Patong Cricket Club (PCC) recorded their third consecutive win of the Outrigger T20 season with a clinical display against a competitive Laguna side at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) last Sunday (Sept 18).
In damp and overcast conditions at the ACG, Patong won the toss elected to bat first. But it was Laguna who got off to the better start. Openers Wetherell and Hamilton were dismissed cheaply leaving Patong on 10 for 2 after three overs.
This brought Morton (71 off 54 balls) and Jordaan (33 off 30) to the crease. With boundaries difficult to come by on the heavy outfield the pair set about steadying the ship. They managed to rotate the strike well and keep the score ticking without taking many risks. At the 10-over mark Patong were 67 for 2.
This gave Patong a good platform to attack and up the run rate. Morton and Jordaan took the score to 103 before Cooper (2-29-3) broke the 93-run partnership in the 14th over. Jordaan’s wicket preceded a mini collapse as McDonald and Simmons fell in the 15th and 16th overs respectively.
At this stage Morton had found his range. He even earned himself a free brunch at The Slate Phuket (formally Indigo Pearl) by punching a hole in their advertising hoarding with a flat six. He was eventually bowled by the impressive Aneel (3-20-4) with the score on 131. Patong finished on 137 for 9 after the 20 overs. A competitive total given the difficult batting conditions.
Laguna got off to a very similar start to Patong and found themselves two wickets down for 10 after the 3rd over. A flurry of runs then followed courtesy of some loose bowling from Patong until R Sandarangani (13 off 18) was caught sharply by wicket keeper Hamilton off the bowling of Simmons.
The dangerous pair of Jha (47 off 35) and Khan (24 off 24) then rode their luck and started to find the boundary regularly, albeit with the help of some dropped catches. The partnership threatened to derail Patong’s perfect start to the season.
Bowling in tandem, Patong’s Jordaan (2-9-3) and Wetherell (3-5-3) applied the brakes. Some excellent and accurate bowling brought an end to Laguna’s free scoring. Laguna were certainly on top when Jordaan dismissed Jha with the score on 101 in the 13th over. When Wetherell claimed the wicket of Khan in the following over it was Patong who found themselves in the ascendancy.
The regular fall of wickets from this point on ensured a 25-run vistory for Patong Cricket Club who restricted Laguna CC to 118 for 9 after 20 overs.
Henno Jordaan earned the man-of-the-match award for his crucial contributions with bat and ball.
In Sunday’s other game it was Island Cricket Club (ICC) taking on the Thalang Cricket Team TCT). ICC won the toss and elected to bat first.
TCT saw some really nice pace bowling from Mudi coming in from the northern end with lots of edges and missed opportunities, but it wasn’t long into the first over when Mudi trapped Manish in front of the stumps with an LBW. Then some quick thinking from Baxter caught Savesh out of the crease running him out.
Watson opened the other end with some more accurate bowling while Ravi and Balesh tried to move the score along but after six overs ICC were 2 for 34.
Then came a shower which sent everyone back to the clubhouse. After the shower, Roshan was introduced to the attack and a catch was popped up to Nadeem sending Ravi to the shed. Ali Khan came to the crease to face Watson who bowled a cracking first ball removing both the middle and off stumps.
After the big hitting Ali had gone it was left to Balesh and Dashan to try to build on the score with some nice shots but eventually wickets to Roshan and Nadeem saw the ICC finish their innings with 79 runs on the board.
The rain delay meant TCT were reduced to 17 overs to reach the target of 80 to win the match.
Opening batsmen Watson and Nadeem started quite well but an edge through to Khan, who took ag a wonderful catch in 3rd slip, saw Nadeem heading for an early shower.
This brought in hard hitting Jha, and he and Watson had a couple of close calls but eventually settled into some nice shots quickly reaching ICC’s score by the 10th over. Prakesh managed 43 runs of 31 balls and Dave Watson 20 runs off 21 balls.
A comfortable win to the TCT team.
It was Thalang Cricket Team’s (TCT) turn to take on the Laguna Cricket Club (LCC) in last Sunday’s (Sept 11) round of the Outrigger T20.
LCC won the toss and elected to bat first and this brought W Y Bashir to the crease ably assisted by Patong’s Hico Mcdonald, making up the numbers for LCC who were one or two players short of a full team.
Opening the bowling for TCT was Mudi Rehman who was lightning fast with some attacking bowling in these early stages, and it wasn’t long before WY Bashir edged through to the wicket keeper, Prakash, for the first wicket.
