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CPP bowlers guide team to victory in cricket showcase final

14-year-old Thai sets tournament qualifying record in US

Junior cricket celebrates 10 years in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Golf Festival Championship 2010

Last gasp Sridech secures maximum points for ‘Tigers’

CPP bowlers guide team to victory in cricket showcase final

U-16 Junior Cricket League Championship Final

The CPP team jump for joy as the final wicket tumbles.

Chris Dodd

As part of the celebrations to mark the 10th year of youth cricket development in Chiang Mai, the Grand Final of the U-16 League was played on Saturday, June 19 at Gymkhana Club for the 20/20 League Champions trophy between Chol Prathan Prataek (CPP) and Watdonchan, who finished equal first last season.

It was a marvellous spectacle showcasing the young talent from the developing cricketers in Chiang Mai, and was attended by many of the school children from the Chiang Mai School’s Cricket Alliance program. The final was the culmination of a year in which 15 matches were played by 6 young teams from Chiang Mai. The CMSCA U-16 League is the only junior league in Thailand and many of the players on show were Thai internationals and National champions from the recent National Youth Games in Phetchabun in March.

It was a game deserving of a Grand Final, exciting and nail biting, with the result in doubt until the last wicket fell. Wat Don Chan won the toss and elected to field. Watdonchan Pong (Kawapong Hanprab) and Jun (Jun Aryi) made early inroads, removing CPP’s top order with some outstanding swing bowling, reducing the batting side to 29 runs for 6 wickets and an easy victory looked in sight.

Ga (Kitanoo Serger) batting at number 5 then steadied the innings with 12 runs, and an invaluable 16 from Jai (Pongsakorn Mayer) batting at number 8 gave CPP some crucial extra runs. Jun returning with 4 wickets for 14 runs was the pick of the bowlers, and CPP could only reach 70 before finally being bowled out.

After such a great bowling performance, Wat Don Chan started their innings in steady, sensible fashion at first, eking out runs from the consistent bowling attack, but 3 wickets fell in quick succession leaving them reeling on 20 for 3. Jun, the league’s leading batsman was run out for a duck which turned the tide in CPP’s favour.

Thai u-16 international bowler Yon (Kitikun Tacheenam) removed most of the top order, but Watdonchan’s captain Mike (Arser Jailergoo), top scoring with 25, remained defiant and pushed the side onto 44-3 at the 10 overs drinks break, giving them a great chance to win. When play resumed though, the captain soon fell to an unfortunate run out, and then a series of indiscriminate shots caused a flurry of wickets to fall, from the accurate bowling of Ga and Seegame (Surasak Wanarit).

It became a real tussle as the batsmen edged the score up and it seemed they might pull off a sensational victory. However, Watdonchan lost their last 7 wickets for only 15 runs, and the final scenes saw the ecstatic CPP players celebrating the win by 11 runs.

Watching the game you had to be impressed with the ability and application of all the players on the day and it showed that cricket in Chiang Mai is strong and on the right path. The enthusiasm and energy in the field was evident from both sides, and the bowling proved to be too good on the day for batsman still short on experience.

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The Chol Prathan Prataek (CPP) and Watdonchan
teams pose for a photo before the final.

14-year-old Thai sets tournament qualifying record in US

Staff Reporters

South Bend, Indiana - Fourteen-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand shot a 67 to finish with a 7-under 135 and win medalist honors in the stroke-play qualifying at the US Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship last Tuesday, June 22. Ariya finished two strokes ahead of Argentina’s Martina Gavier, who shot a 68 in round two at the University of Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course, to advance to the match play round.

14-year old Ariya Jutanugarn, seen here competing in the 2007 Honda LPGA Thailand Open, set a qualifying two-round record of 135 at the US Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in Indiana last week. (Photo/LPGA)

In the knock out phase Jutanugarn eased past Canada’s Augusta James 7 and 6 on Wednesday and then beat Karen Chung of the US, 3 and 1 in the second round before falling to Curtis Cup player Cydney Clanton in the third round. Coming into the final hole all square with Clanton, Jutanugarn saw her chip for par graze the flag stick and then could only stand back and watch as her opponent 2-putted for the one up victory.

The Thai junior was attempting to become the second youngest winner of the event behind Michelle Wie, who was 13 when she won the tournament in 2003. Jutanugarn already holds the record for the youngest player to ever take part in an LPGA sanctioned event when she appeared at the 2007 Honda LPGA Thailand Open in Pattaya at the age of 11 years, 11 months.

Junior cricket celebrates 10 years in Chiang Mai

Shana Kongmun

In a country famed more for its boxing than any other sport, cricket has long been making inroads in Chiang Mai. A major milestone for junior cricket in Thailand was on hand when the Chiang Mai Cricket Schools Alliance (CMCSA) celebrated their 10th anniversary on Saturday, June 19 at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club.

The introduction of Sawasdee Cricket has seen an explosion of interest in the sport at the junior level.

The CMCSA has gone from strength to strength, growing cricket in Chiang Mai and producing international players with a female player who will represent Thailand at the Asian Games. These shining stars, however, are not the biggest accomplishment, the founders feel, but the development of junior cricket and its expansion to schools across Chiang Mai.

