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Laguna will meet ICC in Outrigger T20 Championship final

Laguna will meet ICC in Outrigger T20 Championship final

CRICKET: In an action-packed double header on Sunday (September 30) at the Alan Cooke Ground, to decide the finals berths for the Outrigger T20 league, Patong took on the Village, while Laguna squared off against ICC.

Wednesday 3 October 2012, 09:52AM


David Kelleway's golden duck against ICC

David Kelleway's golden duck against ICC

Both Patong and Laguna, early favourites to make it to the final, needed victories to secure a playoff-berth with each other. However, with only Laguna was able to continue their strong form by defeating ICC while Village came out on top against Patong.

In the first match, the Village managed a total of 7 for 136 runs from their 20 overs. In reply, Patong could only manage a total of 8 for 106 runs. This quashed any hope of Patong getting a finals berth culminating in a disappointing season for what has been one of the stronger sides in recent years.

In the second match, Laguna continued their consistent form, posting a total of 6 for 147 runs. ICC gave a valiant chase, but replied with 6 for 140 runs. The result confirmed the play-off for finals with Laguna taking on ICC again next weekend for the championship.

 

Patong vs Village

 

Patong needed a victory, while also requiring Laguna to beat ICC, to have a chance of going through to the finals on net run rate and put the Village into bat after winning the toss. 

A solid opening partnership of 69 runs by Martin Foster (37) and Craig Patterson (21) got the Village off to a great start. Patong eventually got the breakthrough in the 11th over with the scalp of Foster and also removed Divan Mydeen (1) cheaply in the same over. They were on a roll when they then removed Mark Ashman (0) for a golden duck in the very next over quickly followed by Patterson. With 4 wickets down for 78 runs, the Patong boys had their tails up.

However, Tom Gordon (20) and captain, Kevin Quilty (14 not out), then joined forces for an important 24 run partnership before Gordon was stumped by Anthony Van Blerk. This brought Martin Platts (0) to the crease who suffered the embarrassment of the second golden duck of the innings. Quilty and Chris Hart (10 not out) then managed to steer the innings to a total of 136 runs from their 20 overs. Pick of the bowlers for Patong were Manesh Sadarangani (3 for 19) and Mike Khan (2 for 22).

Patong got off to a cautious start before losing opener Seemant Raju (7) in the 4th over with the score on 22. Opener Richard Desmond (11) and Dave Thomas (27) then combined for a partnership of 25 runs before Desmond was caught by a diving Divan Mydeen at slip. Thomas and Manesh Sadarangani (18) then combined for a 41 run partnership to take the score to 89 before Thomas was brilliantly run out from a direct hit by Mark Ashman who was fielding at third man. Unfortunately that was the beginning of the end for Patong, with the rest of the batsmen failing to reach double figures. The innings came to an end in the 16th over with the total on 106 runs. Pick of the bowlers for the Village were Chris Hart (4 for 19) and Tom Gordon (1 for 13).

 

Laguna vs ICC 

 

In the second match, ICC were looking to repeat their earlier win against Laguna (their only defeat) and gaining the psychological advantage for the final while Laguna were looking to finish the season strongly on top of the table. 

Laguna, who won the toss and batted first, suffered an early loss with Bill Stahmer (5) falling lbw in the 2nd over. Dave Kelleway (0) then fell for the day’s third golden duck in the next over. ICC picked up another scalp of Raj Raymaji (4) shortly thereafter and at 3 for 22, Laguna were looking in trouble. However, captain Stuart Reading (31) and Neill Culpan (60) combined to steady the innings with a 54 run partnership before Reading fell with the score on 76 shortly after the 10 over drinks break. However, Culpan and Roshan Jayasuriya (27 not out) combined for another solid 40 run partnership before Culpan was eventually dismissed in the 19th over. Laguna finished with 147 runs from their 20 overs. Pick of the bowlers for ICC were Paresh Borkar (2 for 26) while Anand Chand, Imtiyaz Mushtaq, Naeem Ul Haq and Ravi Naik all picked up one wicket each.

While a target of 148 was achievable, it would require a solid batting effort from ICC. Captain, Anand Chand (57) lead by example putting on a solid opening partnership of 75 runs with fellow opener, Pawan Kothari (12) until Roly Cooper achieved the breakthrough in 10th over clean bowling Kothari. Imtiyaz Mushtaq (15) then joined with Chand for a 32 run partnership and were ICC were looking on target for victory until Neill Culpan dismissed Chand with the score on 107 in the 14th over. Culpan then followed this up with the dismissal of Mushtaq in his next over.

However, Roly Cooper proved to be the match winner taking a further 3 wickets in the final overs to prevent ICC from snatching victory. Pick of the bowlers were Roly Cooper (4 for 30) and Neill Culpan (2 for 18).

At the end of the round matches, Laguna finished on top with 10 points, followed by ICC on 6 points and Patong and Village on 4 points. 

Team

Played

Won

Points

Laguna

6

5

10

ICC

6

3

6

Patong

6

2

4

Village

6

2

4

This weekend’s action in the Outrigger T20 league will see Laguna take on ICC in the final while Patong will battle it out against the Village in the plate at the ACG on Sunday 7th October. The action kicks off at 9am with the plate followed by the final at 1pm.

The senior league will commence on Sunday, November 18. Anyone interested in joining a team or entering a full team should contact Martin Foster at clubaffairs@phuketcricketgroup.com

 

-Stuart Reading

 

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