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PHUKET: The Thalang Cricket Team defeated Island Cricket Club in baking 35บC conditions at the Alan Cooke Ground in Thalang last weekend.

Thalang entered the match without their captain Bill Stahmer and key run scorer Justin Thomatos, while the ICC were without medium pace bowler Pir Sami.

TCT’s stand-in captain Andrew McMillan won the toss and chose to field first.

In the 2nd over of the day, Deepak Mehra became the second ICC player this season to top-edge a ball onto their own head, and he went off to the casualty ward with a nasty gash above his eye.

In the 4th over, ICC’s main run scorer Junaid Mohammad (9 runs) picked out Thai cricketer Pao in the deep and was caught.

Runs were difficult to come by and ICC could only manage 38/1 at the 10-over break. The second session was all TCT’s, as ICC lost regular wickets to be 76/5 after 20 overs.

Neill Culpan was back to his destructive best with the ball, picking up two wickets from his first four overs. On both occasions the ICC batsman stood their ground out in the middle, and left the decision up to ACC level 1 umpire John King.

Darshan Vaigankar and Balesh Desai (33) led a recovery for ICC in the next 10 overs as they worked the ball around off the Thalang medium pace bowlers and spinners to reach 135/6 from 30 overs.

In the last session, Vaiganker became another victim of Culpan’s speed, out leg-before wicket for 64 runs, as TCT tied down and dismissed the ICC playmakers.

Even with the return to the crease of Mehra, ICC were all out for 174 runs in the 40th and final over. Best with the ball for TCT was Culpan (3/18) and Craig Murphy (2/19).

After a hearty lunch break meal at the boundary bar, Thalang began their innings in terrible fashion. Simon Wetherell was caught at slip, Pao was adjudged LBW and then Jean Matthee was caught at slip. All three wickets were off the bowling of Arun Virdikar in the 4th over.

TCT were 11/3, but ICC were playing with a fielder short after Mehra’s decision not to wear a helmet earlier in the day.

The gaps in the field were quickly exposed by Culpan and McMillan as they hit a 48-run partnership from the next five overs.

The 10th over of the innings saw Virdikar strike again with Culpan (25) caught by Ventrapatt at slip and Paan caught behind.

At drinks Arun Virdikar had the tremendous figures of 5/28 and had bowled ICC into a very strong position in the match.

Carl Baxter joined McMillan at the crease, but neither found the middle of the bat and both were soon caught behind by ICC keeper Shah Ullah off the bowling of Yedu Ventrapatt.

TCT were 7/102 in the 18th over when Craig Murphy joined Garry Lane. The two experienced Thalang all-rounders took TCT through to the 25th over before Lane (28 runs) had his stumps knocked over by Ravi Naik.

TCT’s season was then well and truly on the line with 46 runs required to win with just two wickets in hand. On a day when the bowlers were reigning supreme, Runhaar and Murphy showed that cricket is still a game for batsmen as they worked the ball into the gaps for 10 overs before Murphy sent the last ball of the 35th to the fence to seal a victory for the Thalang team.

Runhaar retired injured soon after as TCT’s top run scorer at 43 not out and Martin Hill (0) from two balls showed just how close the game was.

Virdikar was the star of the ICC bowling attack with 5/42 while Yedu finished with three catches for 3/39. Murphy (36 runs), McMillan (35 runs) and Lane (28 runs) had done just enough to keep last year’s premiership team Thalang in the finals hunt.

This weekend the ACG will play host to the Phuket Sixes Cricket tournament on Saturday and Sunday and then the last three rounds of the Phuket Cricket League will be played with all things pointing towards Phuket Cricket League final’s places being decided in the very last match of the season, when ICC may need to beat the highly fancied Laguna eleven.

— Andrew McMillan

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain

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The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a weather warning for southern Thailand with torrential rain forecast to hit the region throughout the weekend. The heavy monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and south of the country is being blamed for the rough weather, with the TMD predicting flash flooding in many areas.

(Phuket, Hat Yai and Hua Hin’s forecast below)

“Waves are expected to reach 2 metres in height in the lower Gulf of Thailand and possibly higher at the height of the storm. Ships are advised to proceed with caution.”

For the north and northeast of Thailand, the TMD forecasts strong winds and cooler mornings as the arrival of the “winter” season, coupled with a moderate high-pressure system, causes temperatures to dip.

Hua Hin’s five day forecast

Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

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Southern Thailand braces for rough weather and rain | News by The Thaiger

Hat Yai’s five day forecast

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SOURCE: The Nation | weather.com

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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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