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Thalang triumph over ICC at ACG

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PHUKET: In Sunday’s JLL league match, the Thalang cricket team chased down 143 runs in 22.4 overs at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) to defeat the Island Cricket Club (ICC).

In their first encounter of the season on February 9th. ICC set the record for the lowest team total on the ACG of just 37 runs. Winning the toss this time around. ICC’s captain, Anand Chand, choose to bat first on a pitch with some damp patches from an overnight shower.

The pitch wasn’t to blame for the running mix up on the third ball of the morning that saw the end of their top batsman Chand without facing a ball. Simon Wetherell of Thalang pounced on the ball hit to mid-on and fired it straight over the stumps to see the back of Chand.

ICC were 7-2 in the 4th over and this time it was a mix up of sorts for the Thalang team with two players colliding during the catch but the ball was safely in the wicket keepers gloves.

Iqbal Malik (35 runs from 38 balls) was a bright light for ICC despite not getting full value for his shots from the lush ACG outfield. He helped ICC along to 49-3 at the first drinks break before Craig Murphy (2-14) bowled Malik in the 15th over to take the wind out of the ICC sails.

During the next 11 overs, Thalang’s bowlers slowed down the scoring rate and snared another five wickets for just 31 runs. Umpire John King placed his lunch order for one of the delicious tuna sandwich’s from the Boundary Bar when he saw last batsman, Paresh Borkar, come out to join Saleam in the middle.

Saleam didn’t have lunch on his mind as he manipulated the strike, entertained the crowd with his hitting, and more importantly took ICC from 87-9 to a competitive 143 runs from 34.3 overs. Saleam scored 53 runs off just 43 balls including 8 fours and a six before he was eventually caught behind off the bowling of Andrew McMillan who chimed in with 4-37 from 5.3 overs.

With just five more matches to be played before the finals and all the teams still in with a chance of lifting the JLL league trophy, there were plenty of spectators at the ground with vested interests in the result.

Requiring 144 runs for victory from 35 overs, Paresh Borkar of ICC struck with the new ball on the fifth ball of the innings. A. Saleam, still on a high after his half century, opened up from the other end and had an immediate impact. He bowled experienced batsman Craig Murphy with his first ball and Thalang had lost 2 wickets from just seven balls.

Simon Wetherell dug out another fast full pitched delivery from Saleam and then went about building a partnership with Bill Stahmer. The two Thalang batsmen took the score to 84-2 at the first drinks break. They were helped along by 11 byes from the ICC wicket keeper Shah Ullah and from four legs byes scored from a rare free hit opportunity.

The partnership was broken soon after the break with Stahmer seemingly playing a nice shot but being adjudged LBW for a well compiled 32 runs. Wetherell, who scored 35 well compiled runs, gave up his wicket while searching for a quick finish to the match and an extra bonus point.

The leagues luckiest man and highest run scorer, Justin Thomatos, then walked out to the crease and his spree of good luck continued. Any chance of ICC getting a much needed win was lost when bowler Syed Hussain over-stepped the line and gifted Thomatos a free hit that he dispatched to the boundary.

The final result may have been a given at this stage but there was still time for some controversy when Paresh Borkar cleaned bowled Thomatos only to have the square leg umpire call a no-ball for the ICC having three fieldsmen behind square leg. Fresh from representing Phuket in the National Games in Srisaket, Thai teenager Paan, fittingly hit the winning runs for Thalang in the 23rd over.

Thomatos finished on 30 not out from 23 balls as Thalang picked up yet another bonus point to extend their lead over Laguna to four points in the JLL league championship.

This Sunday, March 30th at 10am, top of the ladder team Thalang play the undefeated Laguna outfit at the ACG.

— Andrew Macmillan

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Phuket hotels slashing the price of rooms

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by Sophie Deviller

Hotels on Thailand’s most popular holiday island are being forced to slash prices, with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as Thailand’s tourism chiefs struggle with a plunge in Chinese visitors caused by the US trade war and a stronger baht. Phuket was the most visited destination in the country last year, after Bangkok, and a good gauge of the state of its crucial travel industry.

Tourism accounts for 18% of Thailand’s gross domestic product and Chinese holidaymakers make up more than a quarter of total arrivals. But while 2.2 million people from the country visited in 2018, according to official figures, the numbers for January-September were down almost 20% year on year.

Claude de Crissey, the French Honorary Consul in Phuket and owner of about 40 rooms in the Patong Beach area, says Chinese tourists are usually present even during the current low season.

“That was not the case this year,” he said, adding he had to lower his prices by as much as 50%.

The problem is not only in Phuket, with hotels also struggling to fill rooms in the seaside resort of Pattaya on the mainland and on Koh Samui.

Trade tensions with the US have already made some Chinese reluctant to take holidays owing to uncertainty back home, while the Thai baht has risen about 10% against the yuan this year.

A boating disaster off Phuket’s coast that killed 47 Chinese holidaymakers in July 2018 also scared some off.

