Pattaya Cricket Club, in association with Pattaya Sports Club, played their first game of the new season against the Southerners 2nd team in Bangkok last Sunday, Jan. 12.
The Southerners won the toss and batted first on a newly laid Astroturf wicket at the Harrow School ground. However they found it tough to score runs due to very accurate bowling from the Pattaya opening bowlers, Salman Khan and Thomas Manoj. These were backed up superbly by the rest of the Pattaya attack, who restricted the Southerners to only 119 for 6 wickets in their allotted 25 overs. Gaurav, with 54 runs, was the only Southerners batsman to put up any real resistance.
The Pattaya Cricket Club team pose for a photo at the Harrow International School in Bangkok, Sunday, Jan. 12.
When Pattaya replied, they found it just as difficult to score, with opener John Giuffrida top scoring with 34 runs. The turning point was a sixth wicket partnership of 49 between Salman Khan and Hancy Diwansingh. Pattaya scored 121 for 6 wickets, in 21.3 overs, and thus secured victory by 4 wickets. Man of the Match was given to Thomas Manoj for his bowling performance of 5 overs 1 wicket for 9 runs conceded.