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19th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club Ground April 2-8

A Happy days Cricket up Country

Prem retain Track and Field CMAC trophy

Chiang Mai Pool League: Steady start for top teams

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19th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club Ground April 2-8

Geoff Thompson

It is not compulsory that the fielding side arrives at the wicket in a tuk-tuk, but stranger things can and do happen at this festival.

Fast action, skillful play and quick results are key ingredients for modern games and sports. While traditionalists may lament the passing of a gentler age, there is surely no denying the excitement that today’s added pace, fitness and skill have brought to old sports like football, rugby and cricket. Shorter matches, often with smaller teams also fit the picture, and so even modern innovations like one-day cricket have subsequently been shortened and speeded up even further with 20/20 cricket and the ultimate short, fast game, six-a-side , or “Sixes” cricket.

Worldwide, more and more Sixes cricket tournaments have sprung up to popularize this short form game where a single match lasts no more than about 40 minutes. In Chiang Mai since 1988, the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes, one of the first ever international Sixes tournaments (the first was in Bangkok in 1985), has been attracting more and more teams and spectators each year. Today it is perhaps the most popular amateur Sixes cricket tournament in the world. In the 19th Chiang Mai Sixes, taking place over 7 days from April 2 – 8, 31 teams from 13 different countries are registered to compete for five trophies (Cup, Shield, Bowl, Plate and Spoon).

To participate in what is one of the biggest events of its kind anywhere, well over 300 cricketers, their friends and families will be flying into Chiang Mai for the tournament. During the week they are in the north, it is estimated this group adds in the region of 20 million baht or more to the local economy – a significant contribution rivaling even local Songkran celebrations. A good reason why the Chiang Mai office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand has helped sponsor this event for so many years.

Visiting spectators are invited to come and enjoy the Sixes at the Gymkhana Club ground (just off the old C’Mai – Lamphun Rd. between Gawila Barracks & Foreign Cemetary). Shaded spectator seating is provided, there’s a Boundary Bar open all day serving a full range of alcoholic drinks and other beverages, and this year no less than three food outlets (provided by Northern Farms, Bear’s Den, and Grill Station) serving Thai and Western dishes. To help follow the fast paced games on the cricket field there is a broadcast commentary on the matches. This commentary is also carried live worldwide via the Sixes’ own website at

In addition to seven days of non-stop Sixes’ cricket (10 to 14 matches every day), there is a parallel junior cricket tournament running on an adjacent field for teams of local Thai school children. The 7th Chiang Mai Sixes Sawasdee Cricket Cup is part of the Chiang Mai based program to develop cricket as a sport for Thais. The Chiang Mai Sixes participants support this junior Thai sport development with regular donations of cash, coaching and equipment.

This year also marks the 9th cycle anniversary of the hosts to the Chiang Mai Sixes, the 108 year-old Chiengmai Gymkhana Club. Back in 1898, cricket was probably first played in Thailand within the beautiful, pastoral surrounds of this venerable institution. Today, while the cricket ground has been fully restored and recovered after the effects of last year’s floods, the club’s key source of income , the splendid nine-hole golf course continues to be affected with fewer golfers coming to play. The Club urgently needs the support of golfers and others using its convenient in-town facilities to help pay the ongoing costs of its recovery.

This year’s 19th Chiang Mai Sixes veritable feast of cricket will play its part in helping the Gymkhana recovery. You can help too by spending an enjoyable day out at the Sixes. Admission to the Gymkhana ground and the cricket is free, but if you buy a drink or a meal at the ground you will not only help the Sixes’ and the cause of cricket in Thailand, but also contribute to recovery of the historic old sporting club. Chiang Mai Sixes’ Cricket starts everyday 8.30 to 9 a.m. and runs until sun-down from Sunday April 2 thru’ to Saturday April 8.

For further information, contact : Geoff Thompson, Chiang Mai Sixes Publicity, at : a[email protected] or cell phone # 010-296-101.

The 2005 All-Star guest players at Chiang Mai Sixes included Sri Lankan greats, Sidath Wettimuny, Amal Silva, Hashan Tillekeratne, and Romesh Kaluwitharana. A strong Sri Lankan contingent is expected again at this year’s event.

A Happy days Cricket up Country

Eric Little

Will this be another six?

Chol Prathan Phataek School again showed their Sawasdee cricket strength when they won the tournament for Grade 6 children in Doi Saket District on Saturday March 4, 2006. The tournament was held at Baan Pa Mai Deng School and compensated the Doi Saket schools for being unable to take part in the Saimoon tournament in January. Baan Mae Pong, Baan Pa Pong and Baan Cheng Doi were the other participating schools.

The Sawasdee cricket teams at these schools are all coached by their Thai school teachers. Richard Bartholomew coaches cricket at these schools weekly.

Chol Prathan Phataek won both their games in the mini round robin contest and went on to beat Pa Mai Deng 241-179 in the final.

All these schools will field teams in the Sawasdee SIXES Cup Cricket Tournament during Chiang Mai International SIXES Tournament during April 5–7 at the Gymkhana Club.

