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XII No.2 - Sunday January 27 - Saturday february 9, 2013


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Parrots fly into Chiang Mai to remember their friend

The Parrot’s present the new memorial trophy for Oswald Duvel, a player who died last year.

Richard Lockwood
The Parrots, as Siam Cricket Club in Bangkok, are better known, are welcome visitors to Chiang Mai each year but their visit in 2013 was a very poignant occasion as a memorial trophy had been established in honour of one of the Parrots’ most popular players Oswald Duvel who had made his debut at Gymkhana Club in 2012 but had tragically died later in the year.
The weekend’s cricket against the Parrots started with a highly competitive 35-over contest against Chiang Mai Cricket Club at Traidhos Oval. The Parrots were put into bat and were soon struggling at 12 for two and worse was to follow as Richard Bowater pushed forward to Ismail only to suffer a broken left wrist.
Kiwi is a mainstay of Siam CC and had done much to organize the tour but while he was off to hospital his team-mates rebuilt the innings with Poz and Jubby taking the score past 100 and Nahim and Strunky applying the acceleration so that a highly satisfactory total of 208 for 5 was achieved.
After a substantial lunch had been enjoyed it was CMCC’s turn at the crease and they also got off to a bad start with Wani run out without facing a ball but his son Sufi fared better with 22 from 28 balls. Ismail made 34 from 46 balls but the innings of the day was played by Siddarth who hit an unbeaten 73 from 63 balls. Monty kept the chase going but it was Makki who brought CMCC home with 19 from just 7 balls, finishing the game in style with a six.
Sunday’s match was a more social 20-over encounter against Gymkhana Club as the Oswald Duvel Trophy was contested for the first time. The match started early to allow for the necessary ceremonials after the match and Gymkhana Club chose to bat when they won the toss.
Sufi reached an elegant fifty from 42 balls to finish his school holiday back in Chiang Mai in style while Liam Woolls has recently arrived in the city to join his brother Tim and although he struggled with his timing he still made an unbeaten 40 to see Gymkhana to a more than useful total of 142 for 4 with the Parrots generously using 10 bowlers.
The Parrots had shown on Saturday they had great depth in their batting so the target was manageable even without Kiwi who was supporting from the sidelines. The openers fell early but the Beast, Brett Taylor, faced with some hostile bowling from Liam Woolls, survived to hit four sixes in his fifty.
Jubby and Strunky both made runs again but the young Thai boys all bowled tidily and the Parrots fell short by 17 runs as they posted a total of 125 for 4. The trophy was presented to Gymkhana captain Chris Coombes but would be returning to Bangkok with the Parrots until their next visit.
Kiwi paid tribute to his good friend Oswald who had been a wonderful human being and players from both sides, and many of the Parrots’ supporters, enjoyed a long slammer session as the sun went down over Gymkhana Club. The Parrots will soon return to Chiang Mai for a Bangkok League match against the Southerners and it is hoped that the match against Gymkhana Club will become an annual fixture so they could remember their friend who had been lost too soon.
 


US Consulate heads to Vientiane to play soccer

The U.S. Consulate team headed to Vientiane, Laos to play matches against Embassy teams on Saturday, January 19, 2013. The Consulate joined the 5th annual Tri-Post Soccer Tournament on Jan 19. The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane hosted and played teams from the U.S. Embassy Bangkok and the U.S. Embassy Vientiane. Management Officer Todd Bate-Poxon led the Consulate staff for the trip.


Top of the league for Lanna

A batter takes the shot for a run (file photo)

