Looking to the future of cricket
The enthusiasm for cricket among local kids is
growing as Chiang Mai students achieve national and international success.
Preparations are continuing for the new cricket season in Chiang Mai
with work soon to be completed on the square at the ground at Gymkhana Club
where four grass pitches are being re-laid or repaired so that the ground
will be ready for a busy season of league matches, visits by numerous
touring teams and a widespread program of junior cricket.
It is the young Thai children that hold the key to future of cricket in
Chiang Mai and neighbouring provinces in Northern Thailand. The coaches who
work for the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance have been visiting local
schools, teaching children the basics of the game and gaining an
enthusiastic response as they find a new crop of players wanting to play
Chris Dodd has been hard at work in Lamphun, travelling around the schools
and using the net facilities at Muang Gwak School to hold practice sessions
each evening and at weekends as he looks to build new boys and girls teams
to take part in a major tournament at the end of October.
Martin Papworth, as well as overseeing all the work carried on the ground at
Gymkhana Club, has been coaching at the schools across Chiang Mai province
and has started holding regular sessions at Gymkhana Club where the
excellent sporting facilities include a pair of practice nets which have
been used even throughout the wet season.
Adult cricketers have always been welcome to use the nets on Wednesday or
Friday evenings and organizations or clubs are encouraged to hire the nets
at other times, whatever the standard of player, but the most encouraging
use of the facilities is now on Saturday mornings where children from local
schools are being brought to Gymkhana to improve their cricketing skills.
Martin and his wife Puy have been visiting Buak Croc Noi School one day a
week since the start of term and have found a new crop of young cricketers
wanting to play the game outside of school. On Saturday 14th September the
children had the chance to come to Gymkhana to use the nets for the first
time. They faced the new bowling machine which uses soft balls and delivers
them at a consistent line and length so the children could practise their
batting without needing protective equipment.
The children also received one on one coaching as they learnt the basics of
batting, bowling and fielding, and CMSCA are lucky to have the support of
many of the players from Chiang Mai Lanna Cricket Club including Eddie
Joyner who did so much to help the Thailand Women’s team in recent
The new players from Buak Croc Noi will soon be playing in softball
tournaments against other schools and the best players will have the chance
to play hardball matches in the forthcoming junior league. Other schools
from Chiang Mai and Mae On will also have the chance to come to Gymkhana
Club over forthcoming weekends as grass roots cricket grows stronger and
stronger in Northern Thailand.
All adult cricketers in Chiang Mai should support the development of junior
cricket, as these youngsters in the future will take part in the Senior
League, play against touring sides and join cricket tours to Bangkok,
Phuket, Pattaya and beyond.
For further information about Gymkhana net practice, supporting junior
cricket or playing for Chiang Mai Lanna CC, please contact David Holt
(0849330670) or Martin Papworth (0834760582).
Tigers take the Championship!
Headed to the Champions League round
The nearly ten thousand strong crowd roared
as the Tigers lofted their trophy high after their win against the Fire
Chiang Mai fans erupted at the close of the home match against
Sukhothai as the Chiang Mai FC’s 3 – 1 win took them to the Champions
League and another attempt at cracking into Division 1. The Tigers have
played strongly all season and even though they were firmly atop the
leaderboard gave no quarter in their match against Sukhothai FC.
The Fire Bats played strongly but the Tigers scored 3 points with
Chatchai Nakwichit, Rungrat Phumjantuek and Sittipong Kanlaprapruek
ensuring the Tigers Division 2 Championship with their goals in the
The Tigers enter into the Champions League round with 69 points from 30
matches, 21 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses.
Nearly ten thousand Tiger fans roared as the team accepted their trophy
and Deputy Governor Adisorn Kamnerdisiri opened the bottle of champagne
to celebrate the win. The Tigers basked in the success of their AIS
Regional League Division 2 championship but committed themselves to
continuing to perform well in the upcoming Champions League as they hope
to enter Division 1 next season.
The Lanna Tigers scored 3 – 1 in a home game
against Sukhothai FC to take the Division 2 Championship.
Regional Futsal competition
between schools in Chiang Mai
At Sky Hall in Kad Suan Kaew shopping mall
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Regional Futsal competition between Chiang Mai schools was
held at the Sky Hall in Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center from September 2 –
15, 2013 and saw over 20 futsal teams join in the contest.
The Chiang Mai government, the Department of Physical Education and the
Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports sponsored the
competition which sees the winning team representing Chiang Mai in the
The opening ceremony was presided over by Deputy Chiang Mai Governor,
Charoenrit Sanguansat in the competition that was held to encourage
students to exercise and team efforts. The opening match was a match
between Rangsee Wittaya School from Fang district and Chiang Mai
University Demonstration School and Rangsee Wittaya beat Chiang Mai
University Demonstration School score 5-2.
Over 20 teams compete in the Futsal
competition for the honor of representing Chiang Mai in the national