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Gymkhana Club successful in three team tournament against visitors Patong and Pattaya

The Chiang Mai Gymkhana club took the tournament beating out visitors Pattaya and Patong.

Richard Lockwood

Gymkhana Club staged a successful three-team tournament in 2013 in which teams from Pattaya and Patong played against Gymkhana with each team playing two 20-over matches and the home side was victorious with plenty of local talent to choose from. With the two visiting sides visiting on 21st and 22nd February, the local players were this time divided into two teams, Gymkhana Club and Chiang Mai Lanna CC, which meant that a total of six 15-over matches were staged with each team playing three matches.

The first match got underway at 10 am on Saturday morning with Gymkhana, captained and organized by Basharat Wani, taking on Pattaya. Gymkhana showed their batting strength as they made a total of 156 for 6 in 15 overs with Naveed on his return to local cricket hitting six fours and two sixes in a rapid fifty.

Even though John Spires hit 26 to go with his two wickets and Captain Simon made an unbeaten 30 a rate of more than 10 an over was beyond Pattaya and they were restricted to a total of 104 for 7 as Gymkhana recorded a comfortable victory by 52 runs.

Chanchai shows his class in Lanna victory over Patong

The first match saw over 250 runs scored but was finished within two hours so the other two teams, Lanna and Patong soon took their place on the field. Lanna made a fast start thanks to David Holt who hit 24 from 13 balls but it was the Thai boys who stole the show for Lanna as Bunchuai batted through the innings for his unbeaten 18 and rotated the strike so expertly that Chanchai made 49 in a partnership of 78.

Although the Pattaya team did not win the tournament their player, John Spires, won Player of the tournament.

16-year-old Chanchai has come on in leaps and bounds this season and hit eight fours in his innings before being caught just when he needed only a single to complete his fifty. Extras did pass the fifty mark as wides were counting two in this competition which meant Lanna reached 154 for 4 in 15 overs.

Martin Cardno immediately put Patong on the back foot by bowling with pace as he took 3 for 17 after dealing with shoulder problems by trying out a round-arm action. Ant Robertson has often played with the Floggers and hit four fours and a six in his 26 before Phil Shaw made an unbeaten 35 to show he was batting two low at number 10.

Richard Folds had just completed a charity bike ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok and had also built a career as an umpire so it was perhaps no surprise he was bowled first ball to see his team dismissed for 126 as Chanchai and Eddie Joyner both took two wickets as Lanna won an enjoyable match by 28 runs.

Pattaya win the battle of the touring teams

The third match of the first day saw the two touring teams face each other as Patong quickly got another chance to improve on their batting but were restricted to 113 for 7. Anthony van Blerk played a sheet anchor role to show his broken hand had brought a lack of power in his stroke-play but the two Daves, Thomas and Watson, did hit some boundaries to get the total above the 100 after young fast bowler Hamza and experienced medium pacer Johnny G had both taken two early wickets.

Johnny G then got Pattaya’s reply off to a fast start as he hit 15 from six balls but it was left to Dan Nicholson (33*) and John Spires (48*) to take their side to a convincing nine-wicket victory with Nicolson batting steadily and Spires hitting nine fours in 27 balls to complete a fine all-round day for him. Local Thai boy Cher was given a game for Patong as Richard Folds graciously stood down and he opened the batting and the bowling and was their only wicket-taker.

At the end of the first day’s competition, Gymkhana, Lanna and Pattaya had all won one match and were level on two points with Patong just behind.

Gymkhana take the local honours

Early in the morning the local sides met in the contest that looked set to decide the destiny of the tournament as it saw the two unbeaten teams going head to head. The Gymkhana Club side was a strong combination of players from Chiang Mai Cricket Club and Chiang Mai Warriors and had their hearts set on winning the tournament, while Chiang Mai Lanna CC were desperately trying to give a game to everybody who wanted to play.

