Local teams get ready for Chiang Mai Sixes
Among the 30 teams contesting the honors in this year’s
18th Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes, four local teams are hoping to
carry off some of the silver (and pewter) ware.
The world’s biggest and most popular amateur six-a-side
cricket tournament gets underway this month (March 27 – April 2) at the
Chiengmai Gymkhana Club. This year there are five main trophies up for grabs
– the Sixes Cup, a new Bromley Shield (given by Tournament Director
Maurice Bromley and his wife Renita), the Bowl, Joe Carpenter Plate, and the
Spoon trophy for cricketers of more ‘social’ abilities.
Ladies Challenge is the glamorous part of the 18th Sixes tournament, with
the local Chiang Mai Chassies defending an unbeaten record against the
visiting Dixie Belles.
Among the local entries, CMW Oriental Collection will
again sponsor the CMW Warriors team led by company boss Basharat Ahmed Wani.
CMW will be hoping for luck in Cup, Shield or Bowl this year, having been
very competitive in three previous years’ efforts. Usually with the onset
of decrepitude and failure to win silverware, a Sixes team quietly drops
down to the quieter life of the Spoon Division. But this year, Sandy
Cullen’s Irish Pub Gang Green team is actually moving up from the Spoon to
challenge for main competition honors. Even with the ‘signing’ of
experienced cricketers Wally Pohl and Dean Henderson (ex- local tobacco
companies’ team), they may still need the luck of the Irish!
The local tobacco industry team, always competitors for
Cup or Bowl honors ever since they debuted in 1989, have a fairly untried
new line-up this year. Competing under the name The Mujibas, the team may
rely on the experience of captain Steve Penney, his father George Penney and
David Hird. The only local entry in the Spoon Division this year is the
Gymkhana Cavaliers team, captained by Eric Little. Eric, a retired
Australian living in Chiang Mai, is volunteer Coaching Coordinator for the
successful program run by the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance (CMSCA)
which is introducing cricket in local Thai junior schools. This year Eric is
including four young graduates of the CMSCA program in the Cavalier’s
team. Orf, Tee, Bank, and Soe have already proved themselves talented in
cricket at the adult level.
Warriors led by local businessman Wani (front row right) will be hoping to
win one of the four main competition trophies at the Sixes this year.
Not in the main Sixes competition, but always a main
attraction (they will tell you), are the glamorous Chiang Mai Chassies,
defending their long unbeaten run in the best of three matches, Ladies
Spectators are always welcomed at Gymkhana Club for the
Sixes. Entry is free, there is shaded seating and a friendly all-day bar and
food service, right on the boundary.
Cricket action is on-going everyday from Sunday March 27, to Saturday
April 2, starting at 8:30 a.m. through to about 5.30 p.m.
Dirty match results
in clean sheet for farangs
And so it was with a degree of trepidation that the
Farangutans assembled for the second match of the season. Trepidation not so
much due to the previous week’s defeat, but because of the shockingly early
9 a.m. kick-off.
This early start was new territory for the boys, and may
have accounted for a couple of absentees - what was rather surprising though
was that Ross was not one of these - on the contrary, he arrived looking
sharp, fresh and ready to do battle. And this he endeavoured to do, kicking
lumps out of his opponent from start to finish! And it was just this type of
fighting spirit that was required to banish the disappointment of the game
the week before. Mae Khajan provided the opposition; could the mighty
Farangutans clock up their first league victory?
The early exchanges saw little threat from Mae Khajan;
rather it was the Farangutans who took control of the game and carved out the
only clear-cut chances. The pitch was flat and smooth (which did actually
come as quite a surprise!) and the farangs took full advantage. Adam, Sweepy
and Shawn were all prominent creating good openings, willingly supported out
wide by Tim and Troy. But it was striker Ano who enjoyed a couple of great
chances only to be denied by a resolute Mae Khajan goalkeeper.
