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Outstanding Thailand crowned ACC women’s premier champions

Thailand’s women took the ACC Women’s Championship title again this year.

Richard Lockwood
Thailand’s women cricketers have won another major competition as they beat China by seven wickets at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Course Ground to complete a perfect record of five wins out of five and to be deservedly crowned as the first winners of the ACC Women’s Premier. This is a major achievement as this was a new competition played by the six leading teams in ACC women’s cricket over a longer distance and so Thailand have now won competitions in 40-over and 25-over formats, as well as also making a name for themselves on the world stage in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland. More than ever they now deserve to be recognized as one of the major teams in the world of women’s cricket and they will now have another chance to play in an ICC qualifying tournament.
Thailand and China had both won their first four matches in the ACC Women’s Premier 2014 which had been played on the three idyllic grounds that Chiang Mai is lucky to possess, so the last match of the competition between the best two teams was expected to bring the tournament to a fitting conclusion. In the event Thailand dominated the match even though China’s openers Sun Mengyao and Zhang Mei shared a steady partnership of 39 and their second wicket did not fall until the score had reached 57.
But Thailand bowled with such an impressive level of accuracy that only 18 runs came from the first ten overs without any extras being conceded and the wickets began to fall. Sornnarin Tippoch took two for 16 in her eight overs, Nattakan Chantam and Ratanaporn Padunglerd also claimed two wickets, while Chanida Sutthiruang and Nattaya Boochatham conceded less than two runs an over. China were restricted to only one boundary in their entire innings as they were dismissed for exactly 100 in the 39th over.
Thailand were looking to be positive in their response as Nattakan Chantam was promoted to open the innings and she immediately cut off-spinner Zhou Haijie for four behind point. She then pulled China’s fastest bowler for six on to the nearby golf course and followed with an off-drive for four and hit another boundary off the leg-spinner Han Lili to race to 27.
Although she was then stumped with the total on 33, she had done her job and taken the match away from China. Nattaya Boochatham came to the crease at number and quietly made an unbeaten 23 to steer Thailand to victory to confirm her reputation as a high quality player in the longer form of the game.

Nattaya Boochatham played 3 masterful innings in this competition and could easily have been given Batter of the Tournament although that was awarded to Hong Kong player Yip Sze Wan.

Naremol Chaiwai also made 27, and did a good job in opening the innings without having the power of Nattakan or the finesse of Nattaya. It was appropriate that captain fantastic Sornnarin Tippoch scored the winning runs as Thailand reached 101 for 3 to win by seven wickets.
Nattakan Chantam was named player of the match, Sornnarin Tippoch bowler of the tournament and Chanida Sutthiruang player of the tournament as Thailand dominated the awards ceremony. Hong Kong’s Yip Sze Wan was chosen as batter of the tournament but this could have easily have been given to Nattaya Boochatham as she played three masterful innings in this competition.
Thailand had been surprise winners of the ACC Women’s Championship last year but this time they had proved themselves to be the best team in the competition by a considerable margin and they are now ready to move on to even better things.


Afghanistan develops cricket relationships in Thailand

Traidhos President Lynda Rolph, and David Buck, Director of Cricket at Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning along with Marketing Team Leader Nuj Nirunvichaya welcomed Afghanistan Members of Parliament and officials from the Afghanistan Twenty 20 Cricket Federation as they arrived in Chiang Mai to investigate how international friendship can be developed through cricket relationships. The members of Parliament are interested in education opportunities in Thailand, especially for girls.
 


Japanese footballers offer scholarships to Thai students

Toyota Motors and members of the Nagoya Grampus Eight, a Japanese Association Football club playing in the J League awarded 100,000 baht in scholarships to Chiang Mai University. Here Mr. Kazumasa Kume, Manager of Nagoya Grampus Eight (3rd Left) presented the 100,000 baht check to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siriwut Buranapin, Dean of Faculty of Business Administration, Chiang Mai University (2nd Right) for the project “Improving the Quality of life and scholarship students”. The check was presented as the team travelled to practice at Alpine Golf Resort Chiang Mai in early February.


