In a thrilling match, after batting first, Laguna set a total of 188 for Thalang, who with a strong batting line up were in with a very good chance. With Thalang looking comfortable with only 3 wickets down for 141 at the beginning of the 29th over, they looked as though they would reach the target comfortably. However, as Laguna have often done in the past, their bowlers kicked into gear and Thalang capitulated losing their next 7 wickets for just 25 runs with Sriram Kalisam being the main destroyer capturing 5 wickets for 24 runs.
After winning the toss, Thalang put Laguna into bat. Laguna got off to a poor start, losing opener Darren Shaw (5) in the 3rd over. Manish Sadarangani (15) and Shoeib Mushtaq (21) then steadied the innings until Sadarangani fell just before the 12 over drinks break with the score on 33. Sriram Kalisam (43) and then Mushtaq combined for a 32 run partnership which was followed by a 48 run partnership between Kalisam and captain Sameer Khan (74 not out) before Kalisam departed in 24th over with 4 wickets down for 113. However, Khan took control after the second drinks break to with a great batting display to guide Laguna to a total of 187 all out before he ran out of batting partners.
With 188 runs required for victory, Thalang also suffered an early loss of opener Ian Henry (7) in the 4th over. However, veteran Bill Stahmer (55) and J Thomatos (25) combined for a 64 run partnership which was followed by another 61 run partnership between Stahmer and Simon Wetherell (34) until Wetherell was dismissed with the score on 3-141 at the start of the 29th over. With another 47 runs required from 47 balls, victory seemed within reach for Thalang. However, cricket can be a funny old game, and Thalang’s fortunes took a turn for the worse when captain Andrew McMillan (6) fell just 3 balls later and Stahmer and Ledeboer fell in successive balls in the very next over. At 6 wickets down for 156 runs, victory was still possible for Thalang with 32 runs required from 32 balls but the Thalang lower order continued their collapse with their final 4 wickets falling in the next 14 balls being bowled out for a total 166 – short of their target by 22 runs.
In the previous weeks clash, ICC were winners against the Village after being bowled out for 133 in 27.4 overs with Deepak Mehra (37), A Mushtaq (31) and Surendar Kumar (27 not out) being the main contributors. However, in reply, the Village could only manage 108 runs all out in reply from 32.1 overs.
The JLL cricket league returns in the New Year on 5 January 2014, with Patong battling it out against ICC. Play starts at 10:00 am.