In the last Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes tournament, that development could be seen in the expanded number of Thai school teams playing, some without shoes, many without uniforms, but all with an enthusiasm for a game long thought a bastion of old colonial England.

Chiang Mai cricket starlets Parn, Oil & Jeen.

A simplified version of cricket, or Sawasdee Cricket, was introduced to Chiang Mai schools in 2000. The CMCSA decided that in order to encourage the development of cricket they would provide equipment free of charge, provide coaching and organize inter school tournaments, with four schools participating in the first tournament after intensive coaching. From those simple early beginnings ten years ago, 16 CMCF/CMSCA boys and girls from 7 different Chiang Mai schools have represented Thailand at 22 ACC International Cricket Tournaments in 7 different countries.

The Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance is excited about their up and coming young women’s players with three of the girls; Jeen, Parn and Oil, currently in Bangkok for Thailand Women’s cricket squad training in preparation for the Asian Games in Guangzhou in November. They head to Australia for 2 weeks at Bankstown Cricket Academy later this year.

Three Chiang Mai boys played in the U16 Thailand team in Nepal for the ACC U16 Elite Cup 2010.

Peter Dawson and Eric Little both credited the help of Maurice Bromley, Director of the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes tournament, with not only encouraging their endeavor but his active support and participation. They said that the CMCSA plans to expand to more schools, with the help of their volunteer coaches and the enthusiastic government school teachers. One by one, as teachers see the enthusiasm and joy the children have playing the game, and the successes they reach, more schools ask to be added.

The CMCSA would love to be able to publicize the tournaments and matches in the local Thai language newspapers but could use some help translating match reports for submission.

Many of the children playing come from underprivileged backgrounds, often hill tribe kids, many coming from schools with minimal equipment. The CMCSA offers the kids a chance to play a game well suited to their physique, with softer bats and balls, encouraging a team spirit in a game where the sky is the limit for the talented player. The CMCSA’s website is

Chiang Mai Golf Festival Championship 2010

Group captain Surasri Chormtee, commander of Wing 41, center, presents the winning trophy to Chalisa Limpipolpaiboon, right, the winner of the overall low gross of the 8th round of the Chiang Mai Golf Festival Championship 2010 held at the Star Dome Golf Club, Chiang Mai on Saturday, June 19.

Results (8th round) – Saturday, June 19, Star Dome Golf Club

Overall low gross - Chalisa Limpipolpaiboon (75); A Flight low gross - Thaya Limpipolpaiboon (76); A Flight net winner - Sarawut Jirundorn (72); B Flight low gross - Jirat Butwong (82); B Flight net winner - Worawit Sukhanapasawasdi (70); C Flight low gross - Suwan Suwanna (84); C Flight net winner Chatupol Muangnai (70); Ladies low gross - Pranee Chandee (88); Ladies net winner - Kanikarn Techola (74).

Last gasp Sridech secures maximum points for ‘Tigers’

Staff Reporters

Chiang Mai midfielder Sarun Sridech scored a vital winning goal three minutes into injury time at the Phrae Stadium on Saturday, June 26 to ensure his team keep up the pressure on league leaders Chainat FC.

Chiang Mai had looked to be heading to a relatively comfortable victory after Thongkrit had opened the scoring in the 74th minute with a superb left foot effort, and they were still leading with just minutes to go, but then Phrae United equalized through a thunderbolt 30-yard strike from Thanawit Kamna in the 91st minute to send the home fans into a frenzy.

Keeping their composure, Chiang Mai went straight back on the offensive from the restart and when the Phrae keeper could only half stop a long range shot, Sridech pounced on the rebound to fire home and give Chiang Mia all three points.

Elsewhere on the same weekend, Chainat FC beat Lampang FC 1-0 to remain on top of the league standings by just 1 point.

Chiang Mai were due to play Sukhothai FC at the 700-year stadium over the past weekend and will face an away trip to Tak FC on Sunday, July 4.

Thai League Div. 2 Northern Region Standings

Team                            P      W      D       L      +/-     Pts.

Chainat                        17    14       2        1     +32     44

Chiang Mai                 17    14       1        2     +28     43

Phichit                          17    13       2        2     +31     41

Singburi                        17    10       3        4     +10     33

Phrae United               17      8        6        3     +10     30

Nakhon Sawan          17      7        5        5      +9      26

Sukhothai                    17      7        3        7       “2      24

Phitsanulok                 17      6        5        6        0       23

Phetchabun                 17      6        4        7      +6      22

Chiang Rai                  17      5        3        9      -10     18

Uttaradit Morseng     17      5        2       10      -8      17

Lampang                     17      4        3       10      -8      15

Kamphaeng Phet       17      3        4       10    “17     13

Tak                               17      3        3       11    “26     12

Phayao                        17      4        0       13    “29     12

Uthai Thani Forest     17      3        2       12    “26     11

Results (June 19 & 20):  Tak 1-3 Nakhon Sawan, Lampang 0-1 Chainat,
Phrae United 1-2 Chiang Mai, Kamphaeng Phet 1-1 Phetchabun,
 Singburi 4-1 Chiang Rai, Sukhothai 2-1 Phitsanulok,
Uthai Thani Forest 6-1 Uttaradit Morseng, Phichit 5-0 Phayao.