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Melbourne Super Kings take home Phuket Cricket Sixes Cup

Melbourne Super Kings take home Phuket Cricket Sixes Cup

CRICKET: The Melbourne Super Kings were crowned champions at the 10th annual Asia Escape Phuket International Cricket Sixes on Sunday, after a brutal demolition of defending champions MG7 from Kuwait in the Cup final.

Monday 22 April 2013, 02:03PM

Melbourne Super King's batsmen face Kuwait's MG7 bowlers in the cup final

Melbourne Super King's batsmen face Kuwait's MG7 bowlers in the cup final

In the other tournament divisions there was silverware for MG Warriors in the Bowl, Phuket Cricket Group in the Plate and Lamma CC in the Spoon.

Eighteen teams from around the world competed in glorious sunshine over the last four days at the Alan Cooke Ground in Thalang, for the the ICC award-winning Sixes tournament – all of the teams played on finals day and some incredible cricket skills were firmly in evidence.

The Spoon final was an all Hong Kong duel between experienced sixes campaigners Lamma CC and the hot-shot team of the Hong Kong Cricket Festival, the Hong Kong Blues.

Batting first, despite a ferociously quick first over, Lamma eventually put on a score of 68 without loss.

They drew then on all of their many years of accumulated cricket wisdom to defend their total and the Blues fell short of the target, Lamma taking the Spoon in Phuket for the first time.

Mark “Monty” Burns was presented with the ‘Player of the Final’ award for his 25 not out, and 1 wicket for 7 runs.

The Plate final proved a popular win for the local players of the Phuket Cricket Group, who had played hard competitive cricket throughout the tournament and defeated Pinjarra from Australia in the final.

David Watson was made Player of the Final for his 33 not out and 1 wicket for 5 runs from his over.

Two teams flew to Phuket from Kuwait for the tournament, and both sides reached the tournament finals.

Up first were the MG Warriors, who played Southern Stars from Victoria, Australia in the Bowl final.

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Both teams had been going great-guns throughout the tournament, and featured match-winning players.

In the end the Kuwaitis deservedly triumphed after a controlled bowling display restricted the Aussies to a modest 57 runs, which MG Warriors knocked off relatively comfortably.

Mitch Younger of the Stars picked up the Player of the Final award for his performance of 23 not out and 11 runs from his over.

The other Kuwaiti side in the tournament, defending champions MG7, scored a fantastic victory over the CBB Wolfpack in the Cup semi final when they defended 98 off the fancied Australian side – featuring Aussie international indoor cricketer, Will “Altar Boy” Badger – to send them into the Cup final.

There they faced the Melbourne Super Kings, who were making their debut at the Phuket Sixes.

The Aussie outfit batted first and devastated the Kuwaiti bowling attack, racking up 98 runs which they then capably defended despite the best efforts of MG7.

It was a classy match full of top drawer shots and power bowling, and Melbourne were good for their Cup victory.

Player of the Final was awarded to Ramesh of the Super Kings.

Mark Stirling of the Wild Men From Borneo was awarded the prestigious Spirit of Cricket Award.

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