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Marathon runner raises funds for hill tribe cricket program

New under-19 cricket league shows a step-up in class

CPP’s girl-power triumphs in junior cricket league opener

Sridej brace keeps ‘Lanna Tigers’ on track

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.

Sid 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.

Martin Papworth

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 next March.

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 display.

CPP’s girl-power triumphs in junior cricket league opener

The victorious Chol Prathan Phataek School girls junior cricket team with their coach.

Martin Papworth

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

Following 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 weekend.

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.