It was a complete mis-match as a social team with a change of captain and six new players was soundly beaten by opposition who were playing in their version of the World Cup final. Left-hander Ubaid set the tone by hitting Tom Salusbury for four consecutive sixes over the match box, into the trees and onto the golf course. Umar played equally well before retiring on 50, and Maki hit five fours in his 24.

The only consolation for Lanna was the fact that Choo had arrived early after getting time off from the bakery where he works and he bowled the perfect yorker to dismiss Wani who had complained too many fielders had been on the boundary during the innings.

Gymkhana still managed the highest total of the competition as they scored 171 for 5 in 15 overs but just in case they thought this might not be quite enough, the field was spread and only three boundaries were allowed in the first 14 overs.

A total of 77 for 4 in 15 overs spoke volumes about a disappointing contest as Gymkhana were convincing winners by 94 runs and now had the chance to win their third match to complete a clean sweep of victories to claim the prized trophy.

Gymkhana’s clean sweep

After watching the conclusion to the match between Gymkhana and Lanna, Patong with two defeats so far in the tournament must have felt like lambs to the slaughter but the Phuket side probably gave their best display of the tournament even though they were beaten by 56 runs.

Dave Watson is a highly talented all-rounder but cannot produce unless he has looked after himself the night before. An early night did the trick as he was very pleased with his figures of 2 for 11 in 3 overs but he couldn’t stop Gymkhana from making another large score as they reached 162 for 5 with Ubaid making 45 and Naveed 35*.

Watson continued to show what we had been missing earlier in the tournament by hitting four fours in an innings of 27 and he finished as Patong’s highest scorer as Maki took 3 for 12 to restrict the opposition to 106 for 8. Gymkhana had won three matches out of three but they would have to wait to be crowned champions as there was one more match to be played.

Lanna take second place by finally beating Pattaya

Chiang Mai Lanna and Pattaya have been regular opponents over the last few months and it has been Pattaya who had taken the honours by winning four matches in a row; three of the four matches had gone down to the wire so Lanna were looking for a long-awaited success.

Eddie Joyner took his place at the helm and put Martin Cardno back at the top of the batting order where he belongs and he didn’t disappoint as he smashed the ball to all parts to reach his fifty from just 20 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes. Nithi Thongmanee provided one of his cameos but it was left to Tim Jones and young Chanchai to make sure that an impressive total was posted.

Tim Jones had waited for his chance and hit 5 fours and a six in his unbeaten 41 and Chanchai again showed himself to be a fantastic young cricketer in the making with 27 not out as the final score reached 161 for 2.

Surely this would at last prove to be Lanna’s day against Pattaya but Captain Eddie was determined not to let this opportunity slip, even though he did let the ball go through his legs before recovering with a pin point throw to gain a run out. John Spires proved himself to be the most consistent player of the tournament to pass 100 runs with his innings of 37* and it was left to Eddie to make sure of victory by bowling the final over.

Lanna had beaten Pattaya by the margin of 30 runs to finish second but it was Gymkhana who finished as champions in this four-team tournament by winning all three of their matches in comprehensive fashion. John Spires of Pattaya won the player of the tournament and Patong didn’t win anything except for the thanks of the cricket fraternity of Chiang Mai for being such good tourists and for giving places in their team to Thai juniors who will have benefited from taking part in such an enjoyable tournament.

Plans are already in place for another joint visit from Pattaya and Patong so that this weekend becomes another regular highlight in the Chiang Mai cricketing calendar.

Municipality takes on US Consulate in friendly match

The U.S. Consulate – General and Chiang Mai Municipality teams join for a group photo.

Shana Kongmun
The annual friendly soccer match between the U.S. Consulate – General and the Chiang Mai Municipality took place at 5 p.m. at the Municipal Stadium on Friday, February 28, 2014. The match saw a full contingent of American and Thai staffers in blue from the U.S. Consulate – General turn out to play while the Tessaban fielded a team mixed with younger and older officials.
Deputy Mayor Nutchudeg Wiriyadiloktham gave the welcoming speech, mentioning the close ties and good relations between the U.S. Consulate and the Municipality of Chiang Mai. He then joked that he felt the Tessaban would win the match before handing the podium over to U.S. Consul – General Michael Heath.
The coin toss between Secretary to the Mayor Paisan Suthammawit and U.S. Consul- General Michael Heath went to the Municipality. The Tessaban team started off strongly and while the U.S. defended well, took the match 3 – 0, U.S. Consul – General Michael Heath showed his grit and played the entire match.