Then came another PCC player for LCC, Alex Runhaar, who wanted to settle into some sort of partnership with Mcdonald. While TCT newcomer Morgan Odendaal also settled in with some accurate bowling.
Unfortunately, for the attack bowlers there were a number of dropped chances which should have taken these valuable wickets, but eventually another edge off Rehman’s bowling was taken by the wicket keeper, sending Runhaar back to the Pavilion.
It was then Ali Khan’s turn to take to the crease, but with some good bowling, again by Rehman, Khan was forced to make a loose shot which was caught in cover by Matt Sheldrake.
Next up to bat was Rishi Sandarangani who went cheaply, caught and bowled by Craig Murphy.
Laguna were looking a little shaky with four wickets for 57 runs, but S Kandolkar wanted to change that and was able to maintain valuable partnerships with McDonald, Sameer Khan and Iqbal Malik.
After 20 overs LCC reached a respectable 155 runs leaving TCT needing 156 to win the match.
TCT openers Carl Baxter and David Thomas, although not having had much practice in recent times, seemed to settle in well and looked comfortable. But Dasharn Vaiganker had other ideas and managed to catch both opening batsmen with LBWs.
Rehman knew he needed to get the score moving along and was knocking the ball around the ground, scoring at will. But the next batsman didn’t hang around for long, and when Mudi holed out in the outfield for 24 runs, TCT were starting to look under pressure.
Roshan Jayasuriya, who had also just returned to cricket, was able to keep the runs moving along, but once he lost his wicket TCT were under too much pressure and only managed 101 runs for 9 wickets, handing Laguna the win by 54 runs.
LCC have now made it two wins in a row, while TCT have suffered two losses.
Last Sunday (Sep 4) saw the start of the long-awaited Outrigger T20 season at the Alan Cooke Cricket Ground. Patong Cricket Club (PCC) took on Thalang Cricket Team (TCT) and both teams were vying to get on the front foot for the start of the season
After winning the toss TCT elected to field hoping to put some pressure on with opening bowlers Iqbal Malik (1-29) and Garry Lane (3-23). It was Lane who struck first in the 2nd over bowling PCC Captain Seemant Raju for just one run. Other opener Simon Wetherall looked to be settling in with a couple of boundaries, but Lane was soon on target again, bowling him out in the 4th over for 14.
Henno Jordaan then fell victim to Malik, being given LBW in the next over on his 1st ball. At 21-3 from five overs TCT’s plan looked to be working.
With Paddy Ledeboer and Hico McDonald at the crease, both ex-TCT players, and the rain falling, the stage was set for something special and the crowds were not to be disappointed.
With some tight bowling at one end from Craig Murphy (1-30), Ledeboer set his sights on leg spinner Martin Hill (0-46), and with some big hitting soon reached his half century just before drinks.
Roly Cooper (0-10) was brought on for one over, only to see one of his deliveries land on the pavilion roof.
The pair continued to score freely until Mudisir Rehman (1-29) ended the 100 run partnership getting Ledeboer caught by newcomer Jarad Spindel on 77.
Paddy Morton came to the crease with the score now at 121-4. With runs now hard to come by due to the damp conditions, Mortons straight shots found little reward, and he was soon caught out for 10.
Into the last over, McDonald was sitting on 44 and went for glory clearing the boundary to bring up his fifty, only to be caught the next ball. That left Neil Quail and Anthony Van Blerk to see out the over both not out on three and one runs respectively, and PCC 169 for 6.
With a run rate of 8.5 required, openers Lane and Cooper took 11 from the first in what only can be described as a “loose” over from Alex Runhaar (0-29) with Shivam Bhattacharya (1-11) bowling from the other end.
Lane and Cooper were rotating the strike nicely until Cooper was caught for nine runs by Quail running in from the deep, giving Bhattacharya a rare wicket maiden.
With Malik at the crease, another newcomer Aron Simmons was brought into the attack only to be warned on the first ball about bouncers. Malik made his intentions clear, playing some nice shots and clearing the fence on one occasion.
Just before drinks Lane was clean bowled for 18 by an accurate Jordaan (1-10). At drinks TCT were 58-2.
Hill, now out in the middle, was caught short trying to up the run rate, and run out by Simmons for one run. Malik was eventually bowled for 32 by Quail (1-11) in the 13th over. Murphy was also caught trying to hurry things along when a direct hit from Jordaan saw him go for a single run.
Morton (1-5) was now given the chance to turn his arm over and claimed the wicket of Spindel, stumped by Wetherall for four.
