Gymkhana Juniors gain
first league win
Teams warm up before the match at the Gymkhana
Club. Regular cricket matches are now being played as the leagues heat up so
be sure and drop by if you are a cricket fan.
Gymkhana Juniors have given a good account of themselves in their
first three matches in the Chiang Mai Senior League but have been defeated
on each occasion so it was a memorable day on January 5, 2013 at Royal
Chiang Mai when they beat fellow junior team CPP by nine wickets to gain
their first league win in convincing style.
CPP, a school dedicated to sporting success at Doi Saket, had started the
season strongly with two wins but they were without their senior players so
Gymkhana Juniors were hopeful of victory after losing narrowly the last few
times the two teams have met, particularly as they welcomed back Sufi
Basharat who has been at school in Delhi and working hard on his cricket.
CPP won the toss and decided to bat first and it was a decision they were
soon to regret as the wickets began to fall against some very accurate
bowling. Chanchai bowled an outstanding opening spell with two wickets for
three from his four overs and Choo backed him up with a wicket as CPP were
reduced to 12 for three.
Two more seam bowlers were introduced with Nikom who has recently made his
senior debut for Thailand bowling with hostility but it was Cher who took
the next three wickets as the first six batsmen were all out bowled.
Sufi came on to bowl his off spin and he also hit the stumps to dismiss J
for 11 to leave the score on 41 for 7 and he combined with Pong who had come
back from Chiang Rai for the match to finish off the innings for just 57 in
We had seen an outstanding team bowling performance from Gymkhana Juniors
but also a poor batting display from an inexperienced CPP side who seemed to
lack the technique needed to combat some very disciplined bowling.
Sufi and Bonchuaai opened the batting for Gymkhana and played very straight
early in the innings and were soon able to take advantage of the occasional
bad ball. Spin was introduced after only eight overs and the fifty
partnership came up in the 10th over. Sufi was dismissed for 27 from 29
balls as he attempted the winning hit which was achieved by Nikom who hit
his second ball for four.
Gymkhana Juniors finished on 58 for one in 11.2 overs to claim a historic
nine wicket victory and it is hoped that this success will inspire the young
Thai boys (and the one Thai girl Nok who took a good catch) to greater
things. CPP went home early on their bus but the Juniors thoroughly enjoyed
the impromptu game of Sixes cricket that was staged with even the umpires
making the most of a chance to play.
Payap International College Basketball Team in Yupparaj tournament
Jeff powers forward to score in the latest match
of the Yupparaj Tournament.
The road to winning a sports championship can be long. But for the
“Inter Payap” basketball team competing in the eighth annual Yupparaj
Basketball Tournament in Chiang Mai, the road is particularly long —
extending from places such as Bhutan, Canada, Germany, Korea, and the United
States of America, for example.
En route to that championship, “Inter Payap” competed in its first game in
the tournament — the biggest of its kind in the North of Thailand — this
past Friday 04 January. It was a fast-paced game that remained close
throughout, but resulted in “Inter Payap” pulling away at the end with a
final score of 90-80.
The team members of “Inter Payap” all have a connection with the
International College of Payap University, whether as current students or
recently graduated alumni. And the diversity of the team comes from more
than just the ethnic backgrounds of its players. Players from the team
represent all four of the International College’s undergraduate programs and
two of its graduate programs.
For many of the guys, playing basketball has been a way to make friends,
both international and Thai, throughout the community while also getting a
good workout. Now that it is tournament time, the “Inter Payap” team has the
opportunity to compete against some familiar faces, including the team that
the Thai side of Payap University has sent to the Yupparaj Tournament.
The remaining games for “Inter Payap” in Round 1 of the Yupparaj Tournament
were held Tuesday 8 January at 6:40 p.m.; Wednesday 9 January at 5:30 p.m.;
and Sunday 13 January at 5:30 p.m. These games are held at Yupparaj School
(near Three King’s Monument in the Old City). If “Inter Payap” is one of the
top two teams from its bracket, it will advance to the second round of play
to continue on the road to the championship.
Chiang Mai unites behind youth cricket
Chiang Mai Cricket Club won the match against
the Gymkhana Club by 60 runs on Sunday, January 6, 2013.
