Penang Cricketers Take The Trophy

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PENANG Sports Club (PSC) has again displayed their cricket prowess on the oval to add two more trophies on the shelf.

The jubilant Penang Sports Club players (image credit)

Over the part two months, they have won the Saudagar Singh Challenge Trophy and the Super Sixes Cricket Challenge Trophy.

In their own backyard, PSC ousted Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) Ipoh by a comfortable 14 runs to clinch the Saugdagar Singh Challenge Trophy.

The trophy was a prize which came with the Penang Cricket Association’s (PCA) 30 Overs League title.

This feat was a relief since PSC came so close to winning the prestigious trophy after coming so close in 2014.

That year, PSC were made to play the bridesmaid’s role by Albhukhary International University in Alor Setar, Kedah.

PSC cricket captain Shahul Hameed did not hide his thrill at this latest success.

The string of victories started last year when they defeated their archrival Royal Bangkok Sports Club to grab the Elephant Trophy and Hayaty Nana Trophy in the annual inter-port clash, a tournament which had been on going for more than 80 years.

“With double honours at the end of last year and back-to-back honours to kickstart 2016, we are on song.

“I hope our streak will continue in this month’s PCA T-20 challenge and the Phuket Super Sixes tournament in Thailand this April,” he said.

Shahul added that his current squad was built around foreign players from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

Penang Sports Club with their trophy (image credit)

They are not only PSC members but also cricket lovers willing to work hard to prepare for each tournament.

This year’s PCA 30 Overs League Challenge attracted four teams besides PSC – Universiti Sains Malaysia, UTP Ipoh, the Australian Defence Forces and the Penang State Development Team.

UTP Ipoh and PSC confirmed their place in the final but it was experience which gave PSC the edge.

UTP Ipoh, a side built around students from Bangladesh and Pakistan, won the toss and they sent PSC to open their final campaign by batting first.

PSC powered their way to 180 runs in 30 overs for a loss of eight wickets, with Venkat Raman emerging as their top scorer by contributing 56 runs in the process.

Hammad Khakwani, UTP’s best bowler, might have captured four wickets for 13 runs in six overs in the first inning but this still failed to stop PSC from trooping out with a comfortable lead.

That left UTP with the daunting task of chasing 181 runs in the second inning.

Even when Mohd Tahir scored with 56 runs when they took to the bats, PSC merely tightened their grip and restricted the Ipoh lads to just a 166-run reply to confirm their victory.

Chowrasta Market To Be Finished By October

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The Penang government has assured the public that the agonising wait for a new and refreshed Chowrasta Market will end come October.

State Local Government committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the 19-month delay was due to an earlier appointed 'stagnant and slow’ contractor.

The snail-pace construction, he said, has caused the government to bear an additional RM1.67 million in costs to renovate and upgrade the iconic market along Jalan Penang.

Chow said the snag has caused the total project cost to balloon up from RM12.2 million to RM13.9 million.

“We will claim the additional cost incurred from the contractor,” he told reporters after a site visit.

The project was awarded to a contractor through an open tender on Apr 1, 2013. They were supposed to complete the upgrade by end of March last year.

Meanwhile, Chow said the state government has decided to terminate the contractors last Nov, despite being given an extension twice.

“MBPP then offered the project to the second lowest bidder of the project during the earlier open tender,” he said.

The newly awarded will build the remaining 30 per cent of what is left by the previous contractor at a cost of RM7.2mil.

The Market is over 126 years old (image credit)

The 126-year-old market that is synonymous with Penang’s heritage was built in 1890. It is touted as the best place to get Penang’s best known cookies, the tau sah pneah, jeruk and old books.

It is also touted to be the oldest market in Malaysia.

However, the market was in a dire need for repairs and the state government had called for tenders to fix them.

At present, some 90 traders are selling their wares at the market. When completed, the market could take in about 170 traders.

The number of traders outside the market would be reduced by almost half, from 138 to 66.

Once ready, some 120 parking lots would also be available.

Hot and Spicy Penang

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This is in line with the Tourism Ministry’s efforts to rebrand Penang’s existing products and charms and give them a new perspective.

Tourism Ministry’s Penang Office Director Jaime Yeoh said the spices concept would give participants the opportunity to experience, discover and feel.

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Seafood Noodle & Porridge at Gurney Drive, Penang

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Public Cafe is just another neighbourhood coffee shop in the pleasant surroundings of Gurney Drive. This coffee shop is a favorite spot as it has a stall serving up both delicious yet reasonable seafood noodles and porridge.

Take a pick from the striking mix of ingredients and a choice of several types of noodles.  The price varies according to the seafood ingredients, with pawns, crabs, paddy frogs (tin kai/chui kay) and varieties of fish.

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