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Phuket’s Laguna win the JLL Hotels cricket league

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PHUKET: It was a much anticipated match between Patong CC and Laguna last Sunday as they met to decide Phuket’s Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels Cricket League champions 2013, at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG).

In a thrilling game Laguna got off to a terrible start, but they dug deep to post a defendable total of 165 runs against a very slick Patong bowling and fielding display.

Patong appeared to be cruising to a comfortable victory with only three wickets down and only 34 runs required to reach their target.

With Patong on the brink of victory and Laguna looking like they would not be able to defend their title, the Laguna side, utilizing their opening pace man Sami Ullah, ripped the heart out of Patong’s innings with one of the best displays of pace bowling seen at the ACG. In just two overs Sami decimated Patong’s batsmen, picking up five wickets for just six runs and creating the platform for a stunning victory for the defending champions.

For an unfortunate and disappointed Patong side, who have been consistent all season, their last seven wickets fell like pins for just nine runs, all out for 141 runs, 24 runs short of the target. For the Laguna side, many of whom had their heads hanging low for much of the day, the victory was probably their sweetest yet.

After winning the toss, Patong elected to put Laguna into bat knowing the conditions would prove difficult for batsmen. Their decision paid immediate dividends when Laguna captain Stuart Reading (2) was clean bowled by Kishor Jhagtar in the very first over. Fellow opener Val Guiraud (1) also fell victim to Jhagtar in his very next over and with two wickets down for only five runs, Laguna looked like capitulating.

However, Andrew Cole (11) mistimed a shot and was caught and bowled by Dave Watson. When Sameer Khan (7) came to the crease, he looked in good touch and sought to attack the bowlers, hitting Jhagtar towards the clubhouse at deep mid-wicket for what looked like a certain boundary. However, Richard Desmond plucked the ball one-handed in mid-air while simultaneously running backwards towards the boundary to pull off the catch of the season.

Laguna were now looking to at least make a contest of the final by not being bowled out for less than 100 runs. It was ultimately a 94 run partnership between Shoeib Mushtaq (44) and Michael Ayling (36) that restored some pride to the Laguna innings, taking the total along to 135 before Ayling fell to another sharp catch from Desmond.

In the following over, Laguna lost another two wickets including that of Mushtaq and at 8 for 143, they were simply looking to bat out the remaining overs to post a more defendable total. Roly Cooper (18 not out) provided a glimmer of hope playing aggressively, including a pull shot for six, but eventually he ran out of batting partners with the score on 165 runs.

Pick of the bowlers for Patong were Kishor Jhagtar (3 for 26), Dave Watson (2 for 22) and Richard Desmond (2 for 29).

After the lunch break, and in improving conditions, the Patong side began their run chase in swift fashion, assisted by some wayward bowling by Sami Ullah in his first two over spell.

With Patong already reaching 30 without loss after just four overs, it was time for a bowling change from pace to slow in an effort to stem the easy flow of runs. This proved successful when Mike Khan (9) was dismissed in the 5th over with the score on 36. Laguna were back in the hunt when they struck again capturing the wicket of Paddy Morton (1).

Opener Seemant Raju (23) and Dave Watson (36) then combined and seemed to be taking it all in their stride, working the ball around the ground to accumulate a steady flow of runs until Raju finally fell after a 54 run partnership with three wickets down for 91 runs. Neil Quail then joined Watson at the crease and continued along in much the same fashion. At the 20 over drinks break, Patong headed back to the clubhouse with 105 runs on the scoreboard, seven wickets in hand, and 61 runs required from 15 overs, a required run-rate of just four runs per over.

After such a wayward opening spell, the pace attack of Sami Ullah and Val Guiraud were re-introduced. Watson and Quail continued on their way until Ullah made the breakthrough in the 25th over, taking out Quail’s middle stump with the score on 132. At this stage there was no reason to panic, as Patong still had capable batsmen in hand and only 34 runs required for victory from 10 overs.

