Pattaya Cricket Club’s second eleven took on the beach boys of Koh Chang last Sunday at the serene St. Andrews International School cricket field in Ban Chang.
Pattaya won the toss (by agreement) and batted first, while, playing for the first time on matting and grass rather than sand, the Koh Changers displayed a great variety of bowling actions, some legal, some maybe less so.
Andy Schofield perished early, putting up a big skier which saw Pavit come to the crease. Soon after he was involved in a ludicrous run-out with batting partner Lord Harvey as both found themselves parked up at the same end. One umpire gave Pavit out and the other gave Lord H out, alas for the latter it was he who had to shuffle off shaking his head ruefully.
Dave S, a rare bird with bat in hand, came in and hit his retirement (20) off just 5 balls Prem and Sajan contributed good scores in the teens before Shaunie strode out to record his third zero in succession since the start of the season (really getting his ducks in a row).
New recruit “Animal” hit a fairly carnivorous 12 before Pattaya ended on a flattering 164, having been gifted 54 in wides.
Ko Chang’s response was eventful. A measured 16 from Lewis and a fairly brutal 22 from Matt kept things going, but wickets for Vijay, Lord H, Pavit, Holty and Dave, plus, crucially a total of only 19 wides made the difference and thus Pattaya got home by a 50 run margin.
The social element erupted after the game was over as Captain Steve of Koh Chang dispensed “coarse” vodka awards for poor behaviour and “champagne” moments in the match, of which there were many.