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XII No.12 - Sunday June 16 - Saturday June 29, 2013

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Thailand women impress on return to Chiang Mai

The Women’s Team at the Gymkhana, resting up before the match.

Richard Lockwood
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 League.
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 counter-attack.
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)

Nopniwat Krailerg
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 League 1.
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.

Nopniwat Krailerg
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 the show.
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.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Thailand women impress on return to Chiang Mai

Tigers draw in Chiang Rai

Isuzu X Series X Treme Sports


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