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Village knock the spots off Leopards

PHUKET: With The Village reeling from their humbling defeat at the hands of Laguna in their last outing, the bottom placed Leopards saw a good opportunity for a big win to get their season back on track, and to also gain some valuable match practice prior to their participation in the National Youth Cricket Championships, to be held in Chanthaburi province from March 23-28.

Tuesday 20 March 2012, 02:57PM

In the 15th match of the Island Furniture League, held on Sunday (March 18), The Village batted first hoping to set a big total, They got off to a solid start, reaching 50 runs before the loss of their opener Martin Foster (13) in the ninth over, clean bowled by Bank.

They pushed on to 77 runs before fellow opener, Kevin Quilty (34), also fell.

Tom Gordon (32) played an aggressive innings before Leopards captain Pao skittled his stumps with the score on 135 runs in the 16th over.

Village captain James Firth then strolled out confidently into the middle, however, he was immediately on his way back to the pavilion after being bowled for a golden duck from Pao’s very next ball.

However, an 89 run partnership by man-of-the match Divan Mydeen (retired 101 not out) and Justin White (29) for Village saw the Leopard’s hopes of easy victory slip away.

White eventually fell in the 27th over with the score on 224, before Mydeen and Martin Platts (17) put on another valuable partnership of 83 runs to carry Village to 313 by the 34th over.

An exhausted Mydeen then retired after posting a maiden century at the ACG, while Chris Gordon (19) and Greg Heanan (12 not out) managed to push the score along to a record 8-352 from their 40 overs.

The Leopards could have contained the score had they managed to hold onto several dropped catches during the innings. Pick of the bowlers for the Leopards were First (2-42), Pao (2-43) and Pan (2-28).

After the lunch break, the Village took to the field in the hot afternoon sun. The Leopards were looking to post a respectable score, though chasing down the massive target of 353 runs looked improbable.

Things went along smoothly until the fourth over, when Martin Foster struck a double blow, initially dismissing Pup (4), and then immediately followed up with Mac (0) for a golden duck.

Foster missed his hat-rick but managed to capture his third wicket in the same over, clean bowling Jay for a duck.

Foster continued his spell with another wicket in his next over, and at 4-25 runs, the Leopards were on the verge of an embarrassing innings collapse.

However, an inspirational 83 run partnership by Pao (65) and Bank (24) saw the Leopards reach 108 runs, much to the delight of the pavilion, before Bank was dismissed.

Pao followed shortly thereafter, being stumped while playing forward to a leg-side delivery and not keeping his back foot grounded.

The rest of the Leopards failed to show any resistance and they were bowled out for 117 in the 21st over. Pick of bowlers for the Village were Martin Foster (7-34) and Tom Gordon (1-9).

Man of the match was Divan Mydeen, with Martin Foster and Pao picking up second and third place respectively.

The win also returns the Village to the top of the league table.

-Moin tour postponed

The planned tour by the Moin Cricket Academy from Pakistan has been postponed. Further details will follow once new dates have been confirmed.



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