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Som’s efforts in vain as CPP secure comfortable victory

U.S. Consulate edge Chiang Mai Municipality in soccer friendly

Som’s efforts in vain as CPP secure comfortable victory

Chiang Mai Cricket News

Graeme Monaghan
Last week at Prem Oval a match was played between second placed Chol Phratan Phataek and third placed Prince Royal’s College in the Chiang Mai U-15 Cricket League.

Player of the Match, Priyalak Jaisat (Som) sends down a delivery in a fine bowling spell of 4 wickets for 10 runs.

CPP lost the toss and were asked to bat, but soon found themselves in trouble after losing early wickets from poor shot selection, and also very good bowling from Priyalak Jaisat (Som). Only Nakarin Donweerat (Niew) with 14 made any early impact with the bat as wickets fell rapidly.

Gritanoo Sergoo (Kha) steadied the ship however and at the 8th over drinks break CPP were 47 for 6; not really in a good position to kick on but when Kha retired at 20 and Pongsakorn Maiyer (Jai) made 16, they had managed put up a defendable score of 87 for the loss of 7 wickets in their 15 allocated overs.

Prince Royal’s College opening batsman Mai fends off a bouncer from Niew.

PRC bowlers Som, 4 wickets for 10, and Attapan Seejalernrung (Mai) with 2 wickets for 10 were the pick of the PRC bowlers.

In reply it was the same Mai and Som who opened the batting for Prince Royal’s College and made a very steady start but neither of them really took control as the CPP bowling was very accurate and gave little away, restricting the flow of runs to a minimum. Mai was finally out for 18 and Som not out 11 in the final score of 50 for 1 in their innings, losing by 36 runs. Som was awarded Player of the Match.

So in the end a comfortable victory for CPP; Niew bowled fast and accurate but Sarawat Nitikasemsa (Eddy) was the only wicket taker with 1 for 11 from his 3 overs. The win now puts Chol Phratan Phataek back to the top of the table.

U.S. Consulate edge Chiang Mai Municipality in soccer friendly

The Chiang Mai Municipality team (pink shirts) and the US Consulate General team (dark blue shirts) line up before the start of their friendly soccer match held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the US Consulate General in Chiang Mai, Feb. 24, 2010.

Supoj Thiamyoj
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the US Consulate General in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Mayor Tassanai Buranupakorn and U.S. Consul General Michael K Morrow arranged a friendly football match between the U.S. Consulate General and Chiang Mai Municipality on February 24 at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium.

After a fierce but friendly opening to the game, Sunthornpoj Khamkampol (no 88) of the U.S. Consulate General scored the first goal in the 21st minute to give his team the lead. The Municipality team weren’t about to lie down however and fought back strongly; their reward coming when Pisarn Phanthuseree scored an equalizer to tie the game up at 1-1. Then, with half time approaching, Ekachai Jekkaew (no 4) of the U.S. team scored the crucial and deciding goal to make it 2-1 at the break.

During the half time interval, games of chair ball and tug-of-war were held to keep both players and spectators entertained: the Chiang Mai Municipality team won the tug of war match 2-0 while the U.S .Consulate-General team won the chair ball game with a score of 28–10.

The second half of the soccer match went scoreless despite both teams playing in an attacking manner and putting both defenses under pressure. The U.S. Consulate team therefore took the football bragging rights with a 2-1 win but it had been a thoroughly entertaining event enjoyed by everyone who attended.

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