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Northern Motor Expo brings in 1.2 billion baht

Cambodia cancels plans to host 2011 Southeast Asian regional games

First match on restored cricket field ‘Coaches’ outplay the ‘Pupils’ in Chiang Mai Junior Cricket

Chiang Mai Pool League: Runaway results

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Northern Motor Expo brings in 1.2 billion baht

Nopniwat Krailerg

The 1st Northern Motor Expo 2006 organized in Chiang Mai was judged a great success.

Kwanchai Papatpong, president of Suesakol Company on behalf of chairman of the Northern Motor Expo organizers, released the results of the motor show recently held in Chiang Mai. The Suesakol Company in association with Northern Region and Chiang Mai Industries had invested almost 50 million baht between them, to organize The 1st Northern Motor Expo 2006 at Chiang Mai 700 Year Anniversary Stadium, during February 9-19, 2006. Kwanchai reported that the expo had been a great success, attracting 21 well-known vehicle manufacturers to exhibit at the show. The expo was attended by around 200,000 visitors, who between them had spent over 1.2 billion baht.

Among the many well known brands on display were vehicles made by Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Isuzu, Mercedes Benz, Ssanyong, Subaru and Toyota, including Hino and Nissan UD. Of the massive 30,000 square meters of display area, 10,000 square meters was taken up by the many different vehicles and display stands of stereo and auto accessory suppliers, while the rest of the space, 20,000 square meters, was given over to vehicle performances, test drives, and ATV driving.

Several vehicles made their debut at the show and the visitors showed great interest in the Toyota Yaris, seen for the first time in the North, as well as the new Honda Civic. Chevrolet’s new pick up, the G 80 Diff-Look attracted enthusiastic attention from eager dealers, who if their beaming faces were anything to go by, are laughing all the way to the bank with bulging order-books. Every manufacturer did their best to attract customers with interesting campaigns to boost sales of their particular brands and achieved sales of around 800 vehicles against the ambitious target of 1,000 vehicles. Companies doing best at the show were Toyota, Chevrolet, Isuzu, Honda and Mitsubishi in that order; and 70-80 percent of the vehicles sold were pick-ups.

Several vehicles made their debut at the show and the visitors showed great interest in the Toyota Yaris, seen for the first time in the North, as well as the new Honda Civic. Chevrolet’s new pick up, the G 80 Diff-Look attracted enthusiastic attention from eager dealers, who if their beaming faces were anything to go by, are laughing all the way to the bank with bulging order-books. Every manufacturer did their best to attract customers with interesting campaigns to boost sales of their particular brands and achieved sales of around 800 vehicles against the ambitious target of 1,000 vehicles. Companies doing best at the show were Toyota, Chevrolet, Isuzu, Honda and Mitsubishi in that order; and 70-80 percent of the vehicles sold were pick-ups.


Cambodia cancels plans to host 2011 Southeast Asian regional games

Phnom Penh, Cambodia (AP) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday announced the cancellation of his country’s plans to host a major regional sporting event, the 2011 Southeast Asian Games, due to financial and logistical constrains.

The prime minister said the government would instead focus its resources on hosting the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, who will hold a summit in the Cambodian capital in 2011.

“It won’t be too late even if we have to wait until 2020 or 2030" to host the SEA Games, Hun Sen said in a speech at a graduation ceremony Tuesday. “We should not spend our limited resources on something that is not yet really necessary for us to spend on.”

Cambodia has never hosted the event.

ASEAN comprises the ten countries of Sooutheast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. They take turns hosting the regional sporting event every two years.

Hosting the events could mean a logistical nightmare for Cambodia, whose sports infrastructure is woefully inadequate. Cambodian athletes are also poorly trained and can rarely compete with competitors from bigger, richer neighbors.

During the SEA Games in the Philippines in December last year, Cambodia beat only tiny Brunei and East Timor, which is not an ASEAN member, in term of number of medals won. Brunei, however, received at least one gold medal while Cambodia did not.


First match on restored cricket field ‘Coaches’ outplay the ‘Pupils’ in Chiang Mai Junior Cricket

Eric Little

There were many smiling happy cricketers at Chiengmai Gymkhana Club on Sunday March 5, where the first match of cricket was played on the restored cricket field since the disastrous floods of last year. Appropriately it was the inaugural the CMSCA President’s Cup, donated by Puttivat (Parn) Poshyanonda. Its significance was that it was the first time a full team of 11 players being Thai nationals that have come through the CMSCA junior cricket development program have been assembled. They played against the coaches and senior players of Chiang Mai in a real test of strength and character.