Prem student wins golf scholarship to the USA

After viewing his tournament victory in April 2013 in Washington DC, where he won the Junior World Qualifier, college scouts later flew to Las Vegas to watch Prem Tinsulanonda International School Grade 12 student Chayutpol (Smart) Kittirattanapaiboon play. His six years of hard work with Director of Golf, Spike Collier, at the Three-Generation Golf Academy (TGGA), has paid dividends, as the University of Hawaii, a NCAA Division 1 school, awarded him a golf scholarship of nearly 50% to play for their golf team and continue his studies after he graduates from Prem in June. Golf Academy Team Elite member, Tapat (Es) Wittiyakom, who graduated from Prem last year received an academic scholarship at one of the top engineering schools in the USA - Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. Due to his high-level golf skills he was instantly accepted on their golf team and currently ranked as their second seed player.


Lanna tested by Juniors but go top of the league

Formot from Mae On returned from the National Youth Championships to play a quality innings against the men

Richard Lockwood
Chiang Mai Lanna Cricket Club were given a tough test by their junior team who were full of confidence following their success in the National Youth Championships at Lopburi but the seniors achieved their third victory of the season to go to the top of the Chiang Mai Senior League.
Lanna Seniors won the toss and chose to bat on a lovely sunny morning after players from both sides had travelled out to Prem to allow the Thailand Women to practice at Gymkhana. Father and son Richard and Simon Cowles opened the batting but Cowles senior who was visiting from New Zealand suffered the disappointment of being caught behind for nought 16 years after his last innings when he had scored 96.
Cher was back to his best as he bowled an excellent opening spell but it was Chanchai who took the second wicket as Chris Coombes also edged behind. Martin Cardno counter-attacked with three fours in an over but was bowled by Cher as a short ball shot along the ground. Richard Cowles was also bowled by Cher for who finished with figures of 3 for 17 and when Adam Green was run out for 3 Lanna were in trouble at 57 for 5 and the boys were sensing another victory.
But there is no substitute for experience as Pete Warner and Richard Young came together with years and years of playing club cricket in England. Young finally missed a straight ball from leg-spinner Bunchuai who took a second wicket as Tim Jones was out second ball to leave Lanna on 82 for 7.
Warner was content to push the ball in to the gaps and to wait for the bad ball as he had faith in Lanna’s long batting line-up and he was proved correct as Paul Johnson hit 16 from just 8 balls with a six and two fours and Nithi hit a six and a four in his 15 as he helped his captain add 45 for the ninth wicket.
Warner was last man out after being run out for 27 from 50 balls as he gave the boys a master-class in how to build an innings without any risk. He had come to the wicket at 50 for 4 and 97 runs were added while he was at the crease but a total of 147 was by no means a winning score if the Juniors batting well.
After Chairman David Holt had provided another splendid lunch, Bunchuai faced first ball after being named batsman of the tournament and also having scored 48 against the women on the previous day but cricket is a great leveller and Paul Johnson bowled him an unplayable delivery which crashed into his stumps.
Nought for one but Formot now had a chance to make a name for himself after often batting down the order in recent matches. Formot is a young batsman from Mae On who has always looked a player of high class and once he had successfully kept out a few balls he began to unleash some wonderful cover-drives as he and Chanchai brought up the fifty in the 11th over.
Chanchai’s concentration wavered after the first drinks break and he was bowled by an in-swinger from Tim Jones who had been unable to control his line but the bowler then took another wicket next ball in exactly the same fashion. Cher now joined Formot and the total mounted quickly as the boundaries continued to flow as Nithi bowled erratically and Richard Young struggled with his off-spin.
With the score on 95 for 3 after 17 overs, only 52 more runs were required but Young again showed the virtue of experience by reverting to much more accurate medium pace and Cher was bowled for a swashbuckling 23. Por didn’t last long but with Formot still at the crease Lanna Juniors still had a chance of victory although Martin Cardno was now bowling straight and full and Formot was finding him difficult to get away. His patience finally ran out and he was bowled as he played across the line but his innings of 47 from 64 balls with 7 fours had been extremely impressive after he had come to the crease to face the second ball.
The end of the innings came very quickly as the last six wickets fell for just six runs as Lanna Juniors missed the extra batting strength that Choo or Boom could have given them. The senior team’s victory by 32 runs may look fairly comfortable but the comparative scores after 20 overs (seniors 108 for 8, juniors 111 for 5) tell a very different story.
The adults had come out on top on this occasion and their three victories may well be enough to win the league but the juniors have given an extremely good account of themselves this season and Formot had shown with his innings that along with Bunchuai, Cher and Chanchai, he was more than capable of playing for Thailand in the future.
The seniors then spent a couple of hours in the tranquil setting of Prem drinking beers and reflecting on another successful weekend for Chiang Mai Lanna Cricket Club. The boys and girls of the junior team had celebrated their success at the National Youth Championship with a party at the Sukontha Buffet on the Saturday evening and now the men were within touching distance of winning the league trophy for themselves. For further information on all local cricket please look at www.lannacricket.org


