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Cricket: Laguna returns to winners circle

Cricket: Laguna returns to winners circle

CRICKET: In round 9 of the Outrigger T20 league, Phuket Youth took on the Village in the morning session, while Laguna faced ICC in the afternoon session on Sunday (September 8) at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG).

Friday 20 September 2013, 03:39PM


Shah Hidatullah (Jabudays ICC) lofts a six off the bowling of Manish Sadarangani.

Shah Hidatullah (Jabudays ICC) lofts a six off the bowling of Manish Sadarangani.

During the day, respects were paid to Tristen “Sanchez” Sheridan (a member of the Youth team who tragically passed away during the week).

In the first match, the Village team amassed a total of 218-5 from their 20 overs to comfortably run out winners against the Youth side who could only manage 78-7 in reply. In match two, the ICC set a solid total of 141-4, but Laguna secured a much needed confidence boosting win, reaching their target of 142-1 in reply.

In the morning match, the Village team were put into bat and amassed the highest innings total this T20 season with all of the top-order firing.

Openers Roshan Jayasuriya (43) and Dan Taylor (54) set the scene with an 89 run partnership in just 7.3 overs. Martin Platts (36) and Taylor then combined to take the score to 119-2 at the 10 over drinks break. Platts and Simon Wetherell (37) then put on a further 65 runs before Platts fell in the 17th over. By the end of their 20 overs, the Village had reached 218-5.

With what seemed an impossible task, the Youth side lost opener Best (4) in the 3rd over with the score on 15. Only fellow opener Charlee (13) and captain Pao (17) managed to reach double figures while the rest of the Youth batting line up failed to trouble the scorers. The Village managed to wrap up the innings in the 17th over when the Youth innings ran out of steam with only 78-7.

In the afternoon match, after winning the toss, ICC decided to bat and continue their good recent form after already securing a semi-final berth.

They got off to a strong start with openers Deepak Mehra (16) and Shah Ullah (66) putting on a 57 run partnership until Mehra fell after being found out of his crease and stumped by keeper Damian Clowes shortly before the 10 over drinks break.

Big hitting Ali Khan (2) failed to make an impact. Arif Mushtaq (10) and Ullah put on a further 41 runs before Mushtaq fell in the 16th over with the score on 105. Ullah then combined with Iqbal Malik (12) to take the score along to 141-4 by the end of 20 overs.

Laguna coming off the back of one of their worst losing streaks, were looking to get off to a solid start. After losing opener Shoeib Mushtaq (6) in the 4th over, was another batting collapse on the cards?

Not according to Damian Clowes (65 not out) and Manish Sadarangani (56 not out), who together played wonderfully composed innings to guide their side to a much needed confidence boosting victory reaching their target of 142-1 in 19.1 overs.

The league table sees the Village so far undefeated, while ICC remains in second place ahead Laguna who have now secured third, while Youth and Patong battle it out in the final round for 4 spot to assure a semi-final berth.

 

Outrigger T20 League: Round 9

Team

P

W

L

Pts

Village

7

7

0

14

ICC

8

4

4

8

Laguna

7

3

4

6

Youth

7

2

5

4

Patong

7

2

5

4

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