The Coaches won the toss and elected to bat first. Thanks to strong performances by Wani, Beta and Dominic they amassed a total score of 180 for 3 off the designated 20 overs. This was in spite of some hostile and accurate bowling by the Thais. Gan and Bank were especially dangerous and quick. The coaches had their work cut out surviving let alone making runs.

Faced with this major challenge, the opening pair Bank and Ben started steadily against some accurate bowling. However they paid the full price for hitting the ball in the air which allowed Gan and Chai to the crease and were soon hammering the Coaches bowling all around the ground. Boundaries were aplenty. Both players compulsorily retired at 31 not out, then returned later. Gan finished with a very creditable 44, with Chai on 38 not out.

Two English visitors Martin Papworth and Dominic the former a medium paced bowler, the latter a talented batsman and wicket-keeper added some extra strength to the local team. After the experience they want to spend more time in Chiang Mai. They will be very welcome, as they also want to help coach cricket.

After an excellent lunch organized by Phattamaporn (Awn) Thong-orn, Parn presented the Chairman’s Cup to the seniors captain, David Walker. A convivial drink was enjoyed by all as the reminisced about the memorable game played in such a delightful setting, cricket heaven.

The out field played particularly well and it was quite fast. That was a huge relief to all and now there is full confidence about the upcoming Chiang Mai International SIXES. After an absence of cricket for six months the ground will be available every Sunday morning to make up for the time lost as a result of last years devastating floods. Players and spectators will be assured of a warm welcome.


Chiang Mai Pool League: Runaway results

Pat Black

Out Back’s Kriang testing the new baize.

It’s been twenty match nights since the Chiang Mai Pool League produced such lopsided scores. Four from seven encounters were decided in the singles, no teams won by the odd game and Rock Hard Bistro were the only side to lose at home.

Half Moon Pub and Chiangers and Bangers found themselves on familiar ground as they share top spot in these early days of the season. In an 8-1 triumph over Blue Sky Garden, Half Moon sewed up proceedings long before the break, while Chiangers and Bangers secured a 7-0 lead before beating December Bar by the same margin.

Not surprisingly, main contenders Blue Sky Bar join a cluster of three unbeaten sides in joint second place. After easing themselves into a 4-2 lead, opponents Happy Bar replied in the first doubles, but Blue Sky made sure of the match by winning the last two frames.

However, Happy shouldn’t feel downhearted. Their six game wins have lifted them off the foot of the table for the first time in their short history, and they currently find themselves at the dizzy heights of 11th.

Friend’s Corner continues to prove me right in being the brightest new prospect this term. In a closely fought first half at home to Number 1 Pub, they went in at halftime all-square. But with grit and determination they overran their strong opposition by taking the doubles and a place at joint second.

The playing surface at Out Back has been completely re-covered and the home side can be well pleased with the way they performed on it last Friday. They shot into a 3-0 lead against The Local before deciding the match by the break. The away side hit back in the first doubles, but lost the last two for a surprising 2-7 defeat.

Even more flabbergasting – a match involving “The Grinders” was the first to finish at 10 past 10 the same night. Perhaps they couldn’t adapt to a faster pace set by Out Back, and my wife was astonished to see me home before the weekend.

While this result moved Out Back into one of the top two positions, it sent The Local down to joint second from bottom – but not for long I suspect.

After a promising win the previous time out, Rock Hard Bistro went into the break even-stevens at home to La Villa. But the visitors - bent on correcting their faltering start to this term – cleaned up on the doubles, which put both teams in mid table position.

Last but not least, Enjoy Place manufactured the shock of the night by thumping The Wall. Last season’s fourth best team forced a respectable 3-6 score line after losing the first five frames, and Enjoy, who finished 3rd from bottom last term, are now enjoying 7th slot.

It’s far too soon to make predictions, but the league is already taking shape, with the usual suspects at the top and bottom. However, good starts from Out Back and Enjoy Place come as surprises, as do poor opening results from The Wall and The Local.

But things are bound to change, especially when four of the unbeaten sides clash next time out. Out Back visit Friend’s Corner and Blue Sky Bar entertain Half Moon Pub in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest.



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