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Junior cricket takes center stage

Kids from Mae On and Lamphun travel to Chiang Mai to practice cricket at the Gymkhana Club. (Photo by Chris Dodd)

Richard Lockwood
After the welcome success of the Thailand’s women cricket team in Ireland, a wonderful opportunity is being given to a new generation of Thai youngsters to play cricket by using the excellent facilities at Gymkhana Club in Chiang Mai.
Although adult cricket is taking a short break during the rainy season and while the grass pitches at Gymkhana are being relaid, children are being coached during the week at various schools in the provinces of Chiang Mai and Lamphun thanks to a program organized by the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance which is given financial support by the Cricket Association of Thailand and the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes.
Chris Dodd has achieved great things after moving to Lamphun and his new province surpassed expectations by finishing in third place in the girls competition in the National Youth Games held in Maha Sarakham in March 2013.
13-year-old Nok has already made a favourable impression when playing against the senior women’s team and is set to be selected soon for the women’s under-19 team and hard ball nets are being held regularly at Muangwak School as next year’s team is already being put through their paces.
Chris Dodd has also been holding training camps for beginners who are learning the basics of cricket with the senior boys helping him as junior coaches and then the children are given the chance to play fun games of sawasdee cricket with plastic bats and balls.
Martin and Puy Papworth are making similar efforts in the schools of Mae On and Chiang Mai, and Eddie Joyner will now be on hand to coach youngsters fresh from his success as coach of the Thailand women’s team.
Nets will be held at Gymkhana Club on Saturday mornings for promising youngsters from schools in the city as the search is on for a new generation of Thai cricketers. The new portable bowling machines can be taken to schools and used on playgrounds and even indoors.
On Sundays, when weather and ground renovations allow the best players from Lamphun and Mae On are travelling to Gymkhana Club to gain match practice on the artificial pitch with the aim of developing new teams to play in an under-16 league next season.
It is also hoped that two junior teams will again play against the men in the Chiang Mai Senior League as well as the best youngsters being given the chance to play in friendlies against touring teams or even to go on tour themselves.
Although there won’t be any senior cricket in Chiang Mai for the next month or so a team representing Gymkhana Club is about to go on tour to play in cricket in Pattaya and meet up with cricketers from Pattaya and Bangkok who are regular visitors to Chiang Mai.
The new season will soon be upon us with opportunities for all enthusiastic cricketers to play for Chiang Mai Lanna or Chiang Mai Cricket Clubs and senior nets will be held on Wednesday and Friday evenings at Gymkhana Club.

Tigers remain at the top despite a loss and a draw

The Tigers ended the match at a 1 – 1 draw against Phichit FC at home.

Nopniwat Krailerg
In spite of the fact that they have not playing in top form for the past two games the Chiang Mai FC Lanna Tigers remain at the top of AIS Regional League Division 2 Northern Zone and still have a chance to take part in the Champion’s League at the end of the season to move up to Division 1.

Both teams played hard but failed to score more than 1 goal each.

The Tigers played away at Mae Guang Stadium in Lamphun against the Lamphun Warriors FC on August 11, 2013 where the hosts made the only score of the match in the first 6 minutes by Sudnatee na Chiang Mai. The Tigers fought hard but remained scoreless in the derby match between two teams from the same area. The host won the game 1-0.
The Tigers took Phichit FC to a draw on August 18, 2013 at 700 Years Stadium when the visitors fired a goal into the nets in the first 2 minutes of the match. A free kick by Chatchai Nakwichit of the Tigers brought the hosts to 1 – 1 and despite fighting back hard, the game ended in a 1 – 1 draw.
The Tigers next match was on Saturday, August 24 where they played 7th ranked Phrae United.

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Junior cricket takes center stage

Tigers remain at the top despite a loss and a draw