Double pleasure for Phuket facing the British Club of Bangkok visiting



CRICKET: Village Cricket Club took a major blow in a final thriller against British Club Bangkok last Sunday (November 7) to finish clear for the Phuket teams in a weekend double-program at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG), Thalang.

The Village team poses for the camera after their scathing victory against British Club Bangkok last Sunday (November 7). Photo: Ian Brewis

The day before, the Patong Penguins Invitational Xl had beaten the visitors in a competitive but ultimately one-sided affair.

The British Club visit saw a welcome return of touring teams to Phuket after a long hiatus due to COVID-related lockdowns and quarantine restrictions over the past year.

In Sunday’s 25-overs game, British Club struck first and scored a solid 127-9 in their full oversight allocation. Rahul Gupte (26) was the best player with the stick while Pir Sami and Craig Patterson both picked up two wickets with the ball.

The Village then continued the 128 required to win at 5.25 by more. A very tight British Club bowling alley, with stars Ben Eastwell and Ian Brewis picking up 3 wickets apiece, applied the pressure, resulting in a mid-order collapse. The Village was shaken and in search of a hero. Enter Roly Cooper (27) who hit 3 huge 6’s to see his team at home with only 3 balls to spare.

On Saturday, the Penguins won the toss and chose to strike in a T30 encounter. The British Club played very tight, leaving none of the top orders to settle in, choking the Penguins’ run rate while picking up wickets.

The only problem with taking wickets against the Penguins is that it ultimately brings Craig “Pancake” Morgan to the fold. The Penguins rely heavily on Morgan, known as Pancake because he was previously a national representative for Bakers Biscuit and some say the 7e best drummer to come out of the Eastern Cape.

Once again, Pancake delivered, scoring 65 not in just 25 balls. A good round however depends on someone to stick with it on the other end and the Penguins can thank former South Delhi volleyball team mascot Sajal Gaur (19 not absent) and Anthony “Frenchy” Du Pont (27) for doing just that. and then some, as they rushed for their team to post a very respectable 186/9 in 30 overs.

The British Club have never gone out of second gear in their pursuit of 187 wins, with Waseem Mir (3/8) achieving one of the best bowling spells seen at ACG in recent times. Mir conceded just 8 points for 3 wickets in a devastating 6-overs opening spell, heartbreaking and out of the batting order of British clubs.

Vaughn McClear (43) played a nice cameo at the end to make the score respectable, but the result was never in doubt as the Penguins won convincingly by 76 points. Michael Reese Thomas collected a pair of great catches on his return home with his beloved Penguins and added a wicket just for good measure, it’s a fantastic performance on the pitch.


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