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Phuket Sport: Laguna overcome the Village

Phuket Sport: Laguna overcome the Village

CRICKET: Laguna bettered a challenging innings from the Village in a JLL Hotels League match at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) in Thalang on Sunday, March 31.

Wednesday 10 April 2013, 10:38AM


Craig Patterson (Village) bowls to Andrew Cole (Laguna). <i>Photo: Michael Way</i>

Craig Patterson (Village) bowls to Andrew Cole (Laguna). Photo: Michael Way

As the league nears the completion of the round robin matches before the finals, teams are still fighting it out for the finals spots.

Laguna were returning to the ACG after suffering a comprehensive defeat against league leaders Patong the previous week.

They were hoping to get back on track against the Village, who were also defeated by Patong in their last outing, but made a better fist of it, claiming the two bonus points on offer.

The Village once again posted a solid score of 179-9 batting first, but Laguna managed to chase down the total, posting 185-4 in the 27th over.

After winning the toss, the Village chose to bat – the favoured option during the sweltering temperatures in the lead up to Songkran.

However, the Village got off to a shaky start, losing captain Kevin Quilty in only the 2nd over.

Mark Whetton (11) then combined with Martin Foster (72) to steady the innings, taking the Village through to the 10 over drinks break without further loss.

However, shortly after the break, Whetton fell lbw ending their 41 run partnership.

The Village lost in-form Danny Taylor shortly thereafter, but Craig Murphy (30) and Foster them combined for a 58 run partnership, taking the score along to 114 runs before Murphy was bowled by Matthew Stahmer in the 27th over.

Mark Ashman (4) failed to make a significant impression when he too fell victim to Stahmer in the same over. However, Craig Patterson (19 not out) and Foster then rallied for a 39 run partnership before Foster’s innings finally came to an end with the score on 157 in the 32nd over.

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Patterson and the George McCreedy (5 not out) wagged the tail a little more to take the innings total to 179-9 at the end of 35 overs.

Pick of the bowlers for Laguna was Matthew Stahmer (5 for 44) and Shoeib Mushtaq (2 for 21).

After the lunch break, Laguna set out to chase down the Village total, hoping to do so in less than the allotted overs in order to pick up some valuable bonus points.

Openers Matthew Stahmer (64) and Darren Shaw (18) were in a hurry to reach the target until Shaw fell with the score on 51 runs in the 7th over.

Stahmer then combined with Andrew Cole (38), who finally found some form with the bat, for a match winning 89 run partnership, until Stahmer fell in the 19th over with the score on 140.

Shoeib Mushtaq (11) then pushed the score along to 161 before he fell lbw to Craig Murphy, who was on a hatrick after bowling Val Guiraud for a golden duck.

Sameer Khan (17 from 6 balls) then valiantly tried to reach the target by 26.1 overs in order to pick up a bonus point, but just missed out hitting the winning runs just 2 balls later.

Pick of the bowlers for Village was Craig Murphy (4 for 38).

With the win, Laguna moved into 2nd place in the JLL Hotels League, on 25 points – and it looks like there will be a three-horse race between Laguna, Jabudays and TNT for a finals berth against league leaders Patong.

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