Patong go top in T20 league with easy win over ICC

Last Sunday (Feb 26) saw the fourth round of the C&C Marine 2017 T20 tournament at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) between Island Cricket Club (ICC) and Patong Cricket Club (PCC).

Kohler, bowling for Patong Cricket Club, clean bowls Harry Singh from ICC. Photo: Michael Way

ICC went into last Sunday’s game winless, so they were hoping to pick up points so they wouldn’t drift too far from the league’s other teams who had all picked up at least one win apiece so far in the current season. But PCC had other ideas and walked away with their second win of the season meaning they replaced Phuket Cricket Group at the top of the table on run rate.

Ahead of start of play, PCC skipper Seemant Raju won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Batsmen S Ullah and R Naik opened for ICC, however, they could not have got off to a worse start when Ullah (0) was caught after facing just one delivery, and Naik (1) followed him back to the clubhouse when he was trapped LBW nine balls later.

With the early departure of the openers, batsman B Dessai and H Singh looked to consolidate the innings. Both batsman managed to take ICC to the 4th over before Singh (4) edged one behind off the bowling of Kohler.

This brought Singh to the crease, and under immense pressure to ebb the steady flow of wickets and get a respectable score on the board.

However, in the 6th over, wicket keeper Van Blerk got his second catch of the day off the bowling of Kohler, dismissing Dessai for 12 runs.

Things went from bad to worse for ICC when Singh was clean bowled for a duck. At this stage in the 7th over, ICC were five wickets down with just 44 runs on the board, and PCC were looking to bowl ICC out before the drinks break.

S Kandolkar (10) and A Virdikar (12) provided some resistance, however, neither could produce an innings of any substance as newcomer J Robertson had Kandolkar caught by Kohler and trapped Virdikar LBW soon after the drinks break.

S Kumar (5) and Skipper P Borkar (6) couldn’t add much to the total and in the 14th over, the last wicket of S Singh (4) fell leaving M Khan not out on three runs.

CC had been bowled out setting Patong a meager 78 runs to chase.

Patong opened with in-form batsmen S Hamilton and B Arnold. Hamilton, the recipient of last weeks Man of the Match award wasted no time in going into attack mode.

Opening partner Arnold was happy holding up one end leaving Hamilton to enjoy some “buffet” bowling from ICC.

The Patong openers took the game to the 10 over drinks break, however, in the 11th over, ICC managed a breakthrough as Arnold lost his wicket, clean bowled by Kumar.

This brought P Morton to the crease needing 33 runs to win. Hamilton continued his onslaught and together with Morton, successfully chased down the target of 78 runs in the 14th over leaving Hamilton (43) and Moreton (11) not out.

Patong won the match by nine wickets.

This Sunday (Mar 5) sees PCG take on ACG with start time set for 11am.

For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) web-site at or e-mail the PCG committee at New players are always welcome & would be well received by the current teams on the island.

PCG take second T20 win, Patong overcome ACG.

Last Sunday (Feb 19) saw the third round of the C&C Marine 2017 T20 tournament at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG). The morning game saw Island Cricket Club (ICC) take on the newly-formed Phuket Cricket Group (PCG). The afternoon game saw Patong Cricket Club (PCC) play against the second league newcomers Team ACG.
On target; a shy by Manich Sadarangani (PCG) ends Denskar’s inning for ICC with a run out. Photo: Michael Way

Both PCG and Team ACG were hoping they would follow on from their opening wins, but ICC and PCC would have had different ideas and were certain to give it their all so the newcomers didn’t extend their lead in the table.

In the morning game ICC skipper Paresh Borkar won the toss and decided to bat first and S Ullah and M Khan opened the innings. Ullah started well but Khan (1) went in just the 2nd over. R Naik was next in and together with Ullah, put on a 72 run partnership taking ICC to 70 for one at the drink break.

Coming back to the field, the promising partnership couldn’t continue as Ullah (31) was run out, and Naik (26) followed in the next over. Next batsman S Kandolkar (12) was also run out putting ICC at 97 for four and the team needing to start attacking in order to post a good total. B Dessai (1) was next in but was run out after facing just one delivery. H Singh (4) came in looking to relieve the pressure but was bowled out.

S Kumar (4) followed but had to retire after pulling a muscle. M Denskar (0) was then also run out making a total of four run outs in the ICC innings.

ICC finished with a score of 135.

PCG were confident they would chase the 136 runs required and I Mushtaq (29) and S Syed (34) opened the PCG innings. Mushtaq bludgeoned 29 runs off just 18 deliveries including five 4s before he was dismissed in the 7th over, ending a 56 run opening partnership.

M Sadarangani (34) was next in and ran at every opportunity. Syed was eventually dismissed in the 15th over ending a 50 run partnership between him and Sadarangani. M Rehman (13) was next batsman in and together with Sadarangani took the score to 132 before Sadarangani was dismissed in the 18th over.

