in order to set PCC a competitive total.

Khan, together with Baxter, dug in and took ACG to the drinks break. After a 58 run partnership and with the score on 106, Baxter (20) was trapped LBW by Robertson in the 13th over. A Khan (19) was next batsman in and continued to push the score forward until he was caught by Hamilton off Wetherell.

M.Bilal (0) was trapped LBW first ball by Wetherell and I Malik (0) could only last two deliveries, clean bowled by Mcdonald. G Lane (5) was run out by Van Blerk in the final over pushing for the final runs of the innings.

ACG had set PCC a total of 150 runs to win, with S Khan the not out batsman on 41 runs, which included three 4s and two 6s.

PCC opened with S Hamilton and R Wetherell. Both batsmen started positively taking the score to 39 in the 5th over when Hamilton (32) was clean bowled by Bilal ending a 39 run opening partnership, which brought M Kohler to the crease.

Kholer (22) took up where Hamilton left off scoring freely and looking to reach the target as quickly as possible. However, PCC’s innings lost momentum briefly when Wetherell (31) was dismissed in the 8th over caught and bowled by Bilal.

Next batsman in was the destructive H McDonald who lived up to expectations immediately going into attack mode, smashing the ACG bowlers all over the park. McDonald, who went on to be Man of the Match, reached his 50 with a huge 6 over midwicket. However, he was a victim of his own destructive batting, falling foul of the newly introduced rule whereby a batsman has to retire after hitting a 6 into that area, an incentive to protect the nearby residents from falling cricket balls.

It was nonetheless a terrific innings of 54 runs from just 23 deliveries and containing seven 6s!

PCC Skipper Raju (2) joined Kohler (22) to steer Patong to victory in the 18th over, cementing their place at the top of the league table.

This Sunday (Mar 26) sees Island Cricket Club (ICC) vs PCG with start time set for 11am.

For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) web-site at www.phuketcricket.com or e-mail the PCG committee at phuketcricketgroup@gmail.com. New players are always welcome & would be well received by the current teams on the island. 

ACG and PCC Victorious During Cricket Double Header

Last Sunday (Mar 12) saw a double-header in the 6th round of the C&C Marine 2017 T20 tournament at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) with Team ACG (ACG) taking on Island Cricket Club (ICC) in the morning game, while Phuket Cricket Group (PCG), who were hoping to maintain their unbeaten run, faced tough competition in the afternoon game against a motivated Patong Cricket Club (PCC) who were looking to get back their spot back at the top of the league table.

After three successive sixes, Kohler (PCC) was clean bowled by Manish Sadarangani (PCG). Photo: Michael Way

In the morning game between ACG and ICC, ICC’s skipper R Naik won the toss and made the decision for his side to bat first.

Openers S Ullah and A Virdikar got off to steady start for ICC, that was until the 5th over when Virdikar (19) was caught by F Mir off the bowling of Mushtaq, ending a 30 run opening partnership.

This brought Naik (19) to the crease, who after a brisk innings was caught by Dupont off the bowling of Khan. Not long after opener Ullah (15) was clean bowled by Malik.

Next batsman in was H Singh (3) who took to the crease just before the drinks break, but was trapped LBW by Khan.

With the score at 60 runs at the 10th over stage, ICC were looking to increase the run rate going into the second half, but things didn’t go to according to plan as B Dessai (6) was trapped LBW in the 12th over by Baxter, he was shortly followed by A Kalakar (4) caught and bowled by Beigh.

However, S Kandolkar provided some much needed runs towards the end of the ICC innings, scoring 30 off 22 deliveries including two 6s, but was eventually caught by Sadarangani off the bowling of Bilal.

Last batsman out was M Denskar (3) caught by Mir off Mushtaq which left S Kumar (1) the not out batsman.

ICC had set ACG 112 runs to win.

With a meager total to chase, ACG opened with F Mir and R Sadarangani. Both batsmen started positively and were looking to score off every delivery and reach the total with all wickets intact, the pair were unfazed by the ICC bowlers and went about their job with relative ease until ICC got a breakthrough in the 6th over, Sadarangani (45) caught by Virdikar off the bowling of Kalakar.

This ended a superb opening partnership of 86 runs, with Sadarangani just missing out on his half century scoring 45 runs off just 17 deliveries, including five 4s and three 6s.

This brought B Beigh to the crease with just 26 runs needed for victory and plenty of overs in hand, and together with opener Mir (43) they steered ACG to victory, hitting the winning runs in the 12th over.

Mir’s innings of 43 runs (not out) came off 39 deliveries including two 6s and five 4s.

