The 21st San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes moved into the
“big league” this year, when the 2008 competition, held at the 108 year-old
Chiengmai Gymkhana Club from March 29 – April 6, broke all previous
there is a ‘Man of the Tournament’ however this year, 2008, the judges
decided to give the award to two people, Terry Exdean and Simon Foxcroft.
The team of the tournament was ‘Yarrambat’
Tournament founder and successive director for 17 years Maurice Bromley said
at the conclusion of the first day’s play, “The Chiang Mai Sixes have ‘come
of age’, with a total of 36 teams, coming from a cross-section of the
cricketing world-at-large and four ladies teams competing this year.”
San Miguel Marketing (Thailand) stepped in this year as the principal
tournament sponsors, and Querubin G. de Guzman Jr., the San Miguel
Commercial Director, expressed his delight at supporting “the second most
popular sport in the world”, noting also that, for the first time, cricket
will be an official sport at the 2010 Asian Games. Both these items should
augur well for the development of cricket in Thailand.
One of the many fun aspects of the Sixes, is the ingenious – or, should that
be ingenuous – names of the teams. For example, the Divine Felons, the
Floggers and Robbers, the Irish Pub Gang Green, the Shanghai Hot Dogs, the
Mighty Spires, the Yorkshire Puddings and the Stuffed Beavers.
sweet taste of victory? or is that San Miguel beer?
These 36 fancifully named teams played out a round-robin format of matches
over the first four days to find out which of them would progress into the
various Cup, Shield, Bowl, Plate, and Spoon competitions.
The second day of play witnessed some massive hitting from former Aussie
Test star Trevor Chappell and Ravindra Pushpakumara, of the Warathais and
the Tokyo Wombats teams, respectively. They both had balls sailing high over
the press stand, but fortunately landing on the roof of the cricket “nerve
centre”, managed by two of the beautiful cricket-loving wives, Renita
Bromley and Norma Gough who looked askance at the flimsy rattan roof. But,
However, despite Chappell’s good run of form with the bat this year, he was
unable to prevent his side, the Moonshine Warathais from being eliminated
from the premier cup competition after a close defeat to the Bangladesh’s
Cricketeers on day four of the event.
The celebrity aspect to this year’s tournament didn’t just start and end
with Trevor Chappell’s participation either. Another well-known sportsman
cheering on his team the Gipsies was Roger Federer, the world’s No 1 tennis
player. Federer, a big cricket fan through his South African-born mother,
sent an e-mail to the Sixes website urging on his friends in the Gipsies,
and telling them he was watching them live on the official tournament
With the round-robin stage completed, it was the English teams in the form
of the two Surrey outfits (the Vagrants and the Avos) and Federer’s side,
the Gloucestershire Gipsies who appeared to be the strongest on show.
So it was that on finals day the Vagrants took on and overcame another
strong team, The Mighty Spires (a combined Australian-English side) in a
close fought first semi-final whilst The Avos squeaked past the Gipsies by
just 2 runs in the other.
In an all ‘Surrey’ final The Avos, batting first, put up a respectable score
of 74-0 with both openers unbeaten, Graham Crawford on 25 and Stuart
Tomilson 27. The innings accelerated at the end with 49 coming off the last
In reply the Vagrants struggled in the initial stages, losing two early
wickets, but then Cameron Eve took over, hitting an excellent 30 (retired)
ably supported by Steve Naylor (17 n.o.). They eventually grabbed victory
with a bye on the last ball.
Thus the Surrey Vagrants were crowned as champions of the San Miguel Chiang
Mai International Cricket Sixes for 2008 and a nail-biting last ball finish
was a fitting end to an excellent 21st edition of the tournament at the
Gymkhana Club ground.
The Vagrants were presented with the impressive Cup trophy by H. E, the
South African Ambassador, Douglas H.M. Gibson.
In the other matches played on finals day The Moonshine Warathais lifted the
prestigious Bromley Shield with a good all-round performance against the
Lord’s Taverners. Trevor Chappell and Steve Christie got the Warathais off
to a good start, putting on 48 for the first wicket before Chappell was run
out for 12. Christie followed soon after for 17 but Ian Liddell (12 n.o.)
and Warren Pugh (12 n.o.) saw the Warathais reach 79-2.
