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19th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes: The juniors score the highest

by Peter Cummins
The last day of the just-finished Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes was, indeed, to coin an off-used phrase: ‘a day to remember”: If not for the somewhat un-sensational cricket; rather than for the meteorological conditions, with incredible storm clouds and winds swirling around the compass. Finally a dust storm, reminiscent of the Gobi Desert, drove across the cricket ground.

Lively action is always guaranteed at the Chiang Mai 6’s (photo/Peter Cummins)

Although the cricket ground and the pitch were in very good condition, the severe floods in the last quarter of 2005 had turned the rest of the Gymkhana ground into a dust bowl. But the games went on: of course they did. This was, after all, cricket, was it not? And the beautiful old Chiengmai Gymkhana Club turned 108 this year.
In the premier division, the Cup Final, the Bangladeshi cricketers, proved their superiority to reach 92 for one loss, to demolish the British Ashwell Crusaders (62/4) and remained the only unbeaten team in the 19th Cricket Sixes.
In the Shield Final, for the handsome trophy sponsored by perennial tournament Director, the indefatigable Maurice Bromley and his petite hard-working wife, Renita, the Shanghai Dragons 86/1 beat the Awali Taverners 62/0.
Then followed, in rapid succession, the Bowl Final won by the Marchweil Outlaws (77/1) against the former champions the Lords Taverners (54/4); the Plate Final (Almar 88/1 def. the Taranaki Taverners (84/1). In the Spoon Final the Armadillos 59/0 just scraped in ahead of the Camel Bar Humps (58/4).

Some of these juniors can bowl a mean ball (photo/Peter Cummins)

Elsewhere, the Chiang Mai Chassies (and were there ever some fine chassis, there), continued their unbeaten run over the WW Dixie Belles in the Ladies Challenge.
In the 7th Chiang Mai Sixes Sawasdee Cricket Cup, played in conjunction with the “big people” on center field, the seven junior teams of the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance (CMSCA), played in two divisions, Grade Five and  lower and Grade Six for the first time this year.
With incredibly dedicated support from Parn Poshyanonda (Chairman of CMSCA), Peter Dawson, secretary, Eric Little coaching co-ordinator, amongst others, the children were thriving. Baan Saimoon (Hang Dong) won the title, with Chol Prathan Phataek (Doi Saket), Prince Royal’s College and Montford College, second to fourth, respectively.
In spite of (or, maybe, because of) this correspondent’s facetious remarks at the start of this article, it was, nevertheless, a week of sparkling big hitting and fast-moving cricket. Many tournament records were established and many sixes belted so far out of the ground, that the ball seemed destined for Bangkok.

Jeen from PRC College not only played for the school team, she also played in the Women’s Challenge game (photo/Eric Little)
We even had a scorer fall out of her chair, a metre or so above ground, to add a little excitement. But, the medics and Barbara were over the ground “at the double”. Even this lethargic photographer, ambled over, to try and assist a “damsel in distress”.
Our own Pattaya teams, especially Kim Fletcher’s Jameson’s Dilettantes, gave good accounts of their participation and will be back next year for the 20th. The overall winners were the children and the inexorable march of junior cricket in the Kingdom, with much generous financing coming from the Sixes’ teams. As loyal and consistent supporter, Geoff Thompson said it so well: “The juniors are moving into international ranks, many joining this year’s seniors and several had already competed in international age-related events.
One ardent supporter, who must remain anonymous, of course, even had his hair dyed a passionate red, to raise funding for the juniors. All we can say is “thanks a little - er, a lot - Eric.
There is something great about returning to the Chiang Mai Sixes, even for a hopeless cricketer and, an even worse journalist - like myself: It is the chance to see the familiar supporters like head umpire Tony Gough and his team of most able men
Like John Bell, Barbara McHerron, Mike McCune who kept the web-site vibrant world-wide and the numerous cricket recidivists.
See you all again next April.

Does anybody recognize that ‘fielder’? (photo/Peter Cummins)

After the exhibition match, the boys and men leave the field together (photo/Eric Little)

Who would not go to the Sixes, when you can have these team guides? (photo/Peter Cummins)


Chiang Mai Pool League: Wee Willie pulls Blue Sky from the brink

Pat Black
Last week saw the first chapter close of this season’s Chiang Mai Pool League, as it approached a one- week break for the Songkran smash and splash celebrations, with Half Moon Pub and Friend’s Corner playing true to form, La Villa surprising Out Back and young teenager, “Wee” Willie Brickley, single handedly bringing Blue Sky Bar back from the brink of disaster.

John sharpshooting for La Villa.
Half Moon Pub were on a special mission last week when they visited Number 1 Pub the only side to complete the double over the reigning Champs last term and revenge was quick in coming. Going into the second half with a 2 game advantage, The Moon took the first doubles and shared the remaining two to maintain their unbeaten run and stay top of the table.
Meanwhile, nearest challengers, Friend’s Corner got off to a shaky start after their shock defeat of the previous week and went 1-3 down at home to Happy Bar. From then on, however, they showed their bottle by staging a recovery, rattling off the remaining five frames and keeping themselves in second spot.
Take nothing away from lowly La Villa’s clinical performance as they swept aside high flying Out Back, who could only blame themselves for losing the initiative in three of the first six frames, and going into the break 1-5 down. The Pizza Boys continued to pile on the agony by punishing further errors and extending their lead to 5 frames before Out Back took the last as consolation.
Another defeat this early on in the proceedings would have spelt disaster for last term’s runners-up, Blue Sky Bar, who had no easy task in facing a Local side also eager to recover from a poor start. The match materialized into a ding dong battle of wits and determination, with scores swaying in both team’s favour before landing at 4-4.
With The Local only needing the black to clinch the match, up stepped The Bar’s diminutive teenager “Wee” Willie Brickley, who showed maturity well beyond his years by clearing the last four balls including the eight.
There was just as much excitement at Enjoy Place, where the home side took an early 2-0 lead, only to drop the next four frames to Blue Sky Garden. However, the pendulum swung again in Enjoy’s favour, as they fought back to take the match 5-4.
Elsewhere, Chiangers and Bangers moved back into contention at third place in the league after overcoming The Wall. Both sides shared the honours up to the break, but Chiangers took all the doubles to run out comfortable 6-3 winners.
And the unpredictable Rock Hard Bistro returned to winning ways against an improved December Bar. At 4-2 up, The Bistro slipped up in the first doubles, but regained their composure to win the last two.
On a sad note, Poon scratched a living sketching caricatures of people in pubs around town, but Noel at Happy Bar also noticed his talent for pool. Poon was then instrumental in taking Happy off the bottom of the league and apart from that he was a really good bloke.
Unfortunately, he passed away a few days before last week’s match. There were no suspicious circumstances or remaining family that we know of. I’m not much good at ages, but I would have put him at around forty. RIP.