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XII No.1 - Sunday January 13 - Saturday January 26, 2013


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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.

Richard Lockwood
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 21.1 overs.
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.

Eric Duwe
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.

Richard Lockwood
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 full support.
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.

Nopniwat Krailerg
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.

Nopniwat Krailerg
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, hearing loss).
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.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Gymkhana Juniors gain first league win

Payap International College Basketball Team in Yupparaj tournament

Chiang Mai unites behind youth cricket

8th Wichai Mini Marathon to honor HM the King

Chiang Mai ready for the Wiang Ping Games
 

 



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