Facing tight bowling from the Warathais, the Taverners struggled with the
run rate and despite a spirited 28 not out from Hashan Tillekaratne, they
fell 10 runs short, finishing on.69-0.
In the Bowl final the Silver Stars won a close game against the Tokyo
Wombats. The Wombats compiled a challenging total of 82-1. However the
Silver Stars scored quickly in reply and overhauled the Wombats score in the
final over. Top scoring for the Silver Stars was Amal Silva with 22.
The Joe Carpenter Plate final saw another close finish with the South
African side Almar defeating the Drifters on the last ball of the match. The
Drifters struggled with the bat, making just 42-2. Almar also found it
difficult to make quick runs, but a solid 18 by Ray Blatherwick set the
foundations for a narrow win as Terry Eksteen hit the winning runs off the
The last match of the day was the Spoon final which saw an entertaining
battle between the Stuffed Beavers and the Udon Thani Richmond Steakies.
Some fine batting from Leigh Whitten (22) and George Hamilton (26) gave the
Steakies an impressive score of.76. The Beavers gnawed away bravely but fell
short, reaching 61-2 and the title went to the Steakies.
Aside from the men’s competition, there was also a women’s division and
several junior divisions being contested on a pitch adjacent to the main
ground and the standard of play was very high this year.
One of the biggest upsets in the women’s competition saw a team of teenage
Thai girls, the Thai Angels, defeat the experienced women’s team and
reigning champions the Chiang Mai Chassies in an earlier round and then
overcome the Panthers from Prem School in the final. The Angels bowled
particularly well in the final match and took a couple of great catches for
a well-deserved victory.
The Thai Angels are all local girls who have learned to play in the Chiang
Mai area, where junior cricket is very strong and it is hoped these
youngster will get continued support for their fine efforts. A junior girls’
team from Petchabun also took part this year, and did very well.
As usual, the ebullient Chiang Mai Chassies had a big team of lubricated
fans cheering them on, and it all added to the wonderful atmosphere
prevalent throughout this year’s tournament.
The Sawasdee Cricket Cup for school teams and juniors once again proved to
be a huge success. The enthusiasm of the youngsters was great to see and all
the participants seemed to enjoy it, win or lose.
The winners of Garde 6 were Chol Prathan Phatek with Prem Center runners-up.
Prince Royal’s Collge took third place and Sahagon fourth. The Grade 5
champions were Chul Prathan Phatek with Prem Center runners-up.
There was also a team of young Thai players in the main men’s tournament for
the second year running. The Thai Thevada side made it into the Bowl
division this year, and many commented on how well they played against the
more experienced and older club sides from around the world.
With cricket being included in the sports contested at the 2010 Asian Games,
encouraging junior cricket in Thailand is essential and all the proceeds
from the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes will go towards promoting
the game at the junior level in the Kingdom.
The 21st San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes, organised by
Maurice Bromley, was once again a tremendous success played in an admirable
spirit by all teams, both on and off the field. All who took part this year
will be counting down the days to April 2009 when the next edition of the
world’s most famous cricket sixes tournament gets underway.
NOTE: The report was compiled from contributions by Peter Cummins,
Roger Crutchley and Alan Parkhouse.
The Bromley Shield went to the Wara Thais.
The South African Ambassador to Thailand,
Douglas Gibson (far right)
presented The Cup to the Surrey Vagrants.
The Silva Stars won the Bowl Competition.
Douglas Gibson (center right) presents the Joe
Carpenter Plate to Almar.
The Spoon went to the Udon Thani Richmond
The Thai Angels won the Ladies Cup.
Improvisation is the name of the game in ‘sixes’
A cracking square cut races away to the
Cricketing athletes at the Chiang Mai ‘sixes’
come in all shapes and sizes.
A chase in vain – the ball’s already over the
Job well done – it’s off to find the
Each day the judges picked a ‘Man of the Day’.
Pictured here are the winners of each day.