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Chiang Mai Sixes starts with a full house

Geoff Thompson

When the 18th Chiang Mai Sixes gets underway this weekend at the old Gymkhana Club ground in the northern capital, there’ll be a full complement of 30 teams taking part. An average of eight players per team brings at least 240 cricketers to Chiang Mai, add many families and friends and it means the Sixes will kick-off at the max this year.

Former Australian test player Trevor Chappel (left) is expected to play again this year with the Moonshine Warathais, while Tony Gough (right) will be back as the Sixes head umpire.

The tournament has in fact been extended to a full seven days - from Sunday March 27, through to Saturday April 2 - to cope with the packed schedule of matches (about 14 games per day). In addition, there is the junior cricket “6th Sawasdee Cup” involving local Thai schools, sponsored by the Sixes and takes place on an adjacent field from Tuesday March 29 - Friday April 1.

As probably the amateur cricket world’s biggest event of its kind and surely its most popular, the Chiang Mai Sixes continues to innovate and seek ways to improve the fun and quality of the tournament. To encourage good play in all competition rounds, a new Man-of-Day award will be presented to the player adjudged ‘best cricketer’ on each of the seven days of the tournament.

Also, once again, Chiang Mai may be the only venue in world cricket where a batsman can score 10 runs off the bat in a single boundary hit. The challenge is to hit one of four signs placed around the ground by sponsors Champion, Ferodo and CMW Oriental Collection - the reward is 10 runs to the team’s score and a cash donation from the sponsor to aid junior cricket development.

Another innovation this year is being achieved thanks to an ADSL Broadband connection being installed at the Sixes Bar and Committee tent - not only can match reports now be instantly uploaded on the Sixes website, but match commentaries will be broadcast live around the world via the tournament website at www.chiangmaisixes.com

With all the activity and fun that’s planned it seems unlikely Sixes participants and supporters will miss the non-appearance of Sir Viv Richards (a last minute cancellation). Attempts to get pop star Sir Mick Jagger also failed this year, but a number of excellent former Sri Lankan test cricketers, led by Roshan Mahanama and Amal Silva will be back in Chiang Mai along with pros Trevor Chappell, Kenny Jackson and Paul Pritchard.

The Sixes’ also looks forward to welcoming back Myles de Vries this year, after a long battle with poor health. Myles is recognized as the founder of international sixes cricket and was responsible for bringing it to Chiang Mai.

The 18th Chiang Mai Sixes with its two main sponsors this year TAT and Coca Cola, will get underway on Sunday morning (March 27) at 9 a.m. when the local Gymkhana Cavaliers (led by Eric Little) take on last year’s Spoon runners-up Halylt from England in the first match of the day.

Every day at the Chiang Mai Sixes promises lots of cricket from 13-14 matches per day. Entry is free and spectators are welcomed in the congenial surroundings of the old Gymkhana Club. There is shaded seating, a choice of food outlets and the friendly Sixes Boundary Bar is open for refreshments all day.

Six-a-side cricket is fast paced and ideal for a tournament format (40 minutes per match). The cricket action runs non-stop everyday from Sunday March 27 to Saturday April 2 starting early, around 8.30 a.m. and continuing until about 5.30 p.m.


Junior Cricket at Chiang Mai Sixes

Linda Buck

Chiang Mai Sixes may be a time for the ‘big boys’ to come out to play, but for Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance it is an opportunity to show the progress the children have made in the last year.

The under 15 boys

A Sawasdee Tournament will be played on Tuesday March 29 and Thursday March 31, and an exhibition game by the under-15 boys will be played on Saturday April 2.

Thanks to the Sixes organizing committee, the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance are allowed to fundraise at this event, and due to the generosity of the attendees, it is our main source of funds.

We look forward to seeing you at the Sixes, and hope you will stop by our stand to view the ‘history of cricket in Chiang Mai’, and to perhaps sponsor a little piece of ‘history in the making’.

