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Patong easily tame Leopards

Patong easily tame Leopards

PHUKET: Both teams had something to play for heading into the eighth match of the Island Furniture League season last Sunday – Patong Cricket Club (PCC) were looking to jump to the top of the table, while the young guns of the competition, Phuket Leopards, sought their first win.

Friday 20 January 2012, 11:16AM

While the Leopards gave an improved performance, the Thai youngsters again failed to bat out the full 40 overs, being bowled out for 95 runs in only 22.5 overs.

The Leopards won the toss and decided to bat, but were left regretting the decision as they slumped to 3-15.
However, TP Suttiprapha (32) and SK Jutamart (16) steadied the innings with an impressive batting display before Jutamart succumbed to a well flighted delivery from Manesh Sadarangani.

There was still hope for the Leopards when Suttiprapha belted Dave Thomas for 16 runs from one over, including three boundaries, however with the score on 67, Suttiprapha was run out due to poor communication with his batting partner, WJ Letingoo (7).

The Leopards lower order failed to show much resistance with the exception of AF Uphama (15), and they eventually capitulated to be bowled out for 95.

Patong captain Richard Folds, meanwhile, would not have been impressed with a less than perfect fielding display which saw several dropped catches throughout the innings.

Patong seemed intent on securing all available bonus points from the match when they sent in big hitting Anthony Van Blerk (21) as opener.

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The Leopards, aware of Van Blerk’s propensity to hit straight drives in the air, dropped him when he was on 2. This proved costly, as Van Blerk and Neil Quail (28) took the score to 54 before Van Blerk was caught and bowled by TP Suttiprapha.

This was quickly followed by the dismissal of Quail who was clean bowled AF Uphama.

Seemant Raju (17) and Dean Noble (11 not out) then entered the fray, and with Patong only requiring one run for victory, Raju was clean bowled by PM Suriya.

However, victory eventually came in the 13th over. Pick of the bowlers were PM Suriya (1-1) and TP Suttiprapha (1-37).

This weekend sees Island Cricket Club take on the Thanyapura News Tigers at
the ACG.

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