PCG only needed four runs to win with W Bhat (3) coming to the crease which was easily achieved in the 18th over. PCG had chased down the target of 136 with relative ease, thus securing their second win of the season.

In the afternoon game, ACG Captain I Malik won the toss and decided to bat first. ACG openers C Murphy and Malik started in attacking mode until Malik (17) was well caught in the 2nd over. Malik, looking for the maximum six runs, fell just short of the boundary into the safe hands of Runhaar.

T Lemont (3) was next in but only lasted three deliveries. Big hitting A Khan (0) followed Lemont back to the clubhouse being clean bowled. The departure of Khan for a duck gave Patong a huge boost especially with A Mushtaq arriving at the crease facing a hat-trick ball from McDonald.

Mushtaq (1) survived the hat-trick ball, however, he was dismissed the next over from a brilliant delivery from Runhaar.

The departure of Musthtaq meant ACG were at 52 for four with opener Murphy still at the crease. New Batsman P Jha (2) was caught bringing R Jayasuriya to the crease in the 8th over.

Patong were sensing that one more wicket before the drinks break would seal the ACG innings, however, Murphy had other ideas and continued to play his shots even after the departure of Jayasuryia.

After drinks, Murphy and A DuPont slowed the fall of wickets whist at the same time increased the run rate with some destructive batting, particularly Murphy, who was eventually trapped LBW for 63 runs. An innings which saw six 4s and three 6s off just 43 deliveries.

With five overs remaining, ACG were looking to score off every ball but what followed was a series of runs outs. DuPont (19) was first to go, C Baxter (12) followed and then S Khan (9).

ACG set PCC a competitive score of 157 runs to win.

PCC opened their batting with attackers H Jordaan and S Hamilton, the prior of which was playing his last game before relocating to Bangkok, and he went out with a bang bludgeoning 56 runs off 24 balls and an innings containing eight 4s and three 6s. Together the openers put on an 89 run partnership in six overs before Jordaan was trapped LBW.

I Bekker (1) was next in but was clean bowled by Khan. A Runhaar (4) was next but was caught out just at the drinks break, with the score on 112 for three wickets.

After drinks, D Thomas arrived and departed without troubling the scorers, but throughout the sudden fall of wickets, opener Hamilton stood firm and had the total in his sights. H McDonald (10) joined Hamilton and they went about chasing down the total, but McDonald was clean bowled with the score on 130 in the 12th over.

A Van Blerk came to the crease with PCC needing four runs an over to win. Both batsmen wasted no time and reached the target fittingly with Hamilton launching a huge 6 to win the game for PCC.

This Sunday (Feb 26), PCC take on ICC with the game starting at 11am.

For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) web-site at or e-mail the PCG committee at New players are always welcome & would be well received by the current teams on the island.

Second newcomers “Team ACG” leave their mark defeating ICC

Last Sunday (Feb 12) saw the second round of the C&C Marine 2017 T20 tournament at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) between Island Cricket Club (ICC) and the second newly formed side of the T20 season, “Team ACG”.

Classic Ali Khan; a six in the making for Team ACG. Photo: Michael Way

With the recent evening rains, the ACG was looking lush and green when both sides arrived at the ground. When ICC skipper Paresh Borkar won the toss, he decided to bowl first and take advantage of a possible slower outfield in the morning.

R Sadarangani and R Jayasuriya opened the innings for Team ACG, and both batsmen were keen to start scoring quickly and took the score past 50 in the 7th over. However, Jayasuriya (17) was brilliantly caught by ICC skipper Borkar on the boundary ending the 54 run opening partnership.

M Bilal was the next batsman in, but Sadarangani ‘s (26) attacking innings came to an end after being run out by A Kalakar in the 8th over. This brought A Mushtaq to the crease just before the drinks break, and the break proved fatal for Bilal (11) who was dismissed soon after resumption of play, clean bowled by R Naik.

Big hitting A Khan was the next batsman in and his reputation preceded him, with the ICC skipper deploying fielders all around the boundary edge. Khan did not disappoint and proceeded to launch into the ICC bowlers, eventually being dismissed in the 14th over for 34 runs off just 16 deliveries which included four 6s one 4.

Khan’s innings seemed to inspire the next batsman P Jha who only had one thing on his mind and that was boundaries, lots of them!

Off just 20 deliveries, Jha scored 52 runs which included five 6s and two 4s in a devastating display of batting.

A Mustaq (42) continued accumulating runs at the other end, but was unable to reach his half century being bowled by Borkar in the 19th over.

Next batsman S Reading was sent straight back to the pavilion being bowled first ball by Borkar. I Malik then came to the crease with one delivery left to face and with Borkar on his hat-trick. Malik (0) survived and the ICC innings came to an end with the score on 213 for six.

