ACST

Warriors Qatar stole the show by overtaking Kuwait Eagles at the top of the standings as the Asian Cricket Sixes Tour (ACST) 13th Phuket international Cricket Sixes moved into Round Two at the Alan Cooke Ground on Saturday 16thApril in hot and humid conditions.

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The top eight sides from Round One played an extra game each, with their points total carried forward to determine whether they would be competing in the top ranked Cup competition, or the Bowl on Finals Day.

Warriors hammering of Gauhati Town, with continued efforts from Muhammad Hadi and Sandeep Kottary saw them leapfrog Kuwait Eagles, despite that side’s fine win over Cricket Club of Dibrugarh thanks in part to an effortless 30 not out from Amir Javed.

Southern Stars of country Victoria secured a semi-final berth in the Cup thanks to victory over Kuwait Hawks, who had to settle for a place in the Bowl. Yarraleen Lions secured the final Cup spot as CBB’s were overcome as both Chaminda and Danusha reached retirements, despite a fine effort in defeat by Dixie Joy.

VIP transport for the teams leaving the hotel for the Alan Cooke Ground on day 3.
VIP transport for the teams leaving the hotel for the Alan Cooke Ground on day 3.

The bottom five ranked sides were in competition to see who would reach the finals of the Plate and Shield on Sunday lunchtime. With a game still to be played on Finals Day morning, a couple of Saturday wins for local side Madras Curry House and single victories for DBCC Silverbackz and Aussie Zen lifted their hopes, while two defeats each for Katherine Bushrangers and Fine Legs of Singapore left them taking up the last two places in the standings.

 The game between Phuket side Aussie Zen and the Bushrangers from Australia’s Northern Territory saw fine batting performances from Ibrahim and Greg Kemp. Ali Kahn was another Phuket man in form with the willow for the Madras Curry House.

Day 3 was completed with a T20 match between a Kuwait XI led by major supporter Mahmoud Abdullah and a World XI, which comprised of players from the tournament as selected by ACST Chairman, Michael ‘Cat’ Maher.

Anthony Van Blerk, Chairman of the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG), who have offered huge assistance to the ACST in the staging of the event was very happy at the end of the day’s play. “It has been superb to welcome teams from far and wide to the Alan Cooke Ground. There has been some fantastic cricket and many friendships have been established”

Finals Day will commence on Sunday at 9.45am, with spectators welcome at the ACG. Admission is free and refreshments are available.

 For further details, please contact Mr Maher at mmaher.padmir@bigpond.com or by telephone on +61 407 385 481.

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