Nevertheless, the Farangutans’ dominance was rewarded on
the half hour as Adam battled his way through the opposition defence before
lashing the loose ball into the bottom corner. This sent a wave of confidence
throughout the team, and the farangs pressed for a second as half time
approached. But alas it was not forthcoming - indeed one free kick from a
promising position sailed high over the bar, and would have registered a
comfortable three points in another sport!
The second half began in much the same vein - one in which
Mae Khajan were ‘chasing shadows’. And as their frustration grew, the
game took on a much more unsavoury feel. Ross’s ongoing feud with the Mae
Khajan right winger had sown the seeds in the first half - and now the game
boiled over. Being unable to create any meaningful openings, Mae Khajan’s
tactics changed dramatically as they proceeded to trip, hack and scythe down
any Farangutan who ventured near them. In a mad twenty minute period, Mae
Khajan saw their agricultural defending rewarded with six yellow cards, and
one red. That was for the Mae Khajan left back who committed a horrendous
tackle on the Farangutan midfielder “Sweepy”, whose own attempt to exact
a little revenge, by lunging two-fisted at said left back, was similarly met
with the red card. As he left the pitch, some spectators could clearly hear
his reaction, “Ooooh, Ah thought it was earnly worth a yeller...”
By this stage the referee was having quite a job
controlling the game - and he may well have been thankful that the
Farangutans second goal seemed to knock the wind out of the Mae Khajan sails.
Again it was Adam who found the ball at his feet following a break down the
right; he was able to squeeze his shot in at the near post, complete his
brace and earn him a well-deserved man-of-the-match nomination. So, two-nil,
and game over... or was it? No, far from it. Mae Khajan were not finished yet
- they mounted a fightback as the Farangutans sat back on their lead. The
impressive Mark firstly had to produce a fine save from a vicious in-swinging
free kick, somehow pushing the ball on to the bar; and as the seconds were
ticking away his services were once again called upon. Mae Khajan, having
been awarded a penalty, saw this as their potential life-line. But no, Mark
capped a fine performance by saving the spot kick, sending the Farangutans
and their travelling supporters into raptures! And despite being battered and
bruised, the Farangutans held on for this first hard-fought victory.
Same time next week? No chance, it’s a sedate 11.00 kick
Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”
CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai runs on
Mondays every 2 weeks. If you need a lift from the Hash House Pub on Moon Muang
Road (corner of Soi 2) at 4 pm please Call 09 99 358 27 before 3 pm.
CUM H3 is a male run. Pick-up every Tuesday at 4 pm from
Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opposite Irish Pub). A fun run for
males. No committee.
CSH3 is a mixed hash. Runs every Saturday. Pick up from Hash
House Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 3.30 pm.
Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a new club with a mixture of
traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and
“on on’s” guaranteed. On on on at Clubroom. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip
Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday.
BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last
Sunday of the month. Pickup from Hash House Pub on the corner of Soi 2 at Moon
Muang Rd. is at 3.30 p.m. during the winter and 4 p.m. during the summer.
For more information visit:
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money
plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!
Scribblers and speakers stumble in police grudge match
Provincial Police Commissioner ensures transparency of results
A special soccer match is held annually in Chiang Mai on
March 5, the National Mass Media Day. Radio, television and newspaper men and
women joined to do battle on the field in a soccer match between the local mass
media against police and chair ball between police women and mass media women.
mass media teams.
Akhom Tantrakul, deputy-president of special activities,
presided over the opening ceremony, and welcomed Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong
Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 who
was attending the activities.
Police were the decisive winners, without having to arrest all other
participants but by scoring 2-0 in the soccer match and 8-1 in chair ball.
However, due to lots of practice gained whilst cunningly extracting information
from golfers during matches, the media triumphed in the golf competition held
in the morning at the Lanna Golf Course.
TV mass media
receive the cup from Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor.
Chiang Mai Pool league