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Village razed by Laguna

PHUKET: Last Sunday (March 4) saw a battle between the form team of the season, The Village Cricket Team, and last years T20 champions, Laguna Cricket Club, in the Island Furniture Cricket League (IFL).

Wednesday 7 March 2012, 02:33PM


Last Sunday saw a battle between the form team of the season, The Village Cricket Team, and last years T20 champions, Laguna Cricket Club.

Last Sunday saw a battle between the form team of the season, The Village Cricket Team, and last years T20 champions, Laguna Cricket Club.

In probably the most highly anticipated match of the season so far, Village were looking to cement their position at the top of the table to guarantee themselves a finals berth.

Meanwhile, Laguna, who were licking their wounds after a first defeat of the season to ICC a few weeks prior, knew that this was a must win match to keep them in the finals race.

With the pitch wet from overnight rain, Village, after winning the toss, had no hesitation putting Laguna into bat.

This quickly paid dividends, with the early dismissals of Laguna’s opening batsmen, Michael Ayling (1) and Bill Stahmer (3).

With Laguna losing two early wickets for only 16 runs, Village were looking to assert their dominance.

However, this was short-lived. Andrew Cole (84 not out) and Sameer Khan (34) put on a partnership of 84 runs (from 135 balls) until Khan was bowled by Justin White in the 26th over with the score on 100.

This had built the foundation for the innings, and with wickets in hand, Laguna could push the run rate along.

Cole and Val Guiraud (15) put on a valuable 41 run partnership from 44 balls, before Guiraud fell in the 33rd over.

This was followed by a 39 run partnership from 35 balls between Cole and Laguna captain Stuart Reading (18) until Reading fell in the 39th over with the score on 180.

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Cole finished with a flurry to take the score along to 202 runs with the loss of 5 wickets. Pick of the bowlers for the Village were Paul Stamp (2-23), Tom Gordon (2-31) and Justin White (1-32).

After the lunch break, the Village openers took to the field looking to get off to a strong start. However, the Laguna team had other ideas, with their opening pace attack of Sami Ullah and Val Guiraud keeping the Village on the back foot with some fast and accurate pace bowling.

Opening batsman Martin Foster (2) was clean bowled by Guiraud in the 4th over with the score on 7.

In the 6th over, Guiraud slipped awkwardly in his delivery stride on the greasy pitch, twisting his ankle, and the Village appeared to be offered a reprieve from the pace attack.

Kevin Quilty (12) and Tim Ross (14) then steadied the innings with a 34 run partnership before Ross was clean bowled by Sameer Khan.

It triggered a Village batting collapse, as they lost their next 9 wickets for only 21 runs, with none of the batsmen reaching double figures.

The Village were bowled out for 62 runs in 22nd over. Pick of bowlers for Laguna were Sameer Khan (4-13) and Lijo Hose (4-24).

Man of the match was Andrew Cole, with Sameer Khan and Lijo Hose picking up second and third place respectively.

Laguna picked up maximum points to advance to the top of the league table.

 

 

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