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.
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
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)
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
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
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.
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
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:
Barça beaten and Bundesliga back with a bang
European Football weekly review
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
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
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
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.