The Chiang Mai Senior League has been created this season to give
the best Thai youngsters the chance of playing competitive cricket. Chiang
Mai Cricket Club were initially unable to take part in the new league
alongside two other senior and two junior teams but they have now given
their full backing to the league and have shown themselves to be very
supportive of youth cricket.
Sunday’s match between Gymkhana Club and CMCC was an important step in
gathering all senior cricketers in Chiang Mai together and it was good for
cricket in the city that an enjoyable match was played with both sides
providing places for Thai youngsters who all showed their rich potential.
Chiang Mai CC showed they still had some high class players and won the
match by 60 runs but in many ways youth cricket in Chiang Mai was the real
winner as all the adults involved have now given the junior cricketers their
CMCC won the toss and elected to bat and their top order went for their
shots but they looked in some trouble at 73 for 5 in the 12th over. Nikom
had already taken a brilliant catch on the boundary to dismiss the dangerous
Wani but he dropped a much easier chance off Asif who took full advantage to
reach his fifty from 28 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes.
Asif was finally caught for 63 from 41 balls but young Cher batting at
number ten was second top scorer with 17 not out as Chiang Mai CC were
bowled out for 188 by a very young bowling attack, Pong taking 2 for 16 and
Max Coombes 2 for 23.
Max then opened the batting with his father Chris and did well to survive
until the 11th over against some testing bowling but Chris Coombes and Tim
Woolls who had each scored three fifties so far in the season had both been
dismissed cheaply so Gymkhana Club’s chase never quite got going.
Richard Cowles, who looks a fine wicket-keeper batsman, spent some valuable
time at the crease and Thai boys Nikom and Chanchai both scored 19 before
Gymkhana were dismissed for 128. Ten bowlers were given a chance to shine
and it was the spinners Monty and Sufi, along with seamer Shafi, who all
claimed two wickets.
Chiang Mai CC had won the match by 60 runs and Asif was declared man of the
match, but the main feature of the game was the eight junior players playing
alongside the men and each showing great promise for the future.
CMCC will be providing prize money for all outstanding match performances by
juniors and will also be sponsoring a player of the season award. This
initiative together with the new league shows that the future of youth
cricket in Chiang Mai is in safe hands.
8th Wichai Mini Marathon to honor HM the King
January 26 at 6 a.m.
The Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School announced
their 8th annual Mini Marathon to be held on January 26, 2013.
The Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School Chiang Mai together with the Provincial
Red Cross Chapter of Chiang Mai are organizing the “8th Charity Walk, Run,
Bike and Wheelchair” mini marathon to honor HM the King on his 85th
birthday. The race will start at 6 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013 and
will start and finish at the Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School.
The money earned from the race will be donated to the Provincial Red Cross
Chapter, Chiang Mai to help promote health activities among youth, in line
with the Ministry of Education’s campaign to encourage young people to
exercise. There is an admission fee of 150 baht, register at Wichai Wittaya
Bilingual School Tel: 053-274468.
Chiang Mai ready for
the Wiang Ping Games
The 700 Year Stadium is ready for the opening
ceremony of the Wiang Ping Games which will take place on Tuesday, January
15, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Chiang Mai’s Deputy Governor, Ritthipong Techaphan announced Chiang Mai’s
readiness for the upcoming 31st National Disabled Games that will be held in
Chiang Mai from January 15-19, 2013 at the 700 Year Stadium and stadiums
within the city.
Under the motto “Friendship, generosity, and Equality” the Wiang Ping Games
mascot is the elephant Phoom Jai. There will be 17 different kinds of sports
including athletics table tennis, badminton, sepak takraw Boccia, football,
goal ball, volleyball, weightlifting, archery, sitting / standing
volleyball, petanque, wheelchair tennis, swimming, wheelchair basketball,
wheelchair fencing, shooting, and Futsal Male / Female (type eye injuries,
He said that Chiang Mai was 100% read for the athletes and their families
and that accommodation had been arranged including special transportation
and facilities. The opening ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15,
2013 at 6 p.m. Disabled athletes from 77 provinces will be joined by more
than 4,000 people at the event.