Marathon runner raises funds for hill tribe cricket program
Mick “Sid” Moohan is a regular visitor to the San
Miguel International Chiang Mai Sixes and supporter of junior cricket in
Chiang Mai. Sid wanted to do something special to celebrate his 60th
birthday this year so he completed the Athens marathon and raised 1,750
Euros for sponsorship of junior cricket here in Chiang Mai.
displays his cheque for 1750 Euros to be donated to the Hill Tribe Kids
junior cricket program.
Sid took up running in the early 1980’s in Essex,
England, where he joined the Barking Road Runners club and to date he
has participated in 30 marathons including several London, New York,
Dublin, Snowdonia and now the daddy of them all, Athens, where it all
started 2,500 years ago. Luckily Sid fared better than poor old
Phiedippedes who finished then dropped dead! Sid only looked dead and
was later confirmed as alive!
Thanks to his running efforts and exploits Sid has
raised a total of 3,500 Euros, which is being split between the Hill
Tribe Kids cricket sponsorship program being run by the CMSCA coaching
team (Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance), and the Richard House
Children’s Hospice in east London, who provide care and treatment for
children with life limiting conditions and support for their families.
New under-19 cricket league shows a step-up in class
Gymkhana Elite player Parn (Peeraon
Kumlar) bowls during the CPP innings.
A new Chiang Mai Cricket Schools Alliance u-19 junior
league has been formed this season to accommodate the growing number of
experienced players, including many Thailand internationals. The regular
20/20 format gives the opportunity for players to develop their skills and
technique, and the league should help Chiang Mai province u-19 players
retain their title as national champions in the Youth Games in Uttaradit
Chol Prathan Phataek’s u-19 side took on Gymkhana Juniors
Elite team comprising of the best juniors from schools around Chiang Mai at
the 3G Oval recently and CPP won the toss and elected to field.
Gymkhana openers started confidently against a fine
bowling attack; Mukesh Saraff looked untroubled throughout his innings with
stylish shots and sound technique before falling to a loose shot off the
bowling of Date (Parnudate Charongpaiwan). Batting at number three Nikom
Mayer showed his class with textbook drives and helped Gymkhana reach 49 at
the drinks interval after 10 overs.
The batting side continue to make progress after the
break, but just when CPP players heads were beginning to drop, Nikom was run
out by his partner for 22 runs, giving the opposition fresh impetus. With
steady bowling from Ga (Kitanoo Serger) and Song (Warapat Petgun), CPP
managed to restrict Gymkhana to 102 for 5 wickets after 20 overs.
In reply Thai international ladies players Som (Preeyarak
Jaisat) and Parn (Peeraon Kumlar) bowled consistently and CPP struggled to
make headway reaching only 22 after 7 overs. However, in the decisive eighth
over, 17 runs were added, enabling CPP to get back into the match and their
confidence and belief visibly grew. Opener Seegame (Surasak Wanarit) started
playing more aggressive shots after a patient beginning.
Only one wicket fell in the innings and with wickets in
hand CPP quickly chased down the total in the 17th
over, winning by 9 wickets. Player of the match Seegame scored 46 runs, and
officials and spectators were struck by the high quality of the cricket on
CPP’s girl-power triumphs in junior cricket league opener
The victorious Chol Prathan
Phataek School girls junior cricket team with their coach.
The first match of the season for the Chiang Mai Schools
Cricket Alliance under-16 league proved to be an historic one. Chiang Mai
boasts Thailand’s only junior leagues and the match between Gymkhana juniors
and Chol Prathan Phataek School (CPP) was exceptional in that CPP fielded an
all girls team.
The 15 over game was staged at the 3G Oval (formerly Prem
International School) and Gymkhana juniors won the toss and elected to
field. The innings was notable for the lack of runs off the bat, but opener
Anna showed great tenacity in making 10 runs from 44 balls in one hour.
Wides were penalised with four runs and Gymkhana disappointingly gave away
23 of them, leaving CPP with a large total of 113 for 5.
All the Gymkhana players were given the opportunity to
bowl and the pick of the bowlers was spinner Anim Ul Huq who returned with 3
wickets for 8 runs off 3 overs.
Chasing a large score Gymkhana openers started well with
player of the match Max Coombes hitting an impressive maximum 20 runs off 26
balls. Smashing brilliant cover drives with 3 boundaries from one over, a
win looked on the cards.
CPP’s all girl team showed incredible spirit in the field
however with disciplined, straight bowling and tenacious fielding. Wickets
soon began to tumble, and CPP kept the wides down to only six in the innings,
a record low for extras since the junior leagues began.
With so much pressure on Gymkhana, they still managed to
amass 59 runs off the bat, but ran out of time finishing on 86 runs for 8
wickets. Leg spinner Armee, who impressed recently playing for Thailand in
Singapore, took two wickets for six runs.
CPP deservedly notched up their first win by 27 runs,
great experience for next season’s CMSCA Thai girls league, which will again
be a first in Thailand.
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Sridej brace keeps
‘Lanna Tigers’ on track
a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Trang FC at the 700-year stadium on
November 14, Chiang Mai completed a play-off double over their Group A
rivals with a 2-0 away win in the southern provincial town the following
The star of the show for the ‘Tigers’ was once more Sarun
Sridej who opened the scoring in the 6th
minute with a deft chip over Trang goalkeeper Ekawat Noonchupol. He then
sealed the points for the away team in the 90th
minute of the match from a rare breakaway by the visitors. Noonchupol failed
to hold onto a powerful shot by Chiang Mai substitute Panuwat Art, and
Sridej was perfectly placed to knock in the rebound and make it 2-0.
The win leaves Chiang Mai tied at the top of the group
with Buriram FC on 13 points each, although the Isaan outfit have one game
in hand over their northern rivals. The top two were due to play against
each other this past Sunday, November 28, at the I-Mobile stadium in Buriram
in a fixture that in all likelihood will determine the winners of this group
with only three further games remaining.
Chiang Mai’s next fixture is on December 11 at the 700-year
Stadium against Pichit FC with kick-off scheduled for 6 p.m.