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CPP go to the top of the class

CPP: Batsman taking a shot (file photo)

Richard Lockwood
The first season of the Chiang Mai Senior League is reaching its finale with two teams still in contention for the title with one match left to play and it is fitting that the team which has moved to the top of the table is CPP at Doi Saket which has been developed as a finishing school for young Thai cricketers.
The league has been established with the primary aim of enabling the two junior sides, CPP and Gymkhana Juniors, to play regular competitive cricket against two adult sides, and CPP’s league campaign came to an end with a fourth victory in six matches as they overcame Floggers & Robbers by two wickets in a high-scoring encounter at Gymkhana Club. The Thai boys have become the new league leaders but Chiang Mai Lanna can still overtake them if they win the last match of the season.
Floggers & Robbers batted first on a roasting hot Sunday afternoon and as he has done all season Chris Coombes proved the mainstay of their batting as he completed his fifty from 41 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes, but the innings came off course during an eventful over from Yon who was hit for two sixes as Coombes retired on reaching his fifty but also also claimed two wickets.
Floggers were 97 for four after 15 overs but their batsmen continued to go for their shots as Andy Paps hit 3 sixes and David Hird 3 fours and 2 sixes. The counter-attack continued right down the order as number 10 Mark Robinson hit 5 fours and a six in his 26 as the batsmen wisely avoided running singles on a hot afternoon.
Even number 11 Wally Pohl hit two boundaries and supported Chris Coombes when he came back to the crease in a last wicket stand of 38. The Floggers captain remained unbeaten on 73 with 12 fours and 4 sixes and a total of 210 looked an impressive one. Coombes is the leading run-scorer in the league and Eddy who took two more wickets is the leading wicket-taker.
CPP were undaunted by the scale of their chase and openers Kah and Date shared an opening partnership of 41. The Thai boys were not afraid to go for their shots but they were set back by a series of lbw decisions as they showed a tendency to play across the line.
A position of 102 for 5 didn’t look promising for CPP but Game and Tep shared a partnership of 65 for the sixth wicket with Tep showing great promise in an innings of 45 from just 27 balls.
Two wickets in an over from Cavan Gardner kept Floggers’ hopes of victory alive as CPP were eight wickets down with 23 runs still needed but too many wides were being bowled and wily off-spinner Wally Pohl was forced to sit out with a pulled hamstring.
The Thai boys just had to occupy the crease and the runs would come and as the sky darkened and the threat of rain increased Eddy and Song held their nerve. CPP were victorious by two wickets with 5.3 overs to spare.
Chiang Mai Lanna are now favourites to win the league title but the Thai boys still have a chance should Floggers end their season on a high. The final match of the season will see an intriguing battle between the two adult teams as the players from both sides look to warm up for the San Miguel International Sixes which begin at Gymkhana Club on 31st March.

Chiang Mai FC continues their winning ways

Dr. Udonphan Chantarawiroj, President of Chiang Mai FC welcomes new coach Leonnes Pereira Dos Santos.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai FC won the second match of the season in a home game against Phetchabun FC at the 700 Years Stadium on February 24, 2013 in the AIS Regional Football League Division 2 Northern Zone match.
The Lanna Tigers dominated Phetchabun FC with a 4-0 win. New player number 8 Angello Machuca proved his mettle with two goals while Number 7 Amoah Isaac also scored two goals in the match.
Before the game, Dr. Udonphan Chantarawiroj, President of Chiang Mai FC presented shirts to the team and introduced the news players and new head coach; Mr. Leonnes Pereira Dos Santos.
Chiang Mai FC continued their winning streak to take their 3rd win in a row and the third match of the season 1-0 defeating Nakhon Sawan FC. Man of the match was number 10 Kwasi Sasu Frimponq who scored the winning goal.
The team play their next game away at Phichit on the 17th and a home game at 700 Years Stadium on Sunday, March 24 against Lamphun.