With the score at 80-6 after 14.4 overs TCT decided to declare, handing a much deserved victory to PCC.
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Newcomers, the Kuckreja Boks took out the 2016 C&C Marine cricket 8’s at the ACG on Sunday with strong performances against the Island Cricket Club (ICC) and the Phuket Blasters.
The Thalang Cricket Team (TCT) and the Kuckreja Boks snared the points in Sundays C&C Marine 8’s matches at the ACG.
Patong batted first against TCT. Boundaries were hard to come by early for Patong against a stint of accurate bowling. Seemant Raju 23 (28) was the first wicket to fall, run out on the last ball before the drink break with the score on 46 runs. Craig Murphy found himself on a hat-trick in the next over as Patong tried to push for runs. Anthony Van Blerk chipped in with a handy 26 not out from 19 balls but with only 3 wide balls in the 16 over innings the Black Horses only amassed 96 runs. Murphy was the pick of the bowlers with 2/13 from 3 overs.
TCT were in need of a big run rate boost if they were to make the finals and it wasn’t long before Patong reaped the rewards. Two wickets for Patong’s Shivam in 4th over and another for Neil Quail in the next left TCT 3/21. The third wicket reunited last season’s leading run scorers Andrew McMillan and Hico McDonald and the game was quickly turned in TCT’s favor. McDonald 37* (11) wreaked havoc on the Patong bowlers, clearing the ACG fence several times and helping TCT to reach the target in just 9.1 overs.
In the 2nd match the Kuckreja Boks won the toss and choose to bat. Alex Runhaar 51 (37) batted through most of the innings bringing up the 3rd half century of the C&C Marine 8’s. Ali Khan 2/14 (3 overs) was the best of the Blasters bowlers. He picked up Runhaar’s wicket and continually threw in yorkers at the end of the innings that kept the run rate in check. The Boks finished their 16 overs 7/109, a very achievable total for the in-form Blasters.
Iqbal Malik 15 (13) including 2 sixes had all of the strike early but couldn’t connect with the swinging ball. Ike Bekker grabbed the ascendency for the Boks in the 7th over with the wicket of Master Blaster Ali Khan 2/34. From there the Blasters struggled to keep up with the run rate and limped to 3/52 from 10 overs.
The ACG crowd asked for more action and it was delivered in spades when avid helper of the ACG Owen Pringle crashed his motorbike in spectacular fashion on his way off the ground after assisting with some minor pitch repairs. In an ACG first, an ambulance was required to assist Mr Pringle off the playing surface.
Blaster Simon Wetherell 43 (33) benefitted from the 40 minute interruption, scoring heavily to put the Blasters back in the game. At the start of the last over 15 runs were needed for a Blaster victory. Bok recruit Adam Victor was entrusted with the last over of a tight match for the second week in a row. This time he had the batsmen’s measure taking 1/6 from the last over and helping his side to an 8 run win. Best of the bowlers was captain Hico McDonald with the super figures of 1/5 from 3 overs.
This Sunday is the penultimate week of the C&C Marine 8’s. Play will begin on the ACG between the Kuckreja Boks and the Island Cricket Club from 9:30am. They’ll be playing for a spot in the 2:30pm final against the Blasters. The middle match at noon is between the Blasters and the Patong Cricket Club. The Boundary Bar will be open throughout the day, serving cold beverages and burgers to players and guests.
The C&C Marine Phuket cricket 8’s have a couple of league shaping matches today at the ACG. Admission is free for all spectators. The Boundary Bar will be open and stocked with plenty of cold drinks and light meals.
Island Cricket Club: 2 matches, 2 wins.
Phuket Blasters: 1 match, 1 win.
Kuckreja Boks: 1 match, 1 win.
Patong Cricket Club: 2 matches, 0 wins.
Thalang Cricket Team: 2 matches, 0 wins.
If you are looking for a social game of cricket on a Sunday afternoon please e-mail a team manager:
Patong: Seemant Raju <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kuckreja: Hico McDonald <email@example.com>
Thalang: Andrew McMillan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Blasters: Rishi Sadarangani <email@example.com>
Island: Divan Mydeen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
New players can purchase a PCG playing membership for 1,500 thb or pay 500 thb to play on the day.
Sunday the was the second round of C&C Marine Phuket cricket 8’s matches. Once again they were played in glorious conditions at the Alan Cooke Ground in Thalang.
The C&C Marine Phuket cricket 8’s started last week at the ACG.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com or by telephone on +61 407 385 481.
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