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Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Qatar lands 2007 “Under-15 Challenge Cup” cricket tournament

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai runs on Mondays every 2 weeks. If you need a lift from the HHH Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 4 p.m. please Call 09 99 358 27 before 3 p.m. Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/
CUMH3 is now the most popular Male hash in Chiang Mai and pick up is every week on Tuesdays from the Fish n Chips Shop on Ratchawithee Road (tel. 053-418210). Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/cumh3.html
CSH3 is a mixed hash. Runs every Saturday. Pick up from HHH Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 3.15 pm. Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/
Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a mixture of traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and “on on’s” guaranteed. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday. Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/CH4.html
BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month. Pickup from HHH Pub on the corner of Soi 2 at Moon Muang Rd. is at 3.30 p.m. during the winter and 4 p.m. during the summer.
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!


Qatar lands 2007 “Under-15 Challenge Cup” cricket tournament

The Chinese team were taking part in the tournament for only the second time.

Bhutan were the top team in the Chiang Mai group, finishing
the preliminary rounds unbeaten.

Though relatively new to the sport, the youngsters from Myanmar still
gave a good account of themselves.

Report by Martin Bilsborrow;
Photos courtesy The Asian Cricket Council

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-15 Challenge Cup tournament took place recently over the period 8-16 December using three venues in Bangkok and Chiang Mai’s own Gymkhana Club and the Prem International School.
Teams from six nations took part in the tournament, namely Bhutan, Brunei, China, Maldives, Myanmar, and Qatar and the format for the competition was one day cricket with 40 overs per side, using one day international (ODI) rules.

A pair of Maldivian players have designs on the ‘Man of the Match’ trophy.
This is the second time that the Challenge Cup tournament has been held in Thailand, and in January 2008 the ACC Under-19 Challenge Cup will also be held in the kingdom. These tournaments underscore the availability of international-class cricket facilities in Thailand and the expanding interest in the sport in this country.
The preliminary games took place from December 8-13 and the first matches saw a win for Qatar over the Maldives in Bangkok whilst in Chiang Mai, Bhutan handed out a real drubbing to the inexperienced Chinese side, scoring 243 runs and then bowling their opponents out for just 43 in 16 overs.
The second day of the tournament saw a reversal of fortunes for the two beaten teams from the opening day. The Maldives made short work of Brunei, bowling them out for just 15 and then knocking of the required runs in 1.4 overs.

A young Brunei batsman heads to the middle.
Meanwhile at the Prem International School grounds in Chiang Mai, China batted first against Myanmar and posted a respectable total of 159. The Myanmar team put up a good fight though as they scored 102 in reply, an innings that included an amazing 55 wides by the wayward Chinese bowlers.
Bhutan and Qatar continued to show strong form over the remainder of the preliminary games, the former recording further victories of Myanmar and China, whilst Qatar proved too powerful in their group for both Brunei and the Maldives.
With the top two teams progressing from each group, the semi-finals saw Bhutan take on Maldives whilst Qatar faced China, both games taking place in Bangkok.
At the Bangkok Polo Club grounds, Bhutan overcame the Maldives by seven wickets, knocking off the required 57 runs in just 7.4 overs. Meanwhile at Asia Institute of Technology, China were bowled out for just 32 runs against Qatar, who went on to score the winning runs without losing any wickets.

Some good friendships were forged during the week long event.
The final, therefore, on Sunday December 16 saw the two unbeaten teams, Bhutan and Qatar face off at the Bangkok Polo Club grounds.
Bhutan won the toss and elected to bat first. Their batsmen scored steadily against the Qatar bowlers but they were not able to make the large scores they had achieved in earlier matches, eventually finishing on 121 all out after 35.4 overs.
Thinley Tenzin was the high scorer for Bhutan with 36, after star batsman Jigme Singye had been bowled by Ali Ishtiaq for only 9 runs. Faizan Ahmed took 4 wickets and Ali Ishtiaq took 3 for Qatar.
In the Qatar innings, only 4 batsmen were needed to reach the Bhutan total, as Taha Muhammed scored 39, Ali Ishtiaq 31, and Faizan Ahmed 30. Bhutan tried 7 different bowlers but none of them could stop Qatar.
In the battle for third place at the AIT grounds, the Maldives beat China by 13 runs in a tight low scoring contest and in the ‘Wooden Spoon’ match, Myanmar racked up an impressive 218 run total against Brunei who were themselves bowled out for 29 in 14 overs.
Thus the 2007 Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under 15 Challenge Cup was awarded to the Qatar team after their impressive performances over the 8-day tournament in which they remained unbeaten throughout.

Some nimble work in the outfield keeps the score down.

The victorious Qatar team celebrate another wicket.

Bhutan run a quick single against Myanmar.

China takes on Bhutan in the opening match.



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