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.
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
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
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
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
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
Junior cricket celebrates 10 years in Chiang Mai
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
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
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
Chiang Mai Golf Festival
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.
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
Last gasp Sridech secures maximum points for ‘Tigers’
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
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
Chainat 17 14 2 1
Chiang Mai 17 14 1 2 +28
Phichit 17 13 2 2
Singburi 17 10 3 4
Phrae United 17 8 6 3
Nakhon Sawan 17 7 5 5 +9
Sukhothai 17 7 3 7
Phitsanulok 17 6 5 6
Phetchabun 17 6 4 7
Chiang Rai 17 5 3 9
Uttaradit Morseng 17 5 2 10 -8
Lampang 17 4 3 10
Kamphaeng Phet 17 3 4 10 “17 13
Tak 17 3 3 11
Phayao 17 4 0 13
Uthai Thani Forest 17 3 2 12 “26 11
(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.