PHUKET: A dominant victory over Village CC by an innings and 257 runs at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) in Thalang last Sunday secured Patong CC the minor premiership and place in the league final, to be played on May17.
Both teams were missing many of their regular players, who were busy with work, travel commitments or out with injuries, and so Patong secured the services of brothers Mitchell Barrington, 15, and Tyson, 17, from Victoria, Australia.
The Barrington family had been in Thailand on holidays and playing cricket in the 28th Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes. Their team ‘Hit n Miss’ were successful in their first tour, winning the ‘plate’ division.
The Village, meanwhile, could field a team of only seven players, which left lots of gaps between the fielders.
S ‘Paan’ Sriwang opened the bowling by sending opening batsman Seemant Raju back to the pavilion for a golden duck, after Paan sent the middle stump cartwheeling out of the pitch.
At the other end, the Village’s T ‘Pao’ Suttiprapha had Arif Mushtaq caught and bowled for just four runs at the end of the next over.
Regardless, a strong performance by the remainder of the Patong team ensured a defendable total of 350/8 after 40 overs – the highest first-innings score by any team this season.
Stuart Hamilton and Dave Thomas compiled 38 runs before Thomas was caught by T Donovan for 12 off the bowling of Pao. This bought Tyson Barrington to the wicket and he made 47 runs with Hamilton, until Hamilton was caught by Paan for 60 (38 balls) off the bowling of Village Captain Mudasir Rehman.
Mitchell joined his brother in scoring 71 runs in a partnership of class batting. Tyson was finally out for 53 (29 balls) at the end of the 17th over, leaving Patong on 5/174. Neil Quail joined Mitchell and added another 88 runs to the total before Mitchell was dismissed on 63 (49 balls) just before the third drinks break.
Quail was caught and bowled by Pao for 62 (55 balls). Owen Pringle chimed in with a quick-fire 21 off 13 balls. Richard Desmond remained unbeaten on 39 (29 balls) and Paul Baker closed the innings not out for 1.
The best of the Village bowlers were: Paan – 8 overs, 2/65; Pao – 8 overs 2/54; T. Donovan – 5 overs 0/41; Andy Ghadge – 4 overs, 0/46; M Rehman – 8 overs 2/58.
After the luncheon break, Tony Donovan and Mike Khan opened the batting for Village. Donovan was bowled twice by Mustaq. The first off a no ball, then out in the same over for 12.
Khan was the next to go in a steady procession of wickets for 7, caught by Tyson Barrington off his brother Mitchell’s bowling.
Pao was caught by Desmond for 5 off the bowling of Tyson. The village Captain Rehman made a quick 12 before being caught by Hamilton off the bowling of Mitchell Barrington.
Paan and Andy Ghadge made a 46-run partnership before Paan was caught by Richard Desmond of the bowling of Mustaq for 15. Ghadge was joined by debutant Peter Khan, son of opening batsman Mike.
Peter caught by Tyson off the bowling of Mustaq for 1, while Ghadge remained unbeaten on 18 off 27 balls, though Village had collapsed to fall for 6/93 off 20.2 overs.
Best of the bowlers for Patong, in order, were: I. Mustaq – 7.2 overs, 1 maiden, 3/27; R. Desmond – 3 overs, 0/12; Tyson Barrington – 4 overs, 1/19; Mitchell Barrington – 3 overs, 2/19; S Raju – 2 overs, 0/10; N. Quail – 1 over, 0/4.
Player of the match went jointly to the Barrington brothers, as both Mitchell and Tyson were widely considered the best on the field.
Next in the league Thalang play Village CC at the ACG on April 26, and Island CC play Laguna in the final round of the season on May 3.
The semifinal of second versus third in the league will be played on May 10, with the winner going on to play Patong in the final on May 17.
Entry to watch the closing matches of the season at Alan Cooke Ground is free. Food and drinks are available at the ground, with excellent viewing available from the two-storey clubhouse.
— Owen Pringle
‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people
On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.
From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.
The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.
One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.
There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.
This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.
This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.
The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations
PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com
In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.
But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.
Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.
In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.
The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.
By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.
Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.
You can read the full list HERE.
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.
The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.
The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.
Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.
As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.
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