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PHUKET: On an overcast Sunday for Round 6 of the Outrigger T20 league, Laguna last weekend squared up against Patong in the morning session, while the Village took on ICC in a rain-affected afternoon session.

In the morning match, Patong cruised to a comfortable win over Laguna who could only manage 90 runs during their innings with Patong reaching their target of 91 in the 14th over securing their second win of the season.

The afternoon encounter between the Village and ICC was a closely fought rain-affected affair which had to be reduced to 15 overs due to heavy rain and failing light. The Village ran out winners on the average run rate target of 114, despite a valiant effort by ICC who reached 106 in reply.

After winning the toss, Laguna chose to bat and set a target, but lost openers Damian Clowes and Darren Shaw in the first and second overs, respectively. Manish Sadarangani (15) and Sami Ullah (36 not out) were the only batsmen in the Laguna line-up to reach double figures in a dismal batting performance which saw them reach only 90-8 from 18.4 overs.

Laguna has now lost three consecutive matches and will need a major turn around in form and a good slice of luck if they are to successfully defend their title.

With such a small target, the Patong batsmen went about their chase in a cautious manner. They accomplished this with a solid opening stand of 50 runs between Mike Khan (15) and Seemant Raju (42), followed up with a 36 run partnership between Raju and Imtiyaz Mushtaq (22 not out) to comfortably reach their target of 91-2 in the 14th over.

In the afternoon, heavy clouds came in from the west coast and the match between the Village and ICC got underway with light showers. However, this did not phase Village openers Paul Stamp (27) and Divan Mydeen (24) who placed the ball well to pick up easy runs, as well as punishing loose bowling, dispatching balls to the boundary.

Stamp, eventually fell in the 8th over with the score on 60 and Mydeen following him in the next over after an extra 12 rund added to the total. Simon Wetherell (14) helped push the things along to 100 before he fell, followed in quick succession by Martin Foster just 2 balls later.

Rain then interrupted play for about 30 minutes.

Mark Ashman (19) and Mark Whetton (34 not out) returned to a wet crease, but remained unphased by the trying conditions, putting on a valuable 44 run partnership to take the Village total to 152-6 from their 20 overs.

Rain once again interrupted play delaying ICC’s innings and as a consequence the match was shortened to 15 overs. A run rate of 7.6 runs per over was required by ICC and knowing this, they put big hitter Ali Khan (23) to open the innings with Shah Hidatullah (11).

A fired up Craig Patterson achieved the breakthrough in the 4th over bowling Shah and followed this up in his next over removing Khan with the score on 42.

ICC were matching the run rate amidst heavy rain.

Arif Mushtaq (13) and Balesh Desai (8) pushed the score along to 70 in the 10th over before both fell victim to the bowling of Olly Wingate. Ravi Naik (13) and Paneent Thakur (15) then combined to take the score to 98 runs in the 14th over.

Surender Kumar (4 not out) and Iqbal Malik (6 not out) were then left with the challenging task of hitting 16 from the final over, but could only manage eight runs to leave ICC stranded on 106-6 in a closely contested match.

The league table sees the Village consolidate their lead at the top remaining undefeated with 10 points while Laguna, ICC and Patong battle it out on 4 points each.

— Stuart Reading

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Man’s body discovered hanged in a Phuket Town apartment

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A man has been found hanged in Phuket Town apartment yesterday. Police are treating the cases as a suicide at the moment.

The man was found hanged from the apartment’s ceiling fan. His lifeless body was discovered around 11am after neighbours complained to the manager about the smell coming from the man’s room.

Police and the local Kusoldharm Foundation rescue workers attended the scene. Police later confirmed the incident happened in room on the 3rd floor of an apartment lock in Soi Phoonphol Soi 1, Talat Nuea in Phuket Town. Police said the man was 35-45 years of age and had a 29 year old girlfriend from Chumphon. He was paying 1,000 baht a month and had been renting the room for 2 months. Police estimate that the man had been dead for at least 3 days.

Police told media that the man had used, what appeared to be a dress, tied around his neck and then to the room’s roof fan. The apartment manager told police that he had been late on on his recent rent, speculating that the man may have been suffering financial hardship.

