Bhutan cricket stars emerge
from the Prem Cricket Academy
The cricket academy at
Chiang Mai’s Prem Tinsulanonda International School has much to be proud
of at the moment. Since its conception in 2007, the academy has gone
from strength to strength, now boasting one of the finest playing
surfaces in South East Asia, and continuing to attract some of the most
exciting young talents in the game.
Two players, Thinley Jamtsho and Jigme Singye, were recently selected to
represent their home nation of Bhutan in the Asian Under 19 World Cup.
This year the competition took place in Kuwait, which hosted ten teams
from around the region, and including Hong Kong, Nepal, the UAE, and
Malaysia. Individual performances from the boys showed great promise.
Jigme was particularly appreciative of the opportunity to gain
experience by playing against what was very tough competition.
“I think we can do much better than we did in the last tournament,” said
Jigme. “Bhutan doesn’t get quite enough match practice.”
Thinley in particular can take great satisfaction from the competition,
having registered the fifth best bowling figures of the tournament, as
well as an excellent batting average. Despite this impressive feat,
Thinley remains modest saying, “I’m just happy to have gained experience
against some very strong teams.”
Such promising performances ensure that expectations for the boys remain
high, both from the school which is providing the boys with scholarships
based on their performances, but also from themselves. Jigme and Thinley
have aspirations to play cricket at county level in England, and would
appear to be training with the right coach for the job. David Buck is
head coach at the Prem Cricket Academy and has much experience with the
English league, having represented Hampshire in his playing years and
subsequently receiving his level 3 ECB coaching award.
The boys were most appreciative of the support and training that David
gives them. Jigme remarked, “I have never received this level of
training before; since I have arrived he has really helped me with the
mental side of my game.”
But does all this cricket impact on the boys’ school work? Both were
keen to make the point that it is not easy balancing work and training
but they try to ensure to give attention to school and cricket in equal
It is wonderful to see such promising talent emerging from Prem and
Chiang Mai, and our best wishes are extended to Jigme and Thinley as
they leave Thailand to compete in the Under 19 T20 tournament in Dubai.
Chiang Mai press and Pha Muang Force
do battle on the sports field
The two soccer teams
pose for a group photo.
Friendly football and petanque matches
between Pha Muang Force teams, led by the
Commander Maj Gen Chaowarit Sirikij, and Chiang
Mai press teams took place on September 23 at
the sports field at the 3rd development
battalion in Mae Rim.
The petanque match ended with the press team,
led by Taun Toranong from Chiang Mai News,
winning over the Pha Muang Force team by a score
of 2-0. And the Pha Muang Force football team,
led by Col. Prakarn Chaiyuth, deputy commander
of Pha Muang Force, defeated the press team who
were skippered by head of Chiang Mai Thairath
news center, Chaipint Kattiya, by the score of
After the games players from both teams received
souvenirs, had dinner together and socialized in
a party at the Ruen Nati Restaurant.
concentration on the petanque field.