With only three points separating the top four teams, a win for the Village, last season’s runners up, would put them back in contention, whereas a win for Patong would advance them one step closer to securing a finals berth.
The Village batted first and posted a good score of 193-6 – but Patong eventually beat the target, scoring 196-7 in the 28th over.
After winning the toss, Patong put the Village into bat.
The Village looked very determined to survive the initial 10 overs without loss, with Mark Roberts (25) and Craig Murphy (24) putting on a decent opening stand, until Roberts fell just two balls before drinks with the score on 38.
Martin Platts (11) then joined Murphy advancing the scoreboard to 54 runs before he was dismissed.
However, Murphy and Martin Foster (32) then put on a useful 46 run partnership before Murphy lost his wicket in the 23rd over.
Foster was joined by Danny Taylor (39), who combined for a 48 run partnership to take the score along to 148, until Foster was bowled shortly before the 30 over drinks break.
Mark Whetton (15) and Mark Ashman (12 not out) also provided valuable contributions to enable the Village to reach their highest innings total this season with 193 runs after 35 overs.
Pick of the bowlers for Patong were Kishor Jhagta (0 for 13 from 7 overs) and Dave Watson (2 for 37).
After the lunch break Patong set out to chase down the Village total.
However, they got off to a shaky start, losing three early wickets for only 28 runs and the Village had their tails up, hopeful of an upset.
However, Patrick Morton (78) and Neil Quail (32) combined for a match winning 94 run partnership before Quail fell shortly before the 20 over drinks break with the score on 122.
Patong captain, Anthony Van Blerk (15) then joined Morton to advance the score to 151 runs for the loss of five wickets before he was dismissed.
The Village desperately needed to take wickets as Patong were speeding along at a run rate of seven runs per over.
They eventually claimed the prized scalp of Morton in the 25th over with the score on 171.
However, Manish Sadarangani (21 not out) brought Patong home to victory in the 28th over.
Pick of the bowlers for the Village were Craig Patterson (3 for 51), Tom Gordon (2 for 31) and Craig Murphy (2 for 45).
The win for Patong means they have extended their lead at the top of the JLL Hotels League table.
On Sunday, March 24, Patong will take on the undefeated Laguna team – who, with two matches in hand, will be looking to advance up the table.