Laguna 40 Over League Champions 2016!

Last Sunday (May 1), the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) hosted the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) 40 Over Final between top of the table Thalang Cricket Team (TCT) and second-placed Laguna. With Thailand recording its hottest April in 65 years, a similarly heated match was anticipated with both sides boasting strong line ups.

2016 T40 Champions Laguna. Photo: Michael Way
2016 T40 Champions Laguna. Photo: Michael Way

The outfield was expected to be very fast in the hot and dry conditions which augured well for a high scoring match, barring any side succumbing to the nerves in the final. It lived up to expectations with Laguna securing victory by 38 runs after setting a match-winning total of 265 all out from 36.4 overs, while TCT responded with a valiant 227 all out from 36 overs.

After winning the toss, Laguna took the opportunity to bat first, setting a solid total for TCT and provide them with the opportunity to wear down the TCT team in the field with the heat prior to the second innings.

This proved an effective strategy with openers Moomin Sanga (62) and Damian Clowes (11) putting on a strong 74-run partnership until Clowes eventually fell, just 3 balls after the 10 over drinks break.

Sanga eventually lost his wicket in the 15th over with the score at 93 runs. Manish Sadarangani (41) and Arif Mushtaq (27) then combined to push the innings along to 136 before Mushtaq was dismissed after the 20 over drinks break.

If Laguna could maintain the run rate, they were looking at 250 plus total from their 40 over allocation.

In the second half of their innings, Sadarangani and Iqbal Malik (16) combined for a 31-run partnership until Sadarangani was bowled by Andrew Macmillan in the 27th over with the score on 167-4.

However, just six balls later, experienced batsman Sameer Khan (1) was dismissed nicking a ball into the bottom of wicket-keeper Mudisir Rehman’s pads, the latter claiming an unusual catch by managing to keep his feet together to prevent the ball touching the ground.

On the final ball before the 30 over drinks break, Malik was dismissed popping a catch to Macmillan at mid-wicket with TCT taking the honours in the session, restricting Laguna to just 50 runs.

Just 2 balls after the drinks break, Rishi Sadarangani (0) was sent back to the clubhouse after being caught, leaving Laguna looking like their innings was about to fizzle out and capitulate for less than 200 runs with the score now at 188-7.

However, Laguna still had plenty of experienced batting left with big-hitting Ali Khan (40) and Stuart Reading (34) smashing 61 runs off just 26 balls to accelerate the innings to 249-8 before Khan was caught at deep mid-wicket in the 35th over.

Roly Cooper (2) and Reading put on a further 15 runs before Cooper was clean bowled on the first ball of the 37th over, and Reading was eventually dismissed on the fourth ball with a solid total 265 runs leaving Thalang with 266 runs to score to defend their title.

After lunch break, TCT sent out openers Andrew Macmillan (64) and Mudisir Rehman (1). With both batsmen very fast between the wickets, they were looking to put pressure on the Laguna fieldsmen with quick singles.

However, this backfired when Rehman was run out on just the fourth ball of their innings. Gary Lane (8) then joined the action in the middle, only to suffer the same fate in the sixth over with TCT languishing at 23-2.

This brought PCG’s top run scorer Hico Macdonald (19) to the crease, and it was imperative that a big partnership between TCT’s key batsmen Macmillan and Macdonald ensued, as they had done in their previous match against Laguna where Macdonald had scored an unbeaten century.

It was not to be Macdonald’s day as he was bowled by Manish Sadarangani just 3 balls after the 10 over drinks break with the score on 63-3 leaving another 203 runs still required for victory from 30 overs.

Macmillan and D Mills (24) put on a 52-run partnership before Macmillan was dismissed in the 18th over. Mills and Mark Whetton (22) maintained the required run rate at the halfway mark of the innings. However, Mills holed out at deep mid-on just three balls after the 20 over drinks break at 133-5.

With another 133 runs required for victory from 20 overs, victory was not impossible as TCT still had plenty of experienced batsmen to come, but it was vital that one of them scored big.

W Pearce (15), Craig Murphy (14) both got good starts but were dismissed before the 30 over mark and at 188-8 at the end of the 29th over, it was left to the experienced Bill Stahmer (22) and Anthony Du Pont to bring victory home for TCT.

