Lanna Juniors look good before CMCC go top
The Lanna Juniors team with David Holt, who
has proved an invaluable help to the team.
The third match to be played in the Chiang Mai Senior League saw
the meeting between two teams who had both enjoyed impressive victories
in their opening games, Chiang Mai Cricket Club had beaten CPP by over
100 runs in the first match of the season but then Lanna Juniors had
defeated Floggers & Robbers by an even bigger margin to go ahead of the
adult side on net run-rate.
The two teams met at Prem Oval at the end of a busy week of cricket
which had seen the highly successful visit of a schools side from Hong
Kong to Chiang Mai which is hoped to be the first of many such tours to
such a visitor-friendly city.
The match was a well-contested encounter with Lanna Juniors surprising a
very strong batting line-up by bowling them out inside 30 overs but a
target of 205 proved too many for the junior side after captain Bunchuai
had been dismissed early in their innings as CMCC went back to the top
of the league with their second win in two matches.
After winning the toss and electing to field first, the Lanna Juniors
team were all looking splendid in their new shirts and caps which had
been presented to them by Chiang Mai Lanna CC chairman David Holt as the
club had generously decided to finance all the team’s league costs as
part of Lanna’s support for the development of junior cricket in Chiang
CMCC had been able to choose a very strong batting side and were looking
to post a very large total in the high-scoring conditions at Prem, but
Cher as usual produced a good opening spell and bowled classy
left-hander Ubaid for 21. Wani was dismissed for 10 without having got
going and CMCC were in shock when Ismail, the best bat of all, was
caught by Chanchai off the bowling of Beer for just 13.
The aggressive Asif hit a six and a four but was very well caught by
Bunchuai off Lang for 10, and Bunchuai then had Zeeshan, another fine
batsman who has just returned from Pakistan, lbw for nought with his
leg-spin. CMCC were in trouble on 110 for five and worse was to follow
as Lang took his third wicket as opener Umar was stumped by Champ for a
dependable 42 and Shaffi became the second batsman dismissed without
scoring as he also fell lbw to Bunchuai.
At 124 for 7 CMCC were in danger of being bowled out for a much lower
score than expected but captain Makki is a combative character and
seemed to have recovered from his back injury as he hit three fours and
a six in an innings of 37 from just 28 balls and Burhan gave him good
support in a valuable stand of 52 for the eighth wicket.
Chanchai finally broke the partnership and Cher came back to take his
second wicket and the innings was completed for 204 in 29.2 overs as
Burhan was run out for a useful 27. Cher had excellent figures of 2 for
19, and Lang is a newcomer who seems to have the knack for taking
wickets as he took 3 for 29.
It was quite an achievement for the boys to have reduced CMCC to 124 for
7 and to have bowled them out inside 30 overs, but 204 was still a
formidable total and Lanna Juniors would need Bunchuai to maintain his
rich vein of form that had seen him make a century and fifty in the same
weekend. Sadly for him it was not to be and he was bowled by Asif for
Formot is a highly talented junior cricketer from Mae On but has been
rather overlooked by the Chiang Mai provincial side now centred on
schools in Doi Saket, but he showed that given a chance to play he still
has considerable ability with the bat. He hit eight fours with some
quality strokeplay as he made an elegant 39, and Choo, who is enjoying a
second chance to play cricket now he is working, also did well to make
19 against the new ball.
Chanchai had made runs while playing with CMCC in friendly matches
earlier in the season but he was bowled by Zeeshan for 9 and Cher can
also hit out well but he was run out for 6. The best of the boys are
inexperienced at this level as Makki claimed three wickets with his
left-arm spin, so it was left to 13-year-old Nok to impress with her
batting as she made an unbeaten 12 and ensured that Lanna Juniors made
it into the last over of their innings before the last wicket fell from
the penultimate ball.
Lanna Juniors can be pleased with a total of 141 against a strong adult
side even if it was bolstered by 42 extras and, given their bowlers had
reduced CMCC to 124 for 7, the gap between the two sides could have been
much less than the final margin of 63 runs.
The Lanna Juniors team are improving fast which shows that the support
from the Lanna senior side is well-merited for a talented group of boys
(and girls). Junior cricket is also being played at lower levels with
children from across the provinces of Chiang Mai and Lamphun involved in
CMSCA’s highly competitive under-16 league as was shown by young Jo
taking a hat-trick for Mae-On in the first match.
It is good to report that the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance is
going forward under new management with the coaches to the fore. As well
as coaching children in schools in Chiang Mai and Lamphun and providing
the Under-16 league, a recent initiative has been beginners’ matches
being staged at Gymkhana Club with children playing softball cricket but
wearing full protection and using a harder ball. Junior cricket is
played in the mornings before most adult matches
The CMSCA would like to thank Chiang Mai Lanna CC, both its players and
its sponsors, for providing such generous support for junior cricket and
helping make up for reduced funding from Cricket Association of
Thailand. It is hoped that standards of junior cricket in two provinces
will continue to flourish so that the children, boys and girls, are well
prepared for representing their province and their country.
Chiang Mai Lanna CC is a recently formed cricket club but perfectly
represents the true Spirit of Cricket. Their website contains a wealth
of information: www.lannacricket.org
Tigers lose to Roi Et
in Champions League
Two players banned before the match
Roi Et United took the took the title in the AIS
League Division 2 Champions League in the match at 700 Years Stadium on
December 22, 2013.
In a controversial game the Chiang Mai FC Lanna Tigers
lost to Roi Et United at home. Two Lanna Tiger players were banned prior to
the match; Chatchai Nakwichit and Pichet Haokongkeaw
The game, which took place on December 22 saw the two well matched teams
confident of a victory for the Champions League title in the AIS League
In the first half of the game the two teams fought each other in well
matched play until Roi Et player Weerawong Leksuntorn made the first goal
for the visitors at the 25th minute. The host tried for a goal but they
couldn’t get the ball into the net. In the 51st minute Teerapong Deehamyae
of Roi ET United shot the second goal. Although the Tigers tried valiantly
Roi Et proved too strong for the team which was missing two key players.
Roi Et United took the title in the AIS League Division 2 Champions League.
After the match rumors were heard that the President of Chiang Mai FC was
considering resigning because he was unhappy that the organizing division
had not informed him of the bans of his important players and this made the
team unprepared. It was reported he said this action was deliberately done
to damage Chiang Mai FC.
The Lanna Tigers tried hard
but with two key players missing found Roi Et too strong for them.
Thai footballers end losing streak
in SEA Games
The Thailand National Football team have ended their 6-year drought in
SEA Games football competition after 1-0 victory over Indonesia to be
The Thai team, led by former footballer Kiatisuk “Zico” Senamuang who
currently serves as Thailand head coach, beat Indonesia 1-0 in men’s
football final at 27th SEA Games held in Napyitaw, Myanmar.
The only goal of the game came in 21st minute when Thailand’s Sarawut
Masuk beautifully lifted the ball pass Indonesian goal keeper to make it
1-0. The Thai side was able to hold back the hard-working Indonesia
until the final whistle from the referee.
This is the first success in six years for the Thai football team in
Southeast Asian Games, and it was the 14th time for Thailand to win such
event since SEA Games was first held in 1959. (NNT)