A triumph for hill tribe junior cricket
The junior cricketers San Miguel Thais took
the Joe Carpenter Plate.
The 27th staging of the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket
Sixes saw the side from Bangladesh, the Walton Cricketeers, win the Cup
for the third year in a row, but there is no doubt that it was the Thai
junior cricketers, many of them supported by the Hill Tribe Fund, who
stole the show this year as they delighted crowds and players alike with
The San Miguel Thais only lost one match all week to win the Joe
Carpenter Plate with the most exciting contest of the week, the Plate
final against Blythswood bringing the competition to a perfect end with
the boys scrambling a bye off the last ball to secure victory by the
narrowest possible margin. No fewer than five junior girls played in the
2014 competition with 14-year-old Nok becoming the first to win a trophy
as Gymkhana Cavaliers defeated Sa Pa in the Spoon final.
Walton Cricketeers were undoubtedly the strongest side in the
competition in 2014 but they were careful to play by the rules as their
two best players, Elias Sunny who has played Test cricket for
Bangladesh, and Mehedi Hasan, also a first-class player, never appeared
together. The Bangladesh side beat Chiang Mai Warriors in the Cup final
as they restricted the local side to a total of 40 for 4 in their 5
overs which they chased down in less than 3 overs without losing a
wicket. Mahrab Joshi was named player of the tournament for his
all-round performances throughout the week.
Finals afternoon had begun with a local triumph as the Gymkhana
Cavaliers defeated Sa Pa by six runs to win the Spoon for the third
time. 22-year old Bank who had first played in the Sixes Sawasdee
tournament almost 10 years before made an unbeaten 25 in a total of 59
for one and then bowled a tidy over to put the opposition under
pressure. 74-year-old Eric Little claimed yet another stumping and the
Ice Man, Chris Simmonds, lived up to his name with a nerveless final
over. The Cavaliers had also lived up to their shirts which had (by
accident?) already been labelled ‘Spoon Champions 2014’.
Cher showed his skill
batting at the Cricket Sixes.
Tokyo Dingbats and Buffed Taverners contested the
Bowl Final with both teams celebrating anniversaries in 2014 but it was
the Dingbats who were victorious and if their Bangladeshi opening
batsman played a part in the later stages it was young Max Coombes who
had impressed in the early part of the week. Tokyo Dingbats were popular
champions as they have always been most generous with their support for
junior cricket with three portable bowling machines and a large amount
of equipment being their latest contributions.
The Bromley Shield which is the second highest ranked competition at the
Sixes saw Darjeeling defeat the Clifton Hill Stray Cats by five runs in
a high-scoring final as a total of 68 for 2 played 63 for 4 with three
run outs proving critical in a Stray Cats’ chase that fell just short.
With four finals completed, the stage was set for the final match of the
2014 San Miguel Chiang Mai International Sixes and win or lose the
junior cricketers of the San Miguel Thais would ensure that this year’s
competition would end on a high note.
Blythswood, celebrating their tenth anniversary in the Chiang Mai Sixes,
were their opponents in the final of the Joe Carpenter Plate and the
English side looked to have made a flying start as they scored 21 from
the first over. Choo bowled an outstanding second over and although Boom
conceded three sixes in his over, Cher and Chanchai also delivered fine
overs to restrict Blythswood to 62 for 2 in their 5 overs.
San Miguel Thais had a stiff task on their hands particularly as
Blythswood only conceded three wides but Bunchuai was content to play
himself in, while Chanchai went for his shots until he was out in the
fourth over. Cher hit a vital boundary from the last ball of the over
but 19 runs were still required from the last six balls.
Bunchuai has had an amazing season as he has led his Lamphun provincial
team to two trophies and also won two player of the tournament awards.
He started the last over 4243 as he scored 15 in four balls and Cher
then hit the fifth ball to the boundary. Two runs to win, one to tie,
but Cher missed the final ball and suddenly both boys were in the middle
of the pitch. The wicket-keeper threw but missed both sets of stumps and
a bye was somehow completed.
Who had won? Blythswood had scored 62 for 2, San Miguel Thais 62 for 1,
so the boys had won the Joe Carpenter Plate by virtue of losing fewer
wickets. Bunchuai made 23 not out from 12 balls and was later awarded
Player of the Finals for his composed performance and the juniors had
won yet another trophy.
