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Traidhos tennis student takes 2nd place in Toyota Master Cup U14

Traidhos student Thammarat took 2nd place in the Toyota Masters Cup for under 14s.

The early mornings of hitting balls and the long evenings of technique practice were rewarded when Grade 7 scholarship student Thammarat, participated in the Toyota Master Cup U14 Division held in Bangkok from March 17-19.
13 year old Thammarat who has trained with coach LaDe for five years, is a tennis scholarship student at Prem Tinsulanonda International School, Chiang Mai. He qualified for the competition after becoming the Northern Area U14 runner-up in Phitsanulok earlier this year. His game came together well and he got through to the final round, finishing as runner-up.
Coach LaDe commented, “I am very happy that his hard work and actions have led to a good result.”
Thammarat knows there is still more work to do, and after just one day off, he was back on the courts. He said, “To be successful step by step or little by little takes a lot of patience.”


Bunchuai is the star as Lamphun Boys win National Youth Games

Bunchuai was named Player of the Tournament at the National Youth Games for his series of outstanding displays.

Richard Lockwood
It has been a remarkable first year in competition for Lamphun boys’ team as they followed their victory in the National Youth Championships in Lopburi by winning the National Youth Games in Sri Saket and 18-year-old Bunchuai Sombatraksa was the star of the show as he was named player of the tournament for a string of outstanding displays.
Twelve provinces played in men’s and women’s competitions and the biggest surprise of the tournament came near the start when Chiang Mai boys lost to Chanthaburi by 14 runs. Lamphun had been drawn in the same three-team group so one of the finalists from Lopburi would now struggle to reach the last eight.
Lamphun beat Chanthaburi by nine wickets after restricting them to 53 for 5 in 12 overs and they then faced Chiang Mai in a repeat of the recent final. Lamphun reached 87 for 2 thanks to Bunchuai’s 31* and Chiang Mai could reach only 72 for 6 as Lamphun won by 15 runs. Lamphun won the group with Chanthaburi in second place but Chiang Mai finished third to miss out on the quarter-finals.
Lamphun faced Phuket in the quarter-finals and won convincingly by 51 runs after posting a total of 124 for 5 in 15 overs with Bunchuai making an unbeaten 48 and he followed with 2 for 12 with his leg-breaks as Phuket were bowled out for 73.
Lamphun’s semi-final against Khon Kaen who were unbeaten in the tournament followed a similar course with Bunchuai scoring 51 out of a total of 118 for 3 and he took three wickets for 15 as Khon Kaen could manage on 93 as Lamphun won by 25 runs and Bunchuai won his third man of the match award in four matches.
Chonburi would be Lamphun’s opponents in the final after they had won their group and gained impressive victories over Sri Saket and Uttaradit as they passed the hundred mark in both matches as Rittipong Sukjam and Peerakit Sangamaeum impressed with the bat.
Chonburi batted first and reached 83 for 5 in their 15 overs as Theerapong Silapachai made an unbeaten 30 to counter Bunchuai’s figures of 3 for 13. A target of 84 could have proved a testing one if Lamphun had lost their captain early on but young Bunchuai was a man on a mission as he again remained unbeaten as he and Chanchai Pengkamta took their side to victory by 10 wickets with an opening stand of 85.
Lamphun’s victory was well-deserved but they owed so much to their young captain as Bunchuai won his fourth man of the match award in successive matches. His statistics for the tournament were incredible as he scored 177 runs for once out, claimed 10 wickets for 58 and most astonishingly he was on the field for all but 3 balls of Lamphun’s five matches.
Bunchuai was the outstanding candidate for player of the tournament and Lamphun were clearly the most disciplined team as the hours of practice have brought them well-deserved success. The young team has also benefited greatly from playing regularly as Lanna Juniors with Bunchuai, Chanchai and Cher in particular excelling when playing against the adults.
These three outstanding prospects have now won three competitions this season as they played for the Lanna Senior team who won the Chiang Mai Senior League as winning two junior tournaments for Lamphun.

Lamphun Boys brought home the title from the National Youth Games

Lamphun were head and shoulders above the other provinces but it was good to see other teams making progress on the field. Chanthaburi had upset Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and Uttaradit were losing semi-finalists, and Chonburi had surpassed all expectations by reaching the final.
The women’s competition was won by Chanthaburi as their girls matched the achievement of their boys by unexpectedly beating Chiang Mai in the final as they defended a total of 89 for 6 to win by 13 runs. Lamphun and Sri Saket were losing semi-finalists but Lamphun’s girls were pleased with their medals and were even more delighted to watch the boys storm to success in the final.

 


Thapae Night Fight; Live Boxing every Saturday night

Thai Boxer Karuhard Sor Supawan former Lumphini Champion 112 Pound (left) and New Zealand boxer Richie Chay Yai Muay Thai , at the press conference announcing the new live internet broadcast of Saturday night matches at Thapae Boxing Stadium.

