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High scoring weekend and a nail-biter at Gymkhana Club

PRC take out 7s rugby tournament at Prem

A race for the adventurous

High scoring weekend and a nail-biter at Gymkhana Club

Chiang Mai Cricket News

Graeme Monaghan
In a weekend that saw a festival of cricket with three matches played, there was plenty of excitement and at the Prem Centre the Bangkok Blues continued their dominance of the local cricket scene. On Saturday they scored a whopping 352 for the loss of only four wickets against the Irish Pub with Sudeep Singh scoring 100 and Shyam Singh 85.

A pen-portrait of Wani Basharat who scored 106 off just 60 balls for Irish Pub.

In reply the Irish Pub gave the visitors something of a fright for a while with a blistering 106, scored off only 60 balls from Wani Basharat. But it was a lone effort as his side was all-out for 179.
On Sunday the Blues also demolished the Chiang Mai Colts, who were all out for 121 with only Jigme Singye providing resistance with 59 off only 49 balls. The Blues reached their target with the loss of only three wickets with Abhim Singh top scoring with 62 and Shyam 44 adding support.
Sunday at the Gymkhana Club saw one of the most exciting matches in years. Playing for the annual Dick Wood trophy, the British Club defeated the Gymkhana Club with one solitary ball to spare. On a wearing pitch the Gymkhana batted first and struggled to 129 with Peter Lemming top scoring with 43 n.o. and receiving good support from Eric Little with 13. Duncan McArthur took four wickets for 11 for the Brits.
In reply, the British Cub lost early wickets and looked down and out at 4/49, but a handy partnership of 31 between Andrew Spedding (11) and Colin Hastings (19) set them back on track until Hastings was dismissed by a smart catch by Nick Hanlon and Spedding following soon after. Then, David Kirby, with 18 n.o., and James Crosby-Smith, 26 n.o., batted sensibly until, with one over remaining, 5 runs were needed. After a few tense moments, and with good support from the large crowd of supporters (the Bangkok version of the Barmy Army), James scored the winning run with only one ball to spare to put an end to a great game of cricket.


PRC take out 7s rugby tournament at Prem

The Prince Royals College U17 team pose with the rugby 7’s trophy.

Michael Davies
Prem hosted the inaugural 7-a-side Chiang Mai schools rugby tournament on Saturday January 24. It was a brilliant day and six teams were entered from three different schools: Prem and Chiang Mai International School entered an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ team and Prince Royals College entered their U17 and U15 teams.
The day started with a brief opening ceremony and then the rugby began! There were two pools of three teams, with the top two teams from each pool making the semi finals.
The Prem ‘A’ team cruised past the CMIS ‘B’ team winning 36 – 0. The CMIS ‘A’ team then showed that they had been fast learners; they beat both the PRC U15 team and the PRC U17 team to underline that they were going to be a force to be reckoned with.
There were two very interesting semifinals. The two PRC teams played each other and saved some energy with their U17 team easily beating their younger school mates in a very ‘social’ encounter.
In the other semi final, Prem ‘A’ played CMIS ‘A.’ Having two key players unavailable through injury for this game was not helpful to the Prem cause and CMIS ‘A’ boys also got off to a very fast start, scoring two quick tries. With the game being only 14 minutes long, this good start by CMIS was too much for the Prem boys to counter and they ended up going down 21 – 7.
In the final, CMIS were holding the PRC U17 team 5 – 0 at half time, however, in the second half the PRC boys fired up and ended up becoming champions, winning 31 – 5.
Other Chiang Mai international schools are now investigating the possibility of playing rugby so there will hopefully be another similar tournament next year with even more teams.


A race for the adventurous

The 4th North Face River Kwai Trophy adventure race takes place on February 28.

CMM reporters
Adventure racing in Asia, growing more popular every year, is set to receive a boost with the 4th edition of the North Face River Kwai trophy event, which takes place amidst the stunning natural scenery of Kanchanaburi province later this month. 150 national and international teams are expected to take part in the event, which is being sponsored by North Face, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Outdoor Unlimited.
Adventure racing is becoming highly popular in Thailand itself, with 40% of the number of competitors being residents of the kingdom, up from 15% two years ago.
The North Face River Kwai trophy race will involve teams of 2 competing over 4 disciplines; running, cycling, kayaking and swimming, with the participants traversing the jungle, kayaking and swimming in the River Kwai (wearing life jackets, just in case!), and mystery tests will be added to spice up the proceedings.
There will be 5 separate race categories including Men, Women, Mixed, Masters Men (over 80 years combined) and Seniors Men (over 100 years combined).
The province of Kanchanaburi itself is perfect for this kind of activity, with lakes, forests, mountains, caves, natural beauty and a strong sense of history. The contest will take place on February 28 at the Sayoke Resort and Spa.
Special rates for Thai teams are offered and a free shuttle bus will be available from Bangkok to the venue and back.
More information about the race can be found at www.riverkwaitrophy.com or call the event organisers at 02 718 9581-2.



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