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Phuket Sport: TNT blast past Jabudays

CRICKET: After a thrilling win against Patong a week earlier, Jabudays were looking to continue their good run of form and take the top of the table spot, against a TNT side that has not lived up to expectations this season.

Monday 11 March 2013, 03:33PM


TNT's Neil Culpan swings, misses and is bowled. Photo: Michael Way

TNT's Neil Culpan swings, misses and is bowled. Photo: Michael Way

But at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) on Sunday (March 10) in the JLL Hotels league, TNT finally showed they had what it takes to be a force to be reckoned with.

They cruised to an easy victory after bowling Jabudays out for 156 runs and then reaching their target of 157 in the 24th over for the loss of only 3 wickets. Their win now sees them in equal third place in the JLL Hotels League table after match 13.

After winning the toss, Jabudays chose to bat, hoping to set a big target and possibly pick up some valuable bonus points.

However, they were soon questioning their decision as the in-form Deepak Mehra was dismissed for a golden duck from the very first ball of the day's play from Barry Buck.

However, the nightmare didn’t end there, as Imtiyaz Mushtaq was also dismissed in the same over, also bowled for a duck from Buck.

And it continued: with Buck then bowling Shah Nawez in his 2nd over.

Jabudays looked to be going down like the Titanic until captain Anand Chand (17) and Naeem Ul Haq (46) managed to plug the leak and steady the course with a 61 run partnership.

They went into the clubhouse at the 10-over drinks break with 3 wickets down for 81 runs.

However, on the very first ball after the break, Neil Culpan trapped Chand in front lbw, and then managed to follow this up in his very next over by dismissing Ul Haq in the same manner.

The Jabudays ship hit more trouble and started sinking again with 6 wickets down for only 85 runs as Culpan bagged another wicket.

Ali Khan (12) failed to make an impression, as did the normally reliable Surender Kumar (2), and at 8 wickets down for 100 runs, the spectators started to place their lunch orders at the bar in anticipation of an early lunch.

However, Ravi Naik (19) and Balesh Dessai (26) finally showed some resistance for Jabudays with a 43 run partnership, until Naik exited in the 26th over.

Dessai then fell shortly afterwards and the players adjourned to the clubhouse in the 28th over with Jabudays being bowled out for only 156 runs.

Pick of the bowlers for TNT were Neil Culpan (3 for 20), Barry Buck (3 for 45) and Carl Baxter (2 for 7).

Despite dismissing Jabudays for a low score, TNT needed to get off to a solid start and not lose any early wickets.

Openers Andrew McMillan (66 not out) and Neil Culpan did just what the captain ordered, returning to the clubhouse undefeated with 50 runs on the board at the 10-over drinks break.

They played chanceless cricket, picking off the easy singles on offer from the fielders that were well spread around the ACG, while at the same time dispatching any loose balls to the boundary.

After a fine opening stand of 122, Culpan was eventually dismissed in the 19th over.

TNT were looking to sail to victory and perhaps even secure a bonus point.

Simon Wetherall (12) then joined McMillan but fell in the 22nd over.

Jabudays quickly struck again as Roshan Jayasuriya (1) was run out only 2 balls later with the score on 144.

However, it was too little too late for the Jabudays side, and McMillan brought TNT home to victory in the 24th over.

Pick of the bowlers for Jabudays was Paresh Borkar (1 for 34).

Patong remain at the top of the league table, but only three points separate the top four teams. You can see the league table at the Phuket Cricket Group website.

Next week on Sunday (March 17) Patong take on the Village at the ACG. Could another upset be on the cards?

 

 

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