Patong take control


Lead – Dipesh Badgal (PACT) bowls Stuart Hamilton (PCC). Photo: Michael Way

Laguna’s captain Stuart Reading won the toss, choose to bat first and was out on the 5th ball of the innings. Roly Cooper and Arif Mushtaq steered Laguna to 71/1 at the drink break.

TCT’s captain Simon Wetherell made the breakthrough in the 12th over bowling Cooper for 31 runs. That brought Ali Khan to the crease for Laguna. His 20 ball innings yielded 45 runs and included six sixes. Laguna could only manage another 15 runs from their last 3.1 overs. Laguna’s total was 159/6.

TCT’s run chase started in a similar fashion to the Laguna innings with a wicket (1/1) in the first over. Simon Wetherell came in to bat at number 3 but was forced from the field with a leg injury in the 5th over with TCT on 36/1. Andrew McMillan joined Mark Whetton at the crease and the pair hit 58 runs to have TCT with 94/1 at drinks.

Laguna’s bowlers had difficulty with the slippery ball and the stricter wide and new free hit revisions. Regular free hit opportunities throughout the innings helped the batting pair to make a rare 100 run partnership in an Outrigger T20 match. The match slipped away from the 10 man Laguna side with TCT 160/2, reaching the target with 2 overs still to play.

In the fourth game, PACT won the toss and opted to bowl. They soon had Patong in trouble with Seemant Raju caught behind for 0. Stuart Hamilton was then bowled by Dipesh for 5 and when Imtiyaz and Waseem where both caught behind off the bowling of Sami for 11 and 8 respectively Patong had slumped to 34/4.

Justin Swart and Heno mananged a brisk 43 run partnership before Swart was adjudged LBW. Paddy Morton then joined Jordan at the crease and got a 76 run partnership during which Jordan completed a very well composed 50. Their partnership was finally ended when Morton was adjudged LBW.

Anthony Van Blerk then joined Jordan at the crease with the two of them advancing Patong’s score to an imposing 172/6 after 20 overs.

PACT’S opening batsmen Dipesh and Rosneesh advanced the score to 60 from the first 7 overs. The dismissals in quick succession of Rosneesh and Dipesh changed the complexion of the innings. Suddenly Patong were looking sharper, Waseem quickly accounted for Rishi LBW for 1 and Manish bowled first ball.

Sami (0) was next to follow as he was well caught at cover by Van Blerk. PACT slumped from 68/0 to 84/5. Worse was to come for them when Hossain (0) was run out by a direct hit at the bowlers end and Waseem returned to dismiss Soton (0), Rashed (4) and Satyan (0). The final wicket of Pao (10) was taken by Imtiyaz.

PACT were dismissed for 111 meaning Patong ran out victors by 61 runs.

Next week there is a break in the league as the ACG hosts an under 15’s tournament with visiting teams from Hong Kong. The following week The Madras Cafe Superkings will be in action against PACT in the morning game followed by Patong Panthers against Laguna in the afternoon fixture.

Stuart Hamilton