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PHUKET: In the first match of the second round, the Village took on the TNT at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) last Sunday.

The Village, last season’s runners up, were desperate to record their first win of the season, while TNT were looking to progress further up the ladder to challenge the top teams of Patong Cricket Club and Laguna.

In the end, the Village ran out winners as TNT’s fuse fizzled out 27 runs short of their target set.

After some overnight rain, TNT won the toss and put the Village into bat, hoping to restrict them to a low score. In the very first over they bowled out Village opener Craig Murphy.

However, Martin Platts (21) and batting partner Martin Foster (48) put on a 71 run partnership. Platts finally fell in the 17th over, but Foster and Mark Roberts (25) dug in for another handy 41 run partnership, until Foster, who would surely rue missing his half-century, was clean bowled in the 27th over, with four wickets down for 125.

Harvey Nolan fell to the most basic of cricketing errors, when he was run out by not retreating to the safety of his crease, after pushing a ball to Burger Marx at short mid-on, who threw down his stumps.

With the loss of big hitting Tom Gordon in the 30th over, the Village were looking as though they would struggle to post a solid total to challenge TNT. However, Mark Ashman (12) and Chris Gordon (15n.o) provided valuable contributions to take the score to 179 before the Village were bowled out in the final over.

TNT would regret their several dropped catches during their time in the field.

Pick of their bowlers were Barry Buck (4 for 41) and Roshan Jayasuriya (2 for 22).

After the break, TNT opener’s Simon Wetherell (69) and Anthony Du Pont (1) were looking to get off to a solid start, though Du Pont was trapped in front from the bowling of Tom Gordon in the 3rd over.

Roshan Jayasuria (31) and Wetherell combined and it was looking as if it might be all over by the 25th over if they continued scoring at seven runs per over. Their 58 run partnership came to an end in the 11th over when Jayasuriya was caught with the score on 68.

TNT were still looking confident with the in-form Wetherell at the crease, but their innings took a turn for the worse with the loss of two cheap wickets and were soon four wickets down for 88 in the 15th over.

With only one ball to go before the 20 over drinks break, Wetherell finally fell with the score on 130 runs. With only 50 runs to go and 15 overs remaining, TNT needed just 3.3 runs an over to get home. However, Tom Gordon scattered TNT captain Buck’s stumps and dismissed Garry Carrick for a golden duck next ball. He didn’t go on to get his hat-trick.

The Village were now in the driving seat with TNT seven wickets down for 130. Thai youngster, Pan, held on to take the score on to 150 before he fell in the 27th over. TNT were bowled out in the 29th over for 153.

Pick of the bowlers for the Village were Craig Murphy (4 for 37) and Tom Gordon (3 for 25).

Tomorrow’s action is provided by Patong CC who will look to maintain their momentum against ICC. Play is scheduled to start at 9am.

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UPDATE: Confusion over Covid-19 tests for visa extensions

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Confusion reigns today over whether Covid-19 tests will be required for visa extensions. While The Phuket News spoke with an immigration official who said “no… you don’t need a Covid-19 test to extend your visa or apply for a work permit”, Khaosod English wrote an article headlined “Covid-19 test will be mandatory for all visa extension”.

The Thaiger also contacted a respected visa agent who said Covid-19 tests are, indeed, now required for applying for both visa extensions and work permits, even renewals.

The Thai Immigration Bureau has not made any official announcement regarding Covid-19 tests. Talk about Covid-19 tests for foreigners was brought up after a rule was published in the Royal Gazette last month, officially adding Covid-19 to a list of dangerous diseases, prohibiting those infected with any of the listed illnesses from entering the country.

Immigration Police Bureau spokesperson Archayon Kraithong told Khaosod English that proof of a negative Covid-19 test will be required for visa extensions, regardless of how long a foreigner has stayed in Thailand. On the other hand, Phuket immigration deputy chief Nareuwat Putthawiro told The Phuket News that Covid-19 tests will not be required for visa extensions or work permit applications.

