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Phuket Sport: Village and Laguna wins open Outrigger T20 league

Phuket Sport: Village and Laguna wins open Outrigger T20 league

CRICKET: The Outrigger T20 league kicked off at the ACG on July 7 with an action-packed double header. In the first match, the Village took on last season’s finalists Island Cricket Club (ICC), while defending champions Laguna took on arch rivals Patong in the second 20-over match of the day at the Alan Cooke Ground in Phuket’s Thalang district.

Thursday 11 July 2013, 10:19AM


Village captain Paul Stamp scored 69 runs in the T20 opener. <i>Photo: Michael Way</i>

Village captain Paul Stamp scored 69 runs in the T20 opener. Photo: Michael Way

After a disappointing showing in the recently completed senior league season, the Village team had been hard at practice in recent weeks and were keen to prove themselves a force to be reckoned with. 

After being put into bat, all that hard work seemed to pay dividends and the Village posted a high scoring total 176-6 from their 20 overs.

Openers Martin Foster (30) and captain, Paul Stamp (69) posted an impressive 99 run partnership. Stamp was particularly punishing, smashing 5 sixes and 5 fours from just 42 balls.

But the momentum soon slowed, and ICC fought back to claim several more wickets cheaply until Diwan Mydeen (28 not out from 14 balls) came into the middle and brought the innings home with a hard-to-beat total of 176 runs.

He was aided by some wayward bowling from ICC which included 20 wides.

After the break, ICC knew a run-rate of more than 8 runs per over was going to be a difficult but not impossible task.

But they got off to a shaky start, losing opener Ravi Naik (7) in just the 3rd over with the score on 15.

Stalwarts Surender Kumar (19) and Vikram Sharma (26) steadied the innings until Kumar fell.

Apart from Deepak Mehra (13) and A Mushtaq (10), no other ICC batsmen managed to reach double figures and the side could only manage 122-9 in return, with Diwan Mydeen and Craig Murphy both claiming a treble of wickets each, and the Village claimed a decisive victory.

In the afternoon session, Patong took on defending Outrigger league leaders Laguna, hoping to redeem themselves for their loss to Laguna in the JLL Hotels league final.

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Patong won the toss and elected to bat in the hope of setting a high score to defend.

They got off to a solid start with openers Mike Khan (17) and Seemant Raju (37) putting on a 38 run partnership before Khan fell in the 7th over.

But none of the remaining Patong batsmen managed to reach double figures, and the team limped to post a total of 100-9 from their 20 overs.

This was mainly due to an impressive bowling display by Sami Ullah (4 wickets for 8 runs) who was well-supported by the other Laguna bowlers and backed up in the field.

Laguna got off to a quick start when they took the crease, with openers Darren Shaw (26) and captain Stuart Reading (20) scoring at 10 runs an over, until Reading fell with the score on 44 in the 5th over.

Roly Cooper (18) also looked impressive until he was bowled by Raju with the score on 80.
Val Guiraud (10 not out) and Damian Clowes (9 not out) then guided the innings home to reach their target of 101-4 in 16.1 overs.

Another double-header of T20 cricketing action takes place at the Alan Cooke Ground next Sunday (July 14) when the Village takes on Patong and the ICC takes on the Phuket youth team, comprised mainly of young Thai cricketing talent.

The play commences at 10.30 am and all are welcome to come along to the pavilion at the ACG in Thalang and watch Phuket’s growing cricket scene.

For more information about cricket in Phuket, contact chairman@phuketcricketgroup.com or visit www.phuketcricketgroup.com

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