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