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Another glorious day of sunshine at Karon Beach in Phuket on day two of the Phuket International Sixes, as Lamma CC of Hong Kong went to the top of the table.
Lamma beat Calcutta Old Boys – the newcomers to the tournament - by 21 runs with both Trevor Chappell and Brad Tarr retiring for the Hong Kong outfit after posting a hefty total of 89. In reply Calcutta OB could only muster 68.
The Entertainers from New Zealand scored the highest total of the day when they blasted 93 against the Wild Men of Borneo. Woddsy of the Wild Men top-scored with 35 not out. The team did well to reach 78 in reply but fell 15 runs short of the target.
Corner Tigers from Pakistan, the former champions, performed well enough in their first two matches to feature in the Cup competition again this year. Bahrain Camels and Etihad, new to the Phuket Sixes this year, also made the cut.
Six teams will compete for the Plate which includes both New Zealand sides. The doctors from the Delhi Medical Association will also fight it out for Plate silverware.
The reception party for the tournament was held on Thursday night at the Green Man and the Bollywood theme went down a treat with the teams. An amusing question and answer session was held on stage featuring Alan Mullally and Chappell who revealed a few secrets and anecdotes from their careers including a section on best sledges which brought the house down.
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