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PHUKET: Patong CC top the Island Furniture cricket league after a comfortable win over Phuket’s youth development team, the Leopards, played at the ACG last Sunday.

With all seven teams in the competition moving into the third round of matches, a victory and taking every available bonus point was a must for Patong while the Leopards were on the prowl for their first victory, or at least to take points from last year’s league champions.

It was a much improved performance from the youngsters, but their enthusiasm to get runs on the board cost wickets and that exuberance also contributed to the boys failing to bat out the full 40 overs, reaching a total of 95 runs in just 22.5 overs.

To ensure the Leopards weren’t thrown to the lions, Patong put them into bat first, but their flamboyant batting gained only 15 runs and the loss of three early wickets.

After a shaky start, both TP Suttiprapha (32) and SK Jutamart (16) developed confidence in their shots and the Leopard’s innings took shape. Unfortunately, Jutamart was undone by a clever delivery from Manesh Sadarangani just as he was settling in for a decent score.

Suttiprapha then took the game by the scruff of the neck, and when Dave Thomas was called on for more spin attack, it was the young Leopard who went on the offensive. One over yielded 16 runs including three boundaries.

With the score on 67, Suttiprapha fell victim to miscommunication with his batting partner, WJ Letingoo (7), who stalled in his crease when Suttiprapha called for a run. Quick thinking and action from Richard Folds and Dean Noble made sure Suttiprapha was dismissed after Noble misfielded the ball, taking the bails off with his glove to then retrieve the ball and a fallen stump as rules dictate – under vociferous guidance from the Patong skipper.

As the morning’s heat increased, the Leopards lower order wilted with the the exception of AF Uphama (15), eventually being bowled out in the 22nd over for 95 runs.

Patong may have given away more runs than they had hoped, but the Leopards certainly enjoyed their efforts at the crease made evident by the cries of enthusiastic support from the pavilion.

Stand out bowlers for Patong were Danny Hyams (2 for 14) and Richard Folds who mopped up the lower order (2 for 18).

Anthony Van Blerk (21) and Neil Quail opened the batting for Patong with the intention of chasing down the target in less than 20 overs to secure maximum available points. Van Blerk’s eagerness to get the scoreboard ticking almost cost his wicket early on when he was dropped after scoring just two runs.

Costly or not, Van Blerk and Quail (28) took the score to 54 before Van Blerk popped a delivery from Suttiprapha skywards, but this time the bowler held his catch. Quail soon followed – clean bowled by Uphama attempting to heave a full toss.

Seemant Raju (17) and Dean Noble (11 not out) set about finishing the game, but were frustrated by decent bowling and committed fielding from the Leopards who had an eye on securing at least one bonus point.

With only one run required for victory, Raju was dismissed by PM Suriya to finally give the Patong player a realistic average for the season so far. Victory eventually came in the 13th over with Noble scoring the winning run. Patong also secured a full seven points having reached the total in less than half of the alotted 40 overs.

Leopards bowling stars were PM Suriya (1 for 1) and TP Suttiprapha (1 for 37).

Man of the Match was TP Suttiprapha, with Neil Quail second and Dean Noble taking third for his fine display behind the stumps.

Patong now sit on top of the table after having played three matches (click here to see IFL table).

Following the scheduled league game, Patong and the Leopards made use of the spare time and played a mixed T20 game which fittingly ended in a draw on the very last ball of the game.

The next Island Furniture League match at the ACG sees Island Cricket Club take on the Thanyapura Tigers on Sunday 22 January 2012 at 9am.

— Neil Quail

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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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.

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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.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

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.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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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.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

The world's fastest growing tourist destinations | News by The Thaiger

Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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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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