With a formidable target ahead of them, ICC’s run chase didn’t start well, opener S Ullah was adjudged LBW first ball to G Lane. D Mydeen was the next batsman in and joined remaining opener R Naik. Together they steadied the ICC innings after the early loss of Ullah. The pair posted a 51 run partnership when Mydeen was dismissed caught and bowled by A Mushtaq in the fifth over.

S Kandolkar (1) then came to the crease but was sent back after just two deliveries, adjudged LBW off the bowling of Malik in the sixth over.
With the score on 57 runs for three, ICC were looking to get to the break without the loss of more wickets. However, ACG sensed one more wicket would seal the game for them and introduced R Sadarangani to bowl his unorthodox spin.

The change worked straight away as S Kumar (4) was deceived by a well-flighted googly and hit his own wicket trying to defend his stumps. This was the wicket ACG wanted and ICC went to the break four wickets down.

A big effort was required in the second half if ICC were to reach the required total.

B Desai and R Naik resumed the ICC innings, however, neither batsman could force the run rate as opener Naik was dismissed soon after reaching his half century in the 13th over, caught by Jayasuriya off the bowling of Mushtaq.

Naik’s 50 came off 46 deliveries in a patient display. Unfortunately, he was not supported by his fellow batsman and ICC had left the run chase too late. Desai (25) was caught by Mushtaq off the bowling of Jayasuriya. A Kalakar (17), A Virdikar (14) were the last two batsman dismissed with V Tiwari and P Vishwanathan left not out.

The new side “Team ACG” had beaten the established ICC by 66 runs in a very entertaining and high scoring match, with some excellent individual batting performances. Both of the seasons new teams have now won their first games which leaves the T20 competition nicely poised going into the third round.

This Sunday (Feb 19) sees PCG take o ICC in the morning game (start time 11am) and Team ACG vs Patong CC in the afternoon (start time 2.30pm).

For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) web-site at or e-mail the PCG committee at New players are always welcome & would be well received by the current teams on the island.

Newcomers “PCG” stun holders Patong CC in T20 opener

Last Sunday Feb (5) saw cricket return to the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) with the start of the C&C Marine 2017 T20 season. The first match was between last year’s winners, Patong Cricket Club (PCC) and a newly formed Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) side. Patong skipper S Raju won the toss and elected to bat first.

Raju was joined at the crease by S Hamilton to open the innings but was soon back in the pavilion without troubling the scorers. Hamilton decided to run, and then stop, then start again, only to stop again leaving his batting partner stranded half way down the pitch.

A slick bit of fielding from Y Mizra in the covers saw the bails whipped off with Raju well short.

Hamilton was then joined at the crease by S Gaur but he was out in the next over when M Sadarangani trapped him LBW for just three runs. So a good start for the newly formed PCG side who had last year’s champions seven for two after justy two overs.

However, PCG’s celebrations were short-lived as P Morton joined Hamilton to put together a flowing 56 run partnership from just 36 balls. Hamilton, however, was eventually bowled for 32 by I Mushtaq in an 11 ball over containing five wides.

Morton fell soon after when he too was bowled by Mushtaq’s brother Waseem when a glorious ball snuck through his defences to send his leg stump cartwheeling.

Waseem’s aim was even better the next ball as this time the middle stump went flying to send A Simmons back to the changing rooms for a golden duck. At the 10th over drinks break, Patong were sitting on 78 runs for five valuable wickets.

After drinks A Van Blerk and H McDonald took the team forward. McDonald played some nice stroke play. Van Blerk also assisted by keeping the strike rotating before being caught on 18 in the outfield by Waseem off the bowling of Sadarangani.

Two runs later Mizra picked up the valuable wicket of N Quail for a duck by LBW in the 16th over with Patong on 120 with seven wickets down.

McDonald tried to pick up the run rate in the last few overs but was clean bowled by Mushtaq while on 36 from 29 balls. The remaining batsmen kept the runs ticking over until the end of the 20th over to give Patong a respectable score of 144.

Patong Batsman, Hico MacDonald, Loses his bat and his wicket to the bowling of Imtiyaz Mustaq Photo, Michael Way

PCG got off to a mixed start to chase down 145 runs for a win with Mushtaq finding the middle of the bat often to find the boundary fence with relative ease. But fellow opener R Bentley was clean bowled by S Bhattacharya after hitting a nice boundary of his own to find the side on 27 for one after three overs.

Mushtaq was joined by Sadarangani at the crease and between the two of them put on a 72 run partnership to put PCG on 99 runs at the end of the 14th over.

Mushtaq eventually fell after being caught on the boundary by McDonald on 62 from 54 balls consisting of zix fours and one six. He was awarded the Man of the Match for his efforts.