However, two balls later, Ullah struck again when Watson skied a high ball which was well taken by Faisal Mir at mid-off. With five wickets now down, the Laguna side could see a glimmer of hope, albeit very slim. Ullah’s next over proved to be the decisive match-winning performance. Steaming into captain Anthony Van Blerk (1), he beat him with a cracker of a ball uprooting middle stump. He then followed this up three balls later, sending Pao Suttiprapha’s middle stump tumbling end-over-end. Not content with this, on the last ball of his over, he trapped Richard Desmond in front and the Patong innings had been decimated to eight wickets down for 135 runs.

Manish Sadarangani (5 not out), who had been watching this from the non-strikers end since coming to the crease after the fall of Quail, was in a state of shock, like many others who had witnessed the event. With him being the last of the recognized batsmen, the pressure was mounting to get the few remaining runs required for victory. However, Sameer Khan, took his opportunity when Soton Alamin (0) took strike and he trapped him lbw just one run later with the score on 136 in the 30th over. With 30 runs required and just one wicket remaining the balance of power was now well and truly with Laguna. Khan eventually mopped up the innings and a thrilling victory in his next over when he took the last wicket of Kishor Jhagtar (1), and incredibly, Patong were all out for 141 runs.

Pick of the bowlers for Laguna were Sami Ullah (5 for 31), Sameer Khan (2 for 19) and Shoeib Mushtaq (2 for 29).

In addition to the trophy presentations to the finalists, the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) presentations took place with Craig Murphy (The Village) winning the MVP and best bowler awards, Ali Khan (Jabudays) won the best batsman, and the ‘spirit of cricket’ award went to John King for his outstanding contribution to the development of cricket in Phuket, as both an umpire and coach of the PCG Youth Academy.

After a short break, the cricketing action will resume at the ACG with the T20 league scheduled to kick off in July. Anyone interested in playing or fielding a team should email clubaffairs@phuketcricketgroup.com.

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Salty tap water and dirty air – Bangkok’s environmental woes continue today

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PHOTO: Government House officials are turning to salt-tolerant plants - khaosod.co.th

Brackish tap water, with increased salinity caused by seawater back-flowing into the Chao Phraya River, is threatening the gardens in and around the Government House compound. Government House officials are seeking assistance from the Agriculture Department.

Several small tree species – Lamduan, Chor Sumalee, Rachavadi, Nom Maew and Hom Muenlee – are more vulnerable to brackish tap water. The gardens are watered from a supply pumped in from the Chao Phraya.

It’s been noted tha the saline level was around 400 milligrams per litre, still within the 1,000 mg/litre standard, but some of the species were already intolerant to the rising salinity.

Officials are seeking advice from the Agriculture Department about long-term measures to replant with species which would be more tolerant to the rising salinity of the water – situation they acknowledge will need to be managed in the short to medium term.

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Meanwhile, air around the capital today continues to be universally poor to very poor with readings as high as 187 near Suvarnabhumi Airport. Light airs, dust problems from northern-easter provinces and hot continental air flowing across the capital, continue to haunt Bangkok. Even with many factories closed today, and traffic lighter than weekdays, Bangkok’s air has been recorded as the ninth worst city in the world for air pollution.

Right across the city the air quality readings are into the ‘unhealthy’ zone.

Chiang Mai, Lampang and Central Thailand are fairing no better – all with readings at least 3 times the Thai upper safe limit of 50 microns of 2.5micron particulate per cubic metre. The World Health Organisation sets its limit even lower at 25.

Pattaya has air quality readings today of 162, whilst even Phuket, in the south, is registering readings between 100 and 145 with reduced visibility today.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Three massive condo developments along Phuket’s up-market Layan Beach

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by Bill Barnett – c9hotelworks.com

Two new condo developments are going ahead in the Layan Beach area of Phuket’s up-market west-coast beach strip. And there’s another one underway next to the Dream Beach Club at the northern end of the Layan beach strip. All in all, another 1,200+ keys added to the available rooms along the Bang Tao/Layan Beach area.

