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Heather Watson and Sorana Cirstea join PTT Pattaya Open

Two rising tennis stars, British No 1 Heather Watson and Romanian No1 Sorana Cirstea have confirmed their participation in next month’s 2013 PTT Pattaya Open, WTA tennis tournament at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Pattaya from 27 January – 3 February.

20 year old Heather Watson recently became the first British woman in 24 years to win a WTA title, when she triumphed in Osaka in October. Her win took her into the top 50 and she is looking forward to her 2nd trip to Pattaya. “I love Pattaya as a tournament and as a city, the people are warm and welcoming and I am really happy to be returning in 2013”.

Sorana Cirstea is a couple of years older than Watson and already has accumulated 5 WTA titles. On her first visit to Pattaya this year reached the semi-final before falling to Maria Kirilenko. She has continued her good form throughout the year and finished the year ranked No 27 in the world. Like Watson she is looking forward to returning to Pattaya. “This year was my first time playing in Pattaya and it’s one of my favourite tournaments, it’s such a different environment from the Australian Open where everyone is stressed and then we got to this amazing place where everyone is so welcoming. So I enjoyed my time here.”

Watson and Cirstea join a line-up of star players including Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, Maria Kirilenko and Vera Zvonareva of Russia and Sabine Lisicki of Germany.

With entries for the tournament not closing until 17 December, many more leading tennis players are expected to join the PTT Pattaya Open which is celebrating its 22nd anniversary in 2013, making it one of the longest running tournaments on the WTA calendar.

The 16-draw qualifying competition will be held on 27 – 28 January 2013, with main draw matches commencing on 28 January with play starting from 15.00 daily, excepting the semi-finals on Saturday 02 February and the finals on Sunday 03 February, when play begins at 16.00.

Tickets for the PTT Pattaya Open are on sale at 300, 500, 800 and 1,200 baht.

For more information on the tournament and tickets, please contact Pentangle Promotions Co., Ltd at Tel: 02-3113414/5 website www.pentanglepromotions.com or at Thaiticketmajor on 02-262-3456, website www.thaiticketmajor.com

The PTT Pattaya Open is supported by PTT Public Company Limited, Pattaya City, Sports Authority of Thailand, Chonburi Province, Chang Drinking Water, Peak Sporting Goods, Jetstar, Dusit Thani Hotel, Pattaya, Wilson Sporting Goods, Nation Multimedia Group, Yonex, TOT Public Company Limited, T.P Link, Philips Lighting, Tez Tour and Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.



Lamphun girls impress on debut

Girls Cricket teams; Petchabun in green, Lamphun in red and winners Chiang Mai in blue.

Richard Lockwood
The Sports Authority of Thailand Northern Qualifiers were held at Gymkhana Club in Chiang Mai on the weekend of 27th and 28th October 2012. This was a qualifying tournament for next year’s under-19 National Games which saw one match played by the boys and three matches played by the girls.
An entertaining weekend’s cricket began with the boys from Petchabun and Uttaradit meeting to decide the final qualifying place for the boys’ tournament with Chiang Mai already qualifying as defending champions. Uttaradit posted a useful total of 96 for 7 in their 15 overs, Nattarat Masiri making an unbeaten 21 and Supachai Promnam (3 for 16) impressing with the ball, but Petchabun chased down the target to win by four wickets thanks to MontriYoungrueng’s innings of 27 not out in which he hit five fours.
Three teams competed in the girls competition with Lamphun making their debut in an official tournament and facing teams from Petchabun and Chiang Mai to gain the final place in the National Games with Uttaradit having already qualified as defending champions.
Lamphun faced Petchabun in the first match and there was great interest in seeing how the new province would fare in their first competitive match. Their girls have been practising hard at the nets recently constructed at Muangwak School and all this training paid immediate dividends as they won by eight wickets.
The young star of their victory was Gongwan Chairsong (Nok) who took two wickets for just two runs in her three overs, then took over the wicket-keeping duties as Petchabun were restricted to a total of 76 for 6 in 15 overs, opener Supaporn Khungthong batting through the innings for 22.
Nok’s work was not yet finished as she marched out to open the batting for her team and she played a captain’s innings by scoring 26 from 26 balls and she was out only when just seven runs were needed. Her team-mates only contributed eight runs between them but Jinapat Chairton hit the winning boundary.
The tournament continued on Sunday with Chiang Mai playing Petchabun and the home side proved too strong for their opponents, restricting them to a total of 44 for 5 and then needing only 6.1 overs to record a nine-wicket victory.
The last match saw the two teams with one win apiece, Chiang Mai and Lamphun, playing off for a place in the SAT National Games, and it was the more experienced side which triumphed as they won by eight wickets.
But Lamphun are clearly a team to watch out for in the future and particularly their captain Gongwan Chairsong who this time batted through the innings after Lamphun were asked to bat for an unbeaten 16. Her team-mates found batting much harder scoring only three runs between them in a total of 48 for 4 as Prantip Suwanchontee took two wickets without conceding a run in her 3 overs. Chiang Mai were never under pressure as they needed only seven overs to record victory, although Nok still had the energy left to return figures of 3-0-14-1 to stake her claim to be player of the weekend.
An enjoyable weekend of cricket saw Petchabun boys and Chiang Mai girls book their places in next year’s SAT Under-19 National Games but the highlight for most at Gymkhana Club was to see the emergence of a new cricketing province, Lamphun. Many of their players have only been playing hard ball cricket for four months but they have already made considerable progress and Gongwan Chairsong is clearly a name to watch out for.
 