In the 32nd over Du Pont popped a ball up to Roly Cooper at mid-off, which he juggled but eventually caught on his second grab.

Stahmer and Martin Hill (6 not-out) put up some resistance over the next few overs, putting on a further 23 runs, but on the final ball of the 36th over, Sameer Khan eventually secured a well-deserved victory for Laguna trapping Stahmer LBW, bowling out TCT 38 runs short of their target with 227 runs.

Phuket Side Aussie Zen 2016 Cup Champions!!

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Phuket side Aussie Zen are the 2016 Cup Champions!

Aussie Zen took the plaudits in the Cup, the blue ribbon event of the 2016 Kata Group International Cricket 7’s, following victory over Rowdiez of Qatar and Dubai to round off a fantastic three day’s cricket at the Republic Ground in Chalong, Phuket on Friday. The locally based side clattered 91-1 with Rishi Sadarangani’s fine knock contributing heavily along with Anthony Van Blerk’s 26 not out and 1-12 with the ball as well as yet another Stuart Hamilton retirement, with Rowdiez mustering 52-2 in reply.

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Zen had earlier seen off the challenge of the veteran international outfit CBB’s in the semi-final, whilst runners-up Rowdiez had defeated Katherine Bushrangers of Northern Territory. Stuart Hamilton of Aussie Zen added much to the success of his team over the three days of the tournament with five retirements of over 30 in seven innings.
The Bowl division went to New South Wales outfit Galah CC who amassed an impressive 81-1 thanks to a magnificent innings of 33 not out from Chris Alexander against Falcons of the UAE who made a gallant 60-3 in reply after earlier eliminating Victoria’s Southern Stars in the play-off match.

As predicted the three early games carried over were pivotal with wins for Galah, Aussie Zen and the Stars determining the final standings after the round robin stage. Southern Stars all-rounder Dale Chandler put in another accomplished performance as he retired with 30 to his name.
Participants retired to the luxurious Kata Beach Resort & Spa, one of two tournament hotels along with the Andaman Seaview for the Awards Dinner where the trophy presentations took place.

The Kata Group International Cricket 7’s formed part of the Asian Cricket Sixes Tour, Phuket Cricket Week. At the close of play ACST Chairman, Michael ‘Cat’ Maher summed up the mood of the events. “It’s been truly fantastic to be around so many smiling people. Every player, official, spectator, and those assisting at the two grounds have made it such a fantastic success”. “Any tiredness in the unprecedented heat is soon forgotten when you’re around so many fantastic people”, he added.

The next ACST event will be the 2016 Thailand International Cricket Sixes, which will be held in Bangkok in late October.

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

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Phuket International Cricket Sixes 2016 – Presentations Round Up!

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CC of Dibrugarh. Bowl Winners
CC of Dibrugarh. Bowl Winners
DBCC Silverbackz. Shield Winners
DBCC Silverbackz. Shield Winners
Imran Idrees. Spirit of Cricket Winner with ACST Directors
Imran Idrees. Spirit of Cricket Winner with ACST Directors
Kuwait Eagles. Cup Winners
Kuwait Eagles. Cup Winners
Madras Curry House. Shield Winners
Madras Curry House. Shield Winners
Murad Khan. Player of the Tournament
Murad Khan. Player of the Tournament

The 13th Phuket International Cricket Sixes concluded with the Presentation Dinner at the tournament hotel, the Arinara Bangtao Beach Resort. The Arinara was extremely popular all week with participants, with superb buffet dinner catering for all tastes rounding off a superb week.

The winners, runners-up and officials received medals at the event as ACST Chairman, Michael ‘Cat’ Maher paid tribute to a truly international tournament that epitomised the ACST mantra of ‘friendships through cricket’.
Player of the Tournament was announced as Murad Khan of Kuwait Eagles for his express pace bowling and big hitting with the bat, while the highly prestigious Spirit of Cricket Award was picked up by Imran Idrees, a veteran of over 10 years on the ACST tour circuit.

The ACST move to the south of Phuket next week to stage the 5th annual Kata International Cricket 7’s, from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd April.

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Phuket International Cricket Sixes 2016 – Final Day Wrap!

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Kuwait Eagles win the Cup at the 2016 Phuket International Cricket Sixes

Kuwait Eagles were crowned as Cup winners of the 13th ACST Phuket International Cricket Sixes on a majestic day at the Alan Cooke Ground to round off another highly successful event.

