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Junior Cricket prepares for a big outing at the 19th sixes

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Junior Cricket prepares for a big outing at the 19th sixes

It is sometimes claimed of the Chiang Mai Sixes (six-a-side cricket tournament), that “everyone gets a chance to play at the Sixes”. And, there certainly is a lot of cricketing opportunity going on alongside the often high quality cricket excitement produced in the main Sixes event which takes place April 2 – 8 at Chiengmai Gymkhana Club.

2006 G.6 winners Sai Moon.

With its Ladies Challenge matches, the Spoon trophy competition for social cricketers, an old crocks match for over 65’s, and a wealth of junior cricket opportunities, the 19th Chiang Mai Sixes is most aptly described as a ‘Festival of Cricket”.

For the seventh year at the Chiang Mai Sixes festival of cricket, the Chiang Mai Sawasdee Cricket Cup for Grade 5 and Grade 6 Thai junior school teams will be played for on an adjacent field to the main Sixes event for three days from Wednesday (5th) to Friday (7th).

Sawasdee cricket is a soft ball, junior version of cricket being used to develop the sport at Grades 5 and 6 level in local schools by the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance (CMSCA).

Mae Pong were G5 Champs in 2005.

The initiative to introduce cricket to Thai school children came first from the Chiang Mai Sixes tournament, and participants in the Sixes have given generously to help fund the CMSCA’s year-round coaching program. It is perhaps only unfortunate that the Chiang Mai Sixes tournament itself coincides with Thai school holidays, otherwise there almost certainly would be many more teams competing in the Sawasdee Cricket Cup.

Sixes action.

Nevertheless, the 7th Sawasdee Cricket Cup this year will be an opportunity to see around 10 to 12 of the junior school teams in the CMSCA program in action. The Sawasdee Cup event comfortably mixes youngsters from small village schools competing against the juniors at bigger city schools. Last year’s cup winning schools - Baan Mae Phong school from Doi Saket (Grade 6 winners) and Baan Sai Moon school from Hang Dong (Grade 5 winners) – will defend their titles against teams from Prince Royal’s College, Prem International, Montfort and several other local village schools.

Hashan Tillekeratne presents the 2005 Grade 5 trophy.

Many of the children who have learned basic cricketing skills in the Sawasdee program over the past 7 years have gone on to play the adult, hard ball version of the sport. Several have in fact now represented Thailand in international under 13, under 15, under 17 and even under 19 tournaments overseas. Some of these ‘graduates’ of the junior program will be in action at this year’s Chiang Mai Sixes. Four are included in the squad of the Sixes Spoon trophy defending champion Gymkhana Cavaliers. Also, a selected “Chiang Mai Boyz” team is scheduled to play an adult “Spoon Select” team on Thursday 6th (late afternoon).

Orf shows his great bowling talent.

There is also a junior hardball cricket exhibition match between two pick-up sides of youngsters on the morning of Sixes Finals Day, Saturday April 8. It is hoped that both hardball matches, as well as the Sawasdee Cup event, will amply demonstrate the cricketing progress made by youngsters in the CMSCA’s ambitious program.

The 19th Chiang Mai Sixes and 7th Chiang Mai Sawasdee Cricket Cup cricketing tournament and festival takes place at the grounds of Chiengmai Gymkhana Club (off the old Chiang Mai – Lamphun Road) between April 2 – 8th. Admission is free and spectators very welcome.

1st Golf and Tennis Chiang Mai Open announced

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The tennis tournament will be held on 6-10 of April 2006 at the Tennis Courts inside the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium. The matches will be divided into 13 classes; singles (male), doubles (male), singles (female), doubles (female) and mixed doubles. The players will also be matched according to their age; starting from 12 years old up to seniors. The winner and the 7 ranks of runner up will be awarded with a trophy and prize money ranging from from 12,000 baht to the winner, falling to 500 baht for the 8th. place runner up.

For the golf tournament, the matches will be held on April 6-7 2006 at Green Valley Country Club Golf Course. The competition will be divided into eight classes; professional (male), general class flight A, general class flight B, general class flight C. Youth class age under 13; (male) and (female), youth class age under 18; (male) and (female), and senior class from 50 years old.

The winner and the 7 ranks of runner-up in each amateur class will be awarded with prize money ranging from 5,000 baht to the winner down to 1,000 baht for the 8th place runner-up. The professional class will be awarded with a first prize of 50,000 baht, falling to 10,000 baht for the lowest place runner-up. Rujira Premanont, the president of Office of Sport of Thailand Division 5 stressed that each players score for both of the competitions would be officially noted, in order to arrange the classes for national level and to give a chance to the participants to climb up the sporting ladder and become professional sportsmen and women.

Those who are interested in entering this competition can ask for more information and apply for entry forms at the Office of Sport of Thailand Division 5. For the tennis competition, those wishing to apply for entry can do so from now until March 31, 2006 and the chance for golfers to apply closes on May 3, 2006. Applications will close before this date if entries reach 200 golfers in every class.