Thailand women impress on return to Chiang Mai
The Women’s Team at the Gymkhana, resting up
before the match.
The Thailand women’s cricket team have returned to Chiang Mai where
they won the ACC Women’s Championship in January this year. The girls will
be heading off for Ireland next month to play in the qualifying tournament
for the next Women’s World Twenty20 and have come back to Chiang Mai to
finalize their preparations for an important competition.
The team surprised the cricketing world when they beat China in the final of
the ACC Women’s Championship and since then they have maintained high
standards by training regularly and playing matches in the Bangkok Cricket
The girls arrived in Chiang Mai to reports that they had improved in every
aspect of their game and they lived up to that impressive billing by
convincingly beating a team from CPP at Doi Saket in their first practice
match as they bowled out the boys for 78 to win by 52 runs.
CPP are a talented team who won the Chiang Mai Senior League this season and
the girls were then invited to play Chiang Mai Lanna CC at Gymkhana Club as
the organizers of Chiang Mai cricket did their best to give the girls some
more valuable match practice.
Lanna’s team was strengthened by four players from Gymkhana Juniors and
guest players from other teams in Chiang Mai so the Thailand team was facing
quite a challenge in a 25-over contest at Gymkhana Club.
Thailand women batted first and were given a strong start by Pundarika
Prathanmitr and Naruemol Chaiwai who has recently been promoted to open the
batting. Both girls showed good technique and hit some cultured boundaries
off the back foot as they shared a partnership of 83 in 15 overs. Naruemol
was caught at mid-wicket for 34 to allow the middle-order to go for their
shots in the last 10 overs of the innings.
Nattakan Chantam and captain Sornnarin Tippoch both hit powerfully and
Pundarika completed her half-century and it was great experience for young
Nok, a talented 13-year old girl from Lamphun, to bowl against the senior
women’s team. She had two catches dropped but claimed two prized wickets and
could be a star of the future.
Thailand women finished with an impressive total of 157 for 4 in 25 overs
and following a break for lunch, Lanna made the worst possible start by
losing the wicket of Bank to the first ball of the innings as Nattaya
Boochatham took a sharp catch at slip. The second wicket fell with the score
on 13 but Basharat Wani and Richard Cowles began to launch a stunning
The pair shared a third-wicket partnership of 79 in just 7 overs as Wani hit
four fours and a six in one over from Sornnarin whose off-spin had been so
effective in the Women’s Championship. It was good for the girls to
experience such powerful hitting and they kept their heads up as Cowles fell
lbw and Wani was caught at deep mid-wicket soon after completing his fifty.
Lanna’s run-rate slowed and wickets fell as 92 for 2 became 123 for six and
35 runs were still needed off the last five overs with just four wickets in
hand. Ratanaporn Padunglerd impressed by bowling at good pace and taking 2
for 22 in 5 overs and two Thai youngsters Cher and Chanchai were batting
together as the match came towards an exciting conclusion.
Nine runs were needed off the last over but Chanchai was caught by Sornnarin
off the fifth ball of the 25th over. Six to win or four to tie and wily
veteran Tom Salusbury was standing between the Thai girls and victory. Tom
was unfazed by the crowd’s growing excitement and he pulled the last ball of
the match through the leg-side to bring the boundary that meant the match
had been tied.
A splendid day’s cricket at Gymkhana had ended with the perfect result as
the scores finished level and the honours were deservedly shared. It is
hoped that future Sundays will see further matches between Chiang Mai Lanna
CC and the Thailand’s women team as the girls finish the build-up to their
highly anticipated trip to Ireland in July.
Tigers draw in Chiang Rai
The Lanna Tigers are aiming to take the
title this year and move up into the Yamaha 1 Division. (File photo)
Despite drawing 0-0 with Chiang Rai City FC at an away game on
June 8, the Lanna Tigers, Chiang Mai FC still reign at the top of the
AIS Regional League Division 2 table.
The Tigers fought hard, with three players receiving yellow cards;
Korrakot Chotiwattanamas, Witchakorn Nopparat and Pichet Haokongkeaw.
The match remained scoreless at the end however. The Lanna Tigers Board
is working to add more players including Annan Diodatus and Rungrat
Phumjantuek from the Lamphun Warriors as they bid to get into Yamaha
The next match is today when the Tigers play at home against the
Phitsanulok TSY FC, second on the table. The game starts at 6 p.m.,
Sunday June 16 at 700 Year Stadium.
Chiang Mai FC, the top of leader on the table visited Chiang Rai City FC
at Chiang Rai Stadium on June 8, 2013 in the AIS Regional League
Division 2 Northern Zone match. The game draw 0-0 and 3 Chiang Mai FC
players got a yellow card. However, the Tiger still a leader by 36 point
after 16 matches.
Isuzu X Series X Treme Sports
BMX bikers showed off their skills for the
competition held at Central Plaza Airport Chiang Mai on June 8, 2013.
Skaters and BMX bikers took part in the “Isuzu X Series X Treme Sport”
competition at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport on June 8, 2013, much to
the thrill of onlookers, as they jumped and twisted on ramps set up for
Organized by the Thailand Extreme Sports Association and Tri Petch Isuzu
Sales the show featured skateboarding and BMX bikes, one of 32 official
sports to be in the upcoming 42nd Thailand National Games in Suphan Buri
later this year. The athletes are part of a road show that visited Khon
Kaen and Chiang Rai.
There were 40 local athletes who took part in the competition that saw
prizes between 1,000 and 6,000 baht. There were national athletes who
also took part in demonstrations of the sports.
Skateboarders jump and twist and turn for
the top prizes.