On a very hot, sunny and dry Sunday (Mar 27), Patong Cricket Club came face to face with the Island Cricket Club for a day full of exciting cricket at the Alan Cooke Ground.
Patong was playing to stay in contention for the finals and Island was playing to register their first win of this season.
Island won the toss and elected to bat first, which turned out to be a good decision as both openers, Divan Mydeen and Paresh Borkar, looked in good form and scored freely to reach 35 runs in 8 overs.
Stuart Hamilton, bowling for the first time in the league, got the breakthrough for Patong by getting the dangerous Divan caught by Gautam Sundershan at point-for 13.
Paresh was then joined by Shah Hidat Ullah. He was in sublime form, hitting the ball crisply and finding the gaps with ease.
Shah went on to make an excellent quick-fire century. The partnership between Paresh and Shah was 98 runs, when Paresh lost his wicket to Sami Pir.
The new incoming player was Darshan Vaigankar joining in-form team member Shah, who was in a fine nick. The partnership produced 58 runs when Darshan fell to Neil Quail.
At the very next ball, Shah also succumbed to Quail and was caught by Sami Pir at a score of 101 in just 69 balls, which included 14 boundaries and two sixes. ICC were sitting at 191 for 4.
After the departure of Shah, the Patong players had their tails up and picked up wickets at regular intervals restricting ICC at a score of 266 for 9 at the end of the innings.
Neil Quail had a great day with the ball getting a fifer for 35 runs in his 6 overs.
Patong ,with a change in batting order, promoted Stuart Hamilton to open with Captain Seemant Raju. They provided a solid start scoring 96 runs in just 77 balls.
Raju was the first wicket to fall for Patong on a personal score of 45 runs off 32 balls, when he missed a straight one which kept a bit low.
Stuart Hamilton was then joined by Simon Wetherell, producing a partnership of 43 runs when Simon was given LBW off the bowling of Divan at a personal score of 11 runs.
The Lone fighter Hamilton was then joined by Imtiaz Mushtaq and the partnership lasted for 41 runs, when Imtiaz nicked one to Balesh of the bowling of Blasco d’ Silva. After the fall of Imtiaz, Patong was unable to produce any substantial partnerships as wickets fell in quick succession.
Unfortunately, Hamilton lost his focus and gave away his wicket, falling just 3 runs short of his ton, but by that time Hamilton had ensured Patong victory with only 40 runs required to achieve the target.
This was achieved by some aggressive hitting by Sami Pir and the cool headed Gautam Sundershan.
Patong was able to achieve the target of 266 runs with one over to spare and still had 4 wickets remaining.
This victory has kept the door open for Patong to finish second in the league and reach the finals. However, to achieve this they must win their last two games against a strong Laguna side.
An exciting end to the 40 over league is ahead!