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Village run riot against Patong

Village run riot against Patong

PHUKET: The Village cricket team continued their unbeaten run and moved to the top of the Island Furniture Cricket League table last weekend after demolishing Patong Cricket Club (PCC) at the ACG.

Friday 17 February 2012, 02:00PM

Village, who have quickly gone about shaking off their jokers tag this season, won the toss on a hot and humid morning and elected to bat first. It didn’t go well for Village though as they lost opener Kevin Quilty off just the second ball of the innings, clean bowled by Anil Rawat.

Martin Foster’s cautious innings at number three, which saw him take 12 balls to get off the mark, helped take his side to 36 before he was caught off Kishor Jhagta for 10.

Patong could have broken that partnership much earlier, but had a solid appeal for LBW against Justin White (22) turned down in the fourth over while he was on 13.

White was given another life when he was dropped in the slips just eight balls later, and yet another one
when Anthony Van Blerk put him down at mid wicket while he was on 20.

But the latter didn’t prove too costly, as Manesh Sadaranganiin cleaned up White’s stumps in the ninth over to leave Village struggling at 3-38.

When Paul Stamp was given LBW off Joshi Naresh in the 12th over, Village looked in serious trouble at 4-42.
But Diwan Mydeen and Tim Ross then put on a stabilising partnership, adding 28 runs before Mydeen was caught off Seemant Raju for 16.

Sloppy fielding continued to prove costly for Patong, as Ross was dropped at mid-on by Mike Khan while on 20, before Richard Folds stepped up and took a screamer to finally dismiss him for 42.

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The tail continued to frustrate the Patong bowlers, adding 102 for the final five wickets, before they
were eventually dismissed for 172 off 37 overs.

Pick of the bowlers was Raju who picked up 3-36, while Kishor Jhagta and Joshi Naresh bagged two wickets each.
While no doubt frustrated by a few fielding errors, the Patong batsmen would have felt pretty comfortable going into what should have been a fairly comfortable chase, with an asking run rate of just 4.3.

But when two wickets fell in the third over of their innings, and another two in the sixth, the league leaders were in serious trouble at 4-17.

Rishi Sadarangani and Anil Rawat were able to combine well in the middle to put on a 38 run partnership, and after Rawat was out LBW off White, captain Richard Folds (22) carried on the momentum to carry his side to 5-89.

But Patong would not go far beyond that score as the tail collapsed in emphatic fashion, the final five wickets falling for just one run.

Craig Patterson bowled a three wicket maiden to finish off the innings, taking his figures to an impressive 6-17 off 7 to add to his 11 runs with the bat and ensuring he took man of the match honours.

This weekend sees an undefeated Laguna take on former champions Island Cricket Club at the ACG.

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