On the northern side of Bangtao Beach, next to Maan Tawan and nearby Banyan Tree Phuket is the upcoming Sunshine Beach development. With a plan for 771 hotel and residences units on 12.6 rai, the high-density project is targeting Mainland Chinese buyers with pricing points reportedly starting from 4 million baht. Construction is expected to start in June of this year and complete in 2022.

From our discussion with sales staff the developer has claimed they have reached an agreement with the government for beach fronting facilities in the National Park strip in front of the project.

While in Layan next to Lotus Gardens is the upcoming 400 unit Layan Green Park. Pricing points run from 2.5 million baht. Unit configurations will range from studio, to one, two and three bedrooms. Guaranteed returns of 10% for a period of 10 years are being promoted.

Phuket’s Layan area is seeing a surge in new real estate led projects and rising land values. At the same time as these two projects are underway, next to the Dream Beach is an oceanfront luxury project promoting sales of Grand Beach Villa and Ocean View Suites tagged as ‘N5’. The developer of the project is VIP Thailand who have another project in Rawai.

Based on our research the primary source market tragets of these three projects are mainland Chinese and Russian buyers. Local concerns in the Cherngtalay area over mounting traffic, water shortages and strain on municipal infrastructure are becoming issues.

Traffic in and around the central Cherngtalay shopping district is becoming increasingly clogged with little hope for respite other than improved traffic management.

SOURCE: C9Hotelworks.com

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Minor International battles Marriott over popular Phuket hotel property in court

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PHOTO: MINOR International are trying to kick Marriott out of it's Mai Khao property - Booking.com

Marriott International, the American international hotel company, has failed in its bid to secure an injunction in a Thai court to stop a legal claim filed by the Minor International group.

Minor International (MINT) says that its subsidiary MI Squared Ltd had filed a legal claim in a Thai court against Marriott International and the Thai subsidiary Luxury Hotels & Resorts (Thailand) for 570,605,134 baht. The claim is linked to the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa in Mai Khao, which is owned by MINT. In the statement, MINT accuses Marriott of “acting in bad faith” alleging “serious and repeated breaches of Thai law”, according to ttrweekly.com.

The complaint from MINT alleges that Marriott was openly competing with the JW Marriott Phuket through its operation of competing Marriott-branded hotels in Phuket. Claims are made that the Mai Khao hotel uses its facilities to promote Marriott’s other competing Marriott hotels. Another of the complaints accuses Marriott of forcing the JW Marriott Phuket to accept high volumes of low-margin business through the Marriott’s loyalty program.

According to the ttrweekly.com article, the legal dispute includes allegations that Marriott “misappropriated MINT’s confidential and proprietary information” to promote Marriott’s competing hotels and unlawfully benefit Marriott’s own interests at the expense of MINT. The JW Marriott Phuket remains under Marriott’s management for now but “the operating performance has been poor”.

MINT told shareholders total hotel revenue decreased from 920 million in 2013 to 876 million baht last year. Over the same period, gross operating profit fell from 409 million to 379 million baht.

(It should be noted that many of Phuket’s high-end hotels have suffered a similar revenue fall due to increased competition, competitive pressures pushing room rates down and, especially over the past 12 months, a shift in tourist demographics.)

Marriott International issued a statement to ttrweekly.com following a request for comment.

“Marriott International acknowledges that a subsidiary of Minor International has initiated legal action in Thailand against Marriott and one of its Thai subsidiaries. Marriott reiterates that such claim is meritless and should be heard in confidential arbitration.

Our Thai subsidiary recently secured an interim injunction in arbitral proceedings restraining MINT’s subsidiary from pursuing the action in Thailand. We subsequently agreed with MINT to suspend the Thai proceedings pending the final outcome of our ongoing arbitration. As we intend to comply with our contractual confidentiality obligations, we are unable to provide more information at this time.

We consider JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has performed well compared to the market. The dispute will have no impact on operations at the hotel, which continues to offer guests with world-class service and accommodations, a beachfront location and eleven culinary options.”

SOURCE: ttrweekly.com

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