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PHUKET: Patong CC proved too hot to handle last Sunday with a clean defeat of visitors Thalang Cricket Team in the Phuket Cricket Group 40-over league competition.

Hot, sunny conditions usual for this time of year prevailed, with a brown grassy outfield and the wicket still sporting surplus sand from a recent AFL match.

Patong captain Seemant Raju won the toss and sent Thalang in to bat.

The left and right-handed opening combination of Andrew McMillan and Justin Thomatos began strongly, making an opening stand of 114 before Thomatos was dismissed in the 15th over on 42 (41 balls).

Carl Baxter joined McMillan at the crease, but made the long walk back to the sheds after Waseem Bhatt bowled him for 1. Simon Wetherell made a valuable stand of 39 runs with McMillan before being bowled by Imtiyaz Mustaq for 24 (16 balls) just after the second drinks break.

Jean Matthee, one of the two new signings for Thalang, joined McMillan in the center. He looked the part, playing solidly against the spin of Patrick Morton, who was enjoying the new-found purchase of the PCG wicket flush with coarse coral sand. The ball looked like it had been put in a blender for 30 minutes, with the only hope of getting some shine being to remove the leather and turn the ball inside out.

Matthee made 11 runs before being run out after an excellent boundary throw by Richard Desmond to Morton, causing Umpire M Sandargani to raise his finger and send the newcomer back to the stand.

Middle-order batsman Craig Murphy entered the fray, but opener McMillan was soon dismissed on 87 (81 balls) after Justin Swart took an excellent outfield catch off the bowling of Morton.

Thalang captain Bill Stahmer made a brief appearance with Murphy on the pitch, until he was adjudged LBW by umpire John King for 1 off the bowling of Mustaq coming on for his second spell off his short run up.

Gary Lane was next to the crease, joining Murphy in the 27th over. Murphy was dismissed in the last over before the third drinks break. Patrick Ledeboer survived the remaining five balls before drinks, but only lasted two balls after the break, as Bhatt cannoned the ball into the stumps, sending Ledeboer back to the clubhouse for 1.

Jurgen Jacobs, the second new signing for Thalang, strode to the wicket and looked very solid, cutting a ball backward off point for two runs before Bhatt sent the bails flying in the next delivery, and Jacobs and back to the sheds out for two runs.

Martin Hill joined Lane at the wicket, looking much slimmer after his recent bout of dengue fever. Hill was welcomed by players happy to see him up and about again, but the joy was short-lived as Lane (11) was run out by a direct hit by Bhatt to bring the Thalang innings to a close after the first ball of the 31st over. Hill remained not out for 1.

Analyzing their innings, Thalang realized they has started well, and were 3/154 after 20 overs, but collapsed to be all out for 205, just 11 overs later.

Best of the PCC bowlers: Bahtt – 8 overs, 1 maiden, 3/27; Mustaq – 8 overs, 3/39; Morton – 8 overs, 1/46. Swart – 5 overs, 1/43. Desmond and Raju also bowled, but failed to take any wickets, though Raju was bowling when Lane was run out.

Patong took their turn to bat, and had to negotiate two overs before the luncheon break, which they did, but Captain Raju as opener obviously didn’t finish his cucumber-and-cheese sandwiches, as he returned to the clubhouse two overs after lunch for 1, caught by wicketkeeper Hill off the bowling of Matthee.

Swart formed a left-right batting combination with Mustaq, resulting in a 145-run stand for the second wicket.

Mustaq was finally dismissed in the 27th over on 92 runs from 74 balls faced. Swart soon followed, dismissed for 67 runs (83 balls) by Baxter in the 28th over.

Bhatt joined Morton, but an excellent catch in the covers by Matthee ended Bhatt’s innings on 7, but with Patong on 4/201, just five runs shy of first innings points.

Owen Pringle joined Morton at the crease and watched Morton hit the points-scoring runs, before Morton was caught by Baxter for 27 (29 balls) off the bowling of McMillan.

Paul Baker joined Pringle in the center and played two lovely boundary strokes before his cameo ended when caught by Murphy at mid-on, off the bowling of Lane, for 8 runs off 7 balls.

Neil Quail was bowled by Lane for 4, bringing Richard Desmond to the center to join Pringle, who was bowled off the final delivery for 10 runs by Wetherell.

Desmond remained not out for 1, with Patong 8/247 at the end of the match.

Best of the Thalang bowlers: Matthee – 6 overs, 1 maiden, 1/19; McMillan – 9 overs, 2/41; Baxter – 7 overs 1/31; Murphy – 9 overs, 1/61, Lane – 4 overs, 2/34; and Wetherell – 1 over, 1 wicket, 2 runs.

A short spell by Jacobs proved that eight years between bowling spells will exacerbate any perceived flaws in technique. Thalang captain Stahmer also tossed the ball down the wicket, along with Thomatos, without success.

Patong return next weekend to face Laguna at the Alan Cooke Ground in Thalang this Sunday (March 29). The match starts at 10am, with a close contest expected.

Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy cricket in Phuket. Cold drinks and food available all day. For directions to the ACG, visit ACGPhuket.com

— Owen Pringle

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Phuket’s Sri Panwa Resort’s land title deed to be investigated for legality by DSI

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Back in the news again. Phuket’s Sri Panwa Resort’s land title deed is now to be investigated by the Department of Special Investigation after a petition was filed to determine whether the deed was procured legally. Veera Somkwamkid, the secretary-general of the People’s Network Against Corruption, filed the petition along with 167 pages of documents pertaining to his accusations that Thawatchai Anukun, a land fraud suspect, had unlawfully issued land title deeds to plots of land in Phuket before he mysteriously died in a detention room while in DSI custody in 2016.

He was allegedly being investigated for falsifying land deeds between the years of 1998 and 2001. Veera claims before the title deed was issued on the plot, the land was part of a forest known by locals as Pa Kae.

“Back then, 10 families that had occupied the plots for about 40 years had title deed requests rejected. The reason given was the land was part of a forest reserve used by the navy.”

However, Watchara Buathong, Phuket’s current land official, says the Sri Panwa resort had legally acquired its 56-rai, none of which was ever state land. Local resident Khwanjai Khumban, backed this claim, saying her father and cousins had sold most of the land to the resort, and she could produce documents to account for at least 12 rai of the disputed area.

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Meanwhile, the Social Security Office, is also under fireas it is being asked to explain why it invested in the hotel’s trust fund. The department, which is under Thailand’s Ministry of Labour, in which its minister says he doesn’t know if the property has been legally built and points to the responsibility to the DSI to investigate. This was echoed by at least one opposition MP and anti-corruption activists.

The hotel, situated on Cape Panwa, in Phuket’s Muang district, has been under recent scrutiny due to its owner, Vorasit Issara, accusing Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, a co-leader of the anti-government United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group, of offending the monarchy at last weekend’s protest at Sanam Luang.

Vorasit posted on Instagram that Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul should be jailed, further falsely claiming that she is not Thai when, in fact, Panusaya was found to have been born in Nonthaburi and is a Thai citizen.

“This bullshit has got to stop. She is not Thai. Who is she working for? This one needs to be in prison”.

Such a statement has received wide backlash from netizens with some taking to Trip Advisor and other websites to post bad reviews of the resort, prompting it to suspend advertising on such sites.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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Female prisoner on the run after escaping from Phuket Hospital

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A female prisoner is on the run after escaping from Vachira Hospital in Phuket during a doctor’s appointment. 58 year old Siri Phodam allegedly escaped after asking her prison escort officer to use the toilet. But she took a long time to come back, and was found to have escaped. CCTV cameras caught her dressed in a blue hospital patient shirt and a sarong leaving the hospital quickly. A Phuket prison officer says the woman is 158 centimetres tall and has dark skin.

“Some of our own officers are searching for her, and we have also sent the prisoner’s description to all Phuket police stations. However, at this stage we have not found any clues.

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“If anyone finds a person matching the prisoner’s appearance, please inform us by calling 076 212 104.”

Siri was imprisoned after being charged with posessing illegal drugs and lived in Moo 2, Rawai.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket’s annual vegetarian festival gets the green light – VIDEO

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WARNING: The content below contains photos and videos of self-mutilation that some may find disturbing.

Somehow Phuket’s annual vegetarian festival is to go ahead next month, but officials say they will ask participants to strictly observe social distancing. Good luck with that! For those who don’t know, the festival isn’t exactly known for the food. It’s known for blood, body mutilation and more blood.

During street processions for the weeklong event, also known as the Nine Gods Festival, so called “mah songs” are known to practice self-mutilation and are said to enter a trance-like state, channeling spirits through their body. “Mah” means horse in Thai, and many suggest the mah song acts like a horse for the spirit to ride.

Many mah songs pierce their checks, ears and lips, some with large swords and thick needles. Some slice their tongues continuously for hours, blood dripping down on the street. Others appear to be in a trace walk barefoot as firecrackers explode on the ground.

Mah songs march down Phuket’s streets for hours with a team of devotees to help tend to their wounds, adjust the piercings, wipe away drool and blood, and keep them hydrated. It’s understood that devotees wear white as a symbol of purity. It’s also reported that they abstain from eating meat, drinking alcohol and having sex during the weeklong festival.

It seems gruesome, but it’s actually very spiritual. Business owners and locals line the street, some setting up altars. Mah songs stop at each one and do a quick ritual. Some mah songs carry a black flag, waving it over onlookers who bow their heads and place their hands in the “wai” position. Some spend time blessing the elderly and handing out bracelets to children. During a procession last year, a woman held up a bracelet as said “the ‘Spirit’ gave this to my mother.”

This year, the festival will have to be a little different to abide by coronavirus prevention measures. The Bangkok Post says it’s the first festival since the outbreak. The head festival organiser Prasert Fukthongphol says “we will seriously enforce social distancing measures and require all participants to wear face masks.”

The grotesque piercings, noisy parades and visits to the shrine, are good news for Phuket’s tourism and bad news if you’re a vegetable. Many adherents to the Chinese-heritage local festival will go without sex, alcohol and meat for the week of so of the festival. The week of events and ceremonies hopes to scare away the bad gods again but, especially this year, attract some extra visitors to the festival.

Another Vegetarian Festival in Chon Buri has also been given the green light. The event is planned for October 16 to the 26. This year’s main event for the festival will be in Naklua at Sawangboriboon Thammasathan Foundation at the Sein Sua Chinese Temple, but many other events will be around the city throughout the week.

Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

Phuket's annual vegetarian festival gets the green light - VIDEO | News by The Thaiger

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Pattaya News

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