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In a fitting final to match the previous matches throughout the four-day tournament, Mahmoud Abdullah’s brilliant all round side restricted Yarraleen Lions to 52-3 before reaching the total for the loss of 3 wickets, with 5 balls to spare to remain unbeaten at the ACG.

Eagles had earlier defeated Southern Stars of Victoria in the semi-final thanks to more superb batting from Murad Khan. Runners-up Lions had defeated previously unbeaten Warriors Qatar in their last four clash in probably the shock of the week thanks to a fine bowling display to take 5 Qatari wickets.

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The second division Bowl competition saw victory for debutants Cricket Club of Dibrugarh over Kuwait Hawks thanks to nerveless late over bowling. The side from Assam in India had progressed to the final following a semi-final win against CBB’s, while Hawks had deflated the challenge of Gauhati Town in dramatic circumstances.

 With one ball remaining the Indian side required 5 runs. The ball was bludgeoned to the fence, where a Hawks fielder soared high to stop the ball crossing the rope on the full to secure a victory in one of the best games many neutral spectators could remember.

Finals Day had begun with one outstanding game to complete from Round Two, which saw locally based side Aussie Zen defeat Discovery Bay Silverbackz. This set up the victors with a place in the Plate Final, where they were defeated by Phuket rivals, Madras Curry House thanks to an excellent knock from Diwan Mydeen.

The Shield was won by Discovery Bay who saw off the challenge of Katherine Bushrangers by 11 runs.

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Following play at the ACG the teams headed back to their sumptuous tournament hotel, the Arinara Bangtao Beach Resort for the Presentation Dinner and to continue making friendships through cricket by the pool, and to see who won the coveted Player of the Tournament and Spirit of Cricket Awards.

 ACST Chairman, Michael ‘Cat’ Maher summed up the tournament after play. “I am delighted to see so many players from across the world come together and put on a great exhibition of cricket that was played in brilliant spirit. I would like to thank the Phuket Cricket Group and Alan Cooke for their invaluable assistance with the event as well as all our wonderful sponsors and amazing volunteers and officials who have formed a formidable team to ensure that we had yet another tournament to be proud of. Here’s to 2017!”

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The ACST move to the south of Phuket next week to stage the 5th annual Kata International Cricket 7’s, from Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd April.

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

Phuket International Cricket Sixes 2016 – Day Three Wrap!

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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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A Rose Between Two Thorns!

 

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.

Phuket International Cricket Sixes 2016 – Day Two Wrap!

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Warriors Qatar smash a 100 to continue their excellent Round One form

Friday 15th April saw another fantastic day’s cricket at the Alan Cooke Ground in the 13th Phuket International Cricket Sixes, which forms part of the Phuket Cricket Week. The event has attracted sides from Northern Territory and Victoria in Australia, as well as teams representing Phuket, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Qatar and Kuwait, with supporters and officials flying in from across the globe.
The sun shone brightly throughout the day as the players lit up the event with some magnificent action with bat, ball as well as in the field, where some brilliant catches were taken.
Warriors Qatar once again put down a firm marker as they hammered Discovery Bay Silverbackz to end round one in second position as Muhammad Hadi and Sandeep Kottary blasted their way to retirements. Kuwait Eagles also ended the first stage unbeaten, finishing top of the pile on net run rate after seeing off international outfit CBB’s.
The tightest games of the day saw thrilling finishes as Silverbackz defeated local side Aussie Zen off the last ball. This was followed by a dramatic win by Kuwait Hawks over Gauhati Town, with the Hawks somehow compiling 21 to snatch victory in the final over.
Katherine Bushrangers had a busy schedule upon arrival, with defeats against an excellent Yarraleen Lions performance and against Phuket side Madras Curry House before taking the spoils against Fine Legs in the final game of the day.
In other matches on Friday Gauhati Town defeated Fine Legs, Cricket Club of Dibrugarh beat Madras Curry House with the aid of a retirement from Salim Ahmed and Southern Stars saw off the Silverbackz with skipper Dylan Aspland closing out the game with a brilliant final over.
Teams were separated into three divisions at the close of play for the remainder of the event, to compete in the Cup, Bowl and Plate competitions before they headed off to Emmy’s in Bangtao for a social occasion to complement Thursday evening’s activities at the Kamala Beergarden.
Play will commence at 9.45am on Saturday. Spectators are welcome, admission is free and refreshments are available.
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Phuket International Cricket Sixes 2016 – Day One Wrap!

