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Centuries in century temperatures at Chiang Mai Sixes

H3 to invade Chiang Mai in October

Chiang Mai Pool League

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Centuries in century temperatures at Chiang Mai Sixes

Chiangmai Mail reporters

Bat and a ball, and the thought of a beer later!

The 19th Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes lived up to the reputation of the previous 18 events, with some great cricket as well as centuries being achieved, despite the heat.

The 19th Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes was played at the Gymkhana Cricket Ground and an exceptional score was registered by the Bangladesh Cricketers who scored a record 113/2 against the British team. They were not, however, the only century makers. The Moonshine Warathais also just topped the mark with 100/2 against the South African side.

Surprising to some, but not to those from the Chiang Mai Schools Alliance, were the six Thai boys from the junior Sawasdee Cricket program who have now graduated to play with senior teams. Well done, our youngsters!

H3 to invade Chiang Mai in October

Nopniwat Krailerg

Members of the Hash House Harriers Club in Chiang Mai, mass media, visitors, volunteer tourist police officers, and expats in Chiang Mai on a Hash run at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium.

Chiang Mai Hash House Harriers announced the Chiang Mai Interhash 2006, will be held on October 26-30, this year.

Hash House Harriers (H3) is a worldwide network, which incorporates running and friendship and fun. This unique activity is derived from the old practice of British hare hunting that in some ways can be compared with cross country running, in which competitors follow a paper trail in which scraps of paper or powder are used as a direction marker.

Hash running started in 1938 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when a group of soldiers created a new kind of sport instead of just ordinary running. Since then, hash running clubs have spread all over the world.

In Thailand, a Hash club began in 1977 in Bangkok. This number has grown and now there are more than 20 hash clubs in Thailand; mainly in cities where there are foreigners living and working; such as Chiang Mai, Songkhla, Phuket, Samui, Hua Hin, Udon Thani and Pattaya.

Thailand has hosted an Interhash twice before; the first held in Pattaya in 1986, and in 1992 in Phuket. This time, Chiang Mai has been chosen to be the host city.

It is expected there will be more than 7,000 Hashers participating in this event. Those entering the Interhash, as well as their friends supporters and family, will stay in Chiang Mai for around three weeks to one month; and it is predicted the revenue during this period will be around 420 million baht.

Chiang Mai Pool League: Half Moon outshines main opposition

By Pat Black

Rock Hard’s Goh going into action.

As the Chiang Mai Pool League completed its 5th week of a new season, Half Moon Pub rose one point clear of their main rivals by maintaining a 100 percent record, while the rest of the field experienced mixed fortunes.

After moving into a comfortable 4-2 lead at the break, Half Moon Pub resisted all efforts of a comeback from Chiangers and Bangers, and they ran out winners by the odd frame to take their place firmly at the top of the table while pushing Chiangers down to 4th.

It was a strange night of shocks and surprises with eleven positional league changes, and only three of the first seven sides took a point. Perhaps the greatest surprise came at December Bar, where last season’s whipping boys relieved Friend’s Corner of their unbeaten record in dramatic circumstances.

Undaunted by December’s win in the initial frame, Friend’s turned on the style by taking the next four. Not to be outdone, however, the home side followed suit to nick the match 5-4 and move up 2 spots to 11th in the table.

The Wall will be hoping to build on their solid performance against a Blue Sky Bar team that has lost its last 3 matches. “The Brickies” never looked in trouble as they swept into a two frame lead at the break and then polished off a brace of doubles to win 6-3.

Four of last term’s lowly teams will be very happy with the way they’ve started this time out. Out Back climbed to third rung of the league ladder after a tense encounter at Blue Sky Garden, where both sides produced quality pool to complete a singles session of nip and tuck at all square.

Out Back scratched the white off the black in the first doubles, but squeezed results from the remaining two, which were intriguing tactical affairs. If draws were possible in the league, this should have been one of them.

Enjoy Place must also be pleased with the way they’re performing. Now at fifth place, they ran out comfortable 5-4 winners at Rock Hard Bistro after being 5-2 up after seven frames.

Meanwhile, Number 1 Pub is settling into good form after an indifferent start to proceedings by winning their last two matches quite easily. Last week they overcame a disappointing La Villa side, which has only produced one win so far this term.

And although Happy Bar handed The Local their first win of the season, there was good reason for both sides to be elated. Happy can take comfort from staying mid table by winning all three doubles, while The Local must be feeling mighty relieved to get off the mark.

Interesting results can be expected from next week’s fixtures when Enjoy Place won’t find it easy at Blue Sky Garden, Blue Sky Bar will be trying to find form at home to The Local and Chiangers and Bangers will look to bounce back against The Wall.

And Half Moon Pub travel to Number 1 Pub ญ the only team to beat the Champs twice last season.