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Lanna Juniors start the year with a thrilling victory

The Lanna Juniors played the Seniors in a friendly match at the Gymkhana Club.

Richard Lockwood

Chiang Mai’s cricketers enjoyed their Christmas and New Year break and 2014 started in entertaining fashion as Lanna’s senior side played Lanna Juniors in a friendly at Gymkhana Club. Lanna now have an impressive list of members as they play an enjoyable brand of social cricket but in the absence of the impressive pair of Chatfield and Cardno, Lanna’s adult side where beaten by five wickets as the Juniors chased down a target of 188 on a day when the batting was generally much better than the bowling.

Lanna Seniors looked to have posted an imposing total of 187 for 6 as Jason Bray hit strongly through the off-side as he reached fifty in 45 balls with eight fours. Richard Cowles and Wani Basharat played their usual entertaining cameos but giant newcomer Neil Whitehead took his time as he struggled against the short ball but hit massively when the ball was pitched up as he struck 3 fours and 3 sixes in an innings of 41.

Chanchai was the best of the bowlers as he conceded only 20 from his five overs but Jo claimed three wickets late in the innings to keep the Lanna total under 200. The men were confident that they had done enough for a comfortable victory but the boys are improving fast with the bat and were undaunted by the target or by the quality of the bowling.

Bunchuai had scored a century the last time he had faced Lanna’s bowling but he his team-mates hadn’t been able to give him the necessary support. The young captain again looked comfortable against some wayward bowling as he reached fifty in 34 balls but this time his team-mates backed him up superbly.

Choo shared in an opening partnership of 72 in less than 9 overs and after Bunchuai had retired, Cher and Chanchai both went for their shots as the boys maintained a rate of nine runs an over. Martin Papworth briefly found a good line and length with his out-swing but even the reliable Eddie Joyner was hit to all corners.

Nithi raced in to bowl as fast as he could but his lack of practice with the ball saw a sequence of head high full tosses which the boys were able to guide to the boundary. Cher was required to retire on reaching his first fifty in senior cricket and suddenly a change of pace saw a dramatic late collapse.

Taran Persaud bowled his gentle off-spin wide of off-stump and claimed four wickets all stumped by Richard Cowles as the boys tried to end the match with big hits. Chanchai had played some lovely shots so his wild swing brought a disappointing end to a fine innings of 40. Formot, Boom and Champ made only one run between them, but Leng and Frong scrambled the winning runs as Lanna Juniors won by five wickets.

Taran took three wickets in an over and finished with figures of 4 for 17 as he showed the virtue of taking the pace off the ball but it came too late for the senior Lanna team. Much of the bowling they faced was poor but it was good to see three such confident innings from talented juniors, Cher and Chanchai giving fine support to the ever-dependable Bunchuai.

The three boys will now be pressing for promotion to the senior side when they take on Chiang Mai Cricket Club in the next league match. For further information and photographs on Lanna cricket please go to

Tigers’ President decides to compete in Division 1

Reverses original decision to withdraw

Chiang Mai FC President Udornphan Chantarawiroj reversed his controversial decision to pull the Lanna Tigers from Yamaha League Division 1.

Nopniwat Krailerg
After a controversial decision banning two Chiang Mai FC players before the final game against Roi Et in the Champion’s League, President of the Chiang Mai FC Udornphan Chantarawiroj decided to pull the Tigers out of the Yamaha League Division 1 even though they had qualified.

Fans were shocked by the decision and urged the President to keep the team in Division 1 but the President didn’t change his mind until players started signing with other clubs. Finally, on January 5, 2014, President Udornphan announced that after consulting with the board of the Football Association and the Board of the Chiang Mai FC to see the Lanna Tigers compete in Division 1 for the benefit of the people of Chiang Mai.

Players have started returning to the club including those who had been on loan from other clubs. He asked the fans to be confident with executives and the team and forget the past and start anew.

CMU student grabs 1 gold medal and 1 silver medal

Thanyalak Chotphibunsin or Mew (center) a student of the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration at Chiang Mai University, took home a gold medal in the 50 meters Rifle Prone Women (team) shooting and a silver medal in the 50 meters. Rifle Prone women (Single) in the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar on December 12, 2013. She is seen here with gold winning teammates from the Games.

Gary Chatfield hits Lanna’s first 100

Chiang Mai Cricket Senior League matches

Gary Chatfield throws his bat in his march towards the Lanna team’s first century.

Richard Lockwood
The fourth match in the Chiang Mai Senior League saw defending champions CPP face Chiang Mai Lanna CC at Royal Chiang Mai but the boys from Doi Saket were put firmly in their place by the experienced Gary Chatfield who made a magnificent century in only 65 balls as Lanna were victorious by 111 runs.

The contest was almost derailed by late news of a Christmas Party held by the Foundation which supports the hill tribe children who attend Chol Prathan Phateak School and then by a damp wicket at Royals but after all the effort put in by league organizer Martin Papworth and Lanna chairman David Holt the match was successfully staged and all involved had a highly enjoyable day with some younger players getting a chance to play in the CPP team.

It was a great day for Gary Chatfield who had scored fifties in the previous week and so was in great form when he came to the crease on the early dismissal of opener and part-time photographer Richard Cowles. Chatfield bats in the lower order when he plays for the Parrots in Bangkok but he has had a new lease of life now he is batting at number three for Lanna. He had no worries about the quality of the pitch as he was literally playing on home turf as his company has provided the grass for the new square.

Chatfield is a turf expert who has had contracts around the world before coming back to Royals to work on the golf course, but he showed he was also an expert with the bat in his hands as he hit 12 fours and three sixes in a superb innings as he recorded the first 100 in the new league as well as the first for Lanna.

Pete Warner watched in delight as he calmly pushed the singles to give Chafield the strike but after the captain had sensibly decided to watch the second half of the innings from the comfort of the pavilion, Martin Cardno, a New Zealander who has recently arrived in Chiang Mai after living in Goa, even managed to outhit Chatfield.

Cardno made 70 from just 36 balls with 7 fours and 5 sixes with some of the biggest hitting ever seen in Chiang Mai as he dominated a fourth-wicket partnership of 112 with the centurion Chatfield as Lanna posted a massive total of 271 for 6 in their 30 overs.

The boys from CPP had a tough task ahead of them after chasing around the outfield for more than two hours and they struggled against the new ball attack of Eddie Joyner and Paul Johnson, a contrasting combination of nagging accuracy and express pace.

From a position of 22 for 3 the young pair of SeeGame and Date did extremely well to add 55 for the fourth wicket as both hit some attractive shots in scores of 31 and 33 respectively. Mack also showed promise in an unbeaten innings of 26 and CPP could be pleased with batting out their 30 overs as they finished on 160 for 8.

A match that had been in doubt early in the day had seen a total of 431 runs with numerous boundaries. Two quality batsmen had produced a pair of powerful innings which the boys will do well to emulate in their future careers. The pavilion at Royals then proved the perfect venue for pre-Christmas celebrations after the last league match of the year.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Lanna Juniors start the year with a thrilling victory

Tigers’ President decides to compete in Division 1

CMU student grabs 1 gold medal and 1 silver medal

Gary Chatfield hits Lanna’s first 100