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Chiang Mai girls lead the way

Chiang Mai girls lead the way

Thailand place third at ACC International women’s cricket tournament

Graeme Monaghan
Thailand showed their mettle by finishing third from the eleven countries contesting the Asian Cricket Council’s Under-19 women’s tournament, conducted at the Gymkhana Club and Prem Centre.

Chiang Mai cricketing superstars: Parn, Oil & Jeen.
Their good showing was largely due to the excellent performances of the three Chiang Mai girls representing their country. Between them they took 34 wickets in the six matches played with Piraorn Kamla (Parn) leading the way with 16 including an excellent 4 for 17 against the eventual winners, Nepal. Porntira Olarakchat (Oil) took 12 and Pimpika Jindakam; six. All three attend the Prince Royal’s College.
Their success was made even more meritorious by the fact that all of them are only thirteen years of age.
The competition was wonderfully managed and orchestrated by the ACC at considerable cost, and treated, as any international event should be, with great professionalism. Top class umpires, referees, scorers and other officials were always on hand to ensure the smooth running of the games and even medical staff was provided.
Eventual winners, Nepal, were undefeated throughout and looked the better side from the start. The other favoured team was Hong Kong who were beaten twice by Thailand, both in exciting matches.
In the runoff game for third place Thailand, chasing Hong Kong’s 74, crashed to 6 for 42 and their search for victory looked beyond hope. But steady batting by Nathakan Chanithan and Pimpika Jindakam (Jeen), who kept cool heads and attacked anything loose, saw Thailand home with Jeen hitting the winning four runs with a powerful pull shot.
It was a wonderful exhibition of cricket and sportsmanship throughout and enjoyed by a daily increasing number of spectators.
January will see another international tournament with the men’s ACC Challenge Trophy between Bhutan, Brunei, China, Iran, Maldives, Oman and Thailand. Matches will be played between the 7th and 14th at both venues and spectators are welcome.

Jeen hits the winning run against Hong Kong to give Thailand 3rd place.

Nepal celebrate their 7-wicket win
over Malaysia in the final. (Photo/Asian Cricket Council)