League lift off for Lanna

Chiang Mai Lanna CC win the first league match of the season

The new four team cricket league in Chiang Mai got off to a good start at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club on November 4, 2012.

Months of planning has gone into setting up a new four team league in Chiang Mai involving two adult sides and two junior sides, so it was fitting that the opening fixture played at Gymkhana Club was a contest full of runs with Gymkhana Juniors more than holding their own against the seniors from Chiang Mai Lanna.
The morning had already seen a 15-over junior match in which the Under-16s from Mae-On overcame those from Lamphun so Thai youngsters from three different teams were playing cricket for more than eight hours at Gymkhana Club on Sunday which is something to be proud about.
Gymkhana Juniors won the toss and elected to field first and Chiang Mai Lanna got off to a great start thanks to openers Nick Kirby and Ryan Sherman whose partnership reached had 98 when Sherman was required to retire on reaching a fluent fifty with a six and 7 fours.
Lanna’s first wicket did not fall until the score had reached 138 when Kirby was dismissed for 37 but the juniors fought their way back into the match by restricting their senior opponents to a total of 222 for six in 30 overs.
With two players in Bangkok for a national camp the young Thai side was re-inforced by Eddie Joyner who contributed three wickets for 48 runs as well as providing all his experience in the field as Choo and Chanchai returned tidy figures with the ball.
Choo then showed what a promising player he was by opening the batting and making 34 to lead the chase. Formot was run out early, but Chanchai and Cher both passed the 20-mark to confirm reports that they are both promising young all-rounders.
The surprise package for the juniors was Dang who had already bowled with pace in his first ever match against the seniors. He showed no fear when he came in at 83 for 3 and while he was at the crease a surprise victory was very much on the cards as he hit the ball firmly through the leg-side field to show he had a very good eye for such a new cricketer.
The seniors from Lanna showed the virtue of bowling straight as they hit the stumps for four consecutive wickets but the match was very much still alive until the final over as captain Pete Warner rotated no fewer than eight bowlers so everyone had their chance with bat or ball during an entertaining contest.
A total of 429 runs were scored in 60 action-packed overs during the afternoon and spectators appreciated the quality of cricket that was served up by young and old alike.
Chiang Mai Lanna could be pleased with their victory by 17 runs with Ryan Sherman looking a class act with the bat but the youngsters pushed the seniors to the limit with some very tidy seam bowling and some fearless hitting with the bat. It was just the start to the new league that everyone involved was hoping for.


Chiang Mai ready for the National Games

Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techaphan announces the opening ceremony schedule for the National Games to be held on December 9 at 6 p.m. at the 700 Year Stadium.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai will be hosting the 41st annual National Games from December 9-19, 2012 and the 31st National Disabled Games from January 15-19, 2013. Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techaphan announced the city’s readiness for the Games that will be held at 700 Year Stadium and other venues around town. The opening ceremony will be presided over by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 6 p.m. at 700 Year Stadium and broadcast live on TV and radio nationally.
The city has prepared a grand opening ceremony for the Prime Minister and visiting athletes with 8 lavish Lanna performances scheduled.
The Deputy Governor invited Chiang Mai people to join the festivities at the 700 Year Stadium and to show the hospitality and friendliness that Chiang Mai is famous for.


Chiang Mai FC draws two matches at home

Fans filled the 700 Year Stadium to watch Chiang Mai FC play to a draw.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai FC or the Lanna Tigers played to a draw in their second match in the AIS Regional League Champions League against Trat FC on November 3, 2012 in a hard fought game. However, due to a referee error the committee agreed to a re-match.
The referee blew his whistle to star the match even though the coach and other players were still on the field, Chiang Mai FC was leading 2-1 at the time. The Chiang Mai FC management sent a letter of protest to the Organizing Committee asking for a re-match, however the date for the game has not yet been set.
In number 4 Chiang Mai FC took on 3rd placed Rayong FC at home. In the 44th minute Chiang Mai FC was left with ten men when Wichitnam Kroytong was given a red card. The hard fought game ended up in a 0-0 draw.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Heather Watson and Sorana Cirstea join PTT Pattaya Open

Lamphun girls impress on debut

League lift off for Lanna

Chiang Mai ready for the National Games

Chiang Mai FC draws two matches at home