Cricket Sixes: Gipsies, Darjeeling Shine
by Peter Cummins, Chiang Mai
The Sixteenth Chiangmai International Cricket Sixes and
the Fourth Chiang Mai Sawasdee Cricket Cup were “off and running”, so to
speak, at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club last weekend. The Gloucestershire
Gipsies and Darjeeling were the ace teams on the day, winning both their
scheduled games in the Round Robin matches, while in the Spoon Division no
clear leader had emerged after two days.
lovely Khun Aungkhana, assistant director of TAT Northern Office opens the
show with a “mean ball”.
Tony Gough: a long-time supporter of the CM Sixes.
Bromley, tournament director, welcomes the 28 teams, organizers and
supporters at the opening party.
Aussies are coming…
mind the cricket: this is the Rugby Sixes. Observers at the opening party
sponsored by TAT Northern Office.
Aungkhana with the Aussies.
of the “Chiang Mai Lovelies” assigned to guide the cricketers - and the
press during the week’s competition.
The opening ceremony was presided over by attractive
Aungkhana Pumpaka, assistant director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand,
Northern Office: Region 1, who addressed the 28 teams gathered at the
Chiengmai Gymkhana Club. She then bowled what the long-standing tournament
director, Maurice Bromley called: “a mean ball, right on target”,
causing a very surprised batsman to grope to connect. The second ball was
not that great, however, but at least it did remain in the playing field.
The junior division, where much attention is being given
to training, sponsoring and encouraging Thai youngsters in the game, started
Monday, with some 12 schools competing under the aegis of the Chiang Mai
Schools Cricket Alliance, in two divisions: Grade Five and Lower and Grade
On opening day, it was a very wet afternoon on Sunday for
the round robin matches and, although the ground was still slippery, a hot
day on Monday soon started to dry out the facilities. The Sixes and the
Sawasdee will continue through the week, to close with the finals of the
four senior divisions and the Cup finals for the juniors.
Sri Lankan Airlines, from a country which adores the game
of cricket, is one of the principal sponsors, flying into Thailand some of
their best cricketers to participate in the Sixes. Heineken and Coca Cola
are trying to quench the almost-insatiable thirst of the cricketers - a
formidable task, especially for Heineken! Nestle, Dimon, the Chiang Mai
Mail newspaper and a big number of Chiang Mai hostelleries and
businesses are also supporting the Sixes.
Gloucester Gipsies 81-0 (Keith Musto 29 n.o.) beat Silver
State 46-2 (Amal Silva 23 n.o.); Darjeeling 56-2 (Mark Rowe 25 n.0.) beat
Jack Frost (51-2); Kite Boys 103-0 (M. Mapatuna 35 n.o.) beat Javea
Wanderers 53-2; Gloucestershire Gipsies 76-1 (Keith Musto 33 n.o.; Paul
Lazenbury 26 n.o.) beat Lamma C.C. 50-1 (Gamini Silva 30 n.o.); Worcester
Police 71-4 beat Yes-No-Wait-Sorries 42-0 (Rick Clark 25 n.0.); Darwin
Dilettantes 76-1 (F. Atboy 33 n.o.; Gary Hancock 30, n.o.) beat Silver State
57-1; Daejeeling 67-2 beat B.A. Dragons 68-1 (M. Pringle 35 n.o); Javea
Wanderers 77-0 (L. Fernando 31 n.o.) beat DCC Bulls Brothers 67-2; Warathais
58-2 (Steve Christie 28 n.o.) beat Worcester Police 42-3; Warbler Bunny Club
(with a vociferous followers camp) 51-3 beat Shanghai Steinlager Cavaliers
54-0 (G. Chatfield 32 n.o.)
Shenanigan’s Los Malakas 59-1 beat Wombats 58-2; Gang Green Irish Pub
61-1 beat Bangkok Postels 58-2.
Man U and Liverpool grudge match to be shown at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex
The big news for football fans is the Man U and Liverpool
match is being brought to the big screen at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex,
following cooperation between United Broadcasting Corporation Co and Siam TV
Co and TA Orange. The televised match will commence at 6 p.m. on April 5 and
be shown at the Ban Lan Tong Room, Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel.
Two 300-inch television screens with high quality sound
and vision will make you feel as if you were sitting at the Old Trafford
field, say the local organizers. Old Trafford is the home of Manchester
United and the eternal rivals should produce stirring play.
