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Cricket: Patong secure finals spot in Outrigger T20 league

Cricket: Patong secure finals spot in Outrigger T20 league

CRICKET: In the final round of the Outrigger T20 league, Laguna took on the Village in the morning session, while Patong faced the Youth side in the afternoon session, on Sunday, September 15 at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) in Thalang.

Wednesday 18 September 2013, 09:02AM


In the first match, the Village team batted first to set a solid total of 183-4 from their 20 overs, but were almost chased down by Laguna in a thrilling match that went down to the last ball.

In match number two, the Youth side hit a competitive total of 151-6, thanks largely to an excellent 90 not out by Andrew McMillan, but Patong secured the win, and a semi-final spot, with 152-4 in reply.

In the morning match, the Village team won the toss and elected to bat. They lost captain Paul Stamp (7) in the fourth over with a great in-swinger from paceman Sohail Rehman.

However, fellow opener Roshan Jayasuriya (54) and Simon Wetherell (45) then combined for an awesome display of big-hitting, churning out an 88 run partnership before Jayasuriya fell in the 13th over with the score on 101.

The onslaught continued when Martin Foster (43 not out) joined Wetherell for a 61 run partnership to take the score to 162 before Wetherell fell in the 17th over. By the end of their 20 overs, the Village had reached 183-4.

With such a large target to chase, Laguna needed to get off to a good start. Openers Shoeib Mushtaq (22) and Manish Sadarangani (62 not out) did just that start until Mushtaq holed out with a skied ball with the score on 42 in the 7th over.

The next over saw Laguna capitulate with three golden ducks – Damian Clowes run out, Mudasir Rehman bowled, followed by Tassawar Ali trapped in front lbw off the bowling of Craig Murphy.

With Laguna reeling at 46-4 in the 8th over, it looked like an impossible task with 12 runs an over required to reach the target. However, Pir Sami (18) and Sadarangani got the innings back on track with a 54 run partnership before Sami fell with the score on 100 in 14th over.

When Stuart Reading (29) joined Sadarangani in the middle and hit three successive boundaries, there looked to be a glimmer of hope.

He and Sadarangani put on a 54 run partnership from just 25 balls to take the score to 154 before Reading was bowled by Craig Patterson, leaving 30 runs from the final 20 balls, to set up for a thrilling finish.

Sohail Rehman (18 not out) joined Sadarangani for the final assault but Laguna finished just 4 runs short of the target with a total of 180-6 from their 20 overs.

The winner of the afternoon match would secure a place in the semi-finals so both teams had everything to play for.

After winning the toss, the Youth side decided to bat first looking to set a solid target. However, they got off to a less than perfect start losing 3 early wickets to be at 36-3 in the 7th over.

Opener Andrew McMillan (90 not out) anchored the innings, batting all the way through, and was unlucky not to score the first century of the T20 season. He was well supported by Pan, and together they put on a 111 run partnership to guide their side to 151-6 after 20 overs.

Patong got off to a great start with openers Imtiyaz Mushtaq (60) and Paddy Morton (30) setting a solid platform of 78 runs before the loss of their 1st wicket shortly before the drinks break.

Kevin Bishop (4) supported Mushtaq as they combined to take the score to 107-2 before Bishop was stumped early in the 14th over. With 45 runs required from 46 balls to win, Patong just needed to keep cool heads and captain Anthony Van Blerk (26 not out) did just that to guide Patong home for the win in 17.3 overs.

The standings after the final round sees the Village go through undefeated, while ICC remains in second place ahead Patong who secured third on net run rate, with Laguna taking the other semi-final spot.

This Sunday, September 22, sees the semi-finals take place in the Outrigger T20 league with ICC taking on the Patong in match one, and the Village versus Laguna in match two. Play commences at 10am. For more information, visit phuketcricketgroup.com

  

Outrigger T20 League 2013

Team

P

W

L

Pts

Village

8

8

0

16

ICC

8

4

4

8

Patong

8

3

5

6

Laguna 

8

3

5

6

Youth

8

2

6

4

 

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