Waseem fell shortly after also being caught on the boundary by Simmons which had the PCG side wobbling a little.

At the end of the 15th over PCG were 109 for three wickets, but the more important equation was the requirement to make the remaining 36 runs from 30 balls for the win.

A couple of big overs were needed to get the PCG lads back in front and a couple of big overs came with the assistance of M Rehman’s bat. Rehman took to the 17th over which was bowled by McDonald to reach the boundary in three consecutive balls to take 13 runs off the over.

Raju bowled the 18th over which also went for an expensive nine runs but McDonald’s next over went for a meagre five.

So with the last over to be bowled, PCG needed just four runs for a win.

Captain Raju decided to take the ball to bowl it and when the first delivery was a dot ball, the tension in the clubhouse was rising.

Rehman was facing and was trying to smack the ball out of Phuket when singles and the odd two runs would suffice. The very next ball, however, he did connect and smacked it straight down the ground to the long off boundary region.

Birthday boy Hamilton was under it but the crowd weren’t sure if it was going to land in his hands or over the boundary for a match winning six runs. PCG spirits dropped when Hamilton took a brilliant catch right on the boundary, but in his effort to keep his balance, Hamilton stepped over the rope to change an “Out” to a “Six”. PCG won by seven wickets to take two points in the competition.

This Sunday (Feb 12), sees the second match of the competition take place between the Island Cricket Club and another new side to Phuket, the ACG team. Start time will be 11am.

For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) web-site at or e-mail the PCG committee at New players are always welcome & would be well received by the current teams on the island.

PCG Make It Three In A Row With Win Against Singapore CC

Last Saturday (Nov 19), the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) hosted their last touring side for 2016, the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC). This was the 6th time SCC have toured Phuket and the “Sensible” Cup was at stake.

An inauspicious start; Imtayaz Mustaq caught behind, PCG 0 for one at the end of the first over. Photo: Michael Way
An inauspicious start; Imtayaz Mustaq caught behind, PCG 0 for one at the end of the first over. Photo: Michael Way

Last year the SCC won the Cup by just four runs in a close fought match that went down to the wire, and this year the PCG lads were keen to reclaim the cup, which was somehow missing in action from the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) trophy shelf. PCG won the toss and sent SCC out to bat first in the 30 over match. Their openers R Shah and V Jeyaratnam got off to a slow but steady start and after six overs were 20 for the loss of no wickets. However, Jeyaratnam was cleaned bowled for 10 the very next over by A Runhaar. Shah soon followed being caught behind by S Hamilton. The next two SCC batsman, A Beer and S Chandran got the team back on track with a 22 run partnership before Beer was caught at mid-wicket for 14 off the bowling of S Wetherell putting SCC at 46/3 in the 14th over.

After a short drinks break SCC resumed their innings but D Wright did not last too long at the crease being stumped off of the bowling of Wetherellfor just three runs. However, Chandran was joined at the crease by H Darwell and between them they put together a much needed partnership of 53 runs to take the SCC score to 105/4 after 26 overs. Darwell, who had made a respectable 23 runs from 36 balls, soon after retired. Next in was H Thompson, but he didn’t trouble the scorers and SCC found themselves on 109/5 in the 27th over.

With less than three overs to go Chandran and B Griggs upped the ante and took the side to 130 from their 30 overs. After lunch, PCG took to the middle to chase down 131 for a win. On paper the PCG side looked very strong, however, they soon found themselves in deep trouble when both openers went for ducks and Hamilton was caught for just one run. So with just three overs into their innings, PCG found themselves on just one run for the loss of three wickets. However, P Morton and H Jordaan put on a 62 run partnership from just 46 balls. Morton eventually fell in the 10th over while on 26 from 24 balls and the PCG score on 63. Jordaan continued to find the boundary with relative ease which included six 6s and one 4. Local stalwarts Wetherell (6) and A Khan (12) also chipped in with the bat, and when Khan fell the PCG score was 109 for six wickets in the 15th over.

With plenty of batting and overs remaining, the game appeared to be well and truly in the PCG bag, but a couple of ducks to H McDonald and A Van Blerk soon changed the landscape and swung things slightly back in SCC’s favour with PCG needing 10 runs with three wickets in hand. Next to the crease for PCG was Runhaar, and it was he who hit the winning runs with a boundary through the covers to take the PCG over line to 133 runs. So in the end a comfortable win for the PCG with plenty of overs to spare.

The PCG are always looking for new players and officials to assist with the running of cricket on the island. For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the PCG website at or e-mail the PCG committee at phuketcricketgroup@gmail. com. They can also be found on Facebook.

PCG Win Thriller Against ANZA from Singapore

The Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) last Saturday (Nov 12) played host to another tour side at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG). This time it was the turn of the Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA) side from Singapore who have been regular visitors to Phuket over past years.