The U.S. team played hard with the Consul – General playing the entire match, but the Tessaban team proved too strong and took the match 3 – 0.


7th Cancer Care Family Day raises funds for cancer research

The 7th annual Cancer Care Family Day and Run was held at Huay Thung Thao at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The event is sponsored by the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai to raise funds for the Genetic Cancer Research Center and the Hematological Research Center at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital for cancer research. The Queen’s Cup was rewarded to the largest group to register for 3.5 km run/walk. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!) .

Thongchai confident Team Asia can win the Eurasia Cup

Thongchai Jaidee.

Team Asia Captain, Thongchai Jaidee, is looking forward to this month’s EurAsia Cup, taking place from March 27-29 at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the 44-year-old Thai golfer is excited ahead of the challenge at the inaugural event.
“I’m really looking forward to captaining Team Asia. I believe I have a very strong squad which is capable of challenging and beating Team Europe. I’ve been talking to the Asian players in recent weeks about the possible pairings and everyone is very excited about coming together under Team Asia and playing in Malaysia.”
Thongchai is aware that as Team Asia’s captain he has to set the example and lead from the front.
“As captain, I believe I need to lead by example and that means playing my best possible golf to deliver points for the team. Match play golf is always very exciting and the scores very close, so I will be ready to give everything I have for my team. We are fighting for our pride and honour and as captain, I am ready to do that, and hopefully inspire the other nine players to produce their best golf for the team.”
The makeup of Team Asia team excites Thongchai and he describes their strengths.
“Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Siddikur Rahman and Anirban Lahiri all qualified as the top-four Asians from the Asian Tour Order of Merit. They are all in their 20s and their qualification is a reflection of the rise of the new generation of players in Asia. They are all very exciting players who have achieved success at such a young age and their presence in Team Asia is a reflection of their abilities.
“Koumei Oda, Hideto Tanihara and Kim Hyung-sung enjoyed fantastic seasons in Japan last year and they are all very capable of matching up against the Europeans. The trio are all attacking players which will suit the Match play competitions well.”
Thongchai is hoping the crowds will show a similar passion to the Ryder Cup crowd and cheer Team Asia onto a famous victory.
“We have seen in the Ryder Cup how the home fans have become the “15th club” for the home team through their passionate support. I have played in Malaysia for a very long time and I know the fans love their golf. With my success in the Malaysian Open in the past and with Kiradech being the reigning Malaysian Open champion, I’m sure we will have plenty of local support which will be important for the team as we seek to win the EurAsia Cup!”
Team Asia
Thongchai Jaidee (Captain, Thailand), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand), Gaganjeet Bhullar (India), Nicholas Fung (Malaysia), Kim Hyung-sung (Korea,) Anirban Lahiri (India), Prayad Marksaeng (Thailand), Koumei Oda (Japan), Siddikur Rahman (Bangladesh), Hideto Tanihara (Japan).
Team Europe
Miguel-Angel Jimenez (Captain, Spain), Thomas Bjorn (Denmark), Jamie Donaldson (Wales), Victor Dubuisson (France), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain), Stephen Gallacher (Scotland), Pablo Larrazabal (Spain), Joost Luiten (Netherlands), Graeme McDowell (N Ireland), Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark).

