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Gymkhana Club wins weekend cricket match

Chiang Mai’s International Cricket Fest enters its 16th year

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Man U and Liverpool on the screen

Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiangmai SportRoundup

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Chiang Mai Invitational Basketball Tournament

On February 21 and 22, the sixth annual Chiang Mai Invitational Basketball Tournament was held at the SEA Games sports complex in Chiang Mai. After two days of fun and fierce competition, the CMIS boys’ team came out as champions and the girls finished an impressive fourth place.

The girls from Prem International Basketball team, posing with their coach and teacher Ms. Janet Powell.

Every year CMIS hosts this popular tournament, inviting schools from Bangkok to come and play. This year five boys teams and six girls teams made the trip up. Ekamai International School (EIS) of Bangkok, International Community School (ICS) of Bangkok, Ruamradee International School (RIS) of Bangkok, Thai-Chinese International School of Bangkok, and American School of Bangkok (ASB) all sent boys and girls teams. International School Eastern Seaboard (ISES) from Chonburi, making its first appearance at the tournament, sent a girls team. These schools joined Chiang Mai International School (CMIS), Grace International School of Chiang Mai (GIS), Murree Christian School of Chiang Mai (MCS) and Prem International School of Chiang Mai (girls only).

CMIS took home the championship trophy in the Chiang Mai Invitational Basketball Tournament Saturday, February 22, 2003 at the 700-years Basketball Stadium.

In the Boys Division, CMIS faced its toughest opposition from Murree and Grace. The boys played Murree first and won a tough contest with our new friends from Pakistan. Following two easier wins against ASB and RIS, the boys took out a spirited Grace squad in the final 36-30. The championship ended a streak of at least three second place finishes for the boys in this tournament. Members of the championship squad are Kevin Dutton, Itsuki Imai, Michael Morse, Mike Meister, Montchai, Jonathon Wang, Oliver Fruchteneicht, Kazuho Imai, Richard Mann, Michael van den Berg, Michael Peguero, Don Fleury, and Robert Bromley. If you see these young men around school, please congratulate them on a great tournament.

In the Girls Division, the CMIS girls had their best tournament ever. They beat Grace, Thai-Chinese, and International School Eastern Seaboard and lost to Ekamai in the preliminary round giving them the right to play for third place in the playoffs. In that game they faced ICS, last year’s champion, and were beaten. Playing hard for CMIS were Jenny Johnson, Nathalie, Naho Imai, Anna Collins-Wakeman, Glory, Jip, Om Udomsiree, Jasmine Jus, Amy Johnson and Candace Cooper. Only Jenny and Nathalie are seniors so coach Debbie Potter has a strong nucleus returning next year. The girls and the boys combined for the best overall showing of any school.

A special thanks goes out to Matt Lake for doing the bulk of the organizing of the tournament, Rachel Filbeck for her t-shirt design, and all the parents, teachers and students who helped with the tournament and cheered on our teams throughout the weekend.

The final results were as follows:

Boys

1st-CMIS

2nd-Grace

3rd-Murree

4th- ICS

5th-EIS

6th-RIS

Sportsmanship award: TCIS

Girls

1st-RIS

2nd-EIS

3rd-ICS

4th-CMIS

5th- Prem

6th- Grace

Sportsmanship award: ISE


Gymkhana Club wins weekend cricket match

Sunday February 23 was a perfect day for the long planned “real cricket match” between the Gymkhana Club Chiang Mai and the Orange Motorola Team from Bangkok.

Gymkhana Club Chiang Mai and Orange Motorola Bangkok after the match with Maurice Bromley and Peter Dawson sitting in the middle.

The never tiring score takers at Gymkhana Club on Sunday: Secretary Peter Dawson and his wife Ann.

What would a cricket match be without spectators and the family around to cheer? Mrs. Linda from England (left), the umpire’s wife, and Renita Bromley, well known in Chiang Mai cricket circles for being in the organizing committee of the upcoming “Cricket Sixes” in April.

The pressure was on the Gymkhana team, but they played well, had plenty of confidence on home grounds against Motorola, and won the match.

Gymkhana scored 173 runs off 28 overs for 6 wickets. Steve Penney stood out for the Chiang Mai squad on the hot Sunday with 35 runs.

Bangkok’s Orange Motorola scored 172 runs off 31 overs for 10 wickets.


Chiang Mai’s International Cricket Fest enters its 16th year

For Chiang Mai’s longest running international sporting event, a spot of uncertainty or economic turmoil in world affairs has never been something to stop the show going on. And this year the 16th Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes is scheduled as always to run for six days packed with sport and socialising from Monday, March 31 to Saturday April 5. As we went to press, 28 teams were scheduled to compete this year for the Sixes Cup, Bowl, Plate and Spoon trophies, in the idyllic cricket field setting at the 105 year-old Chiengmai Gymkhana Club.

Teams are entered from 12 different countries this year and include the return of the 4 teams which provided probably the most exciting Cup and Bowl finals seen in Chiang Mai, at last year’s event. Defending Cup Champions the Lords Taverners from Western Australia will be looking to repeat their success. While the Gloucestershire Gipsies from England, very narrowly beaten by the Tav’s in last year’s finals will be seeking to turn the tables this year.