If you would like details on junior cricket please contact Linda Buck on thaibucks2003 @loxinfo.co.th


Chiang Mai Sixes Teams & Groups – 2005

Cup, Shield, Bowl, Plate & Spoon Trophies

Group A Group B
Yes No Wait Sorries (England) Surrey Vagrants (England)
MBMG Dilettantes (Australia) CMW Warriors (Thailand)
Shanghai Dragons (China) Moonshine Warathais (Australia)
Darjeeling (Dubai/UAE) Tokyo Wombats (Japan)
Irish Pub Gang Green (Thailand) Awali Taverners (Bahrain)
Group C
Group D
Gloucestershire Gipsies (England) Perth Postels (Australia)
Almar CC (South Africa) The Mujibas (Thailand)
Yarrambat CC (Australia) STH Drifters (England)
Silver State (Malaysia) Cricketers (Bangladesh)
Sugar Shack Postels (Australia) Ashwell Crusaders (England)
Group E Spoon Division
Lords Taverners (Australia) Bangkok Postels (Australia)
Marchwiel Outlaws (Australia/UK) Gymkhana Cavaliers (Thailand)
Southerners (Thailand) Halylt (England)
The Divine Felons (New Zealand) TQ Malakas (Greece & Pattaya)
Blythswood (England) Wombats (Bullengarook)

Tournament Schedule

Day 1 (Sunday 27 March) – Round One of Main Competition. All Groups begin to play round-robin matches to decide teams for Cup, Shield, Bowl and Plate competitions. Spoon teams also play in round-robin format. 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Day 2 (Monday 28 March ) – Round One of Main Competition & Spoon. Group round-robin matches continue.8:30 a.m. – 5.50 p.m.

Day 3 (Tuesday 29 March) – Round One of Main Competition & Spoon continues. 8:40 a.m. – 17:30 p.m. Sawasdee Cricket Cup Competition for local junior school Grade 5 teams starts (9:30 a.m.).

Day 4 (Wednesday 30 March) – Round One of Main Competition & Spoon continues. 8:40 a.m. – 17:30 p.m. Sawasdee Cricket Cup Competition for local junior school Grade 6 teams starts (9:30 a.m.).

Day 5 (Thursday 31 March) Round One Matches Completed. 8:40 a.m. – 13:30 p.m. Spoon Quarter Final, Bowl Quarter Finals, Plate Semi-Finals (1&2) Begin 13:30 – 17:30 p.m. Sawasdee Cricket Cup for Grade 5 juniors continues, including Grade 5 Finals (9:30 a.m. start)

Day 6 (Friday 1 April) Shield Quarter Finals, Spoon Semi Finals (1&2), Cup Quarter Finals 8:45 a.m. – 14:05 PM. Bowl Semi Finals (1&2), Shield Semi Final (1) 14:04 – 16:20 p.m. Over-65’s Challenge Match 16:20 – 17:15 p.m. Sawasdee Cricket Cup for Grade 6 juniors continues, including Grade 6 Finals (9:30 a.m. start).

Day 7 (Saturday 2 April) Shield Semi Final (2), Cup Semi Finals (1&2) 9:00-11:15 a.m.

CMSCA Junior Hardball Exhibition Match 11:15 – 12:00. Ladies Challenge Final 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Star Players Challenge Final 12:45 – 13:30 p.m. 18th Chiang Mai Sixes Trophy Finals : Spoon Final 13:30PM, Joe Carpenter Plate Final 14:15, Bowl Final 15:00, Bromley Shield Final 15:45, Chiang Mai Sixes Cup Final 16:30 p.m. Presentation of Trophies – 17:20 p.m.

For more details and team playing schedules please check the Chiang Mai Sixes website at www.chiangmai sixes.com


Get paid to be healthy

Nopniwat Krailerg

Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization has organized the first “Chiang Mai PAO Cup” in 2005, to stimulate public health. The competition is separated into three levels, starting from district to provincial level, with the prize monies totaling 276,500 baht.

Thawatwong Na Chiang Mai, the president of Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization said, “The organization supports youth and the public to pay more attention to their own health, both internal and external, and to stimulate unity within society, so the first soccer match is being held in 22 districts and two sub-districts. The competition registration in district level started in March to have soccer players representing each district joining on March 25. The first winner of each group will receive 12,000 baht as a reward, 5,000 baht for the second and 3,000 baht for the third placed team.”

The organization invites all who are interested in playing to register and ask for more information from the sport officer of the district, or at the Provincial Administration Organization, telephone number 0 5389 1500, ext. 206, or www.cm-pao.com


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