Sunday the was the second round of C&C Marine Phuket cricket 8’s matches. Once again they were played in glorious conditions at the Alan Cooke Ground in Thalang.
Last week saw the Phuket Blasters and Island Cricket Club (ICC) score victories. This week the Kuckreja Boks won the first match and ICC made it two wins in two weeks to lead the league.
The Kuckreja Boks were short on numbers but made an early impact against Patong. 3 run outs in the first 5 overs turned the game in favor of the Boks. German international women’s cricketer Franziska Ziegler (pictured) looked the most likely of the Patong batters up until she was left stranded mid pitch by her batting partner.
After being 5/21 early Patong went on to score a very respectable 113 run total thanks to plenty of inaccurate bowling and a super individual contribution of 50 not out from Hammad Muhammad.
The Boks never looked in danger of making the runs. Alex Runhaar paced the Bok innings to 1/63 off 8 overs. Anthony Van Blerk struck 25 from 15 balls to reach Patong’s target with an over to spare.
In the 2nd match ICC showed why they are fancied to reach the C&C Marine final in August. A clinical bowling display kept TCT down to just 3/103 from the 16 overs. Mudasir Rehman managed 39 runs but wasn’t at his potent best against the ICC bowlers who only leaked 26 sundries for the innings.
When it was ICC’s turn to bat Surinder Kumar 28 (22) kept his team above the run rate early. Ziegler, playing in her second match of the day was the only TCT bowler to pick up a wicket in the first 8 overs. Shah Ullah was her first scalp outside of Europe, well caught at deep mid wicket. ICC gave some chances for run outs and catches but finished the job off 14.2 overs thanks to their skipper for the day Divan Mydeen 19 not out (8 balls).
ICC are now a win clear on the top of the C&C Marine table with both the Kuckreja Boks and Phuket Blasters a win behind.