Airmen learn to get healthy through aerobics
Wing 41, 3rd Air Personnel Division, of the Royal Thai
Air Force, organized an aerobic dance for its airmen, officials and their
families at Wing 41’s football field to promote the Exercise For Health
me and dance together!
gonna get stronger! The instructor’s energy seemed to have no bounds.
participants before the exercise began gathered for a photo with the sign
promoting aerobic dance for health.
An aerobic dance leader started the event with a light
warm-up before raising the speed and encouraging real aerobic dancing to
songs with a strong beat.
After an hour, when most of the airmen and their families
were too tired to dance, the aerobic dance leader didn’t seem to be tired
at all. She eased the tempo, lowered the beat and reverted to normal dancing
before the dancing stopped totally.
After the exercise, everyone looked exhausted but all agreed it was a day
of healthy activity.
FC Jams A wins street soccer tourney
Jams A team won the “Kad Suan Kaew Street Soccer” competition and
received their trophy from Chiang Mai Governor Pisit Khetphasook, plus a
5,000 baht prize and souvenirs. The first runner-up was the Night Place
Junior team. The second runner-up was FC Jams B team and the third runner-up
was Ran Khun Mae team. Khuanchai Wongnitikorn, Chiang Mai Provincial
Authority’s permanent secretary, and Pittaya Jinawat, director of the
Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) Northern Office, jointly presided
over the closing ceremony.
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!
Fitness Tips: Diet pill comes under fire
G’day readers, a new weight control pill launched by
Biotech Pharmaceuticals has come under fire by the Australian federal
opposition. Medislim Natural Advance Weight Control is being marketed
towards people who have a body mass index (BMI) of between 20 and 25, who
are happy with their weight and ‘want to keep in that way’.
The federal opposition has called on the federal
government to investigate marketing surrounding the product, with the
concern that young people and children were vulnerable to such schemes.
“Young people are highly susceptible to these kind of
schemes, which can add to the insecurities felt by many about their own
weight,” said opposition spokeswoman, Nicola Roxon.
The pill claims to suppress appetite, reduce dietary
carbohydrate conversion into fat and provides natural vitamins and minerals
and other substances including guarana, green tea and chromium.
The product’s official web site provided a link to the
Nutrition Australia site. Nutrition Australia announced that it had been
included without permission, did not know of the product and in no way
Making false and misleading claims is a common thing for
products such as these and this particular one even insinuates that it has
had a green light from the Australian Nutrition website. Readers please keep
in mind that very few things such as these actually work at all and not
always for the people that really need them. Many actually put your health
at greater risk of heart, liver and kidney failure. Do you really want to go
down that road when there is a safe alternative?
The only thing that does work is a lifestyle change to
healthy eating and regular exercise. There is no magic pill!
Cycling and prevention of breast cancer
Just three indoor cycling classes a week may help reduce
the risk of developing breast cancer. That is according to a study conducted
by scientists at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, who found
three hours of moderately intensive cycling per week can reduce the risk of
breast cancer by 34%. Furthermore, they believe that the risk decreases as
cycling activity increases.
Scientists studied almost 400 pre-menopausal women under
the age of 45 who were already diagnosed with breast cancer and 880 healthy
volunteers. When asked about the kind of exercise they participated in as a
teenager and a young adult, researchers found that those who reported
cycling had a significantly decreased risk of developing breast cancer. The
study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.
While the scientists agree that more research is needed
many experts remain skeptical. Clare Stevenson, a researcher from the
University of Bristol (UK) believes it is unlikely that cycling is more
beneficial than other forms of exercise, pointing out that the subjects’
responses may be more about how much they recall about exercise from these
times, such as cycling to school or work, than what they actually did.
“It is important not to read too much into this and
take away the message that cycling is particularly good for you,” said
What is more to the point is that more active people are
likely to cycle to school or work and this tendency towards activity in
general will lower the risk factors of contracting certain types of cancers.
Further, cycling does not have all the repetitive impact
that you experience when jogging. Some schools of thought believe that the
risk of mammary tissue being damaged after exposure to this type of exercise
when not well supported is greatly increased. Sports bras will significantly
reduce these risk factors.
Girls, make up your own mind as to what type of regular
exercise best suits you, but make sure you enjoy it and that you have a
couple of options for variety so that you can enjoy the benefits of it over
the long term.