Nopniwat Krailerg
LC Cable TV in cooperation with Live Box Chiang Mai will broadcast Thapae Night Fight live on Channel 19 every Saturday night it was announced by Surachai Juntarawong, Exclusive Media Director of Linear Cable TV Co., Ltd., Associate Professor Dr. Sate Sampattagul, Senior Advisor of Live Box International Co., Ltd. and Prasit Saengsuwan, President of Thapae Boxing Stadium at a press conference at the Royal Peninsula Hotel on April 1, 2014.
Live Box Chiang Mai will enable people to watch the fights on their smartphones or tablets every Saturday night, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m., the service started on Saturday, April 5 2014.
Surachai Juntarawong, Exclusive Media Director of Linear Cable TV Co., Ltd. said that they want to expand the live channel with modern technology via the Internet, to promote Thai boxing of the North and to promote Chiang Mai tourism.
Prasit Saengsuwan, President of Thapae Boxing Stadium said that Thapae Boxing Stadium is standardized stadium which can support 1,200 people. There are fights every day featuring both Thai and foreign boxers and he noted that they are real fights and not just for show. Entrance fees are 400 baht and 600 baht for VIP seats, which he noted was quite a low price compared to other stadiums that offer substandard boxing matches or staged boxing shows. He said that fight fans would not be disappointed by the fights at Thapae Boxing Stadium. The live internet broadcast is good news for those Muay Thai fans living overseas.
The LiveBox app can be downloaded in the App store an Google Play to watch LC Cable TV.


Tigers win at home against Gulf Saraburi

Hat trick from Babo Mark Landdry

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Chiang Mai FC “Lanna Tigers” won their home game on Saturday, March 29 at the 700 Year Stadium against Gulf Saraburi FC “The Warlords”. The enthusiastic supporters of the Tigers were treated to a lively back and forth game with the Tigers Babo Mark Llandry making a header for the team’s first goal in the 6th minute. Then at the 13th minute he made another goal with assistance from Anggello Machuca for the Tigers’ second goal of the match.
The visitors fought back hard and in the 19th minute Tanongsak Promdard scored a goal. Babo Mark Landdry scored the hat trick with a goal in the 45th minute.
The first half ended with the hosts up 3 -1. Only three minutes in the second half saw Tigers’ Anggello Machuca shoot a free kick to score the home team’s fourth goal. In minute 93 of injury time the visitors managed to score another goal leaving the Tigers with a 4 – 2 win.
The Lanna Tigers remain in 9th place of the Yamaha Division 1 league, with 9 goals from 6 matches. The next match will see Chiang Mai FC play number 6 Rachanawi Samosorn at Sattahip, Chonburi on April 5, 2014.

Babo Mark Landdry, a new player with the Lanna Tigers, celebrates his hat trick in the home game on March 29, 2014.


Wani’s Warriors Win Sixes Warm-Up

Richard Lockwood
Basharat Wan’s Chiang Mai Warriors who reached the Cup semi-finals in the 2013 Chiang Mai Sixes showed they would be a strong team in the 2014 competition as they won the Sixes warm-up competition which was held at Gymkhana Club on the weekend before the main tournament.
A warm-up competition for local teams was first held in 2013 primarily to give the team of scorers the chance to adjust to the high-speed nature of Sixes cricket and to test the new computer system. This year the ‘Sixes Warm-up’ was a major competition in its own right with six teams taking part. The event was generously sponsored by UN Irish who had also provided a new trophy, the Ian McDougall Shield, as the six men’s teams each played three matches, while the afternoon was rounded off by a practice match for the women who will be also taking part in the main Sixes competition.
Teams were drawn into two groups with Wani’s Warriors, Locky’s Lanna and a team from the tobacco company Stec in one group, and Maki’s CMCC team, Dom’s Lanna and a team of young Australians who are on their gap year in the other.
As expected Wani’s Warriors took the competition extremely seriously as they unveiled their new yellow shirts and they won their two group matches by convincing margins, while Locky’s Lanna greatly enjoyed their victory over Stec which took them to second place in the group.
Maki’s CMCC team were favourites to win the other group and started strongly as they defeated Dom’s Lanna but they met serious opposition from the Gap Boys team, who all went to school together in Sydney and have come over to teach hill tribe children while on their year off. CMCC were restricted to 45 for 4 with the young Australians extremely athletic in the field and the Gap Boys achieved victory with four balls to spare.
With the Gap Boys also beating Dom’s Lanna to win two matches out of two the Australians had suddenly reached the final but they were no match for the Warriors as their efforts in the heat finally caught up with them as Ubaid and Wani saw the Warriors to a total of 95 for 0 in 5 overs. The Warriors had won the Ian McDougall Shield but the Australians had enjoyed their day out and vowed to return to play more cricket in the coming months.
The tournament had run so smoothly that there was plenty of time to stage play-offs for the minor places and Makki’s CMCC team proved too strong for the Locky’s Lanna to claim third place but the match of the day was the play-off for fifth place as Dom’s Lanna and Stec both recorded exactly the same score of 64 for 1. Dom’s team had scored more runs of the bat but the teams decided that honours should be shared which is exactly the spirit that Sandy Cullen had hoped for when he arranged the competition in memory of his friend Ian McDougall.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Traidhos tennis student takes 2nd place in Toyota Master Cup U14

Bunchuai is the star as Lamphun Boys win National Youth Games

Thapae Night Fight; Live Boxing every Saturday night

Tigers win at home against Gulf Saraburi

Wani’s Warriors Win Sixes Warm-Up