The 11th and 12th Outrigger Resorts T20 matches were played at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) on Sunday morning (August 23) with results going Patong and Thalang ways.
In match 11, Patong CC won by 13 runs against a motivated Madras Café Superkings’ side.
Patong CC won the toss and decided to bat first with Imtiaz Mushtaq and Justin Swart opening. There had been a fair amount of rain overnight; however, the pitch and outfield had drained well and conditions were good for batting.
The decision to bat first immediately paid off with the Superkings’ opening bowlers gifting Patong early runs through a series of erratic overs. The wicket of Swart (1) came out of the blue with the batsman playing around the only straight delivery he had faced.
This brought the in-form Henno Jordaan to the crease, and together with Mushtaq pushed the scoring along until a communication error resulted in the run out of Mushtaq for 22, ending a 48 run partnership.
Stuart Hamilton was the next batsman in and started off where Jordaan had left playing confidently, scoring freely taking the score to 100 for the loss of two wickets at drinks.
Shortly after the break, Jordaan (41) played an uncharacteristic shot and was caught, narrowly missing out on his half century. Débutante, Du Plesis (12), was next batsman and after a slow start, looked to play his shots and put the fielding team under pressure – but was eventually bowled looking to push the score along.
With 1.5 overs left, Dave Thomas joined Hamilton looking to dispatch every ball faced. Unable to find the boundary due to the slower than usual outfield, the batsman had to settle for quick singles and doubles. Hamilton (42) was eventually bowled looking to clear the rope, bringing Van Blerk to face the last ball of the innings. A poorly judged quick single resulted in Thomas being run out at the non-strikers end. Patong innings ended at 169 for 7.
With a required run rate of 8.5 per over, the Superkings needed to start their innings off quickly, with Ullah and Khan opening the batting. This did not materialise, however, with Ullah (4) being run out in spectacular fashion by Mushtaq, a direct hit from outside the circle leaving Ullah well short of his crease. This wicket brought Divan Mydeen to the middle and in determined fashion, looked to play his shots from the very first ball.
If the Superkings were to win this match, this was the crucial period. Khan (11) was the next wicket, nicking an edge to keeper Van Blerk. Mushtaq again was centre of the action, when he sent batsman Mir (3) back to the clubhouse with an audacious one handed catch above his head at long off.
The wheels were coming off the Superkings’ run chase with Rehman and Mydeen needing to steady the ship. Both batsmen attacked the loose delivery keeping the scoreboard ticking until Mydeen (40) was caught at midwicket looking to attack.
Four balls later, Ali (0) was back in the clubhouse having been clean bowled.
With the run rate increasing all the time, the pressure was beginning to show and this time it was Rehman (41) who was bowled by a straight delivery. Naik (3) was later stumped by Van Blerk leaving Desai and Virdikar the not out batsman after the 20 overs, just 13 runs short of victory.
In match 12, Thalang Cricket Team (TCT) won by all 10 wickets against the so far win-less Phuket Asian Cricket Team (PACT).
Shah Wahid hit a six and a four off consecutive balls in the 11th over, but then missed a straight delivery and was bowled for 21 runs.
Umpire John King raised an experienced finger for an LBW appeal off the next ball and TCT’s débutante John Sykes was now on a hat-trick opportunity.
To face the pressure ball, out came 16-year-old Sattyam Sachdeva, who managed a deflection down to fine-leg from another of Sykes’ straight and slow deliveries, spoiling the party. PACT wickets continued to fall at both ends leaving the men in orange all out for 85 runs off 16 overs.
Wahid top scored with 21 runs (13 balls). John Sykes 4/27, Jean Matthee 2/8 and Martin Hill 2/16 all took multiple wickets for TCT.
PACT’s bowlers toiled away, but were unable to take a TCT wicket during their innings. Dipesh Bagdal and Yedu Ventrapatti were the best of the bowlers, with Andrew McMillan finishing on 38* (47) and Anthony Dupont rounding off a superb all-round match for TCT posting 39* (38) after earlier taking 1/13 from 4 overs.
The weekends results weren’t unexpected and further strengthen TCT and Patong’s positions at the top of the Outrigger T20 points table. Laguna are the most likely to challenge for a place in the final and will have the opportunity to gain vital points in the first match this coming Sunday against TCT. Outrigger T20 games are played each Sunday at the ACG with matches starting at 10am and 2pm.