Thailand Juniors finish on a high
Under 19 in Elite Cup in Malaysia
Bunchuai was the opening batsman / wicket-keeper
and Nikom opened the bowling - both hill tribe boys who are part of the hill
The Thailand Under-19 team has just returned from Malaysia after
taking part in the ACC Under-19 Elite Cup. The boys learnt some harsh
lessons as they discovered the great strength of junior cricket in countries
across Asia but they showed great heart and determination in winning their
last match by defeating Qatar by 34 runs to finish in ninth place.
The four matches Thailand played in the group stages were all against stiff
opposition with strong league set-ups in their countries and more
opportunity for playing 50-over matches.
Thailand competed well for much of their opening match against Hong Kong as
their opponents made 250 for 5, the batsmen also struggled in the next match
against Saudi Arabia as Thailand were bowled out for 53, 13-year-old Sufi
Wani top-scoring with 11 but at least Nikom Mayer and Vishnu Ramesh claimed
two wickets apiece as Saudi Arabia lost four wickets before gaining victory.
Thailand’s task grew ever more difficult as their next two matches came
against Afghanistan and United Arab Emirates who have both qualified for the
next Under-19 World Cup and are countries where the best junior cricketers
get the chance to play in first-class cricket.
Afghanistan posted a total of 421 for seven in 50 overs and dismissed
Thailand for just 26 to record victory by 395 runs, and next day UAE made
346 for 9 and bowled out Thailand for 67 to win by 279 runs as the Thai boys
endured two very dark days.
It is to their great credit that after finishing bottom of their group and
suffering relegation to the ACC Challenge that the boys picked themselves
up, enjoyed two days without playing, and gave their best efforts in their
final match against Qatar who had also struggled to make an impact in the
Thailand’s total of 123 was their highest of the competition and gave them a
chance of a morale-boosting victory. Nikom Mayer took a wicket in the first
over of Qatar’s innings but it was the spinners who won the match for
Seven of the Thailand juniors came from Chiang Mai and others came from
Bangkok and Khon Kaen and the opportunities for them to play cricket of this
high standard are very rare indeed.
Walking around the parks of India and elsewhere in the Sub-Continent,
particularly somewhere like Oval Maidan in Mumbai, you see hundreds of
children playing cricket each morning with perfect techniques as they have
grown up in a cricket culture.
Every Indian child knows who Sachin Tendulkar is but most of the Thai
juniors have had much more limited opportunities to learn about and watch
cricket. They should be proud of their efforts in Malaysia and use the
experience as a stepping stone for their future cricket careers.
Thailand International Watercross
Grand Prix 2013 in Chiang Rai
Governor Pongsak Wangsamer joins jet ski
athlete Nakorn Silachai on the jet ski at the opening ceremony.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The 2nd round of the Thailand International Watercross Grand Prix (Jet
Ski) opened at Chiang Rai’s Nong Bua Lake at Rajabhat University on May
11 with Chiang Rai Governor Pongsak Wangsamer presiding over the grand
opening. Other attendees included Sanit Worrapanya, President of the Jet
Ski Association of Thailand, and Salakjit Tiyapairat Chiang Rai PAO
President. Chiang Rai is one of the two locations in the four round
Governor Pongsak Wangsamer said that the competition gave Chiang Rai
people and tourists a chance to see competitive jet skis in action,
something rarely seen in watersports in the North. He noted that this
second round of the Thailand International Watercross Grand Prix 2013
would not only increase enthusiasm for the sport but also help promote
Chiang Rai internationally.
Lanna Tigers top Division 2 table
2 wins in a row
Chiang Mai FC’s Toure Ousmane (right) avoids
Uthai Thani Forest on May 4 at 700 years stadium to win the game 2-1.
Chiang Mai FC is in top form after two wins propelled them to
the top of the AIS Regional Football League 2013 North Zone Division 2
table as the team continues their charge to qualify for Division 1 at
the end of the season.
Their first win was at home against Uthai Thani Forest on May 4 at the
700 Year Stadium where they beat the visitors 2-1. Toure Ousmane Kader
kicked the game off in high gear with the Tiger’s first goal in the 2nd
minute of the match and then Chathchai Nakwichit followed with the
team’s second goal in the 45th minute. Uthai Thani managed to score one
goal but couldn’t manage to equalize the match.
The Tigers beat Khamphaeng Phet FC on their home ground with a decisive
3-1 win which pushed Chiang Mai FC to the top of the table with 28
points. Phitsanulok TSY FC follows closely with 27 points. The Tigers
played number 4 Lampang FC on the 18th at home.
Pool League results
Mai Pool League results for the first week of the new season, the week
ending May 10. There is room for one more team in Division 3. Interested
people please contact [email protected], facebook;
chiangmaipoolleague, or phone 087 579 3301 to get more details.