Thai Polo Club was the venue last weekend for the Pattaya Cricket Club’s annual Super 8’s tournament, which involved six teams from all over Thailand.
With each team playing each other in the 7 over format it was the Asian Stars who topped the league table, with the Southerners as runners up. After an incredibly tense count back of bonus points, Pattaya CC sneaked into third, Chiang Mai Gymkhana were fourth and the unfortunate British Club fifth as only 3 points separated the three teams. Siam CC, severely depleted by injuries and age, propped up the table.
The British Club comfortably overcame the valiant Siam CC in the Bowl Final. Chiang Mai Gymkana batted first in the Plate Final against the home side PCC and Ubaid and Naveed were at their destructive best as both batsmen retired after the mandatory 31 runs. Chasing a target of 88 runs to win the PCC batsmen started well but no one could find the decisive innings required as they finished 14 runs short.
The Cup Final promised to be a run feast between the two strongest teams in the competition and it lived up to the expectation. Batting first the Southerners, led by Daniel and well supported Henno and Hico all starred to post a daunting 100 runs. The Asian Stars maintained the tough run chase throughout with excellent hitting from Dimple, Dharmesh, Sam and Bilal but it was all in vain as they finished 20 runs adrift.
Man of the Tournament went to Mossy of the British Club for his heroic efforts both on and off the field. He then proceeded to celebrate at the bar, which was expertly run by Tawan who was a picture of loveliness in matching crimson skirt and lipstick throughout the weekend!
The season is nearly over but two league fixtures remain outstanding and victory in both would possibly result in PCC winning the league, so there is still much to play for.
PCC would like to thank the Pattaya Sports Club and Outback Bar for their continued support and welcome anyone to get involved with the club via its Facebook page or the website www.pattayacricketclub.com.