“We are worried,” said an industry insider, declining to be named due to the sensitivity of the topic in a country where tourism provides tens of thousands of jobs. Adding to the headache is the fact that more than 3,000 new hotel rooms are being constructed on the island, raising the question of who will fill them.

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“In terms of business, it’s not good,” said Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, vice-president of the association of hotels in Thailand and director of Vijitt Resort.

“Because … we have more hotels, more rooms to sell, we have more restaurants, more coffee shops.”

Still, tourism authority chairman Yuthasak Supasorn said he remained “optimistic.”

“We should reach our goal of 39.8 million foreign visitors.”

However, that is only up from 38.2 million in 2018, much less than the jump seen from the previous year’s total of 35.6 million.

Counting on India

Now hoteliers and tour package operators are targeting visitors from elsewhere, particularly India, which experts see as a huge untapped market.

A rapid expansion of the middle class in India, increased direct flights and visa-free travel have prompted Thailand to revise forecasts upwards.

It now expects two million Indian tourists this year, after an increase of nearly 25% on-year in the first seven months. But for now, the lower arrivals is evident on the streets of Phuket.

“I’ve never seen anything as bad as what it is at the moment,” said Paul Scott from Australia, who said he has been coming to Thailand for 15 years.

He mainly blamed the stronger baht for the drop-off but also the fact that Thailand wasn’t the untouched vacation paradise it once was. “Now it’s not so new … and it’s not cheap,” he said.

SOURCE: AFP

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The 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle fun run attracts more than 4,000 runners

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4,000 runners from Thailand and overseas took part in the 15th Mai Khao Marine Turtle Fun Run and Half Marathon 2019 yesterday, starting from the Phuket Gateway.

The event is expected to raise 700,000 baht for the charity, now in its 15th year. The money raised goes towards to The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, which is committed to protecting the marine and coastal environment, and ecosystems, for the wellbeing of sea turtles that nest in the Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas.

The annual race also provides funds for thePhuket Marine Biological Centre’s Injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and The Third NavalArea Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program.

The race was in its 15th year and runners of all ages and abilities took part in the race. The morning’s racing was divided into five categories – the 21.1km half marathon, 10.5km mini- marathon, 5km fun run and 3k family run and VIP participants for all the races. The route of 21.1 kilometre race took runners northwest along the Haad Sai Kaew beach towards Thao Thepkasattri bridge, past the rural road No. 3006, run along the road – Pi Lai viewpoint area returned back along the T. Baan Tha Nun to the iconic Sarasin bridge before finished the half marathon in the Phuket Gateway.

For Mini Marathon 10.5 km – Over all category, Mr. Chinnawat Changlek clocked 39 minutes and 40 seconds to clinch victory in the male half marathon, winning prize money and a trophy with the signature of Phuket’s Governor. The winner in the female mini marathon was Surakarn Wanna with a time of 47 minutes and 47 seconds.

Winners also received a prize gift voucher as well as a medal. Congratulations to all participants.

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‘Phang Nga Bay and Beyond’ exhibition by Marilyn Band at Mom Tri’s WOK Gallery Kitchen in November

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The Art exhibition “Phang Nga Bay and Beyond” by Marilyn Band is being held at Mom Tri’s WOK Gallery Kitchen, Chalong, Kata Hill, Phuket from November 30, 2019 – January 31, 2020. The opening will take place on Saturday November 30, 2019 at 6.30 pm.

Artist’s Statement

“For the current exhibition, I am presenting recent work, a more abstract expression of Phang Nga Bay’s beauty, which intends to encourage the viewer the opportunity to interpret and appreciate a little bit of paradise. I am quite excited about these more abstract works as it has allowed me to explore the essence of these limestone monuments in the bay.

“I find the natural world a beautiful, magical place. My paintings are inspired by many sea voyages. Though based on reality I try to introduce my own feelings and vision which will delight others.”

Biography

Marilyn Band has been creating art since childhood, influenced by a family who surrounded her with paintings and the creations of several generations of her ancestors who were famous stained glass artists. She went to Florence, Italy for life drawing and then went on to study graphics at High Wycombe Technical College in Buckinghamshire, England and started her career as a graphic designer in a variety of advertising agencies in London.

On Holiday in the Seychelles, she met her future husband, Nick Band, and they have been sailing around the Indian Ocean and SE Asia for more than forty years allowing Marilyn the chance to draw and paint the now disappearing tropical cultures from Zanzibar to Sri Lanka to Phuket, and beyond.

She arrived in Phuket in 1980 and immediately built a studio that has been the center of her art projects. Between sea voyages and other travels, Marilyn has become one of Phuket’s most significant artists with one person exhibitions at Mom Tri’s Boathouse and Villa Royale Galleries.

She has also designed and developed the graphics for the island’s world famous Phuket King’s Cup Regatta media.

She continues to explore new avenues of self- expression in acrylic, oil, watercolour, ink, collage and silkscreen.

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