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Chiang Mai Sixes still going strong

The Bashundhara Cricketers took the trophy repeating their triumph of last year.

Richard Lockwood
The San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes is one of Chiang Mai’s great sporting institutions with a long and colourful history stretching back to 1988 and the 2013 edition of the tournament was as enjoyable and as exciting as it has ever been.
Bashundhara Cricketers from Bangladesh were the overall winners of the Cup competition as they were unbeaten throughout the week but with five separate trophies being contested, every player for every team was involved in competitive action for the week.

Tim Woolls of the UN Irish Pub goes to bat.
The format of Sixes cricket with six players on each side playing matches of five-overs aside makes for action-packed days with 14 matches being held each day as 30 teams from around the world took turns in holding centre stage at Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club which as usual looked as pretty as a picture with the team tents surrounding the idyllic ground.
The 2013 event was notable for the strong showing made by the local teams which says a lot for the strength of local cricket after the success of the recent Chiang Mai Senior League and the most promising Thai junior players also had a chance to take a full part with almost 20 junior players playing in the tournament.
Chiang Mai Warriors reached the last day of the tournament in contention for the biggest prize but were finally defeated by Redlands Tigers in the Cup semi-finals and UN Irish Bar had a highly enjoyable week which started with some fine performances on the field before they just missed out on reaching the semi-finals of the Shield.

The junior cricketers from Chiang Mai and Lamphun were given the chance to play in the Sixes by the Awali Taverners with Nok the outstanding girl in the front of the picture. For the first time we had two sides of Thai juniors playing against each other in the main competition.

Floggers and Robbers after playing in the Chiang Mai League for the first time were again very much part of the Sixes scene both on and off the field and the Gymkhana Cavaliers, a team with an age span of over 60 years between youngest and oldest team members, reached the final of the Spoon where they lost to Blythswood.
There were more Thai junior cricketers than ever before taking part in the Sixes with a young Thai Thevada side excelling in reaching the Bowl semi-finals before losing to the eventual winners Yarrambat.
Age was finally catching up on the Awali Taverners from Bahrain so they kindly allowed more Thai juniors to make up their numbers and it was one of the great moments in the history of the Sixes that the first girl took the field in the men’s competition and young Nok opened the batting and the bowling.

Nok is congratulated as she takes to the pitch in both batting and bowling.

When Awali took the field against Thai Thevada in the group stages there were two full teams of young Thai children on display at the Sixes for the first time which says everything about the strength of junior cricket in Chiang Mai and the important part the Sixes plays in the development of youth cricket in Thailand.
The Chiang Mai Sixes has a long history with the event now in its 26th year so it was highly appropriate that the Shield final was contested by two teams that have been involved since the start. Both the Zoom Bar Drifters and the Wombats had been updated for 2013 with the Lorimer brothers outstanding additions to the Drifters’ regular team while the younger Lik Lik Wombats had strengthened another veteran team and it was the Drifters who proved victorious.

Eddie, Awali Taverners best batsman of the tournament, bowling against Chanchai Pangkumta of the Gymkhana Cavaliers.

The San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes is more than just a cricket tournament on the field with three great social events with a Welcome Party, Farewell Dinner and also a Pig Picking night at Gymkhana Club where the teams were able to listen to some of the finest local musicians while enjoying an informal barbecue.
Many of the teams who come to Chiang Mai are generous in their support of youth cricket and Tokyo Dingbats may have lost in the final of the Plate to Darwin Dilettantes but their wonderful gesture in providing bowling machines will play a part in bringing on the next generation of young cricketers for years to come.
Every can of San Miguel purchased at the very lively Gymkhana bar will see money given to help in the further development of junior cricket and a donation is also provided to the Hill Tribe Fund to enable several children from deprived backgrounds to be looked after and to flourish as outstanding junior cricketers.

Ducks R Us ladies sell rubber ducks and other Cricket souvenirs to raise funds for the cricket program for Chiang Mai Schools.

All in all the 2013 San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes was a great success and it is hoped that teams will continue to take part for many years to come, Bashundhara Cricketers were the worthy overall champions but every member of the five winning sides received wonderful hand-made stumps as prizes and all the winning teams had replica trophies to take home.
It was universally agreed at the Farewell Dinner that 2014 cannot come around soon enough for the next edition of the Chiang Mai Sixes.

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Chiang Mai Sixes still going strong