Players from both the PCG and ANZA pose for a photo following last Saturday's game. Photo: Mark Whetton
Players from both the PCG and ANZA pose for a photo following last Saturday’s game. Photo: Mark Whetton

A sunny day greeted the players, somewhat of a relief after all the monsoon rains of late, and the outfield was ideal for boundaries. The format was a 30 innings match.

 PCG skipper S Wetherell won the toss and elected to bat first, but things got off to a rocky start when he was caught off the bowling of J Dick for a duck after facing just three balls. However S Ullah joined the other PCG opener I Mushtaq and together they put on a 53 run partnership before Mushtaq was bowled just three runs short of a well-constructed half century. PCG were 67/2 after eight overs.

Another partnership looked promising between Ullah and S Hamilton before Ullah fell for 11 off the bowling of M Madni. Hamilton followed just four runs later, also the victim of Madni’s bowling. Another quick wicket of S Gaur for just three runs saw the PCG side teetering at 87/5 at the half way stage of the innings which put ANZA comfortably in the driver’s seat. But local league regulars M Rehman and S Kumar had other ideas and steadied the PCG ship with intelligent batting to take the score to 142 before Kumar was stumped for 11. Not a large score, but Kumar certainly gave Rehman the support he needed before Rehman was run out in the last over of the PCG innings for 38.

Also chipping in with the bat was A Khan who made a quick-fire 28 taking the PCG total to a respectable 190 from their 30 overs. The wickets were shared around between the ANZA bowlers but Norris and Madni both picked up a brace from their six overs each and going for 43 and 23 runs respectively.

After lunch , ANZA took to the middle to chase down 191 runs for a win.

The opening batsmen got the side off to a steady but cautious start to keep up with the required run rate which at the start of the innings was 6.37 runs per over. The first wicket to fall occurred straight after the 10 over drinks break when a mix up between the openers saw Mufti stranded at the wrong end of the wicket after making 12 runs. A Sankath followed 19 runs later when he was caught for just seven runs. ANZA were 81/2 after 13 overs.

Ten runs later the other ANZA opening batsman, A Khuller, found himself back in the pavilion after a sharp catch by Ullah at mid-wicket after a well-earned 52 runs. This happened to be the highest score from any batsman for the day. However, ANZA were right on track to reach the required target when after the halfway mark they were 92 runs for three wickets.

In-form batsman G Forday joined ANZA skipper C Gupta at the crease and between them they constructed a 34 run partnership to put the side on the better side of the run rate equation. But when Gupta (18) skied one to deep long-on where Wetherell took a brilliant catch, the tide quickly turned for the ANZA lads.

Some inspiring full length bowling from Khan saw him demolish the stumps of Forday (26), Madni (4) and G Hawker (1) in quick succession and ANZA soon found themselves on 141/7 after the end of the 25th over.

They were soon joined in the clubhouse by D Norris in the next over who went for a duck with just one run added to the total.

With four overs remaining, 48 runs required and just two wickets left, the task looked too large to overcome for ANZA, and after D Mydeen departed after hitting a couple of lofty sixes, ANZA simply ran out of overs and found themselves 21 runs short of their target after their allotment 30 overs.

Pick of the PCG bowlers was Khan who collected four wickets for just eight runs off three overs. He was also the Man of the Match.

So what at one stage was looking to be a comfortable win for the visitors quickly turned pear shaped when Khan got his chance with the ball. Needless to say it was a great game played in good spirit and enjoyed by all.

Saturday (Nov 18) sees another regular touring side, the prestigious Singapore Cricket Club, return to Phuket to compete for the annual “Sensible” Cup. Start time for this match will be 11:30am at the ACG.

The PCG are always looking for new players and officials to assist with the running of cricket on the island. For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the PCG web-site at or e-mail the PCG committee at They can also be found on Facebook.

Phuket Annual Tour Season Starts by Hosting the British Club Bangkok

Last Saturday (Nov 5) saw the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) take on a team from the British Club Bangkok (BCB) at the ACG. The match took place under sunny conditions although a soggy pitch made fours hard to come by. The match was a two innings affair with the 1st innings of 15 overs while the 2nd innings was curtailed to 12 overs. Batsmen had to retire after scoring 20 runs.

VCT skipper Martin Platts ponders his next delivery . Photo: Michael Way
VCT skipper Martin Platts ponders his next delivery . Photo: Michael Way

BCB won the toss and elected to bat first for their 1st innings. Despite losing the early wicket of A Spedding for just one run, the next two batsmen put together a 50 run partnership before D Allwright retired on 24. Soon after R Gupte also retired after making 21.

