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Bhutan cricket stars emerge from the Prem Cricket Academy

Chiang Mai press and Pha Muang Force do battle on the sports field

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.

Thinley Jamtsho.
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.”

Jigme Singye.
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 measure.
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.

Supoj Thiamyoj
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 4-3.
After the games players from both teams received souvenirs, had dinner together and socialized in a party at the Ruen Nati Restaurant.

Serious concentration on the petanque field.



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