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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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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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