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Prem Academy hold fast at the top of the table

Chiang Mai junior golfer stays ahead of the pack

Tammy falls in brave battle with Clijsters

Chiang Mai cricket news

Top Adventure Race teams heading to River Kwai Trophy 2010

Prem Academy hold fast at the top of the table

As the Chiang Mai Cricket league continues, so does the run of form shown by the players at the Prem Academy. A week last Sunday saw the Prem Academy face Chiang Mai Thai Cricket Club in the league at the Prem Oval in Mae Rim.

Thinley Jamtsho (left) and Anshu Tewari of the Prem Academy cricket team.

Chiang Mai Thai won the toss and elected to bowl first, putting the opening partnership of Prem regular Thinley Jamtsho in with Kris MacMahon, who was this week making his Prem debut. The pair started solidly which set the precedent for the remainder of the innings. While wickets slowly fell around him, Thinley, of the Bhutanese national team, forged a very respectable 141 before being dismissed in the final over of the game by some fine Chiang Mai Thai bowling. Prem eventually declared 36 overs into their innings, closing the first period of play at 284-6, helped by a late 44 run boost by Thailand international Anshu Tewari.
After lunch, play commenced with a strong reply from the Chiang Mai Thai team and after ten overs in they were only slightly shy of the required run rate. A fine batting performance from Net of the Chiang Mai Thai team was ended only by a stunning direct hit run out by Prem captain Jigme Singye.
Despite other strong batting performances by the Chiang Mai Thai team, it was difficult for them to gain a true foothold in the game given the bowling exhibited by most of Prem’s bowlers. Of particular note were academy youths Mukesh Saraff, who logged five maidens and three wickets all for the cost of seven runs in an eight over spell, and Thai international Anshu Tewari who took four wickets in total. Jigme Singye should also be mentioned for allowing the Chiang Mai Thai team only six runs in his entire spell.
Eventually the visitors were all out for 108 spelling another victory for the Prem Academy side who look forward to welcoming the Pakistan team to the oval for their next league fixture.


Chiang Mai junior golfer stays ahead of the pack

Prem Team Elite player Smart (right) won the B2 division at the Wangchan Golf Park in Rayong, Eastern Thailand over the period 16-17 January 2010.

The fourth of the six events in the Junior Mercedes Trophy Championships took place at the Wangchan Golf Park in Rayong, Eastern Thailand on 16-17 January. Prem Team Elite player, Smart, continues to hold his Number 1 position after winning his second tournament in the B2 division. Competing against forty-five junior golfers from all over Thailand, Smart shot a total 160 (77, 83) over two days on this very long and difficult golf course.
Students’ scholastic grades are also used in part to rank the young players. As Smart was named on the Prem Honor roll last semester, this will help to solidify his Number 1 ranking.


Tammy falls in brave battle with Clijsters

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Thailand’s Tamarine Tangsuagarn bowed out of the Australian Open last week but put up a stiff fight against US Open Champion Kim Clijsters before falling in two sets, 6-3, 6-3, to the Belgian star.
Tamarine started the match slowly and lost the first set in short order as she struggled to come to terms with Clijsters’ powerful all round game. A change of tactics at the start of the second set however brought immediate results and saw her race into a 3-0 lead before she squandered several opportunities and was eventually worn down by her much higher ranked opponent.
The 32 year old Thai No 1 was disappointed but philosophical in defeat: “Before I used to me stressed out and I had to do well (but) right now I am actually enjoying my tennis,” she said. “If it goes well, it goes well, if not I’ll just enjoy playing.”
Tammy will next appear on home soil alongside a host of top ranked players in the US$200,000 Pattaya PTT Women’s Open which begins on Feb. 7 at the Dusit Thani hotel in Pattaya.


Chiang Mai cricket news

League leaders, Chol Phratan Phateak junior cricket team.

Graeme Monaghan.
Junior cricket has progressed in leaps and bounds in recent times due, as always, to the dedication of some enthusiastic cricket lovers.
Currently there is a six-team competition running which includes many boys who are playing the game for the first time.
Two games were played at the Gymkhana recently and, in an exciting match WDC prevailed over Prince Royal College by 3 runs. WDC batted first and after losing early wickets notched up a score of 77 with Mike top scoring with 18 and Pat, 3/11, and, Ting 1/7 being the pick of the bowlers. PRC began well but then lost wickets with both Choo and Boonchai taking 1/7/
In the second game league leaders Chol Phratan Phateak from Doi Saket coasted to an easy victory over Sahagonsong from Mai On. CPP had first use of the crease and piled a comfortable 108 from their 15 overs with Ped scoring 20 and Gaem 25. Sahagonsong never really looked like getting the total and finished with 58 for the loss of three wickets with Yon 1/12, Ga 1/7 and Daet 1 for 2 being the pick of the bowlers.
Matched are played at the Gymkhana on Saturdays both morning and afternoon.


Top Adventure Race teams heading to River Kwai Trophy 2010

The 5th edition of the world-renowned River Kwai Trophy Adventure Race, supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Kanchanaburi province, is by far the largest and most exciting event of its type in South East Asia. Created to promote and expose the beauty of Thailand, the race this year will also raise funds for the Elephant Conservation Network (ECN), a community-linked wild elephant conservation project based in Kanchanaburi.

The spectacular scenery of Kanchanaburi will once more play backdrop to the exciting River Kwai Trophy Adventure Race on March 6.

Scheduled to take place on Saturday March 6, the race will start at the famous River Kwai Bridge and will include disciplines such as running, kayaking, biking, swimming and other mystery tests as the athletes battle their way through the fantastic countryside of Kanchanaburi.
Up to 150 teams of two from around the world are expected to take part with top representatives coming from Hong Kong and Singapore to challenge local champions Saman Gunnan & Anand Duangsopa (winners of Yara Bangkok Challenge 2009) and Chadarak Chaikamjorn & Suwat Phaiboon (winners of Koh Samui Trophy).
In order to make it a festive event and involve the Kanchanaburi residents, a Fun Run for all will be offered as a parallel event to the Adventure Race. This Fun Run will involve local schools and communities and will create a festive, sporty and friendly atmosphere throughout the day.
The 2-day Adventure Race weekend will also feature an Expo village near the bridge, shows, dances and songs from local artists, universities and schools, a gala dinner and trophy presentation and a children’s corner and games area.
Anyone interested in taking part in this year’s River Kwai Trophy Adventure Race should contact the organizers Active Management Asia at www.ama-events.com.