“We do not require any medical documents for an application to renew a visa, because there are few foreigners’ movements outside Phuket. Most of them live and work in Phuket, and have done so before the new wave of Covid-19… So they do not have to worry about it. Everything is still the same.”

Medical exams are currently already required for most work permit applicants (including tests for Syphilis and Elephantiasis). A visa agent told The Thaiger that Covid-19 tests have been added to the medical examination requirements for work permit applicants. But, on the other hand, Phuket immigration says they DO NOT require Covid-19 tests for work permit applicants.

“We have not received any notices about Covid-19 requirements for processing applications to renew visas. If we do receive any such orders, we will let the public know.”

It isn’t the first time there has been conflicting statements coming out of different officials, in different immigration offices on different days.

SOURCES: Phuket News| Khaosod English

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Visitors to Phuket from “highest risk” areas must show Covid-19 test results

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People arriving Phuket from the “highest risk” areas are required to take a swab test by the staff at emergency operation centres (EOC) or show the test result document endorsed by the EOC staff made within 72 hours of their arrival. The revised order is effective from now until January 31, according to the Phuket Governor.

Those people who are on a brief business trip to Phuket need to show certificates from their employers describing the reason and necessity of their trips. If they want to leave their accommodations, they have to make a request to the EOC and clearly explain the reason as well as the time and destination. Visitors are also asked to avoid going to the community areas to avoid crowded gatherings.

It is noted that the revised order by the governor has not been officially promoted by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department. However, all visitors are still asked to register online via the Mor Chana contact tracing application and via www.gophuget.com according to the order re-issued on Friday.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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The road less travelled – trekking to the Kalim Viewpoint

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There are two well known ways to get from Kathu to Kalim or Kamala – one is across the Patong Hill, and the other is much longer, through Srisoonthorn and along the coastal road from Surin the Kamala (very scenic too).

But there’s also another way. Also very scenic but will take you about 2 hours through dense forest although there is a well-worn walking track. The track will take you from Kathu up to the Kalim Viewpoint. From here you can head back to Kathu along a different path, or down into Kalim, near Patong.

Starting about halfway down Soi Namtok in Kathu, you head up a nondescript road past the Flying Hanuman zipline attraction, although there’s no sign at the entrance to the soi (below). About the first kilometre is paved but then becomes increasingly ‘agricultural’ as you get higher into the hills, heading towards the Kalim Viewpoint. There’s also a small temple on the way up.

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PHOTO: The start of the trek, a small soi off Soi Namtok – Google Maps

It will take around 2 hours to trek up to the Kalim Viewpoint. The walking is quite strenuous and you’ll need to be wearing the right shoes and take plenty of water – there’s no 7/11s on the way! As you get nearer the top, to the viewpoint, the track becomes less drivable although the track is still quite open and easy to follow. If you’re feeling a bit lazy you can take a motorbike about halfway up the road until you’ll need to proceed on foot from there.

From the Kalim Viewpoint you can see across Kalim to Patong Bay and the land that stretches along the bay south of Patong Beach. From the top you can either make your way down to Kalim or another exit along the Kalim-Kamala Road, just near the Iguana Beach Club.

You can also head back another way to Kathu, a longer return track that skirts around the top of the Kathu Waterfall. A lot of that track gets very narrow and parts of it are up and down the hills, some of it very steep.

The views are amazing and you get to see a vast swathe of Phuket, still very close to popular locations like Patong, Kamala and Kathu, but untouched by any civilisation.

You’ll need to be in reasonable health to take on the trip but, just to go up to the Kalim Viewpoint and back, or down into Kalim, should take around 5 hours in total. On a scale of 1 – 5 for difficulty, we’d rate it a 3. An easy trek for experienced people but will need a bit of planning if you’re not an experienced trekker.

Even on a hazy day, as it was today, the views were amazing. But best to start off early morning when the weather is cooler. Well worth the time for the views and the opportunity to see more of Phuket, away from the bars and beaches.

Thanks to BT for the pics and information.

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