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Rompan is dirt bike champ at FMSCT supercross finals

Road warriors flock to Chiang Mai mini-marathon

Bahrain claim ACC U-19 cricket title in Chiang Mai

Rompan is dirt bike champ at FMSCT supercross finals

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chaiyan Rompan took out the final round of the Thailand national motorcross championships held at the Nimseeseng Group racetrack in Saraphi district over the weekend December 12 and 13.

Motorcross action from the FMSCT Thailand Supercross 2009 finals at the Nimseeseng Group racetrack.

Rompan, driving a Yamaha for the Petronas Sprinta Yamaha Hungmodify team, took first place in the professional racer category at the 4th Nimseeseng Motocross FMSCT Thailand event. Second place went to Wattna Kallaya, driving a Suzuki for the PTT Challengers Burapaprachin Motor Watchara Panjamool team, while Tanarat Penchan, an independent racer driving a Yamaha came in third.
Further down the field Anon Theplib, from the Honda Work Tech OBS team came in fourth and Erdenebileg Khaliurold, from Yamaha Y Tech Yamaloop DID IRC took fifth place.
The competition, a qualifying race for the national championships, was organized by the Nimseeseng Group, Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization and Top Gear Group.
As part of its policy to help HIV infected people, the Nimseeseng Group donated 150,000 baht to 10 organizations across 8 northern provinces to help HIV patients.


Road warriors flock to Chiang Mai mini-marathon

Runners take off as the mini-marathon begins.

Jedsadapong Wongkiew
The 8th annual Chiang Mai Technical College Mini-Marathon was held on December 12 with hundreds of athletes of all ages, shapes and sizes, taking part in 10 separate categories. The event was held to benefit local charities and to campaign against drug use among students, as well as promote good health practices.
The runners started from the front of Chiang Mai Technical College at 6:00 a.m. and followed an 11km circuitous route that ran through Wiang Kaew Road and Pra Pok Klao Road to the Chang Phuak gate area, before turning for home along Manee Nopparat Road, past Tha Pae Gate to Singaharat Road and finishing back at the Technical College.
Siripong Marsuk, representing Chang Phuak Running Club, won in the male resident category and Pawilai Jindaduang, representing Thepbodindecha School, was the winner in the female resident category. For their efforts they were both presented with trophies donated by HRH Princess Sirindhorn.


Bahrain claim ACC U-19 cricket title in Chiang Mai

Thailand’s challenge comes unstuck in final

The jubilant Bahrain players celebrate after beating Thailand in the final
of the ACC U-19 Challenge Cup at the Prem Oval, Friday, December 18.
(Photo/ACC/Robert Thaprom)

Report & Photos: Asian Cricket Council
Bahrain showed it’s not how you start a tournament that counts, but how well you finish, by winning the 2009 ACC U-19 Challenge Cup by five wickets against home-team Thailand at the Prem Oval last Friday. This was after Thailand had beaten them in the group stages, where Bahrain had only one victory going into the semi-finals. The only match Thailand lost in the whole event was the final.
The home side started the final match well enough after winning the toss and electing to bat as 10 runs came off the first Aqeel Malik over as he strayed down leg, but after that Bahrain’s bowlers made better use of the new ball and it was twenty more balls before the Thai openers Thanathit Jeerapanthawong and Pranav Parakh could find the boundary.
Hardeep Singh fully deserved his first wicket, he’d bowled with pace and control and had beaten the bat a number of times and it was a surprise slower ball, after several that had climbed, which yorked Thanathit with the score on 20. Two wickets fell with the score on 28, and Thailand were in a bit of trouble. Wanchana Uisuk, a candidate for player of the tournament, strode to the wicket and was beaten outside off stump first ball by Maaz Zafar. There was just a hint of away-swing for Zafar who was finding the perfect length to the Thai left-hander and a straight yorker with the first ball of his next over accounted for Wanchana.
The diminutive Witsanakorn Thapthimthai came in next, a 15-year old schoolboy in Australia whose competitive debut for Thailand came earlier in this tournament. Batting far out of the crease to combat the swing, he and the taller, broader Jai Bhagwat set out to repair the Thai innings, but Maaz Zafar struck with an in-shooter to dismiss Bhagwat.
From the Garden End, Hardeep Singh continued unchanged and Thailand passed 50 in the 20th over, having lost 6 wickets, Thapthimthai caught off his glove, late on a pull off Singh. Singh, who’d only bowled one over in the semi-final against Kuwait for 12 runs, really hit his straps here and reeled off his 10 overs for just 20 runs, taking three wickets.
A decent crowd was building, bolstered by Thai supporters up from Bangkok and Phuket along with a fair number from Chiang Mai town itself as well as the regular crowd of Prem spectators. They didn’t have much beyond the occasional boundary to cheer, as Bahrain’s bowlers were dominant. Ishan Kalra took 17 balls to get off the mark as Thailand struggled to make any impact with the bat.
The 100 came up for Thailand in the 35th over, the last-wicket stand between Kalra and his captain Vichanath Singh worth 24 valuable runs up to then. But they could score no more as Sameer Minhas trapped Vichanath first ball of the next over.
Defending 100 would take some doing but it wasn’t impossible as Bahrain, on paper at least, didn’t have much depth to their batting and Wanchana Uisuk got the big early breakthrough for Thailand when he ‘castled’ Bahrain’s captain Numan Yousaf for 0. The other Bahrain opener Yaser Eftikhar fell soon after for 18, spooning a catch to square leg off the bustling Wanchana and Thailand had a sniff.
Lunch was taken with Bahrain at 28 for 2 off eight overs and immediately after the break Vichanath Singh and his slow left-arm came on and he did create a chance to stump Sameer Yousaf in the 13th over, but it was missed and Bahrain just kept on taking the easy singles. They had all the time in the world it seemed, and Thailand did not have enough runs on the board.
Senamontree was getting some appreciable turn and bounce but it was with one that shot along the ground with which he knocked back Yousaf’s middle stump to reduce Bahrain to 44 for 3 in the 17th over.
Jai Bhagwat, brought on from the Clubhouse end, struck in his first over but by that stage Bahrain were in sight of victory at 69 for 4 in the 22nd over. Hardeep Singh, having worked so hard to get Bahrain into a winning position, wasn’t going to let things slide and struck his team’s first 6 of the match. Ishan Kalra got Hardeep late on, but it was too late for Thailand as Bahrain reached the required total with 5 wickets to spare at the end of the 33rd over; Sameer Minhas knocking off the winning runs with a swing to the leg side.
In the third place play-off match, Kuwait scored an amazing 447 all out off 49.1 overs against China at the Gymkhana ground with skipper Said Kalid smashing a fantastic 136 off just 72 balls including 12 fours and 11 sixes. The outgunned Chinese fared little better with the bat and were dismissed for just 44 runs in only 24.1 overs.
Meanwhile back at The Prem, the Maldives beat Myanmar by 7 wickets to take fifth place overall.
More cricket news can be found at the official tournament website, www.asiancricket.org.

Bahrain’s star bowler Hardeep Singh sends down another fiery delivery to Thailand’s batsmen in the final. Singh finished with 3-20 off his 10 overs.
(Photo/ACC/Robert Thaprom)



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