The Village, last season’s runners up, were desperate to record their first win of the season, while TNT were looking to progress further up the ladder to challenge the top teams of Patong and Laguna.
In the end, Village were the winners, bowling TNT out for 153, 27 runs short of the target set by the Village. It was the first victory of the season for the Village, and secured some valuable points to keep them in touch with the rest of the teams.
After some overnight rain, TNT put the Village into bat after winning the toss, hoping to restrict them to a low score. In the very first over, they struck, bowling out Village opener Craig Murphy.
However, Martin Platts (21) played a Geoffrey Boycott type innings, holding up an end, while he and batting partner Martin Foster (48) put on a 71-run partnership.
Platts finally fell in the 17th over, but Foster and Mark Roberts (25) dug in for another 41 run partnership, until Foster was clean bowled just short of his half-century in the 27th over with 4 wickets down for 125.
Harvey Nolan fell to a basic cricketing error after being run out by not retreating to the safety of his crease after pushing a ball to Burger Marx at short mid-on, who threw down his stumps.
With the loss of big hitting Tom Gordon in the 30th over, the Village were looking as though they would struggle to post a solid total to challenge TNT.
However, Mark Ashman (12) and Chris Gordon (15 not out) provided valuable contributions to take the score on to 179 before the Village were bowled out in the final over with 179 runs on the scoreboard.
At the completion of the innings, TNT were probably ruing the several dropped catches which would have likely restricted the Village to a lower score.
Pick of the bowlers for TNT were Barry Buck (4 for 41) and Roshan Jayasuriya (2 for 22).
After the lunch break, TNT opener’s Simon Wetherell (69) and Anthony Du Pont (1) were looking to get off to a solid start.
However, Du Pont was trapped in front from the bowling of Tom Gordon in the 3rd over and the Village had their tails up.
Roshan Jayasuria (31) and Wetherell combined and it was looking if it might be all over by the 25th over if they continued scoring at 7 runs per over.
However, their 58 run partnership came to an end in the 11th over when Jayasuriya was caught with the score on 68.
TNT were still looking confident with an in-form Wetherell at the crease, however, their innings took a turn for the worse with the loss of two cheap wickets and at 4 wickets down for 88 in the 15th over, the burden to get them home was squarely on Wetherell’s shoulders.
With only one ball to go before the 20 over drinks break, Wetherell finally fell with the score on 130 runs. At 50 runs to go and 15 overs remaining, TNT needed just 3.3 runs an over to get home.
However, their innings was turned on its head immediately after the break when Tom Gordon scattered TNT captain’s Buck stumps and dismissed Garry Carrick for a golden duck very next ball.
He didn’t go on to get his hat-trick, however, and the Village were now in the driving seat with TNT 7 wickets down for 130.
Thai youngster Pan and Simon Samaan held on grittily to take the score on to 150, before Pan fell in the 27th over.
Turbo, another Thai youngster, then joined Samaan, hoping to get the last 30 runs, but Samaan was eventually caught and bowled by Craig Murphy shortly thereafter and TNT were bowled out in the 29th over for 153.
Pick of the bowlers for the Village were Craig Murphy (4 for 37) and Tom Gordon (3 for 25).
This week, on Sunday, March 3, the Jabudays will take on Patong at the ACG.