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Vol. XII No.16 - Sunday August 11 - Saturday August 24, 2013

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Chiang Mai FC continue their march up the table

The Lanna Tigers remained at the top of the leaderboard with their 1 – 0 win against Phayao FC on August 4, 2013. (Photo by Noppadol Namwongphrom)

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Lanna Tigers continue their domination of the AIS Regional League Division 2 Northern Zone with another win over Tak FC on July 27, 2013 at their home stadium of the 700 Years Stadium
Tak FC is ranked the lowest on the table and their weak performance showed with a sound 7 – 0 win from the Tigers. Man of the match Chatchai Nakwichit made four goals, the first two in the first ten minutes of the game.
Arnon Bubha made a goal in the 11th minute and then again in the 74th minute, just two minutes after Chatchai’s final goal. Phichet Haokongkaew continued the Tiger’s total domination of the match with a goal at the 81st minute.
The Tigers played again at home against Phayao FC where they scored 1 – 0 to take the match, Chatchai Nakwichit once again the man of the match, scoring the single goal at the 29th minute at the game played on August 4, 2013.

Thailand show the world they can play cricket

Now ranked 12th in the world

Nattakan Chantham of Chiang Mai bats against the Netherlands.

By Richard Lockwood
The Thailand women’s cricket team who had often used the excellent facilities available in Chiang Mai for training and match practice were rewarded for all their hard work as they surpassed all expectations when they took part in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland at the end of July.
It proved very much a trip of a lifetime for the Thai girls as they won three of their five matches in the competition, a record that was bettered only by Pakistan and Sri Lanka who were the two best sides and reached the tournament final.
Thailand had already shown great promise by beating Canada and running Scotland close in warm-up games and they gave a good account of themselves in their first group match against a Pakistan side who had spent a month playing against England and Ireland, while Thailand had been preparing in Chiang Mai.
Local girl Nattakan Chantam who has been playing cricket since she was nine years old gave Thailand the perfect start as she took a wicket with her third ball and Pakistan had to work hard in making a total of 145 for 6 in their 20 overs. Thailand also did well with the bat as the openers laid a solid base and the lower-order went for their shots.
Pakistan beat Thailand by 69 runs but the girls quickly realised they had been beaten by a very strong side and they could now compete at the highest level. They faced Netherlands in their second match, a team who had played in the Women’s World Cup, but Thailand were confident in their own ability and did their country proud by gaining their first victory in a major ICC tournament by beating the Dutch by six wickets.
This surprised many onlookers from around the world who had not understood how far Thailand women’s cricket has come since their victory over China in the final of the ACC Women’s Championship in Chiang Mai in January. Thailand’s bowlers again did a good job in restricting Netherlands to a total of 84 for 5 and the openers, Pundarika Prathanmitr and Naruemol Chaiwai, laid the base for victory with a stand of 31.
But it was young 17-year-old Nattakan Chantam who proved the match-winner with the bat as she nervelessly went for her shots and hit 24 from 19 balls to take her side to a famous victory with only four wickets down.
Thailand now had the chance to reach the semi-finals if they could beat Zimbabwe in their next match but the second best side in Africa proved tough opponents and scored 23 in their last two overs to pass the 100 mark.
Thai captain Sornnarin Tippoch batted well to score 24 but she didn’t have enough support to chase a difficult target and Thailand were bowled out for 74 to lose by 29 runs, but their tournament was not over as they now took part in a shield competition alongside Zimbabwe, Canada and Japan.
Thailand faced Canada and had impressed so much that they were now favourites to win and they gave a professional performance as they scored 92 for 6 in 18 overs as Chanida Sutthiruang made 23 from 17 balls. Rain saw the match extended into a second day and Nattaya Boochatham took 2 for 11 as Canada could make only 79 for 8 and Thailand had won by 13 runs.
The Thai girls now faced Zimbabwe in the Shield final and they gave their best performance of the whole tournament as they comprehensively beat the African side by 25 runs (Duckworth / Lewis method) as the match was shortened by rain.
Sornnarin Tippoch, who along with Nattaya Boochatham has been given the chance to play league cricket in Sri Lanka, led from the front as she took the new ball and dismissed both openers with her off-spin. Zimbabwe were restricted to a total of 85 for 6 in 20 overs.
Thailand were 48 for no wicket in just seven overs when the rain finally brought an end to proceedings.
The team convincingly won the Shield competition and can now be ranked as high as 12th place in world cricket, and a record of three wins in five matches is an outstanding achievement. The country of Thailand can be proud of their women’s cricket team, and the city of Chiang Mai has played its part in putting the team very much on the cricketing map.

Chiang Mai Adventure Festival at Mae Rim

The Chiang Mai Adventure Festival began August 10 and runs through September 30 in Mae Rim.

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The Chiang Mai Adventure Festival was announced on August 1, 2013 at the Mae Sa Subdistrict in Mae Rim district with Chiang Mai Vice Governor Jarenrit Sa-nguansut, Wanlop Saetiao, President of the Chiang Mai Sports Association and Prajuab Kantiya, Mae Rim District Chief Officer announced at a press conference that the festival will be held from August 10 to September 30, 2013 in Mae Rim district. The festival will help to promote tourism in Chiang Mai during the Green Season and promote eco-tourism and adventure tourism in Mae Rim as a suitable area near the city.
Vice Chiang Mai Governor, Jarernrit Sa-nguansut said Mae Rim District has a variety of attractions for tourists, both domestic and foreign, throughout the year and that Mae Rim will see revenues from tourism as well as agriculture. He noted that the district had not been promoted as a destination but felt that the activities of the Adventure Festival will give them an opportunity to analyze the situation. He added that the government will evaluate the festival before deciding to repeat it next year. Prajuab Kantiya Mae Rim district chief officer said the festival had received cooperation from entrepreneurs in the area included 16 hotels, 16 tourist attractions and 8 restaurants that will discount about 30%-50%, OTOP shops and visitor service centers.
The festival will start on August 10 from 7.00-9.00 a.m. The first activity is a bicycle rally from Pong Yang to Mae Sa Falls. Then on August 11 at 9.00 a.m. there will be the Hiking Motorcycle Racing Thailand Championship round 3 at Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, ATV Racing at 9.00 a.m. on August 18 at Huey Tung Tao, Enduro racing at 9.00 a.m. on August 25 at Mae Ram Municipal district, Hmong scroll wheel racing at 9.00 a.m. on September 9 at Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Motocross racing at 9.00 a.m. on September 8 at Huey Tung Tao and finally a Chopper Rally competition from 9.00-12.00 noon on September 30 over 15 routes from Ban Tung Pong School to Mon Jam-Ban Tung Pong School.

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Chiang Mai FC continue their march up the table

Thailand show the world they can play cricket

Chiang Mai Adventure Festival at Mae Rim


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