Richard Lockwood
The Chiang Mai Senior League had reached the half way stage with all four teams still able to win the title but Chiang Mai Lanna gained an important win over the fast-improving Gymkhana Juniors to go to the top of the table. With their comfortable victory by 46 runs at Royal Chiang Mai, Lanna now have three wins in four matches and if they can hold off the challenge of the Floggers & Robbers over the next few weeks, they could be crowned first league champions.
The Lanna side had a much changed look with several players making their long-awaited league debuts and Gymkhana Juniors had just won their last match by nine wickets, so when Tim Woolls was dismissed by the first ball of the match, caught behind off a perfect away-swinger from Chanchai, hopes were high for the Juniors.
But Lanna now have a strong batting line-up and wicket-keeper Richard Cowles looked to be finding his form as he put on 34 with Nick Kirby for the second wicket before the opener was bowled by leg-spinner Anim and Choo claimed the third wicket with the total on 38.
Gymkhana Juniors were still on top but left-handed skipper Pete Warner used all his experience to hold up an end while Liam Woolls, Tim’s younger brother, found his feet and soon showed off a fine range of shots as he hit four fours and four sixes in an entertaining innings.
The Woolls brothers have proved prized assets for Lanna as Tim had already hit two fifties in the league and Liam matched him by scoring a half-century on debut before being required to retire. Warner’s solid innings had also come to an end so Gymkhana Juniors still had a chance to keep Lanna to a total around 150.
Ryan Sherman’s time-keeping isn’t always the best but his timing with the bat is of the highest order and he hit three fours in his 21 but Cher claimed two quick wickets and Lanna’s innings looked to have run out of steam on 148 for seven in the 26th over.
But there was a sting in the tail as young Nok, who surely will soon be joining the Thailand women’s squad, playing as a guest for Lanna, showed an excellent technique and found an unlikely partner in Richard Lockwood who had decided he must make the most of a rare opportunity to play.
Aided by a number of extras the pair added 22 from the last four overs to see Lanna home to a total of 170 for eight and those few additonal runs could have proved crucial in deciding the result of the match and even the eventual winners of the league.
The fine pavilion at Royals proved the perfect location for the traditional cricket tea provided by Lanna’s hyper-active chairman, David Holt, and this must have energized Liam Woolls because he opened the bowling for Lanna at great pace.
But it was Nok who bowled a better line and length and she was rewarded with the wicket of Anim who was smartly stumped by Richard Cowles and the batsman was left with the task of explaining to his father how he got out to a girl.
Bunchuaai and Nikom looked comfortable as Nok started to tire in her fourth over but Ryan Sherman’s slow left-arm was to change the course of the match as he bowled Nikom for 19 and then dismissed Mukesh and Chanchai with consecutive balls.
Worse was to follow as Tim Woolls also claimed three quick wickets and Tom Salusbury was also successful as the youngsters were unable to contain themselves against a variety of tempting slow bowling. A comfortable 68 for two had become a disappointing 81 for eight.
Opening batsman Bunchuaai had watched the succession of wickets while looking in no trouble himself and he was looking to achieve the rare distinction of carrying his bat when he fell lbw to the ‘Dark Destroyer’ Taran Persaud as he misjudged the line of a well-flighted delivery.
Bunchuaai’s innings of 44 took him to the top of the run-scoring chart in league matches and again confirmed that he was a talented batsman with a fine temperament. His annoyance at being dismissed showed a determination to succeed and last pair Pong and Yun took the total to 124 before Taran finished off the innings with his second wicket.
Chiang Mai Lanna had triumphed by 46 runs and their third win in four matches took them to the top of the league table. A highly enjoyable day was finished off with a few beers (for the adults) in the pavilion as Royal Chiang Mai Golf and Cricket Resort again showed itself to be an idyllic location to play cricket.


Tennis anyone?

CMAC Tennis Tournament This Weekend

The first big event of 2013 for the Chiang Mai Athletics Conference (CMAC) will be the CMAC Tennis Tournament, which will be hosted at the Three Generation Tennis Academy located on the campus of Prem Tinsulanonda International School.

40 students from 8 schools will be competing in the CMAC Tennis Tournament this weekend. Stop in and cheer them on!