These retirements brought BCB young gun B Eastwell and D Narula to the crease. Eastwell batted out the rest of the innings for 18 not out but Narula fell for just nine runs. None of the PCG bowlers went for too many runs but only Dupont picked up any wickets. After the 15 overs were up, BCB had made a respectable 94.

PCG then took to the field for their 1st innings. They lost a couple of quick wickets to be 30 for three after six overs. But two retirements from Van Blerk (24 not out) and P Jha (22 not out) saw the score skip ahead to 83 before they lost their 4th wicket.

After their alloted 15 overs PCG had acquired 98 runs to go into the lunch break with a four run lead. The pick of the BCB bowlers was Eastwell who nabbed two wickets off his two overs for 14 runs.

After lunch BCB began their 2nd innings of 12 overs. They got off to a bad start when Allwright was out after facing just two balls. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals but the scoreboard was also ticking over.
Although no retirements were seen in this innings, several batsmen chipped in; namely Spedding (13), Eastwell (19) and Narula (12). The PCG bowlers shared the wickets around but Jha was the pick of the bunch with two wickets for 12 runs off three overs. After their 12 overs, BCB had added 63 runs to their 1st innings of 94 meaning PCG needed 60 runs for a win.
Sixty off 12 overs is not a big ask in cricket and PCG’s opening batsmen got off to a steady start. However, S Ullah was eventually clean bowled for 11 in the 4th over.

This brought Van Blerk to the crease who smacked his first delivery out of the park for six demonstrating that he was in no mood to drag the innings out any longer than it need be. But Shah’s fellow opening batsman S Hamilton was soon on his way back to the pavilion on 16 runs. So PCG found themselves at 35/2 after four overs, therefore, requiring 25 runs off eight overs.
Eastwell struck twice in his next over and D Misha demolished Van Blerk’s middle stump leaving PCG a bit nervous.

But some sensible batting from H Muhammad and Jha saw them steer PCG to a comfortable win. Eastwell was again the pick of the BCB bowlers after taking three wickets for just 10 runs off his two overs.

The following day saw BCB play the Village Cricket Team (VCT) in what has become an annual social match.

Despite VCT taking a one year sabbatical from the local cricket scene, it was evident they had not lost their form as they seen “warming up” with refreshments in the ACG Boundary Bar early in the day.

VCT skipper M Platts lost the toss and his team were sent in to bat first. Their opening batsmen K Quilty (10) and M Rehman (13) got the side off to a steady but cautious start, but when Quilty fell in the 8th over with the score on 34, further wickets fell in quick succession. Only Platts managed to also make double figures, but when he fell for 10, all hope was lost. The VCT were all out in the 23rd over after making a modest 66 runs. D Mishra was the star bowler for the visitors picking up three wickets off three overs for just eight runs.

After drinks BCB strolled out to the middle to take down a target of 67 from their 25 overs.
Maybe it was the visitor’s Saturday night’s antics, or the extra energy levels from the Boundary Bar for the VCT lads, but whatever it was it was working for the VCT bowlers. None of the BCB’s first four batsmen managed to make double figures with J White and C Murphy taking early wickets. White in fact was sitting on a hat-trick when his next delivery saw an edge fly directly to Rehman in the gulley who unfortunately made a dog’s dinner of it. A hat-trick wicket is a rare event in cricket so Rehman was appropriately “fined” in the slammer session after the match.
Despite the regular loss of wickets, BCB managed to cross the finish line in the 20th over for the loss of seven wickets to take what was a well-deserved win. Rehman was VCT’s top bowler taking three wickets from five overs for just 14 runs.

Needless to say it was an entertaining weekend of cricket all round and PCG and VCT look forward to the BCB lads returning to Phuket next year.

Next up on the fixtures list for PCG are the ANZA Cricket Club from Singapore who are scheduled to play tomorrow (Nov 12) at the ACG. Start time for that match will be midday.

The PCG are always looking for new players and officials to assist with the running of cricket on the island. For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the PCG web-site at or e-mail the PCG committee at They can also be found on Facebook.

Report by Mark Whetton.

Patong Crowned Outrigger T20 Champions!

On Sunday (Oct 23), the Alan Cooke Cricket Ground (ACG) played host to the Finals of the Outrigger Resorts 2016 T20 competition. The morning match was a play-off between the Laguna Cricket Club (LCC) and the Island Cricket Club (ICC) to see who would take on tournament favourite’s the Patong Cricket Club (PCC), who went on to take the title later on in the afternoon.

Bowled; Simon Wetherell added 50 for Patong before being bowled. Photo: Michael Way
Bowled; Simon Wetherell added 50 for Patong before being bowled. Photo: Michael Way

After a lot of overnight and early morning rain, the AGC was in quite a damp state for the day’s proceedings. After a minute’s silence was observed for the recent passing of King Rama IX, LCC won the toss and elected to bat first.

