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XII No.7 - Sunday April 7 - Saturday April 20, 2013


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Lanna Tigers win two matches in a row

Number 3 on the table

The Tigers beat the Lamphun Warriors in an exciting match at 700 Years Stadium on March 27, 2013.

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Chiang Mai FC Lanna Tigers had a winning streak in the last week of March as the team took one win at home and another away to reach third on the leaderboard.
On March 27, 2013 the Tigers played neighbors Lamphun Warriors at the 700 Years Stadium in the AIS Regional League Division 2 Northern Zone match. The lively crowd filled the stadium with nearly 9,000 fans of both teams cheering the teams on.
The game saw Lamphun’s Nopporn Serbpru red carded for a foul leaving the team short one man. Chiang Mai FC managed a goal in the second half of this lively and attacking game when Chatchai Nakwichit hit one between the goal posts. The game ended 1-0 for the Tigers to take the win.
Their next match is away at Tak on April 6 and home on April 21 at 6 p.m. against Uttaradit FC.
Their second match was away at Phayao where Chatchai Nakwichit again made another goal as did Anggello Machuca to one goal by Phayao FC. Chiang Mai FC now has 16 points after seven matches leaving them third on the table.
 


Australian Scott Hend wins inaugural Chiang Mai Golf Classic

Nopniwat Krailerg
Australian Scott Hend came from six shots behind to win the inaugural Chiang Mai Golf Classic by 3 strokes, carding a final round 8 under par 64.

Australian Scott Hend came from behind to take the first Chiang Mai Golf Classic at Alpine Golf Resort. (Photo By Siripong Wattanapaiboon)

This is Hend’s third Asian Tour title with a winning pot of US$135,000. South African Bryce Easton, in his first ever Asian Tour, also shot a 64 to take second place from leader Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand who finished third after leading strongly in the first day of the tournament.
Held at the Alpine Golf Resort from March 28-31, 2013 the tournament saw China’s Hu Mu finish fourt with a 68 and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee settled for 10th, failing to qualify for the Masters Tournament in two weeks.
Four time and big name Ernie Els had a disappointing tournament coming in 14th. Top scores after round 4 (par 72) were Scott Hend with a 268, Bryce Easton in second with 271, and Prayad Marksaeng third with 272 after a disappointing fourth round of 74.

Thongchai Jaidee had a disappointing tournament, falling to tenth and failing to qualify for the Masters in two weeks.
(Photo By Siripong Wattanapaiboon)


Lanna fall short As CPP win Chiang Mai Senior League

The Chiang Mai Warriors started out the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes confident after taking the trophy at a Sixes Warm Up competition.

Richard Lockwood
The Chiang Mai Senior League was primarily established so that the most talented Thai junior cricketers could play competitive matches against the men so it was perhaps fitting that one of the junior teams, CPP from Doi Saket, has been confirmed as the first league champions.
CPP, which acts as a finishing school for promising cricketers, were leading the league after winning four out of their six matches, but Chiang Mai Lanna went into the final day of the season with four wins from five matches and victory against Floggers & Robbers or even a narrow defeat would secure the title.
Floggers captain Chris Coombes was delighted by his side’s new look and confidently chose to bat first on winning the toss but although he hit the first ball of the innings for four he was soon dismissed lbw by Jon Danby who had clearly done his homework on the league’s leading run-scorer.
A lot depended on Wani playing his second match for Floggers but he was bowled by Lanna’s acting captain Ryan Sherman for 10 and Liam Woolls even bowling at half-pace was too much for Cavan Gardner. Surely Chiang Mai Lanna already had one hand on the league title?
But the Chiang Mai Senior League is not that predictable and it was the unlikely combination of a former junior cricketer returning from the United States and a man more used to taking care of elephants than playing cricket that held firm and shared an excellent partnership.
Young Bank’s return to the cricket field is good news for Chiang Mai cricket and he put all his recent practice in the nets to good effect and hit the bowling of Tom Salusbury and Liam Woolls around the ground. It was great that a product of the junior coaching schemes in Chiang Mai from several years back would want to play cricket again at the age of 22 and even better that he should make a fifty. Adam Green finished the innings unbeaten on 20 as Floggers’ final score was an impressive 216 for 8 in 30 overs.
Chiang Mai Lanna would now have to work hard if they were going to win the league but they could still rely on their strong batting line-up to deal with a challenging target.
The league title was slipping out of reach for Lanna after play but Kevin Shinner, a welcome visitor to Chiang Mai who plays cricket to a high standard in England, was looking the part and just needed somebody to stay with him.
Martin Papworth has contributed a lot to the development of youth cricket in Chiang Mai and has also dedicated a lot of his spare time to making the league a success.
Shinner and Papworth completed a fifty partnership together for the seventh wicket which was only ended when Shinner reached an excellent fifty. Tom Salusbury and Jon Danby did the right thing and got out straight away so Shinner could return to the crease as last man with the score on 168. 49 runs were needed to win the match in just less than five overs but only 25 more to win the league on net run-rate as had been hurriedly calculated should CPP and Lanna finish level on points.
The accuracy of the arithmetic was never fully tested as only five more runs were added before the disconsolate Papworth played his trade mark cut shot straight into the hands of Wani fielding at point. Chiang Mai Lanna were bowled out for 173 and they had fallen just short of claiming the league title.
The adult teams in Chiang Mai all gathered together the following Sunday to play in a Sixes Warm-up competition which was won by Chiang Mai Warriors who finished just ahead of Gymkhana Cavaliers in an enjoyable five-team tournament which showed that there would be a number of quality local teams in this year’s San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes.
There will be quality cricket played in Chiang Mai by Thais as well as Farang for years to come.


26th “San Miguel” Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes

The ever popular Cricket Sixes tournament began on March 29 and ran through April 6, early match winners included locals Chiang Mai Warriors, the Bashundhara Cricketers with a close call over the Wombats, and locals Floggers and Robbers winning on the second day of matches. Full Sixes reports will be in the next issue of the newspaper as well as coverage of the winning team.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Lanna Tigers win two matches in a row

Australian Scott Hend wins inaugural Chiang Mai Golf Classic

Lanna fall short As CPP win Chiang Mai Senior League

26th “San Miguel” Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes
 

 



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