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Thalang lights up Laguna, will face Patong in cricket grand final

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PHUKET: The Thalang Cricket Team (TCT) made light work of a depleted Laguna cricket side in Sunday’s Phuket Cricket Group semifinal. After dismissing Laguna for only 114 runs, TCT passed the total in the 22nd over with seven wickets still in hand.

The coin toss fell the way of Laguna’s captain Stuart Reading who chose for his team to bat first on a drying pitch. Heavy rain overnight had left the manicured surface of the Alan Cooke Ground standing upright and, although there was no visible water, it was a little slower than it’s been in recent matches.

Both teams had made some adjustments to their respective sides. Laguna were a man short on their team sheet without regular all-rounder Arif Mushtaq, Sam S and Thai player Karn.

But Laguna had regained key bowling all-rounder Iqbal Malik and crafty tail-end batsman Kishore Sadarangani. For TCT, Craig Murphy was a late withdrawal with an injury and was replaced by medium pacer Anthony Dupont.

Neil Culpan bowled the first over of the match which produced two leg-side boundaries to Laguna’s Manish Sadarangani. From that point onwards the runs dried up quicker than the outfield. At the 10 over drinks break Laguna were 0-32. After the break Laguna attempted to hit themselves back into the game and lost both opening batsmen in the process.

Laguna were 45-2 (12.3 overs) before Iqbal Malik strode out to the crease. Malik looked at ease out in the middle until Simon Wetherell ran around the boundary line to take a juggled catch just a whisker from the boundary rope. Laguna’s Damien Clowes and Nadeem Yousuf looked to consolidate the innings and with the handy addition of a fist full of wides from TCT bowler Pao, Laguna were 79-3 after 20 overs.

Just two balls after the break and the batting pair had a running mix up. A direct throw at the bowlers end from TCT’s wicket keeper Andrew McMillan saw the end to Clowes seven (23) and brought dangerous batsman Ali Khan to the crease. Ali plundered 107 runs against TCT the last time the sides met and it only took 5 deliveries before he had the umpires calling for a replacement ball after dispersing TCT’s paceman Neil Culpan over the fence and into the rubber plantation.

With the next delivery Culpan had the last laugh after Ali slashed hard again and was well caught at third man by TCT’s captain Bill Stahmer. Laguna were 90-5 (22 overs) when Garry Lane was introduced into the bowling attack. Lane picked up the wickets of Sameer Khan and Roly Cooper in his first two overs while Martin Hill chimed in with 1-1 from his two overs up the other end.

Playing one man short, Laguna were 92-8 with their last pair at the crease. Their tail wagged on for another four overs before Lane picked up his third wicket and ended Laguna’s innings at 9-114. Stuart Reading finished on 18 not out while Lane was the pick of the TCT bowlers with 3-13 (3.5 overs).

TCT’s opening pair didn’t waste any time with the run chase racing along to 0-17 in two overs. Andrew McMillan hit 12 runs from Iqbal Malik’s short pitched over before Malik found his length in his second over and the edge of McMillan’s bat. TCT 23-1 (3.4 overs). Fresh from 48 not out against the Village team 2 weeks ago, TCT’s Stahmer eight runs (13 balls) looked in fine touch before a strong throw from the deep found him short of his ground attempting a third run.

At 37-2 (seven overs) TCT had a partnership of 38 runs between Justin Thomatos 19 (34) and Neil Culpan before Thomatos sliced a catch to point with the score on 75-2. Laguna’s bowlers all toiled hard for their team, creating a few chances that were dropped. Neil Culpan 41* (46) and Simon Wetherell 22* (23) took TCT beyond the required 115 run target and into the Phuket Cricket Group grand final.

— Andrew MacMilan

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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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.

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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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