Patong batted first and posted a solid score of 230-9 – and that proved too much for Laguna, who were bowled out for 143 in the 29th over on a scorching hot Sunday at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG).
The match between league leaders Patong and the so-far undefeated Laguna side had been one of the most highly anticipated of the season.
After winning the toss, Patong elected to bat and put the Laguna side in the field, hoping to sap their energy under the hot sun before they started their run chase.
After a delay in commencing the match, as a result of the dismantling of the stage from the previous night’s “Big Night Out” music event, Patong got off to a blistering start hitting 12 runs from the 1st over.
Laguna eventually fought back, getting a breakthrough with Sami Ullah bowling Mike Kahn in the 6th over. Ullah struck again just two balls later, bowling Paddy Morton.
Shortly before the 10 over drinks break, Ullah was in action again running out Neil Quail, and the match was evenly balanced at 3 wickets down for 58.
However, Patong consolidated their innings with a 38 run partnership between Seemant Raju (47) and David Watson (35) until Seemant fell in the 14th over with the score on 96.
Watson then teamed up with Manish Sadarangani (31), posting another 32 runs until he fell with the score on 128 in the 19th over.
However, captain Anthony Van Blerk (45) put on a match winning 72 run partnership with Sadarangani, taking the score along to 200 until he was dismissed in the 32nd over.
The Patong tail then accumulated a further 30 runs to take their innings total to 230 runs for the loss of 9 wickets after their 35 overs.
Pick of the bowlers for Laguna was Sami Ullah (3 for 43) and Sameer Khan (2 for 49).
After the lunch break, Laguna set out to chase the Patong total. Opening batsmen Bill Stahmer (14) hit a six from the first ball, and it looked like game on.
But the Laguna top order then collapsed with 4 wickets down for only 22 runs in 5th over. When Val Guiraud (13) fell to lbw in the 8th over, Laguna were reeling with 5 wickets down for only 40 runs.
Sameer Khan (39) then joined Roly Cooper (27) for a 55 run partnership, until falling on the last ball before the break with the score on 95.
With another 136 runs required from 15 overs, a run rate of 9 per over was going to be tough with only 4 wickets in hand.
Captain Stuart Reading (18) then teamed up with Cooper, looking to push the score along at the required run rate, but fell in the 24th over.
The Laguna innings eventually ran out of steam, being bowled out for only 143 runs in reply. Pick of the bowlers for Patong were Richard Desmond (3 for 22) and Manish Sadarangani (2 for 20).
Patong have now extended their lead at the top of the table on 33 points while the others will now fight it out for a finals berth.
This Sunday (March 31) the Village take on Laguna. Will the Village roll the normally unflappable Laguna or will Laguna put this defeat behind them and get back on track? Specators are welcome at the ACG to find out.