FIM Motocross Grand Prix Returns to Thailand

FIM Motocross Grand Prix will be at Sri Racha Racetrack March 7 -9, 2014.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural round at Sri Racha, less than two hours from Bangkok’s main airport, the high-flying, hardcore FIM Motocross World Championship (MXGP) circus will again be thrilling tens of thousands of local spectators as well as a massive global TV audience as Grand Prix motorcycle racing comes to Thailand for the second time on 7-9th March 2014.
The Motorcycle Sports Authority of Thailand (MSAT) has more than three decades of experience in motocross, during which time it developed a thriving national championship and many courses all over the Kingdom. Local motocross events commonly attract 5-10,000 spectators, so the sport already has a large, knowledgeable audience in Thailand.
The 2013 MXGP championship reached 962 million in addition, thousands of motocross fans from all over Asia poured into Thailand to watch the event live. The largest group of travelling fans are likely to be from Indonesia. Irsam Soetarto, of EW702SPORTS and Aneka Kartika Tours brought a group of 19 with him in 2013 and will bring more with him this year.
“It was a privilege to watch those amazing crossers in action at such close range. It literally blew us away and we had a fantastic time on and off track,” he explained. “This year we expect to bring around 40 people from many of Indonesia’s major cities, such as Surabaya, Bandung and Jakarta. It’s a real highlight for our year of travel and events and so much fun mixing with fans from Thailand and all over the world. Tickets are on sale at http://www.thaiticketmajor .com/sport/sport-detail. php?sid=2201


Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School Mini-marathon for charity

Proceeds to Friends in Need (of Pa) Volunteers Foundation

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School held their 9th annual Mini Marathon for charity on February 16, 2014 at 6 a.m. with racers vying for the Royal Trophy of HRH Princess Soamsawali.
The race raised funds for the Friends in Need (of Pa) Volunteers Foundation of the Thai Red Cross as well as promoting exercise, promote health care and encourage young people to give back to their communities in productive ways.
The competition was divided in Juniors, Adults, and Seniors categories with Sornram Sukngam of Ego Running Team taking the Overall Men’s title and Rachada Tortrakulkiri, age 14 of Wat Don Chan (Ton Yang) Team winning Over All Womens. The oldest runner was Bornie Breneton age 72 and the youngest runner was Raengjai Kala, age 8. All runners received souvenirs from the event. While the top four winners in the Walking, Running, Riding and Wheelchair categories all won trophies. All finishers received certificates from Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School for their participation.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Outstanding Thailand crowned ACC women’s premier champions

Afghanistan develops cricket relationships in Thailand

Japanese footballers offer scholarships to Thai students

Prem student wins golf scholarship to the USA

Lanna tested by Juniors but go top of the league

FIM Motocross Grand Prix Returns to Thailand

Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School Mini-marathon for charity