Thalang retain top spot in T20

The 11th and 12th Outrigger Resorts T20 matches were played at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) on Sunday morning (August 23) with results going Patong and Thalang ways.

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Thalang Cricket Teamʼs Jean Matthee takes a wicket. Photo Michael Way
 
In match 11, Patong CC won by 13 runs against a motivated Madras Café Superkings’ side.

Patong CC won the toss and decided to bat first with Imtiaz Mushtaq and Justin Swart opening. There had been a fair amount of rain overnight; however, the pitch and outfield had drained well and conditions were good for batting.

The decision to bat first immediately paid off with the Superkings’ opening bowlers gifting Patong early runs through a series of erratic overs. The wicket of Swart (1) came out of the blue with the batsman playing around the only straight delivery he had faced.

This brought the in-form Henno Jordaan to the crease, and together with Mushtaq pushed the scoring along until a communication error resulted in the run out of Mushtaq for 22, ending a 48 run partnership.

Stuart Hamilton was the next batsman in and started off where Jordaan had left playing confidently, scoring freely taking the score to 100 for the loss of two wickets at drinks.

Shortly after the break, Jordaan (41) played an uncharacteristic shot and was caught, narrowly missing out on his half century. Débutante, Du Plesis (12), was next batsman and after a slow start, looked to play his shots and put the fielding team under pressure – but was eventually bowled looking to push the score along.

With 1.5 overs left, Dave Thomas joined Hamilton looking to dispatch every ball faced. Unable to find the boundary due to the slower than usual outfield, the batsman had to settle for quick singles and doubles. Hamilton (42) was eventually bowled looking to clear the rope, bringing Van Blerk to face the last ball of the innings. A poorly judged quick single resulted in Thomas being run out at the non-strikers end. Patong innings ended at 169 for 7.

With a required run rate of 8.5 per over, the Superkings needed to start their innings off quickly, with Ullah and Khan opening the batting. This did not materialise, however, with Ullah (4) being run out in spectacular fashion by Mushtaq, a direct hit from outside the circle leaving Ullah well short of his crease. This wicket brought Divan Mydeen to the middle and in determined fashion, looked to play his shots from the very first ball.

If the Superkings were to win this match, this was the crucial period. Khan (11) was the next wicket, nicking an edge to keeper Van Blerk. Mushtaq again was centre of the action, when he sent batsman Mir (3) back to the clubhouse with an audacious one handed catch above his head at long off.

The wheels were coming off the Superkings’ run chase with Rehman and Mydeen needing to steady the ship. Both batsmen attacked the loose delivery keeping the scoreboard ticking until Mydeen (40) was caught at midwicket looking to attack.

Four balls later, Ali (0) was back in the clubhouse having been clean bowled.

With the run rate increasing all the time, the pressure was beginning to show and this time it was Rehman (41) who was bowled by a straight delivery. Naik (3) was later stumped by Van Blerk leaving Desai and Virdikar the not out batsman after the 20 overs, just 13 runs short of victory.

In match 12, Thalang Cricket Team (TCT) won by all 10 wickets against the so far win-less Phuket Asian Cricket Team (PACT).

The PACT side won the coin toss and elected to bat first. Tight bowling early on restricted PACT’s score. The pressure built and three wickets fell prior to the drinks break with PACT 48/3.

Shah Wahid hit a six and a four off consecutive balls in the 11th over, but then missed a straight delivery and was bowled for 21 runs.

Umpire John King raised an experienced finger for an LBW appeal off the next ball and TCT’s débutante John Sykes was now on a hat-trick opportunity.

To face the pressure ball, out came 16-year-old Sattyam Sachdeva, who managed a deflection down to fine-leg from another of Sykes’ straight and slow deliveries, spoiling the party. PACT wickets continued to fall at both ends leaving the men in orange all out for 85 runs off 16 overs.

Wahid top scored with 21 runs (13 balls). John Sykes 4/27, Jean Matthee 2/8 and Martin Hill 2/16 all took multiple wickets for TCT.

PACT’s bowlers toiled away, but were unable to take a TCT wicket during their innings. Dipesh Bagdal and Yedu Ventrapatti were the best of the bowlers, with Andrew McMillan finishing on 38* (47) and Anthony Dupont rounding off a superb all-round match for TCT posting 39* (38) after earlier taking 1/13 from 4 overs.