Prem retain Track and Field CMAC trophy

Saturday February 25 saw the coming together of the seven international schools who make up the Chiang Mai Athletic Conference (CMAC) to take part in the Elementary Track and Field Meet. Hosted by Prem Tinsulanonda International School, the Meet was a wonderful allegiance between American Pacific International School (APIS), Chiang Mai International School (CM.S), Christliche Deutsche Schule Chiang Mai(CDSC), Grace International School (GIS), Lanna International School (LIST) and Nakorn Payap International School (NIS). Each school assisted in the officiating of events in what turned out to be a hot and athletic action packed day.

The Meet was open to students from Kindergarten up to Grade 6 and competitors represented their schools in the following age group categories for both boys and girls – 5 years old and under, 6/7 year olds, 8/9 year olds and 10/11 year olds. Schools were permitted to submit four competitors into each Track and Field event and this year saw the biggest attendance to date for a Junior CMAC Track Meet, with all schools entering relatively full teams in each discipline. As CMAC continues to grow, naturally the standard of competition and performance continues to rise and Saturday’s Meet paid testament to this with 26 out of a possible 52 existing CMAC records being equaled or bettered. The 800 meters proved to be the event which showed the greatest improvement as every record for each age group was broken.

The 5 and under students who took part in 60 meter sprint, 60 meter shuttle relay and long jump all had great fun competing and supporting their elder compatriots. Coordinated on the day by Ajarn Relle Maxwell of Prem, she said, “Having these young students compete in a big event is valuable for their experience and learning. Everyone had a lot of fun and tried their best.”

The top six finishers in each event score points, which not only tally towards an overall total for their school, but also contribute towards an individual total for themselves. The Age Group Champions are as follows:

Boys 6/7 year olds: Selina – CMIS – 32 points
Girls 6/7 year olds: Glen – NIS – 32 points
Boys 8/9 year olds: Emily – Prem – 32 points
Girls 8/9 year olds: Jonathan – GIS – 32 points
Boys 10/11 year olds: Johanna – CDSC – 30 points
Girls 10/11 year olds: JT – GIS – 32 points

It is worth noting that Age Group Champion, Emily Nabnian of Prem broke every existing CMAC record in amassing her 32 points in the 80 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and 800 meters.

Final placings for each school were:
Prem – 373 points
GIS – 311 points
NIS – 283 points
LIST – 189 points
CDSC – 177 points
CMIS – 161 points
APIS – 23 points

The essence of the day was certainly about taking part, trying your hardest for your school and having fun in the process. The collaboration between the schools at such events provides an excellent opportunity for students to form new bonds and raise their own standards in performance. Saturday’s Meet certainly lived up to this philosophy! Congratulations to all competitors.

Chiang Mai Pool League: Steady start for top teams

By Pat Black

Lom cuing up for The Wall.

The new Chiang Mai Pool League season got underway last Friday, with the top three teams from last term slipping into overdrive, while cracks appeared in The Wall and The Local lost away from home.

Last season’s tail-enders, Happy Bar, had envisaged an uphill scramble in their opener against the reigning Champs, Half Moon Pub. Nevertheless, they acquitted themselves admirably in the early stages to go into the break with a fighting chance at all-square.

But that pie in the sky proved far too high when the Moon mopped up the doubles to start their defense of the title with a 6-3 victory.

Blue Sky Bar, who lifted the runners-up prize two week’s ago, showed their intentions to go one better this time out by waltzing into a 5-1 lead at December Bar. While the away side seeks championship glory, December will be out to better last season’s disappointing performance and they can take heart from winning two of the three doubles.

In a topsy-turvy affair Chiangers and Bangers found themselves 1-3 down after winning the opening frame against Enjoy Place. Perhaps it was the memory of letting second place slip away at the death last term that inspired Chiangers to polish off the next five frames to take the point.

So, the top 3 sides from last season started this campaign with 6-3 wins, equal points and their league position separated by alphabetical order.

They have been joined by a Number 1 Pub team out to prove its full potential after underachieving last time. In a tough home match against The Local, games went to and fro until half time. With scores level, Number 1 edged into the lead before securing all the doubles.

Friend’s Corner also joined the upper echelons with a triumph by the same margin at La Villa, but they had already achieved victory by taking five of the singles.

I doubt that Out Back thought they’d much chance of ending a nine match run of defeats by beating The Wall. But they did just that in the most exciting contest of the night.

There were a number of errors in the opening frames when penalty situations had accounted for 3 of the first six, and scores fluctuated. The Wall led 1-0, Out Back 2-1, The Wall 3-2 before level pegging at half time.

After the first doubles went to The Wall, the remaining two were long and tactical, and at 4-4 The Wall crumbled when the wrong peel went down by mistake leaving Out Back with a ball-in-hand on the deciding black.

Elsewhere, Blue Sky Garden will be kicking themselves after throwing away a 3-0 lead by losing the next five frames to Rock Hard Bistro. A badly shaken Garden restored some composure by winning a final consolation frame.

The first results of the season were fairly predictable, with the usual suspects starting on top. However, Friend’s Corner and Number 1 Pub look set to go from strength to strength and I suspect erratic performances from Out Back, Rock Hard Bistro, Blue Sky Garden and La Villa.

The Wall and The Local need to sharpen up their act and there’s every chance that the quality in the lower sides will eventually shine through.