Chiang Mai FC continues their winning streak as the players battle it out on the pitch.

The newest player to the Tigers, Angello Machuca of Paraguay, Number 8, is welcomed to the team and presented with his jersey by the President of the Club, Dr. Udonphan Chantarawiroj.

Gymkhana Club win T20 Triangular against Patong and Pattaya

The Gymkhana Club team hosted a 20-over tournament involving two touring sides from Patong in Phuket and from Pattaya.

Richard Lockwood
The weekend of 23rd and 24th February saw some highly entertaining cricket played at Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club as the hosts staged a 20-over tournament involving two touring sides from Patong in Phuket and from Pattaya.
Visiting players from Bangkok who had been playing in a match between Parrots and Southerners at Prem were also involved so it was a festival atmosphere at the ground with some of the best players in Thailand on show, and a splendid occasion was capped by the home side convincingly winning their two matches to claim the title and to give another indication of the growing strength of cricket in Chiang Mai.
The opening match was played on Saturday afternoon between Gymkhana Club and Pattaya and the home side’s batting was at its destructive best as a total of 237 for six was made in 20 overs. Richard Cowles led the way with a bright and breezy 28 while young Anim played the anchor role with 31 from 35 balls as he and Asif shared a century partnership for the second wicket.
Asif played an exceptional innings of 87 from 33 balls with 13 fours and 4 sixes but almost unbelievably he was out-hit by Liam Woolls who reached his fifty from just 17 balls with 3 fours and 6 sixes.
The Pattaya bowlers and fielders were run ragged in the second half of the innings but their batsmen performed admirably as they attempted an almost impossible chase. John G who had kept wicket and then bowled four overs showed great stamina to score 74 with 8 fours and 4 sixes and Simon Philbrook and Valentine Guiraud also batted well.
In the end it needed Liam Woolls to bowl four pacy overs and return figures of 3 for 17 to make the match safe for Gymkhana. A margin of victory of 52 runs looks comfortable but Pattaya deserve great credit for reaching 185 for 6 in 20 overs.
The second match was played on Sunday morning and the Patong side short on numbers and augmented by a trio of Thai juniors and three players from Bangkok could not live with Gymkhana when they batted first and were bowled out for 115.
Eight bowlers shared the wickets with Tanveer and Wani taking two apiece but only three batsmen were needed to complete the chase as Richard Cowles, Monty and Anim all passed 25 as Gymkhana won by nine wickets. The early finish meant more time for lunch but the home side would have to wait for the final match to be staged before the trophy could be presented.
The two touring sides with their guest players put on a great show for the Sunday afternoon crowd at Gymkhana as Patong won the best match of the competition by five wickets with one over to spare.
Pattaya batted first and this time it was Dan Nicholson who produced an innings to remember as he reached 85 from 64 balls with 9 fours and 4 sixes. Captain Simon Philbrook supported him with 23 and a total of 169 for 5 looked impressive.
Patong had been strengthened by the selection of Chris Coombes who had visited Phuket on tour earlier in the season and given a pair of match-winning performances for Chiang Mai. This time he was to return the favour for Patong who had been very generous hosts on the visit to Phuket as he guided them to victory with an innings of 74 from 56 balls with 10 fours and a six. Brett Taylor, a welcome visitor from the Parrots, hit four sixes in his score of 44.
A very enjoyable weekend’s cricket was concluded with a remarkable 992 runs scored in three matches. Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club were worthy winners of the trophy that was presented by David Walker but Pattaya openers John G and Dan Nicholson fully deserved their individual awards as did Patong captain Anthony van Blerk who got the best out of his small touring party and some well chosen guest players.
It is hoped that similar tours and triangular tournaments can be arranged in the future so ties between the three clubs can remain close.

Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club team won the trophy at the end of the weekend.

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CPP go to the top of the class

Chiang Mai FC continues their winning ways

Gymkhana Club win T20 Triangular against Patong and Pattaya