The weekends results weren’t unexpected and further strengthen TCT and Patong’s positions at the top of the Outrigger T20 points table. Laguna are the most likely to challenge for a place in the final and will have the opportunity to gain vital points in the first match this coming Sunday against TCT. Outrigger T20 games are played each Sunday at the ACG with matches starting at 10am and 2pm.

Thalang go top in T20 League

Last Sunday’s match at the Alan Cooke Ground between the Madras Cafe Superkings and the Thalang Cricket Team (TCT) marked the mid-point of the Outrigger T20 season. TCT comfortably accounted for the Superkings who only managed 87 runs against a sharp TCT team.

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Patong’s hard-hitting captain Seemant Raju. Photo: Michael Way
 

The Superkings won the toss and choose to bat first in overcast conditions. Laguna’s bowlers struggled for accuracy early in the innings. The 15 early sundries helped to propel the Superkings to 39/1 from 5 overs.

Superking opener M Matthew was joined by Mudasir Rehman in the 6th over and the pair put on a healthy 34 runs in 22 balls before Laguna’s Darshan Vaigankar picked up a wicket. At the drinks break the Superkings were 79/3.
The skies were dark but the rain stayed away long enough for Vaigankar to get another 2 wickets and bowl Laguna into a strong position before the rain halted play with 4 overs remaining in the Superkings innings with their score at 119/7.

15 minutes later the excess water was swept off the artificial pitch and the Superkings made the most of the conditions posting another 45 runs and their highest Outrigger T20 score to date of 164 runs. M Matthew 22 runs (27 balls), B Desai 21* (18), B D’Silva 16* (10), D Vaigankar 3/28 (4 overs).

The score was perhaps a little higher than it needed to be due to a massive 54 extras conceded throughout the innings!

Laguna’s opening pairing of the in-form Arif Mushtaq and Damien Clowes got Laguna away to a good start racing to 34/0 after 4 overs. Mushtaq 23 (24) was out in the 8th over and then Clowes 21 (26) followed in the 9th over. The match was evenly balanced at drinks. Laguna were 75/2 with danger man Ali Khan at the crease and hoping to add to his 11 sixes this season.
Superking captain Balesh Desai entrusted the ball to Blasko D’Silva and he claimed the wickets of both batsmen in the 11th over. For the 3rd match in a row a spectacular boundary line catch was needed to dismiss the hard hitting Khan. This time it was the safe hands of Madras Cafe Superking Ferozz ‘Mike’ Khan just inside the mid-wicket fence.

Only Laguna’s captain Iqbal Malik offered any further resistance scoring a smart 43* (24) as Laguna were bowled out for 146 in the last over. D’Silva 3/16 (2 overs) and Rehman 2/17 (3.1 overs) were the best with the ball for the Superkings.

Meanwhile, in match 8 of the league between Thalang and Patong, also played on Sunday, an enthralling encounter began with Thalang winning the toss and electing to bat.

They got off to a bright start with Andrew McMillan (14) and Alex Runhaar putting on 24 for the first wicket before McMillan chipped a full toss from Imtiyaz Mushtaq straight to Mhonish Chandawaskar at mid on.

The wicket of new man Pat Richards then swiftly followed as he was caught behind by debutant Tyrone Veltman for 2. Runhaar was then joined by Dean Mills and a combination of some good stroke play and poor catching from Patong allowed the pair to swiftly add 70 for the third wicket and threaten to take the game away from Patong before Richards retired for 13.

Hico McDonald then joined Runhaar only to see Patong finally accept a chance given by Runhaar to send him back to the pavilion for 59 with the score on 122. Some effective late order hitting from McDonald helped boost the score before he was trapped LBW for 30 from the impressive bowling of Mushtaq.

Some very effective death bowling meant Thalang struggled to get the ball away at the end of their innings and Patong were able to restrict them to 152/7 from their 20 overs.

All eyes were then on Patong at the start of their innings following their debacle the week before when they were bowled out for 27.

The innings started well with Mushtaq and Seemant Raju mixing careful defence and controlled aggression to post 85 for the first wicket before Raju was caught by Runhaar off the bowling of Richards for 12.

Stuart Hamilton then fell in the same manner lofting Richards to Runhaar and when Mushtaq was caught behind for a well made 71 from 52 balls Patong were wobbling at 101/3 and the required rate began to climb. 101/3 became 112/4 when Justin Swart could consider himself to be unlucky when run out backing up at the non strikers end for 3.

