Vol. IV No. 35 - Saturday August 27 - September 2, 2005
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Thailand Cricket does it again

First round of regional student volleyball competition

Khanom Baan Ajarn CCC golf competition

Mountain bike race through Thailand, China and Laos

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Thailand Cricket does it again

Memorable victory against Hong Kong

David Buck

At the beginning of July the Thailand Under 13 cricket side embarked on the annual Under 13 Tuanku Jaafar tournament between Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. They were again to have the coaching services of David Buck and the team manager was his wife Linda. The tournament this year was held in July and not in December to accommodate the host nation Malaysia. Due to these changes, the Thailand side was severely weakened, and a number of young players were introduced into the squad, namely Suphararn Sonbun from Ban Mai Dueng School out in Doi Saket, and another Chiang Mai boy, Sean Penney from Prem School who joined his brother Kurt in the squad.

From Thailand, Man of the Match Arnab (Beefy), David Buck, and captain of the Thai side, Vihar.

In fact there were only three boys from the original squad that played in that memorable victory against the highly fancied Singapore side back in December.

This year’s format had been changed to a 40 over game each side, which in contrast to the usual 30 overs was a huge step up for these youngsters, and with no rest day, it proved to be a tough task for the Thai boys.

The first game of the tournament brought Thailand and Singapore together and the thought that the Thais would gain a repeat victory against them, was disbursed with a five wicket victory for the Singapore side. They had new coaching staff and had been preparing for a week together in Malaysia, to make sure there was not a repeat performance.

The second day of the tournament brought about the biggest upset – Thailand did it again – they beat the highly fancied Hong Kong side by a convincing six wickets. This was undoubtedly one of the best team performances by a Thai side.

Having won the toss and put Hong Kong into bat, Thailand put in a very professional performance both with the bowling and fielding. Vihar taking 3-13, Kurt Penney 3-33 and Ishan 2-14, bowling the Hong Kong side out for 114. The side was exceptional in the field, notably Kurt Penney, Isham and debutant Sean Penney. In response, and working to a plan, the Thailand batting, which revolved around Arnabs 47 runs, achieved their target in the 35th over with Kurt Penney striking the winning run.

It was unfortunate that only the Manager, Coach and two parents were there to see the boys celebrations at the winning hit, this was achieved by a team who might not have had the technical ability, but the togetherness and teamwork and bravery to believe in themselves really showed on the day.

On the third day Thailand were defeated by the host team, but this was not surprising as the boys did not have a rest day, and the host nation chose to have the presentation dinner on the second night, leaving most of the boys feeling very weary after their efforts the previous day.

Now on the fourth day it was a struggle to put a full fit side on the pitch for the plate game against Hong Kong. At one stage Hong Kong were 35 for five, but again the heat and various injuries allowed Hong Kong to recover to post a score of 108 for 7 wickets. Vihar again excelled with the ball, taking 3-13, assisted by Jai with 2-12. In response the early loss of Arnab and the many changes in the batting order due to injuries resulted in Thailand’s demise.

When reading the above report, it should be remembered that Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia are all encouraged and assisted by their relevant governments. They also receive huge sponsorships from various companies. This allows them to have pre-tour practice sessions, involving coaches, physios, analysts, and special training equipment. On returning from Malaysia, the coach remarked that this squad should feel very proud of their achievements, and hold their heads high knowing they played to the best of their ability with their limited resources.

First round of regional student volleyball competition

A San Sai player (pink) jumps to spike the ball, but is blocked by the Doi Saket team (purple).

Nopniwat Krailerg

The first round of the regional student volleyball competition began on August 18 at the Physical Education Institute of Chiang Mai. Sixteen teams joined the first day of the competition; for ages not over 12 and 14 years.

Khanom Baan Ajarn CCC golf competition

Preeyanoot Jittawong

Pojanart Sriyaranya announced that Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce (CCC) was graciously allowed by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to present a trophy on her behalf for the champion team of the CCC 28 year anniversary golf competition 2005. The champion team was the Khanom Baan Ajarn team.

Pojanart Sriyaranya (3rd left), head of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce 28 year anniversary golf competition organizers congratulates the champion Khanom Baan Ajarn team.

Pojanart added that Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce had presented some of the competition revenue to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s charities and some was spent on improving the chamber’s premises as it is an organization for public benefit to support and develop the economy and social life of Chiang Mai.

Mountain bike race through Thailand, China and Laos

Nopniwat Krailerg

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Northern Office Region 2 is to organize the 4th mountain bike race in the middle of October, 2005, crossing Thailand, China and Laos.

Thanya Nicrothanon, local TAT director, stated that Chiang Khong district in association with the TAT and Chiang Khong tourism club has held three mountain bike races linking Chiang Rai and the neighboring countries, China and Laos. The route for this latest race would be over 1,050 kilometers leaving from Chiang Khong district, Chiang Rai to Xishuangbanna, Luang Nam Tha, Luang Phrabang, Vientiane and Nong Khai.

The event will have three classes. A: will ride from Thailand to China and Laos within 17 days over 1,050 kilometers; B is 600 kilometers from Thailand to China and Laos within 12 days and C: 450 kilometers within 9 days from Thailand to Laos, Chiang Khong, Luang Phrabang, Vientiane and Nong Khai. Bikers may have to transport bikes by bus and boat at some points crossing the Mekong River to Chiang Khong, Xishuangbanna and Chiang Rung in China.

The return route is along the Mekong River to Thai Lue village, Chiang Klang in China to Muang La at China-Laos border, Baan Natuey at Luang Nam Tha district to Udom Sai, Pak Mong, Luang Phrabang, King Prajam, Kasee, Wangwiang and passing Nam Nguem dam to Vientiane in Laos and reaching to Nongkai in north-east of Thailand.

Only 160 racers will be accepted. More information from Mekong Bike Chiang Khong or Watchara Lewpongsawat by phone call at 053-791234, 01-8839913 or Phayao Yodjaksri at 053-791796 and 01-6033262 daily.

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 H3 Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 4 p.m. please Call 09 99 358 27 before 3 p.m. Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiang maih3/

CUMH3 is now the most popular Male hash in Chiang Mai and pick up is every week on Tuesdays from the Fish n Chips Shop on Ratchawithee Road (tel. 053-418210). Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiang maih3/cumh3.html

CSH3 is a mixed hash. Runs every Saturday. Pick up from H3 Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 3.30 pm. Website: http://www. geocities.com/chiangmaih3/

Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a mixture of traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and “on on’s” guaranteed. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday. Website: http://www.geoci ties. com/chiangmaih3/CH4.html

BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month. Pickup from H3 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.

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

Chiang Mai Pool League

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