The eighth playing of the Phuket International Cricket Sixes Tournament got underway today in the fine setting of Karon Stadium. Play was eagerly anticipated with twenty five teams from eight different nations coming to the island. All sides are set to play two preliminary round games before being divided into the Cup, Plate, Bowl and Spoon Divisions depending on their rankings.
The massively awaited encounter between the Cup Winners of last year, Gauhati Town of Assam, India and Leeming Spartans of Perth WA, last year's Plate Winners saw the Aussies putting down a big statement of intent with a fine victory as Shayne Hersey starred.
The tournament, is being staged by the Asian Cricket Sixes Tour in conjunction with the Phuket Cricket Group and the opening game truly epitomised the ACST mantra of "Making Friendships Through Cricket" as it featured the Singapore Slingers versus the Cockatoos of Adelaide. Earlier this year two of the Singaporian girls had visited South Australia on a sponsored coaching trip donated by the CBB CC. The Slingers were victorious in today's encounter.
St Georges River of Sydney also put in an impressive show against Leeming Top Deck while another Aussie side, Willettton Crows gave the St Francis Camels the hump with an emphatic win on their event debut. Another new side Gold Coast Falcons quickly learned of the standard of the regular sides as Corner Tigers of Pakistan gave out a lesson in chasing down a target.
Regular ACST supporter Mahmood Abdullah has travelled from Kuwait with two sides, MG7 and Skylark and he'll be raising a glass to his charges after Skylark handed out a couple of hammerings to Southern Stars and The Seasanders, with Audi in great batting form. MG7 had earlier seen off Perth Postels.
The event sees three local sides competing, The Karon Seasanders, Dabangg Boyz and the youngsters of the PCDC Natives competing, but there'll be parades on the streets of Karon as all three were defeated by Curtin Victoria Park, Leeming Top Deck and Skylark respectively.
The best game of the day was left until the penultimate encounter, between St George Souths Juniors United and Gauhati Town. The Indians must have thought they'd reversed their earlier defeat only for Souths to chase down 79 off the final ball with Anthony Sinclair putting in a scintillating shift.
After play the teams, officials, supporters and sponsors attended the Opening Party at the Karon Sea Sands Hotel to continue enjoying the camararderie that features so much at this event.
Thursday 14th April
Cockatoos 40 all out Singapore Slingers 67-2
MG7 66-2 Perth Postels 61-2
Leeming Spartans 77-2 Gauhati Town 63-1
St Georges River 77-3 Leeming Top Deck 68-2
CBB Postels 65-4 Customs 45-2
Southern Stars 64-2 Skylark 68-0
Curtin Victoria Park 64-1 St Francis Camels 65-3
Corner Tigers 63-0 Gold Coast Falcons 64-0
Willetton Crows 65-2 St Francis De Sales 39-3
PCDC Natives 20-2 Curtin Victoria Park 64-2
Toorak Prahan 50-4 Singapore Slingers 46-4
Dabangg Boyz 57-5 Leeming Top Deck 60-3
Falcon 55-3 Customs 44-0
Gauhati Town 79-2 St George Souths United 80-1
Karon Seasanders 33 Skylark 36-0