A mid pitch mix up between Heno Jordaan and Veltman then saw the latter run out for 1 to leave Patong requiring a near impossible 28 from the last 2 overs. Jordaan was joined at the crease by Paddy Morton who immediately flayed his first ball through the off side for 4.

TCT captain Simon Wetherall bravely bowled himself for the penultimate over and the pressure told, a no ball was dispatched for 4 by Morton and the resulting free hit went for 6.

The momentum had now shifted with Patong requiring 11 to win from the last over bowled by Val Giraud.

Jordaan dispatched the first ball for 6 over midwicket to bring it down to 5 from 5. A misfield allowing the ball to run away for 4 at long on then brought the scores level before Jordaan finished a remarkable game with 6 over fine leg.

Patong had won with 2 balls to spare.

Text by Stuart Hamilton.

Ultimate Phuket sports showdown to take place this month

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Unwilling to have Phuketians let down by such an anti-climactic event, The Phuket News has joined forces with the Island’s cricket and rugby organisations in order to present a genuine ‘ultimate showdown’ and a true battle for greatness, which will be held at the ACG on Saturday, June 28.

In this clash of sporting codes, the recent Strategic Sports Phuket 10s Rugby champions – the Phuket Vagabonds – will face off against a Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) World XI in both cricket and rugby matches . . . to be played on the same day!

While victory and bragging rights will be a focal point for the players, charitable organisations and sport will be the real winners. Monies raised from the event will be donated to the Asia Center Foundation (ACF), a local charity and NGO working with disadvantaged Thai and Burmese children, and to redevelop cricket facilities in Nepal following the country’s recent earthquake devastation.

Cricket Authority of Thailand (CAT) chief executive, Mohideen Kader, voiced his appreciation for Phuket’s effors to assist the people of Nepal. “The support being shown by the cricketing fraternity to donate to the cause we are familiar with is heart-warming. This indeed is the ‘Spirit of Cricket’”, he said.

Roelien Muller, director of the ACF, is very proud to be involved with the upcoming sports challenge. “ACF is honored to be part of this fund-raising event in aid of restoration work in Nepal, and we are very thankful for being included as a beneficiary.

Sport plays a major part in building bridges between countries, and contributes toward psychological and physical health. We hope that assisting the restoration of cricket facilities in Nepal will serve as one more stepping stone towards re-building the many lives affected by this disaster,” Roelien said.

Following their success at the recent Phuket International Rugby 10s, victorious captain Darryn Mathee issued a fair warning to his cricket counterparts. “The Vagabonds are definitely looking forward to this challenge and will not back down easily on the cricket pitch. We will give the cricket team a great game and make them fight for victory in their own sporting code.”

Offering his views on the challenge ahead, David Thomas of the PCG said, “The idea of a game against the Phuket Vagabonds came about after their [Vagabonds] heroic effort to win the Strategic Sports Phuket International Rugby 10s tournament last month. We know how the Vagabonds enjoy a challenge, and let’s face it, there is no bigger challenge than playing the PCG at the ACG, is there?

With both sports enjoying such success lately, we thought it was a great opportunity to promote both cricket and rugby on Phuket and hopefully, encourage more people to take part. In the ACG, we have one of the best facilities in S.E. Asia.”

Dave added “There are still many people who are not aware of this facility that’s right on their doorstep, so by hosting this event we hope to raise awareness of the ground. At the same time, we want to raise much needed money for two worthwhile causes.”

The cricket match will be played under T20 format, with many of the Vagabond’s rugby team having a background in this the pinnacle of gentlemanly pursuits.

However, the rugby challenge will take place under a 10-a-side touch format due to a fewer number of cricketers with rugby playing experience.

But the sports extravaganza does not end there! Once the testosterone-fuelled event has concluded, the ladies will also take to the park, with the wives and girlfriends of the rugby and cricket squads showing off their own rugby skills.

If you are a sports fan, then this is an event not to be missed – a day for all the family, with a wonderful array of food, drinks and entertainment to be enjoyed.

Entrance is 100 baht for adults – children enter at no cost.

Pick up an edition of next week’s The Phuket News (June 19 issue) for a final schedule, lineups and news on the genuine sporting showdown of our generation!

For more information on how you can support this event, please contact Roelien Muller roemuthai@gmail.com or Dave Thomas davethomas01@hotmail.com