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Kuwait Eagles Fly High at the Alan Cooke Ground

Kuwait Eagles, who form part of Mahmoud Abdullah’s MG7 Cricket Club were the stand out team on Day One of the 13th staging of the Phuket International Cricket Sixes.
The Eagles, with Murad Khan leading the way with some scintillating strokeplay, are one of thirteen sides from across many nations taking part in the event. They handed out beatings to Yarraleen Lions and an experienced Gauhati Town outfit.

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Debutants Warriors Qatar also came away with two wins against local side Aussie Zen and then Victorian team, Southern Stars with Sandeep Kottary and Muhammad Hadi putting in fine performances.
Long term favourites the CBB’s put in a couple of excellent team efforts to see off Fine Legs of Singapore and Kuwait Hawks; with the latter game seeing father and son; Mahmoud and Jawad Abdullah take to the field for the Hawks, to the pleasure of the watching crowds.

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Cricket Club of Dibrugarh of Assam in India went away with a couple of defeats in their first day at Phu-ket, but won many friends with their attitude against Kuwait Hawks and Yarraleen Lions.
Southern Stars saw off the challenge of Aussie Zen in the day’s other encounter.

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Tournament Referee, Ian Liddell was delighted with progress on Day One. “There was some superb all round cricket played on a first class deck at a fabulous venue. I’m already looking forward to Day Two.”
Play will continue on Friday at 9.45 at the Alan Cooke Ground. Admission is free for spectators, all are welcome and refreshments are available.

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Pattaya Cricket Club Super 8’s Tournament – 4th/5th June

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Dear PCG Members and supporters,

Pattaya Cricket Club will be hosting the second Super 8’s tournament over the weekend of 4th and 5th June, and they have kindly invited teams from Phuket to join them this year.

Pattaya CC was formed in 2010 and have since built a solid club, competing in the Bangkok Premier League. Keen tourists, they are also regular visitors to Phuket and Chiang Mai.

The cricketing facilities in Pattaya have moved from the first class “Horseshoe point” to the even more splendid location of the Thai Polo and Equestrian Club. A perfect place to host the Super 8’s tournament!

If you are interested in entering a team or joining a team who will enter, please reply by either email or by posting a message on the PCG Facebook site, and a committee member will get back to you ASAP. Tournament rules and regulations are available and will be sent to interested teams.

Please visit the Pattaya Cricket Club website www.pattayacricketclub.com for more information on the club.

Basic Tournament Rules

The Tournament will be played at PCC between 4-5 June 2016.
8 teams will participate in the tournament, these being;

Each team squad will include a minimum of 8 and maximum of 10 players with each team paying an entrance fee of Baht 10,000, one week before the Tournament commences.
The 8 players selected for each game must be notified to the Umpires/Scorers when the toss is made, 20 minutes before the game starts.
Each innings will involve a maximum of 7 overs (4 overs from the road end followed by 3 overs from the Pavilion end).
During each game, the batsman waiting to enter when a wicket falls, must stand by the square leg umpire to avoid delays.
Games will commence as scheduled, unless otherwise notified.

There will be a prize giving after the final game on Sunday. The prizes will include;
• 7th place finish
• 5th Place finish
• Runners Up
• Champions
• Player of the Tournament

At the end of the tournament, each team captain will put forward the name of the best player from his own team. The player of the tournament will then be selected by the Tournament Committee from these names, based upon statistics.

Patong Targets Second Place With Win Over ICC

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.

Neil Quail took five wickets for Patong, including Rahvy Naique, caught and bowled. Photo: Michael Way
Neil Quail took five wickets for Patong, including Rahvy Naique, caught and bowled. Photo: Michael Way

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!

 

122 Not out: Century from McDonald secures TCT’s place in PCL final

A blistering undefeated century from Hico McDonald last Sunday (Mar 20) helped the Thalang Cricket Team (TCT) to a 7 wicket win against the Laguna Cricket Club at the Alan Cooke Ground.

