Wrap of the 1st Kata Group Phuket International Cricket 7s
It was another fabulous day here at the Kata Group Sports Ground in Phuket, Thailand for Day 2 of the Kata Group International Cricket 7s, the first event of ACST Phuket Cricket Week 2012.
The Vagabonds arrived for the first match of Day 2 short of players and soon recruited 3 young cricketers from around the ground: Ta, from PCDC Natives, Suburadip from the Singapore Slingers and Aiden from the CBB’S. The young recruits were not to be a good omen for the Vagabonds however as the Galahs won the match with a score of 3/42. Hersey so kindly once again contributed to the fundraising for the Phuket Junior Cricket Development Fund with his 2nd duck of the tournament.
The CBB’s once again set a cracking pace with a total of 1/68 versus the Thailand Rugby League. Ritchie Oliver once again showed his prowess with the bat retiring on 35. Bec Gray was the only bowler to take a wicket on the Thai Rugby League team, with figures of 1/7 in a losing cause as CBBs cantered to a win.
The Lesmurdie Mazenod boys and the Singapore Slingers were next to face the heat with Lesmurdie setting a challenging 52 runs for victory. They also achieved their first duck for the tournament so graciously adding to the coffers for the PJCD fund. Unfortunately for them it was not to be the plucky Slingers game as their final score fell well short of the mark with a total of 34.
Next up, NCL came out shooting with a breezy score of 0/58. Akram with 19 runs and and Faruque with 23 led the charge, both not out. The Mighty Spires from the UK answered with 4/46, not enough to take the victory. Athar and Jenel from the NCL team both ended with bowling figures of 2 wickets for 3 runs.
Game 5 of the day saw the Rowdies take on the Chennai Super Sevens. Batting first, the Rowdies set a modest total of 5/23. Ram & Vonky of Chennai both posted impressive bowling figures of 1 wicket for 2 runs from their overs. The Chennai boys cruised to victory, reaching their target with 2 full overs to spare, earning themselves a bonus point in the process.
In the next match up, the Mighty Spires posted a competitive total of 49 against the Singapore Slingers, with Jonathon top scoring on 13, closely followed by David on 12 not out. Once again the sundries were the top scorers of the game with both teams posting 13 and 14 extras. The Slingers gave it their all, but unfortunately couldn’t reach their target. They ended their run chase with a valiant 41 with T2 once again top scoring with 11.
In the last Shield division game of the day the Thai Rugby League took on the Vagabonds. Thai Rugby League made a solid 41 from their allotted overs. In response the Vagabonds took the win after scoring 0/ 45, earning them the victory.
The battle continued to reach the top 8 positions for Cup & Plate honours with the NCL coming out to face the Lesmurdie Mazenod team. The game featured the least amount of sundries for the entire day of play, Lesmurdie having 3 and NCL 0. The game was won comfortably by NCL with a score of 1/48 against which the Lesmurdie lads could only muster 11 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.
In the final completed match of the day, the local Thai boys of the PCDC Natives scored a modest total of 13 runs. This was knocked off by the Chennai lads with three and a half overs to spare. Whilst it was a short game, it was played with the positive spirit for which these Phuket cricket tournaments have become known. The PCDC lads still walked from the pitch with a smile on their faces and a spring in their step.
Unfortunately, due to rain, play was stopped during the match between the Da Bang Boyz and PCDC Natives. Both this game and the final scheduled match of the day between the Da Bang Boyz and the Rowdies will be played tomorrow morning.
On Finals Day of the Kata 7s the top 8 placed teams will compete in Cup and Plate divisions, they are: The Rowdies, P.C.D.C Natives, Singapore Slingers, NCL, Dabang Boyz, The Mighty Spires, Lesmurdie Mazenod and Chennai Super Sevens
The four bottom placed teams: The Galahs, CBB SCs, Thailand Rugby League and The Vagabonds start the days play in the Shield Division.