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Phuket: Patong defuse TNT attack

CRICKET: Early league standouts Patong Cricket Club played against TNT at a gusty Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) on Sunday (February 10).

Thursday 14 February 2013, 09:14AM

TNT’s Barry Buck bowls to Patong CC’s Patrick Morton, with 15-year-old Paan from Ban Sapam school keeping.

TNT’s Barry Buck bowls to Patong CC’s Patrick Morton, with 15-year-old Paan from Ban Sapam school keeping.

The match was a to-and-fro affair, with both teams in the driving seat at some point. But it was the experienced PCC side who walked off with the league points for the match. 

TNT was the first team in the field and welcomed the PCC openers with a barrage of fast-paced deliveries.

With the fall of the first wicket in the second over, TNT could be forgiven for thinking that they had the upper hand.

But a whirlwind partnership between Dave Watson (70 off 52) and Raju Seemant (40 off 37) quickly put that idea to bed.

Their 80-run partnership was ended with the departure of Seemant in the 13th over.

After the third drinks break, a remotivated TNT were rewarded with Watson’s scalp, the 4th wicket to fall, with the score on a healthy 140 in the 21st over.

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TNT then proved their reputation as one of the league’s gutsiest teams by staving the run flow in the following overs.

A smattering of wickets fell to the bowling efforts of Anthony Dupont and Andrew McMillan, both claiming 3 for 42, and TNT restricted PCC to 217 all out.

TNT’s opening pair of McMillan and Ian Henry got their innings off to a blazing start.
McMillan was trapped lbw in the 5th over, but Henry looked comfortable against the PCC bowling attack, eventually falling for 58 off 80 in the 26th over.

With the score on 131 for 5 after 26 overs, TNT needed to up the run rate, but the PCC team had other ideas.

Despite losing left hand pace man Dave Watson to a hand injury, the PCC team pulled together. Inspired by stellar bowling from Manish Sadarangani (4 for 25), PCC snuffed out the rest TNT batting line up, all out for 175.

The next game in the JLL Cricket League is between Jabudays Island Cricket Club and Laguna Cricket Club at the Alan Cooke Ground on Sunday, February 17.



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