Hico McDonald finished on 122 not out from 60 balls. Photo: Michael Way -
Hico McDonald finished on 122 not out from 60 balls. Photo: Michael Way

What was expected to be a preview of the Phuket Cricket L grand final wasn’t to be with both sides turning up without some of their key players. TCT were without their opening bowling pair of Alex Runhaar and Hossain Sylar. Laguna were without all-rounder Manish Sadarangani and hard hitter Ali Khan.

The coin toss was won by Laguna who choose to bat first with only 9 players present at the ground. TCT weren’t much better off, unavailability causing the top side to walk onto the sunburnt ACG with one ill player, an injured player, and 9 year old sub fielder Alex Dupont.

His father Anthony took the new ball and struck in the third over with the wicket of Damien Clowes. The next 7 overs didn’t yield a wicket. Some quality stroke play from Arif Mushtaq helped Laguna to 1/70 at drinks. The old adage that a wicket can fall straight after a break was proven true once again when Laguna’s captain Iqbal Malik mistimed the first ball of the 11th over and was caught for 25 runs. Moomin Sanga and Mushtaq exposed TCT’s lack of bowling depth crunching 42 runs in the next 4.4 overs before Sanga’s luck ran out 21 (17).

Two balls later Laguna were 3/113 when Mushtaq 43 (32) threw away a half century attempting to clear the infield only to find the big mitts of Carl Baxter at mid-on. Cool heads Stuart Reading and Sameer Khan steered Laguna to 143 runs off 19 overs.

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Hico MacDonald (Talang) 122 not out off 60 balls, including 13 fours and 6 sixes (Michael Way)

The Thalang Cricket Team captain Andrew McMillan turned to his off spinner to bowl the last over before the break only to have Reading plunder 14 runs off the first 3 leg side deliveries. At drinks Laguna were 4/158 and may have considered that they could set a total above 300 runs with Martin Platts still to bat.

After a few minutes in the shade and some water TCT’s bowlers found a better line and length to stem Laguna’s flow or runs. Only 22 runs came off the next 6 overs. Pressure built and Reading was caught behind by Rehman off the bowling of McMillan for 42 (36). Laguna’s middle order lacked polish without M.Sadarangani and Ali Khan.

Hico MacDonald (Talang) 122 not out off 60 balls, including 13 fours and 6 sixes (Michael Way)
Hico MacDonald (Talang) 122 not out off 60 balls, including 13 fours and 6 sixes (Michael Way)

McMillan broke through for 2 more wickets in his next two overs and the flight of Martin Hill dragged Sameer Khan out of his crease, stumped for 19 (38). Laguna’s Platts and 15-year-old Satyam Sachdeva were the last of the batsmen and helped their side to another 15 runs before Platts was also stumped by Rehman after misjudging the flight of spinner Hill.

Laguna 9/209 (31.1 overs). Mushtaq 43 (32), Reading 42 (36), McMillan 3/30, Hill 2/11.

Bill Stahmer and Hico McDonald started TCT’s run chase with a bang. Stahmer drove Iqbal Malik through mid-off for four and McDonald finished the untidy over with another 2 boundaries.

Erratic bowling helped TCT to 17 runs from the second over and captain Malik replaced both opening bowlers. Leg-spinner Platts bowled with plenty of variety from the lake end but with only 10 Laguna players on the ground and a fast outfield there was plenty of easy runs taken.

Platts dropped McDonald on an easy caught and bowled chance then redeemed himself in the 10th over by turning one passed Stahmers bat and he was stumped for 25 (28). TCT were 1/93 at drinks with the clean hitting McDonald 59* (26).

After the break McDonald went on the charge, striking many leg-side boundaries to bring up his second Phuket Cricket League century in just 48 balls. Paddy Ledeboer chipped in with 36 (26) before Sameer Khan took his wicket and the wicket of Anthony Dupont in the same over.

TCT needed just 42 to win with 7 batsmen remaining and further reduced the target to 16 runs at the 20 over drinks break.

TCT reached the target 3 down in 22 overs.

Hico McDonald finished on 122 not out from 60 balls. His innings included six x 6s and 13 x 4s.

The big win for Thalang has insured that they will finish on the top of the Phuket Cricket League table and play in their third consecutive PCL final on May 1.

The big hit to Laguna’s percentage has now left the door ajar for Patong if they are able to win their last 3 matches.