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Tigers sit at 4th on the table after 5 matches

The Lanna Tigers beat Phrae United handily 3-1 in their home match at 700 Year Stadium on March 9, 2013.
(Photo by Lek Changply)

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Chiang Mai FC Lanna Tigers sit at 4th place in the AIS Regional League Division 2 after five matches. The Tigers opened the season strongly and beat Phrae United at home on March 9 in their 4th match winning 3-1.
On March 17 they travelled to Phichit to play Phichit FC and led the match in the first half with a goal in the 20th minute by Anggello Machuca and another goal by Amoah Isaac. However, Phichit fought back strongly to draw the match at 2-2.
Phitsanulok TSY FC is a the top of the table followed by Sukhothai FC and then Lampang FC.
Chiang Mai will meet the Lamphun Warriors at home at the 700 Year Stadium on March 27 at 7 p.m.
 


Chiang Mai Ready to host “Chiang Mai Golf Classic 2013”

Ritthipong Techapun, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai and Chairman of the Board of the golf tournament “Chiang Mai Golf Classic 2013” announced the province’s readiness to host this world class tournament that will be held at Alpine Golf Resort in San Kamphaeng on March 28-31, 2013. 144 professional golfers are expected to take part in the competition which will have a total of 150 million baht in prizes and a first prize of $US 750,000. Organized by the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization, PTT (Public Company), Tourism Authority of Thailand and other agencies big names such as Ernie Els of South Africa and Thai start Thongchai Jaidee will take part. They will be recording a promotional video on Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep that will be released to ESPN and shown to over 650 million people around the world.


Chamber to host swim meet at Montfort

March 30-31

The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a swim meet for local youth to select athletes for reach regional meets.

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce announced that they will be sponsoring a swimming meet to be held at the pool at Montfort College on March 30 and 31. Narong Tananuwat, Honorary Chairman of the Chiang Mai Chamber said that the winner will receive a trophy from Governor Tanin Subhasaen and 5,000 baht in prize money.
The 1st annual Chamber of Commerce Montfort Sprinter meet will help to select athletes that will compete in the 37th Southeast Asian Age-Group Swimming Championships in June, 2013.
The Chamber wants to help promote swimming and other sports for youth as a means to develop alternatives to drug use and promote healthy activities for youth. They hope to drive swimming as a sport in the province and to help local youth reach the national level, kids aged 6-14 years old are encouraged to participate. Email [email protected] or phone 081-5300700 Fax: 053-248679 for registration information.


CrossFit Games

On Saturday, March 9, CrossFit Chiang Mai hosted the first week of the Reebok CrossFit Games Open competition. The Open is a series of strength and fitness challenges happening in CrossFit gyms all over the world. Chiang Mai saw 32 participants, and this first week’s challenge was a series of burpees and barbell snatches. The competition continued through Saturday, March 16 at 10 AM, at Crossfit Chiang Mai (http://www.crossfitchiangmai.com/). If you want to compete for fun or just to see how fit your really are, come by and compete in the Scaled, Open or Masters divisions.


Rimping School win the Chiang Mai Sixes Sawasdee Cup

The Sawasdee Cup is played by junior cricketers just developing their skills.

