Some excellent cricket and massive hitting was applauded throughout the day as the eight teams comprising the second half of the draw completed their three first round matches today.
Dhaka Cricket Club from Bangladesh emerged as the pick of the competitive teams on Day Two of this first Pattaya International Cricket Sixes. They enjoyed three comfortable wins over the Thai Spirits, the Bounty Buccaneers from Malaysia, and one of the local favourites the Pattaya Colts. Rubayat, Topash and Hasan were the pick of the Dhaka CC players.
Also hailing from Bangladesh, Narayangang CC impressed too as they triumphed over Ios Malakas, the Bangkok Stars and the Pattaya Stallions, thereby securing their place in the Cup competition.
Match of the day was the clash between the Thai Spirits and Dhaka CC. Batting first the Spirits put a modest 66/2 on the board, Titash retiring on 30 runs, and then proceeded to defend the total tenaciously in an excellent bowling and fielding display. Dhaka narrowly won the match by reaching their target with one ball to spare after losing 4 wickets, Zia and Hansie being the pick of the Thai Spirits bowlers with 2 victims each.
The top eight placed teams following Round One enter the Cup competition with the next eight ranked sides battling for places in Plate and Shield divisions. Three of the teams earning a berth to compete in the Cup are from Thailand: Thai Spirits, Pattaya Stallions and the Ali Baba Warriors.
Players of the Day for Day Two were selected at the close of play by the tournament panel. Topash of Dhaka CC was the 'Outback Best Bowler', Wally ‘Whale’ Pohl of Ios Malakas won the 'Outback Best Batsman' award and 'ACST Player of the Day' was Roger Lindo of the Bangkok Stars.
Day Three of the Pattaya International Cricket Sixes will get off to a cracking start at 10am Thursday with juicy match ups between the Warathais from New South Wales versus the CBB Postels and the Perth Postels versus the Custom Cockatoos. The four day tournament concludes Saturday.
Entry to the ground for spectators is free and refreshments are available.
For further information about the Pattaya international Cricket Sixes see www.pattayasixes.com
Placings After Round One
1. Cricket Next Academy (India)
2. Dhaka Cricket Club (Bangladesh)
3. Falcons DNV (Kuwait)
4. Narayangang CC (Bangladesh)
5. Pattaya Stallions (Thailand)
6. Ali Baba Warriors (Thailand)
7. Thai Spirits (Thailand)
8. Asia All Stars (India)
Plate & Shield
9. Warathais (Australia)
10. Perth Postels (Australia)
11. Bangkok All Stars (Thailand)
12. Pattaya Colts (Thailand)
13. Bounty Buccaneers (Malaysia)
14. Ios Malakas (Greece)
15. Custom Cockatoos (Australia)
16. CBB Postels (International)
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