Things didn’t get off to a good start for LCC with S Khan being bowled for a duck by A Virdirkar after facing just three balls. S Kumar also took a couple of early wickets to have LCC struggling on 19 runs for 3 wickets after just six overs. Things stabilized for LCC after a couple of decent partnerships were put together, but when A Khan (31) was run out it was felt the writing was on the wall.

M Kohler also contributed with the bat with a handy 28 runs, but there was not much assistance from the rest of the Laguna line-up.

However, despite being short a couple of players, LCC managed to put together a modest total of 89 runs, albeit being bowled out in the 15th over, which left the ICC team a target of 90 runs for a win.

After a short innings break, ICC went in to bat for what should be a comfortable win. However, the LCC bowlers bowling a tight line and kept the run rate down to help their chances. Unfortunately, in the 5th over the heavens parted and play was temporarily stopped until conditions improved. At the time ICC were on 20 runs for the loss of two wickets.

Play resumed after about 20 minutes which meant the Duckworth/Lewis system was implemented which reduced the ICC innings to 15 overs and chasing a revised target of 40 runs for a win.

The ICC lads must have become nervous during the rain delay as upon resumption of the match a steady stream of wickets fell despite only needing 20 runs from the remaining 10.2 overs. However, a slight shortage of players and not being able to bat out their entire allotment of 20 overs in their innings came back to haunt the LCC team and ICC passed the target in just the 9th over for the loss of six wickets, thereby meaning they moved forward to face Patong in the Final.

With the semi-final decided, ICC were now through to take on table toppers Patong Cricket Club (PCC) in the afternoon Final. As per the mornings match, both teams took to the field for a well observed moment of silence to pay their respects for the passing of Thailand’s much loved King.

It was ICC who won the toss and put PCC into bat first. S Wetherall (51) and A Runhaar (12) were given the job of opening the batting, whilst A Virdikar (0-21-4) and S Kumar (1-33-4) opened the bowling.

With a pretty uneventful first five overs, neither side looked to be gaining the upper hand with no wickets being taken and the score at 32. The first bowling change came in the 6th over with D Mydeen being brought into the attack and was rewarded on his 2nd ball when he took the wicket of Runhaar.

To the crease came P Ledeboer (34), who looked a little nervous playing in his first final at the ACG. He took time to get off the mark and was dropped on several occasions, but he eventually settled down and help the scoreboard tick over. The last two overs before drinks were bowled by P Borkar (0-27-4) and Vaiganker (0-8-1), and at the break PCC were 75-1.

After drinks PCC continued to score as freely as they could, and just after scoring his half century Wetherall was bowled by Kumar in the 14th over. In form H Jordaan (26 N/O), who was now in the middle, continued to bat like he has all season not given any chances away and scoring runs.

But Ledeboer was next to fall being caught in the covers with the score at 115-3.

With four overs left in the innings, S Hamilton (19) joined Jordaan and between the pair they piled on a 45 run partnership, including some big 6s, with Hamilton being caught on the last ball of the innings leaving PCC at 160-4.

With eight runs per over needed, ICC needed to come out fighting and it was up to M Khan (5) and Vaiganker (6) to try and put the pressure on S Raju (1-19-4) and H McDonald (2-11-4), but it was the PCC bowlers who turned up the heat going for only 19 runs in the first four overs.

Vaiganker fell first caught behind off Rajus’ bowling. McDonald picked up his first wicket in the next over bowling Mydeen (0) and then his second shortly after with Khan caught behind. With S Kandolkar (20) and Kumar (15) now batting, N Quail (1-17-2) and A Van Blerk (0-12-1) finished off the overs before drinks. ICC were at 52-3.

In the first over after drinks, Kandolkar was caught by Raju racing in from the deep at square leg. Runhaar (1-13-3) picked up the wicket of new batsman B Desai (0 with some decent swing bowling that the batsmen were finding hard to hit.

Wetherall, (2-15-3) now bowling from the other end, got his first wicket, that of Kumar caught by Runhaar. 13 overs down and ICC were 73-6 and now facing an uphill battle.

Wetherall later took the wicket of A Kalakar (4), stumped after coming down the wicket only to be left stranded. Hamilton came on in the 19th over to bag two caught and bowled, G Shirodkar (6) and V Tiwari (0).

Jordaan (1-0-0.1) was brought on to bowl the last over, but he only needed one ball to bowl out A Virdikar (13) to end ICCs innings. ICC were all out for 106 which meant PCC were crowned the Outrigger T20 2016 champions.

Next on the agenda for the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) are three incoming tours from Bangkok and Singapore during the first three weeks of November.

There will then be a short break before the resumption of cricket sometime in the New Year.

The PCG are always looking for new players & officials to assist with the running of cricket on the island. For further information about cricket on Phuket, visit the PCG web-site at or e-mail the PCG committee at

Text by Paddy Lebedoer and Mark Whetton

Laguna Break Patongs Unbeaten Run, ICC Crush Thalang

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.