Bunchuai brings Juniors home against British Club

Richard Lockwood
The British Club has been visiting Chiang Mai from Bangkok for 32 years and traditionally plays a team of junior cricketers on the Saturday as a warm-up match before taking on the might of Gymkhana Club on the Sunday, but this year the visiting team was firmly put in its place by a wonderful innings from Bunchuai as he made 87* to guide his young side to a well-merited victory by eight wickets.
The British Club has played against more than a generation of young Thai cricketers on their regular visits to Chiang Mai but they can rarely have been more impressed by what they saw as Bunchuai hit 14 boundaries and paced his innings to perfection after a slow start against the new ball as the Juniors chased a target of 128 in 20 overs. Bunchuai was given good support by Chanchai and Boom, but he gave a batting master-class to his team-mates as he was unworried even as the required rate reached nine runs per over.
The Juniors had also done well in the field as they restricted the British club to a total of 127 for 6 as Chanchai and Cher bowled well with the new ball and three girls all had a chance to show off their bowling skills. Nok took two wickets in two balls, and Nai took a good caught and bowled, while Wheel bowled a tidy over at the end.
The young team of six boys and five girls were delighted with their victory and the juniors also had a very worthwhile coaching session in the morning as Adrian Salter from the British Club put the children through their paces on the outfield, while Richard Cowles and his father Simon held a very valuable wicket-keeping clinic in the Gymkhana nets.
At the end of the day all of the British Club players and supporters were very complimentary about the young cricketers they had seen and looked forward to many future contests.

Gymkhana Club retain Dick Wood Cup

Richard Lockwood
The weekend when the British Club visits Chiang Mai is one of the highlights of the sporting calendar and, although the British Club was reduced in numbers this year because of a late change in dates, the visitors certainly enjoyed their weekend.
They had been impressed by the local juniors on the Saturday and were then beaten by the senior side who retained the Dick Wood Cup with their victory by 62 runs. The fixture between Gymkhana Club and British Club has a long history stretching back 32 years and relations between the two clubs are as strong as ever, as the result on the field is less important than renewing friendships between cricketers in Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
Gymkhana Club selected a strong but sociable side and batted first with the traditional umbrella field with every fielder close to the bat being employed for the first ball Richard Cowles survived to reach 30 with two sixes and four fours but Richard Young was caught at slip off the bowling of Nick White for nought. This brought Wani to the crease who is a regular run-scorer against this opposition and he produced another fifty from 41 balls with eight fours before being required to retire.
Worse was to follow for the British Club as Martin Cardno went for his shots from the off and reached 48 from just 25 balls with two sixes and six fours before being bowled by Andrew Spedding who was on his way to the outstanding figures of 4 for 23.
Adrian Crump was able to watch this display of clean hitting but also played some nice shots through the off-side in an innings of 33. With all these batting highlights Gymkhana Club reached an impressive total of 232 for 8 in their 30 overs on an excellent batting pitch.
British Club made a fine start in pursuit of an imposing target as Nick White and Andrew Spedding added 52 for the first wicket before White was bowled by Jon Danby who had to be content with just one wicket when he has taken five in his last two matches against the British Club.
Eddie Joyner took a wicket with the last ball of his spell but Martin Papworth took a liking to the pitch he had prepared earlier by claiming three wickets for 26. Andrew Spedding had retired after completing an excellent fifty but the later British Club batsmen came and went at such a pace that Jack Dunford was allowed to bat at number 12 and Spedding returned to the crease for an eleventh wicket partnership.
Jack who is very much a veteran of the British Club fixture had been disappointed with his bowling performance and had already announced his retirement but his hidden talent with the bat may change his mind. He finished unbeaten on 11 when Spedding was last man out for 69 as British Club reached a respectable total of 170.
Gymkhana Club had won by 62 runs and the Dick Wood Cup was presented to Gymkhana captain Pete Warner. Players of both sides then had an enjoyable late afternoon reminiscing about previous encounters and looking forward to many more fixtures between the two sides.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Gymkhana Club successful in three team tournament against visitors Patong and Pattaya

Municipality takes on US Consulate in friendly match

7th Cancer Care Family Day raises funds for cancer research

Thongchai confident Team Asia can win the Eurasia Cup

Bunchuai brings Juniors home against British Club

Gymkhana Club retain Dick Wood Cup