Finals day of the San Miguel Chiang Mai International
Cricket Sixes at the Gymkhana Club last Saturday saw the Cup won by the
Bashundhara Cricketeers, the Bowl by the Tokyo Dingbats, the Shield by
the Yorkshire Puddings, the Plate by the Ashwell Martlets, and the Spoon
by the Armadillos.
The Thai Angels receive the Ladies winners’ cup from
organizers Peter and Anne Dawson.
In the Cup Final the Lik Lik Wombats from Australia
batted first and lost one early wicket as Bashundhara, the 2009 Cup
Holders, continued with sharp fielding. Super batting by the Wombat’s
Trent Conwell followed, but he was caught by Taposh and their final
score was 51.
Bashundhara came into bat and it was clear from the
first ball hit for 6 that they meant business and Jupiter fired 2 more
sixes in the first over. The Wombats really had little chance of
stopping the boundary bashing and the game ended in the third over with
another six by Jupiter.
Earlier in the day, in the first Cup semi-final,
Bashundhara made a fine batting start of 86 against the 2007 Cup Winners
the Gloucestershire Gipsies from England. Despite some spirited batting
and running from Shackleton (retired), Obst and Johnson, the English
team just could not match such a high score.
The diminutive Doi Saket school captain, right,
receives the Sawasdee Junior trophy from Ben Svasti Thomson, the British
Honorary Consul for Chiang Mai.
The second Cup semi-final saw the local Irish Pub
take on the Lik Lik Wombats. The Wombats, who had quietly put in solid
performances all week, began with strong batting and running to set a
score of 75, despite some great bowling and a super catch on the
boundary by Zeshan. The Irish Pub’s response started well with 2 sixes,
but their chance of victory was lost by the Wombats taking 2 wickets in
2 balls (bowled by Brook Grumont) and 2 catches and a wicket by Trent
The Bowl Final was between the Tokyo Dingbats and the
local lads of Thai Thevada, who have played so well all week. The
Dingbats set a good target of 78 with Ferris and Goold retiring after
great batting. Their score, with some tight bowling of their own, proved
too much for the Thai lads, who nevertheless did put up a wonderful
display and were also perhaps the first ever at the Sixes to run 5.
Sawasdee Junior cricket was once again a great hit for the kids.
Competition for the Shield began with a victory in
the first semi-final for Yarrambat over the Lanka Lions. Excellent
batting again from Daniel Shaw contributed to the win. The second semi-final
saw the Yorkshire Puddings win from the Divine Felons, who, despite fine
batting as usual from Asif, could not match the excellent fielding and
swift running of the English side.
The Shield Final saw Yarrambat open and lose key
batsman Daniel Shaw early on, but a retirement from Simon Bray and other
good performances saw a score of 62, despite some very determined and
vocal fielding from the Yorkshire Puddings, which included a catch by
The Bashundhara Cricketeers go big in the main Cup final against Lik
The Puddings innings started badly as Ijaz was bowled
and tight fielding with good bowling by Lamb and Shaw saw Troy Harvey
catch Maz Butt. However, a star performance in the final over from Saj
Hussain saw him clinch the match with 3 sixes, the last one off the
In the first Plate semi-final the local Gymkhana
Cavaliers set a score of 70 which looked hard for their opponents Almar
to beat, but solid batting and a six from the last ball of the game just
saw the South Africans through to the final. The second Plate semi-final
saw the Taranaki Taverners from New Zealand fall to the superior batting
of the Ashwell Martlets from England.
In the Plate Final Ashwell continued their
superiority and, despite some good fielding, beat Almar quite easily.
In the Spoon Final the Armadillos from England faced
the Ios Malakas from Greece. The Greeks batted first and, despite some
good bowling and having to run hard, scored 73. The Armadillos batted
well and never gave up as they chased the score set and won the game on
the final ball.
The Ladies Final, between the Thai Angels and the
Thai Pixies and won by the Angels, perfectly illustrated the youthful
enthusiasm that exists for cricket in Chiang Mai. The Angels batted
first and racked up 52 runs off their 5 overs and the Pixes, despite not
losing a wicket, could only muster 26 in reply.
The previous day, the Sawasdee junior cricket
tournament reached its conclusion with a Doi Saket school team taking
the top honours. Sponsors are welcomed for the many kids who are the
future of cricket in Thailand
Finally, the organisers of the tournament are most
grateful to all the teams who participated in making this once again a
superb event. For more information about his year’s Sixes tournament
check out www.chiangmaisixes.com.
Trevor Chappell’s team the Maythais bat during one of
the earlier round matches.
The Awali Taverners take a breather.
Ashwell were the top dogs in the Plate competition.
Armadillos were the winners of the Spoon in another
last ball thriller.
The Yorkshire Puddings claimed the Sixes Shield after
a six off the final ball to beat Yarrambat.
The Tokyo Dingbats picked up the Bowl after overcoming
some stern resistance from the Thai Thevada team.