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Patong seal fourth win of series, Island get their first

There was more action in this season’s Outrigger T20 competition at the Alan Cooke Ground last Sunday (Sept 25). In this fourth round of the season, the early game saw Thalang Cricket Team (TCT) playing host to the league leaders Patong Cricket Club (PCC).

I Bekker hooks one away for TCT in their game against PCC. Photo: Michael Way
I Bekker hooks one away for TCT in their game against PCC. Photo: Michael Way

After winning the toss PCC elected to bat first, putting S Hamilton and A Runhaar in as the opening pair. Opening the bowling for TCT were M Rehman and M Odenaal, but neither could find the early breakthrough they wanted.

In the sixth over Dave Watson was brought into the attack and his very first ball troubled Runhaar with a close LBW shout, followed by a mix-up which left him stranded only to be run out for 10. Another change in bowling meant new batsman, P Ledeboer was facing some very tight bowling from R Jayasuriya .

Hamilton was dismissed for 20 in the next over by a well-disguised slower ball from Watson. With H Jordaan now at the crease, this pair started to score some quick runs, until Watson bowled not only Ledeboer for 26, but also following batsman S Gaur for 0, with two carbon copy slower balls, leaving A Simmons to face a hat trick ball. Unfortunately for Watson it wasn’t to be and he was fended off. At drinks PCC were 72-4.

After drinks the run rate slowed down with only 15 runs coming from the next three overs, but crucially for PCC no wickets fell.

In the 14th and 15th overs C Murphy and a young local player, Pao, came into the attack to try and break the deadlock. This tactic worked for TCT as they both picked up wickets straight away. Simmons being caught for 7 and N Quail shortly after, LBW for 1.

H McDonald joined Jordaan and in no time they scored a partnership of 37, with McDonald scoring 20 before getting out LBW. P Jha and Murphy cleaned up the tail end, A Van Blerk for 2, and S Raju for 1. Jordaan finished not out 44 and the score after T20 overs, 151-9.

C Baxter and Jha came out to open the batting for TCT, whilst S Bhattacharya and Mcdonald were given the honours with the ball.

It was Bhattacharya who struck first, claiming the wicket of Jha in the 3rd over for 10.

But TCT soon gained control as Watson started to give the fielders the run around, scoring freely until the 9th over when he was caught off the bowling of Raju for 39. Ruhnaar then claimed the wicket of Jayasuriya for 4 in the next over making it 75-3 at drinks.

Not long after drinks Baxter was bowled by Ruhnaar for 11. This brought out Rehman who was hoping to score some big runs, but his hopes were short lived as Jordaan got his 1st victim bowling him for 5.

I Bekker and Pao could only manage 1 as Simmons got his 1st wicket and Jordaan his 2nd.

At 91-7 TCT looked to be down and out, but Murphy and Odenaal proved there was a little bit of sting left in the tail putting on a 30 run partnership.

Eventually Murphy fell fowl to Quail for 11 and Odenaal to Jordan for 14. This left M Mohammad at the crease at 0 not out.

PCC won 20 runs extending their lead at the top of the table.

In the day’s second game, Island Cricket Club (ICC) took on Laguna Cricket Club (LCC) in a classic match with ICC winning the toss and electing to bat first.

ICC started well and were on track for a nice score as they were in the 50s with only two wickets down. However, an unlucky wicket fell just before the break. But none the less, they were confident they could up their rate in the remaining ten overs as Laguna had not really made any big damage in the starting batting order.

Just after the drinks break, R Cooper made an amazing diving catch, J Prakash took four wickets and swing sensation M Kohler took a further three wickets, wiping out ICC’s middle and most of their lower order batsmen and bringing Laguna back into the game

ICC hung on to reach a reasonable 114 after the 20 overs with Ravi and Divan and Darshan being the pick of their batsmen.

LCC started slowly with their innings and it stayed like that for a while with wickets constantly falling. That was until A Khan took to the crease as 6th batsmen with the score at 43 for 4. On his first ball Khan smashed the ball for six proving why he is seen by many as the most explosive batter in the league.

When Khan fell with the score at 76 Laguna looked to be on the way to a win, but with ICC’s bowling juggernaut Surrinder taking five wickets in short succession ICC still looked like they were in with a chance.

When the 2nd to last wicket fell J Friedrichs walked to the crease, and it was down to him and R Cooper to see if they could reach 22 runs from the remaining four overs and give Laguna the win.

Friedrichs held his own against some tough bowling from ICC and the crowd were eager to see if ICC could finally get to beat their arch nemesis Laguna.

But with only a few balls remaining Cooper was caught on the boundary giving ICC their first win of the series.