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PHUKET: Cricket’s bible, the Wisden Almanac, may not record the result of Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) match against the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) select XI, but February 16 will long live in the memory of those who were at the ACG that day.

Despite arriving the previous night from the cold conditions in Old Blighty, the MCC team showed no signs of jet-lag and immediately turned up the heat on the PCG.

It should be noted that with an active membership of more than 5,000 players, it’s not unusual for an MCC touring squad to begin a match having never played together as a team, as was the case for the team that landed on Phuket.

The occasion itself was not lost on Phuket’s sporting fraternity with an impressive turnout for a school day. Packed with ACG patrons, the viewing gallery heaved in expectation of an exciting match. All that the crowd missed was fish and chips with champagne – the standard fare of Lords itself.

Having won the toss, PCG invited MCC to bat first and could only watch admirably as the visitors dynamically drove, professionally paddled, cleverly cut, expertly edged and beautifully battered the best Phuket could bowl at them. After 20 overs, MCC had hiked their run rate to almost 10 per over, giving them a total of 193 for 5 wickets.

MCC lost opener Will Rist (11) to a superb diving catch in front of first slip by PCG keeper Dean Noble in the fifth over. Fellow opener Rich Brown (31), who in fact played in Phuket’s Island Furniture League several years ago, but now plays his cricket for Templepatrick in Northern Ireland, was run out by Neil Quail after he slipped and fell attempting a second run in the ninth over with the score on 76.

A valuable contribution from Arif Mahmood (31) ended when he top-edged a ball from Sameer Khan to Seemant Raju at cover, who entertained the crowd with a juggling act before securing the catch.

With only 89 runs on the board at the halfway mark, the PCG could have been forgiven for thinking they had contained the mighty MCC, but the arrival and eventual 88-run partnership between Joe Shuttle (31 not out) and Alun Thomas (61 from 28 balls) put paid to any delusions of success the local boys may have formed.

Thomas, in particular, was merciless. Timing, power and technique were in perfect symmetry, as he collected five 6s and four 4s, with his first 6 remarkably coming off nothing more than a forward defensive shot. The young Welshman’s quiet demeanor had worried his coach and captain earlier that morning, but his performance at the ACG certainly instilled confidence amongst his team for the rest of their tour.

However, credit must go to the PCG’s young Val Guiraud, who kept his chin up in facing such a formidable opponent and with the very last ball of the innings beat Thomas for pace and accuracy to take a memorable and deserved scalp. Pick of the bowlers for Phuket were Guiraud (2 for 31) and Khan (2 for 32).

Undoubtedly, the chase was going to be difficult for PCG and on seeing the pace of MCC’s opening attack; the task became that of damage limitation.

Despite this, PCG went on the offensive determined to put on a show for their supporters. Vice captain and opener Bill Stahmer (3) was the first to go, clean bowled attempting to find the lake. From there the threads unraveled with PCG losing a wicket every over from the 4th to the 10th.

The only batsman to reach double figures during this period was Quail (18) who delivered a towering six onto the clubhouse roof, the first time this feat has been achieved, sending the patrons running for cover while an unimpressed Alan Cooke looked on.

At the 10 over mark, Phuket were eight wickets down for only 44 runs and batting out the full 20 overs was looking highly unlikely. But like a scene from any Rocky movie, PCG picked themselves up, replaced the gumshield and stood toe-to-toe with the MCC for the final rounds, or overs in this case.

Manesh Sadarangani (16) with support from Neil Culpan (9) and Dean Noble (5 not out) not only slugged it out, but got in a few decent shots until their efforts finally came to an end after 19.3 overs with the score on 77.

The MCC bowlers shared the spoils, with Patrick Goodwin, Scott Corbett, Bradley Smith and Gareth Griffiths each picking up a brace.

Man of the Match was of course, Alun Thomas.

The Phuket Gazette is the
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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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