The man’s identity has not been released at this stage.

His body was taken to Vachira Hospital for an autopsy.

If you or anyone you know is in emotional distress, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand 24-hour hotline: 02 713 6791 (English), 02 713 6793 (Thai) or the Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

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Bangkok Airways add 3 new local routes to their schedule

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PHOTO: Bangkok Airways' ATR72, servicing the re-introduced routes

Some domestic routes are being added as local routes continue to expand. This time Bangkok Airways has announced it’s resuming its Samui-Phuket, Phuket-Hat Yai and Phuket-Pattaya/Rayong (U-Tapao) flights.

The first additions to the schedule will be the Phuket-Samui flights resuming this Sunday, October 25, and the Phuket-Pattaya flights start again next Tuesday, October 27. The Phuket-Samui flights will be operating on Sundays and Wednesdays only on the airlines’ ATR72 turbo prop regional planes, same as before.

A casual search on the Bangkok Airways website, for a return flight from Phuket to Samui on November 1, then back to Phuket on November 8 indicates the cheapest fare (promo) is 2,430 baht. Coming back, the cheapest fare we found, again labelled ‘promo’, was 2,630 baht. Bangkok Airways operate as a “full service” airline and don’t compete with the country’s discount airlines. But they operate these three routes exclusively – like it or leave it.

Bangkok Airways say that the flights will be operated “with the highest preventive measures and standards”. Around the country the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand have eased a few of the onboard restrictions, including the start of catering services which were originally banned under the initial flight rules when domestic routes started flying again at the start of July.

The daily direct services between Phuket and Hat Yai are also being operated on the ATR72 aircraft. The flight to Ha Yai leaves Phuket at 8.40am and arrives at Hat Yai at 9:.45am. The return flights leave Hat Yai back to Phuket at 10.25am each day. The route was very popular for the airline before the ‘disruption’ when airlines had their fleets grounded in April.

The service between Phuket and U-Tapao, linking the party city with the party island, will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, again with the ATR72. Phuket to U-Tapao will leave at 12.10pm and then from U-Tapao to Phuket at 4pm on the three days. U-Tapao is about a 50 minute drive from Pattaya and the airport also serves the greater Rayong area.

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4 billion baht medical hub planned for Phuket

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Phuket officials are setting aside around 4 billion baht to transform medical tourism in the southern province of Phuket, by developing a state-of-the-art treatment hub in the north of the island. The Bangkok Post reports that the Treasury department is planning to give the Public Health Ministry permission to use 141 rai of government land in the sub-district of Mai Khao, close to Phuket International Airport. It’s not the first time the proposal has come to light.

The concept is gathering support as Phuket battles to diversify its attraction beyond a tropical holiday island.

The aim is to develop Phuket as a world-class health and wellness destination, with facilities that will attract medical tourists from all over the world, as well as providing a high standard of treatment to the local population. It’s understood the facility will provide a full range of health services, including long-term care, and hospice and rehabilitation services.

The island already has a well-developed medical tourism market, but has been based around local hospitals and clinics linking up with foreign marketing companies in the past. “The International Medical and Public Health Service” has been conceived to create more long term financial security and diversification, and value-added tourism in Phuket, as the island has taken a heavy financial hit over the past 7 months.

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The plan was first suggested in 2017, by then governor, Noraphat Plodthong and confirmed by the director of Phuket’s Vachira Hospital, Dr. Chalermpong Sukontapol, in July. At that stage, the estimated budget was 3-4 billion baht. The director-general of the Treasury department, Yuthana Yimkarun, says the plot is being offered to the Health Ministry for free. The land is thought be worth around 1 billion baht.

Yuthana says the ministry will manage investment, with approximately 2 billion baht required for the first stage of the project. Construction of the facility is expected to be completed over 2 years.

Meanwhile, it’s understood that unused government land that is currently managed by various government agencies may be moved under the remit of central government, with a view to increasing its worth. According to the Bangkok Post report, just 4% of government land is directly managed by the Treasury. The other 96% is controlled by various government agencies. Yuthana says the plan is to increase the percentage of state-owned land under the Treasury’s management to 10% within 2 years.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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