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PHUKET: ICC and Patong met for the second time in the Outrigger T20 league last Sunday at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) with both teams keen for victory to join Laguna on top of the table and move a step closer to securing a finals berth.

Despite heavy rains during the week, the ACG once again came up trumps with no visible signs of the field being affected. ICC captain Anand Chand won the all important toss and chose to bat.

ICC only managed a total of 103 runs from their 20 overs due to some very tight bowling from Patong. With such a small target to defend, ICC looked down and out. However, some equally impressive bowling, in particular from Imtiyaz Mushtaq (3 for 13) and Pawan Kothari (3 for 4), resulted in Patong being bowled out for only 79 runs in the 18th over.

Patong struck early in the ICC innings with Marthinus Bester clean bowling ICC opener, Darren Norford (3). Surender Kumar (15) and Naeem Ul Haq (18) then joined forces for a 23 run partnership . Kumar fell in the 10th over, just before the drinks break, and ICC only reached 46 runs. A big increase in the run rate was required during the final 10 overs. ICC failed to gain any momentum and only Jared Norford (31 not out) reached double figures. At the end of their 20 overs, ICC had accumulated 103 runs for the loss of 6 wickets.

Pick of the bowlers for Patong were: Richard Desmond (3 for 16), Anil Rawat (1 for 15) and Tienie Bester (1 for 18).

Patong got off to a bad start in their chase for victory, losing 3 wickets in consecutive overs early on. Only Mike “Mikey” Khan (18) showed any resistance in the top order. A wicket was lost in the 9th over and by the 10 over drinks break, Patong were 4 down for 46 runs. A good partnership was critical during the last 10 overs if Patong were to have any chance of winning. Manesh Sadarangani (18) and Patong captain, Anthony Van Blerk (13 not out) managed to put a 39 run partnership together. However, once Sadarangani fell, no other batsmen stepped up to the mark and Patong only managed 79 runs before their innings came to an early end in 18th over.

Pick of the bowlers for the ICC were: Pawan Kothari (3 for 4) and Imtiyaz Mushtaq (3 for 13).

The win by ICC saw them join Laguna at the top of the table on 6 points.

This weekend’s action in the Outrigger T20 league will see Laguna take on the Village at the ACG on Sunday. With the Village coming off a recent win over ICC, they will be looking to upset the Laguna lads, which could make for a very crowded table if they pull it off.

The senior league will commence on Sunday 18 November 2012. Any one interested in joining a team or entering a full team should contact Martin Foster at clubaffairs@phuketcricketgroup.com.

For more information and the full T20 league schedule visit www.phuketcricketgroup.com.

— Phuket Cricket Group

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The first group of tourists to arrive under Thailand’s new Special Tourist Visa scheme are expected to land in Phuket on October 8. The Bangkok Post reports that a flight from Guangzhou in southern China will carry 120 tourists, who will spend their first 14 days in alternative state quarantine. They are reported to be travelling under the government’s new STV.

Arrivals who do not pass the initial health screening will be transferred to specially chosen hospitals, as “Patients under Investigation”. Those who do pass the screening will be transported to alternative state quarantine once they’ve gone through immigration processing.

A Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration spokesperson says the resort islands of Phuket and Koh Samui will be the first to welcome travellers under the Special Tourist Via scheme. He pointed out that Guangzhou has not recorded any new cases of the Covid-19 virus for a prolonged period, meaning next week’s tourist arrivals are deemed “low risk”. His assertion is confirmed from the official figures at worldometer.info website recording world Covid-19 cases.

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Thiravat Hemachudha from the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Disease Health Science Centre is not opposed to the idea.

“We can study this with foreign visitors who will arrive next month. During the 14 day quarantine they will be tested on the first, the seventh and the fourteenth day. If they are free of infections, we can shorten the quarantine to 7 days.”

However, not all are in agreement, with a doctor from Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University cautioning against any shortening of the quarantine period.

Meanwhile, Phuket governor, Narong Woonsiew, says the province is ready to welcome the new arrivals, with Covid-19 labs in place at Phuket airport, and officials due to carry out a full dress rehearsal today.

Thanit Sermkaew, chief of the Phuket Public Health Office, says over 1,200 rooms at 9 hotels have been chosen as alternative state quarantine properties, with a total of 73 hotels, providing over 5,800 rooms, applying for consideration.

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

Police say the woman gave birth on September 9 at a local hospital in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district. Ei Ei allegedly took a van from Surat Thani to Phuket on September 22 and stayed with a friend in Patong. The early the next morning, she allegedly left her baby on the bench before boarding a bus back to Surat Thani.

Burmese workers in the Patong area told police Ei Ei used to work at a local Indian food restaurant before she moved to Surat Thani to work as a rubber tapper. Ei Ei allegedly told police she is not in the position to raise a child.

In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

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