On a damp and overcast morning at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) last Sunday (Oct 10), Laguna Cricket Club (LCC) took on Patong Cricket Club (PCC) in the first game of the day and were hoping to put an end to PCC’s unbeaten run in the Outrigger T20 tournament.

Boundary bound; S Kandolkar (ICC) off the bowling of Thai lad, ‘Pao’. Photo: Michael Way
Boundary bound; S Kandolkar (ICC) off the bowling of Thai lad, ‘Pao’. Photo: Michael Way

Patong won the toss and Captain S Raju opted to bat first with Raju keen to post another large total for Laguna to chase.

A van Blerk and Raju opened the innings for PCC and both batsman looked to attack the LCC bowlers at every available opportunity.

Van Blerk (9) opened with a quick single before launching P Borkar for a huge six. Raju (1) attempted to follow Van Blerks lead but was well caught after miss-timing a good delivery. A few balls later, Van Blerk followed him with a carbon copy dismissal.

S Hamilton (1) then to the crease, but the usually reliable batsman was quickly sent back to the clubhouse by Borkar. D Thomas (14) was next batsman and he played the supporting role to partner H Jordaan (77) who was in devastating form. The 50 run partnership came in the 7th over and Jordaan’s 50 came just before the drinks break.

After the break, Thomas decided to go on the attack but was caught on the long on boundary. H McDonald (17) continued the attacking mindset but was brilliantly caught in the outfield. Jordaan was eventually caught on the boundary for 77 off just 50 deliveries. D Watson (9) and P Morton (13) took the Patong innings to a close, setting Laguna 167 to win.

Laguna, needing nearly 7 runs an over, started positively with openers P Jha (63) and A Khan (44) getting off to a blistering start. Assisted by some wayward bowling by Patong, they dispatched anything loose to the boundary.

Their 50 run partnership came in just the 5th over and the hundred run partnership in the 8th over, off just 68 deliveries. With the score at 102 in the 9th over, Khan was eventually dismissed just six runs shy of his 50. Two balls later, M Kohler (2) followed Khan being clean bowled. Even with two quick wickets, the drinks break couldn’t come fast enough for PCC.

But after drinks Jha continued to go about his ruthless batting, but R Sadarangani (5) couldn’t stay with him, Jordaan clipping the top of his stumps with a full toss. Jordaan had got another breakthrough and at this point the rain, which had held off all morning, started to fall and the players left the field for the shelter of the clubhouse. The rain delay meant that the number of overs and total for Laguna to chase was modified resulting in Laguna needing just 11 runs from three overs.

Opener Jha and S Khan (7) went about reaching the total as quickly as possible, but once again the rain started to pour down and the Laguna innings was called off after the 15th over with the score on 141.

Laguna won the match by means of superior run rate and deservedly so, and also brought PCC’S unbeaten run to an end.

The second match saw Island Cricket Club (ICC) take on the Thalang Cricket Team (TCT). ICC won the toss and elected to bat, but despite an early set-back of losing A Kalakar for just one run still managed to put a couple of decent partnerships together to get to a respectable score of 127 runs from their 20 overs.

S Khan top scored for ICC with 51 runs from 56 balls. A Khan & D Mydeen also chipped in with scores of 28 & 24 respectively.

Following the break TCT took to the field to chase down what is a very reachable target of 128 runs for a much needed win. However it was not to be their day with both openers back in the pavilion within four overs with the score at just 19 runs.

Things went from bad to worse as the TCT batting line-up was systematically taken apart with only Lane managing to make double figures (14). Ultimately TCT were routed in the 14th over for just 55 runs.

So an easy win for ICC saw them take 3rd place in the table below while TCT remained at the bottom.

This week’s matches (Oct 16) see the semi-finals taking place with TCT having to take on tournament favourites PCC, while ICC will do battle against LCC. The first match takes place at 10am while the second match kicks-off at 2pm at the ACG.

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

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