The boys had been magnificent throughout the week with their pace in the
field and between the wickets more than making up for their lack of
power, but it was the hill tribe girls who captured the hearts of
everyone at the Sixes. Nok played a full part in the successful Gymkhana
Cavaliers team even though she was 60 years younger than her captain
Eric, Wheel and Sap reached the Spoon final with Sa Pa and the
diminutive pair of Aree and Sangdao were simply delightful in their
efforts for the Taranaki Taverners.
Young Sangdao is a tremendous prospect with her leg-spin as she proved
by taking three wickets in an over to win a Player of the Day award and
her figures of 3 for 1 were never bettered during the week.
The 2014 San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes has again
shown that the future of junior cricket in Thailand, particularly for
hill tribe children, is very bright indeed.
Tigers defeated in away match
Big win in Thaicom FA Cup match
The Tigers lost 0 – 1 in their away game in
Division 1 but trounced visitors Daisin Group I the Thaicom FA Cup 2014.
The Chiang Mai FC, Lanna Tigers, sit at tenth on the premier league
table and their away game at Ratchanavi FC saw an exciting but scoreless
first half on April 6, 2014. In the second half both teams took turns
attacking until the host shot a goal past Anuwat Sornchai at the 72nd minute
for the only goal of the match. The Tigers will welcome Phuket FC on April
20, 2014 at 700 Year Stadium.
The Tigers played against the Daisin Group in the Thaicom FA Cup 2014 on
April 9, 2014 at the Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium. The Tigers proved too
strong for their visitors scoring 7 goals in the first half and 4 goals in
the second half with the Tigers at 11 – 1. The Tigers will move on to the
third round to play away at Lampang FC on April 23, 2014.
Angkaew Games give staff
a chance to compete
Assoc. Prof. Terapatt Vannaruemol, Assistant
President for Corporate Communications and Alumni Relations, Assistant
Professor Amnat Yousukh,M.D., Vice President for University Social
Responsibility and Preecha Prayoonpat, President of The University Sport
Board of Thailand announced the Games at Chiang Mai University on April
The 33rd annual Office of the Higher Education Commission
Personnel Sports or Angkaew Games will be held at Chiang Mai University
from May 1 – 8, 2014 and will feature staff from 67 universities around
Thailand playing in 19 different sports including Sepak Takraw, Golf,
Football, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Swimming and many
others. All competitions are free and open to the public and will take
place at the CMU campus. Chiang Mai University celebrates its 50th
anniversary this year and the Games are one of many activities taking
place at CMU during the year.
Assistant President Terapatt Vannaruemol was joined by Vice President
Dr. Amnat Yousukh and President of the University Sports Board for
Thailand Preecha Prayoonpat for the press conference where they noted
that the full schedule and details on teams and sports can be found on
the Thai language website: www.cmu.ac.th/angkaewgames.
Gymkhana Race of Champions to be held at Prasertland
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul (2nd left) presided over the
press conference announcing the “Gymkhana Race of Champions” which will
be held at Prasertland from May 17 – 18, 2014. The auto racing
competition seeks to find racers in Chiang Mai who can compete on the
national levle. Joining the Deputy Governor are Anantachai Chantarat
(3rd left), President of the “Gymkhana Race Of Champions”, Norrathep
Santhisuk (4th left), competition manager and Weerachote Thirawayamakul
(1st left), Branch Marketing Manager of Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport
at Chom Doi Fountain Court in Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport on April
Golfing in the Green Season
TAT organizes Chiang Mai Golf Festival
The Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2014 was
announced on April 9, 2014 and will be held at eight different courses
beginning in May.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai Office has teamed up with
the Northern Golf Resort Association and partners to offer golfers the
opportunity to compete in the Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2014 in May and
June of this year.
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul was joined by the Assistant Director of
the TAT Jirarat Meengam and Thaweewat Thaweephon, President of the
Northern Golf Resort Association at the press conference on April 9,
2014 at the Rati Lanna Resort. The Deputy Governor said that the
festival is being held to encourage golfers to come to Chiang Mai in the
green season and to promote the sport in Chiang Mai.
Eight golf courses will take part in the Festival which begins on May 1,
2014 at Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort, May 10 at Mae Jo Golf
Resort & Spa, May 24 at Star Dome Golf Club, May 31 at Summit Green
Valley Chiangmai Country Club, June 7 at The Royal Chiangmai Golf
Resort, June 14 at Alpine Golf Resort - Chiang Mai, June 21 at Gold
Canyon Golf Resort and June 28 at Chiangmai Inthanon Golf and Natural