ICC’s poor run in the C&C Marine T20 continues as they chase their first win.

In the day’s second game PCG had a weakened line up as they were missing a few regular players, but they made that up in quality as the side included the Kashmiri brothers Ibrahim and Waseem who are a force to be reckoned with on the cricket field.

PCG won the toss and elected to bat first, and Captain Ibrahim made his intentions clear with a flying start of 33 (25) inside 6 overs, but that was before he skied one and was caught and bowled by M Kohler.

That wicket brought about a steady fall of wickets without any partnerships forming, that was until Waseem made his way to the crease. And his first ball from spinner J Robertson will go down in ACG folklore – a fast and well directed bouncer to the fastest bowler on the island.

However, maybe this fired Waseem up as soon after he started blasting the ball to all ends of the park, although he did ride his luck and was dropped no less than six times on his way to an unbeaten 72.

The two brothers were the only PCG players to reach double figures in their innings which finished at 137 for 7 after the 20 overs.

Chasing 138 for victory, PCC openers Hamilton and Raju started slowly, losing Hamilton for 5 in the 4th over. However, the momentum then started to shift and some solid partnerships formed as PCC focused on getting the runs required.

Raju (12) and Wetherell (35) scored 27 before H McDonald strode to the crease, and he and Wetherell added a quick 38 before the dismissal of Wetherell, and then the fireworks really began.

Kohler, adding to his earlier bowling performance, came to the crease and smashed three 6s in a row, then McDonald went on a similar rampage doing the hat-trick himself as he brought up his half century and finished not out at 53 off an just 23 balls.

PCC comfortably reached the required 138 runs needed to win the match with almost five overs to spare, meaning they have re-claimed the top spot in the league table.

This Sunday (Mar 19) will see PCC take on Team ACG with the start time set for 11am.

For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) web-site at www.phuketcricket.com or e-mail the PCG committee at phuketcricketgroup@gmail.com. New players are always welcome & would be well received by the current teams on the island. 

PCG remain unbeaten in C&C Marine T20

Last Sunday (Mar 5) saw the fifth round of the C&C Marine 2017 T20 tournament at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) between Team ACG (ACG) and Phuket Cricket Group (PCG).

Man of the Match, Imtiyaz Mushtaq, in action for PCG. Photo: Michael Way

PCG skipper I Mushtaq won the toss and he decided to bat first.

Mushtaq and S Bowry opened the PCG innings, however, ACG bowler M Bilal struck in just the 2nd over, removing Bowry (4). This brought M Sadarangani to the crease ,and together with Mushtaq, took the score to 76 runs when Sadarangani (15) was clean bowled just before the 10 over drinks break after a fine 67 run partnership with Mushtaq.

The fall of Sadarangani brought W Bhatt to the crease and together with Mushtaq went on all-out attack until Mushtaq was finally dismissed in the 16th over after a great knock of 66 runs.

Next batsman in was M Rehman and with only a few overs left in the innings, looked to score quickly but was bowled for seven runs. Bhatt was eventually dismissed in the 19th over for 66 runs off 28 deliveries. The ACG innings closed with the score on 185 runs for five wickets with N Khan (3) and M Platts (1) the not out batsman.

ACG opened with M Bilal and C Baxter with a challenging total to chase. Both batsmen started positively and were looking to score off every delivery. However, PCG opening bowlers Bhatt and Mushtaq kept their discipline and eventually got the breakthrough dismissing Bilal for 39 runs.

Next batsman in was P Jha (16) who continued the momentum scoring at more than a run a ball before being clean bowled 6th over. Baxter, who had played well from the start was dismissed just after the 10 over drinks break for 32 runs.

Big hitting A Khan (9) was offered a lifeline after being dropped at square leg by M Platts, however, he could not capitalise on the fielders mistake being run out in the 14th over. S Khan (5) and I Malik (28) continued the run chase for ACG before Khan was bowled by Mushtaq which brought R Jayasuriya (0) to the crease, only to be run out straight away after facing just one delivery.

Malik (28) and Mushtaq (20) combined well in the latter stages; however the target of 186 runs was just out of reach. They had knocked 103 runs off the last 10 overs, however, still fell short at the end.

PCG won by a narrow margin of 12 runs, and maintained their unbeaten run in the competition.

This Sunday (Mar 12) sees a double header with ACG vs ICC in the morning (start time 10am) followed PCG vs Patong in the afternoon (start time 2.30pm).

For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) web-site at www.phuketcricket.com or e-mail the PCG committee at phuketcricketgroup@gmail.com. New players are always welcome & would be well received by the current teams on the island.