The tournament is scheduled for this coming Saturday 26 January, with action beginning about 8:30am and continuing most of the day. About 40 select tennis players from all eight CMAC schools will participate in the tournament, with Prem making up about 14 of those players.
Players compete in four different age groups (U12, U14, U16 and U20), both girls and boys. Team scores are not kept, but Prem is looking to improve on their individual finishes from this past year (one champion, one runner-up and three third place finishes). The largest age group is the boys U14 division, but the competition promises to be heated no matter what age group players are in.
Further information about CMAC can be found at: http://cmac-sports.wikispaces.com/


Barça beaten and Bundesliga back with a bang

European Football weekly review

Simon Harrow
The northern German city of Hannover is famed for being the home of the German language’s standard pronunciation, its trade fairs and the best Oktoberfest outside Munich. The city’s football team, Hannover 96, has a reputation for being a regular Bundesliga outfit that never really threatens to win.
Their opponents Schalke, in contrast, have had a rollercoaster season so far. Having notched up 20 points in their first nine matches, they were the closest rival to Bayern Munich going into November. Combining the Bundesliga with the Champions League seemed to take its toll however as they accumulated a mere 5 points in their last eight matches before the break. They sacked popular Dutch coach Huub Stevens, despite winning their Champions League group ahead of Arsenal, and appointed former Stuttgart boss Jens Keller. The appointment came to everyone’s surprise, including Keller himself.
So the scene was set: Hannover managed to score four goals away from home and yet never lead. They also managed to concede five, bumping Schalke back up into fifth place.
The other story of the week in Germany was Bayern Munich’s appointment of Pep Guardiola as their coach for next season. Germans are renowned for their forward planning and the Bundesliga is no exception, with clubs often signing players and coaches for the following season before the current campaign has finished. If this were Italy or Spain, there would be howls of conspiracy as players and coaches face their future clubs. In Germany, however, it is standard practice.
Bayern’s players didn’t appear to be distracted however, as they easily beat bottom club Fürth 2-0 with both goals coming from Croat Mario Mandzukic. Bayer Leverkusen maintained their surprise second-place by winning 3-1 against the slumping Eintracht Frankfurt. Borussia Dortmund came back from shaky pre-Christmas form to thump Werder Bremen 5-0.
Over in the Premier League, Liverpool also scored five, destroying Norwich City 5-0. They are in seventh, level on points with Arsenal who lost 2-1 at Chelsea. Manchester City beat Fulham 2-0 thanks to two goals and an amazing all-round display by David Silva. City move up to within 5 points of Manchester United, who for once were victims themselves to a late goal at Tottenham – Clint Dempsey scoring the equaliser in the 1-1 draw.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s mood would not have been tempered by Juventus’ 4-0 win Udinese: Paul Pogba, who walked out on Ferguson during the summer scored two excellent 30-yard strikes.
Predictably the chasing pack failed to maintain the pace set by Juve. Napoli drew 1-1 against Fiorentina in Florence and Lazio needed an 85th minute Hernanes penalty to draw 2-2 in Palermo.
Bookmakers all over France were once again tearing their hair out as the three-way race for the Ligue 1 title registered plot twist number 3,659. As forewarned in this column (self-congratulatory pat on back!), Lyon could not beat relegation-threatened Evian. An Ibrahimovic goal gave PSG a 1-0 win in Bordeaux, while Marseille scored 79th and 91st minute goals to overcome Montpellier 3-2. All this puts PSG and Lyon on level points, with Marseille just 1 point behind.
In Spain, the earth stood still briefly on Saturday evening. No, José Mourinho did not admit he was wrong to drop Casillas (though he did pick him to start the next day). More astoundingly, Barcelona threw away a 2-0 lead to lose to Real Sociedad, thanks to a 91st Imanol Agirretxe winner. Gerard Piqué was sent off after 56 minutes and his defensive replacement, Javier Mascherano, was constantly beaten for pace at the back in a dramatic match.
Second-placed Atlético Madrid brought the deficit down to 8 points with a 2-0 victory against Levante. There was grave concern for Falcao’s season when he was carried off with a hamstring injury. It was later announced that he will be out for about three weeks.
Real Madrid were another team to score 5 this past weekend, as they destroyed and demoralised Valencia 5-0. Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di María were both in scintillating form as they grabbed two goals and an assist each.
There were plenty of goals this week, and many of them coming from great moves or long-range shots, not just defensive errors - although the losing coaches may beg to differ.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Parrots fly into Chiang Mai to remember their friend

US Consulate heads to Vientiane to play soccer

Top of the league for Lanna

Tennis anyone?

Barça beaten and Bundesliga back with a bang
 

 



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