Richard Lockwood
Support for youth cricket in Chiang Mai and Lamphun has always been an important part of the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes and this has included a generous sponsorship for a Sawasdee tournament for junior cricketers who are just starting to develop their batting, bowling and fielding skills.
The Chiang Mai Sixes Sawasdee Cup was staged for the 14th time when it was held at Pathan School in Banthi on Saturday 9th March and Rimping School from Lamphun were the surprise winners when they beat Kheelek School in the final of the tournament which involved eight school teams of very keen and enthusiastic boys and girls.
Sawasdee is a form of cricket played by young children with a soft ball where the eight players on each side bat in pairs for two overs and every player bowls one over. It has proved the starting point for more than a generation of hard ball players in Chiang Mai and Lamphun and so forms an important part of the coaching program run by the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance.
The eight teams were divided into two groups, with Ban Jam, Huay Keao, Sibonyeun and Kheelek forming Group 1, Muangwak, Anuban, Rimping and Mae On forming Group 2. Rimping, a recent addition to the CMSCA program, were the form team in the competition as they were the only side to win all three of their group matches.
Group 1 was a much closer affair with Huay Keao and Kheelek very closely matched. Kheelek looked to hold the advantage by beating Huay Keao by one run with a missed run out from the last ball proving the crucial difference. Kheelek then lost to Ban Jam by 9 runs, so Huay Keao could still qualify for the final if they beat Sibonyeun by 22 runs but they could win only by 15.
Kheelek and Huay Keao both had two wins and one defeat but Kheelek finished top of Group 1 thanks to a better run-rate. The 12 group matches had been played two at a time on the school field but the final was played on the full ground. Rimping batted first and were restricted to a total of 243 but their bowlers ensured they maintained their unbeaten record and won the 2013 Sawasdee Cup by 15 runs as Kheelek could manage only 228.
Ban Jam, Muangwak and Huay Keao were regarded as the strongest teams in the tournament so it is a sign of the growing strength in depth in the schools in Chiang Mai and Lamphun that it was Rimping who finished first and Kheelek second.
The individual awards were shared between the three leading schools with Chakalak from Rimping the best bowler, Ert from Huay Kaeo the best batter and Keen, Kheelek’s wicket-keeper, the best fielder.
All the children who played thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were all rewarded with new green shirts, snacks and medals, while the older hardball players helped as coaches, umpires and photographers.
The Sawasdee Cup is only one way that the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes help the development of youth cricket in the North of Thailand with money donated to help run a detailed coaching program, to cover children’s travelling expenses and pay for their food.
Money is also raised to donate to the Hill Tribe Fund which supports seven children who live with coach Chris Dodd and his wife in Lamphun. The four boys and three girls are all very capable cricketers with Bunchuaai one of the most outstanding juniors in Thailand who will be soon playing for the Under-19s in Malaysia.
The girls, Nok, Aree and Dao, who all played for the winning side in last year’s Sawasdee Cup will soon be representing Lamphun in the National Youth Championships in Maha Sarakham, where Chiang Mai’s boys and girls teams will also be taking part.


Chiang Mai Sixes: 25 years and still going strong

The Bashundhera Cricketeers from Bangladesh won last year’s top prize and are expected to perform well this year also.

Richard Lockwood
Last year the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes celebrated its 25th tournament so the 2013 edition that is being held at Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club between 31st March and 6th April completes the full 25 years of a tournament that has built unrivalled success on a recipe of enjoyable yet competitive cricket with teams from around the world returning year after year.
A Sixes competition (six players aside five-over matches) was first staged in Chiang Mai back in 1988 and began on a small scale with a handful of visiting teams competing against the locals but the event quickly grew in scale to become one of the largest amateur tournaments staged anywhere in the world with as many as 36 teams playing a total in excess of 100 matches during the week.
A competition for women, a softball Sawasdee tournament for the increasing number of junior cricketers playing in schools around Chiang Mai, and special matches for veterans were also staged but it is the main tournament that takes centre stage with several well known Test players taking the field over the years alongside a multitude of enthusiastic amateurs.
Teams come from around the world: far afield from England, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa, but also from countries closer at hand in the Far or Middle East, along with several local teams from Chiang Mai. The defending Cup champions, Bashundhera Cricketeers, who have won three times in the last four years, come from Bangladesh.
Teams of all standards have the chance to compete on even terms and every player who takes part in the competition has the chance of winning a trophy. The first half of the tournament will see the 30 teams ranked for the second stage with teams divided into five different categories with five trophies up for grabs.
The leading six teams will compete for the Cup, won in 2012 by Bashundhera Cricketeers, the next six teams will play for the Bowl held by the Divine Felons and the next six will compete for the Shield won by Yarrambat. The next tier play for the Plate held by Darwin Dilettantes and the lowest ranked six teams will be striving hard to win the Spoon which last year was won by Sa Pa.
There will be five teams of winners and five teams of runners up so a third of the 30 teams will win prizes at this year’s event and some of the best junior cricketers in Chiang Mai will be on show playing for the Thai Thevada team who have always given a good account of themselves here at the Sixes.
As well as almost a hundred short and sweet cricket matches with fours and sixes galore, spectators will find a festival atmosphere with food and drink available all day and there are three official functions during the seven-day event.
The San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes has become very much part of the sporting and social calendar in Thailand and everybody will be made to feel most welcome at Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club from 31st March to 6th April. Play will normally be under way by 9.00 am every day and finish by 5.30 pm. The competition concludes with finals day on Saturday 6th April.
Further details are available on the website chiangmaisixes. com where online video and audio feeds will be found as well as updated scores from all the matches.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Tigers sit at 4th on the table after 5 matches

Chiang Mai Ready to host “Chiang Mai Golf Classic 2013”

Chamber to host swim meet at Montfort

CrossFit Games

Rimping School win the Chiang Mai Sixes Sawasdee Cup

Chiang Mai Sixes: 25 years and still going strong