Bowl Champions, England’s young Kiteboys who came from behind to snatch a surprise victory last year, will be hoping to go one better in the Cup this time. While their opponents in last year’s exciting final, The Warbler Bunny Club out of Bahrain, may once again belie their good-time off-the-field reputation with on-field heroics.

Old favourites like the Wombats, the Drifters, and Darjeeling, who have taken part in every Chiang Mai Sixes since they began in 1988, will of course be back again, together with first timers like Lamma CC from Hong Kong, Javea Wanderers from Spain, and a Worcester Police team from England.

Local interest will be watching out for this year’s Chiang Mai Tobacco industry team (yet to be given its annual name as we went to press!), and the CMW Warriors team from CMW Oriental Collection Co. Ltd, both potential winners in the Cup-Bowl-Plate division. Chiang Mai is also ably represented in the more socially sporting contest for the Sixes Spoon trophy, by Gymkhana Cavaliers and the Irish Pub.

As always, a number of ‘star’ international cricketers are expected to play with various teams in the tournament. Among those scheduled to participate are a party of eight from Sri Lanka, including ex-test match stars Roshan Mahanama, Rumesh Rathnayake and Amal Silva. Also returning once again will be Lanthra Fernando, Ruchira Palliyaguru, S. Jayantha, Malintha Warnapura. Having obviously enjoyed his Sixes’ experience of last year, current Sri Lankan test match umpire K.T. Francis will also be here again.

Former Australian test spin bowler Tom Hogan is now a regular favourite in Chiang Mai and returns to play with the Lords Taverners team he helped to win the Cup last year. Also from Australia, it is possible that Trevor Chappell, youngest of the famous cricketing brothers, may also return for his second visit.

A large contingent of ‘stars’ is expected from South Africa including Hugh Page (last here in ’94), test bowler Meyrick Pringle, and batsman HD Ackerman, Neil Johnson, and another Sixes’ favourite, batsman Kenny Jackson.

Already an important part of Sixes week in Chiang Mai is the Sixes Sawasdee Cricket Cup competition for local junior school teams. Now in its 4th year, the junior tournament will take place between April 1 - 5 and is also played at Gymkhana Club on an adjacent field to the adult Sixes tournament. The schools’ event is part of a year-round program to introduce cricket in local Thai schools - the children play a simplified version of the adult sport, called in Thailand, Sawasdee Cricket. The program was begun 3 years ago in Chiang Mai supported by the interest and generosity of Chiang Mai Sixes participants. It has had great success and now enjoys official recognition from the Asian Cricket Council.

The Sawasdee program is also being introduced in Bangkok schools, and it is hoped in the Sixes Sawasdee Cup this year a representative Bangkok school team will compete along with the ten or more local Chiang Mai schools expected to enter.

The next stage of development is of course to move the youngsters up to regular ‘hardball’ cricket, and local program organisers the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance are already making strides in that direction. This year’s Chiang Mai Sixes finals day on Saturday April 5 should see a ‘hardball’ exhibition match between Chiang Mai and Bangkok students. The hope is that in not too many years there will be enough good young players to form an internationally competitive ethnic Thai national cricket team.

Six-a-side cricket is a short, fast, action-packed version of the longer game, and to accommodate all the teams this year, the organisers have scheduled up to 14 matches per day over the full six days. To add to the excitement Castrol are repeating their ‘Big Six’ challenge begun last year, of cash prizes for batsmen who hit their advertising sign (placed on the boundary), with a clear six-run hit.

Let’s hope the weather behaves itself, as there is little or no slack time in this action-packed schedule. Cricket starts at 8:30 a.m. each day and the matches go on until around 5:30 p.m.

Entrance to Gymkhana Club grounds is free of charge, there is shaded seating for spectators, and ample supplies of refreshments on sale - food by Northern Farm - and a full selection of beverages at the Sixes’ bar.

As the official Sixes’ beer this year, the organisers are pleased to welcome for the first time, the sponsorship of Heineken. A packed week of sporting fun and friendly socializing in equal measure is the key to the success of the Chiang Mai Sixes, now surely the world’s most well-known and popular amateur six-a-side cricket festival.


Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the “ONON” pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the “ONON” Pub every consecutive (from CH3) Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.

BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month.

All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at: http://www.thai-american. com/hhh/

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!


Man U and Liverpool on the screen

Red Bombers on the streets

The upcoming big match between Manchester United and Liverpool soccer teams will take place on March 2 at 9 p.m. The match will be televised live via United Broadcasting Corporation, in cooperation with the Kad Suan Kaew shopping complex, on the giant screen set up on Huay Kaew Road, Chiang Mai, by Siam TV Co Ltd.

Miss Sirikul Chaipitakul of Kad Suan Kaew shopping complex ‘s account and audit department says, “Come on out for the big game!”

As well as the big league teams, there will be football matches, called “Red Bomb Street Soccer” to support sports under the anti-drug campaign. Teams of three players are invited to join the competition for a fee of 200 baht, with the wining prize valued at more than 5000 baht

About five teams are expected to take part in the competition, which is to start at 1 p.m. The public is encouraged to cheer on their favorite team.