Martin’s long wait for fifty
Martin Papworth’s many roles; coach, umpire,
team selector, groundsman, general organizer of junior and senior
cricket and even as a variable medium pace bowler, came to play as he
played against the Singapore Cricket’s Social team. Here he is seen with
16 year old teammate Chanchai.
By Richard Lockwood
Martin Papworth has been at the forefront of cricket in Chiang Mai for
most of the last decade in a multitude of roles ranging from coach,
umpire, team selector, groundsman, general organizer of junior and
senior cricket and even as a variable medium pace bowler, but never has
he had a day the Saturday in March when Gymkhana Club took on the might
of Singapore Cricket Club’s social team.
Chanchai got on focus
thanks to Martin’s coaching skills.
He had arrived early in the morning to finish his
work on the pitch and then changed into his umpire’s uniform ready for a
day’s officiating when he realized one of the eleven he had selected to
play had not yet arrived, so he promoted himself into the team and as he
was changing into his whites, veteran captain Pete Warner asked the
occasional tail-end batsman if he would like to open.
Martin is a regular at the nets, as he is also responsible for holding
the twice weekly net practices at Gymkhana, and he always has his bat
first as he is normally the first to arrive. Practise makes perfect and
at last he had his chance to show his credentials as a dependable
opening batsman as Gymkhana Club had won the toss and were batting
Papworth walked to the crease with Chris Coombes and watched him lose
his wicket for just 10. 16-year-old Chanchai has been making runs on a
regular basis but the novice opener reverted to his role as experienced
coach as he gave instructions for the young Thai to keep his head down
and keep the ball on the ground.
Chanchai clearly wasn’t listening as he went for his shots and was lucky
not to be caught out on a number of occasions early in his innings but
he played with great fluency while Martin was able to take his own
advice and to build an innings with great patience.
Chanchai raced to his fifty from 37 balls with nine fours and is clearly
a great talent in the making although he will face more testing bowling
attacks and the chances he gave will be taken on other days. Martin had
been looking confident with four boundaries in his first 30 runs and he
also played a trio of drives into the off-side from consecutive balls
that each brought him two runs which showed off his technique to the
But just as Papworth began to realize that a prized personal landmark
was approaching he began to have problems with his timing as the pitch
was keeping low and the ball was getting soft. Each run became a
struggle and he was beginning to run out of time in this 30-over match
when he ran out Gary Chatfield after calling for a run after he hit the
ball back to the bowler.
With Martin marooned on 46, at last there was a loose ball for him to
leg-glance but the fielder just gathered in the ball with three runs
scored and he repeated the shot in the next over, only for the umpire to
signal leg-byes, but at last he did manage to push away the single which
brought him the first fifty of a long and determined career, and he just
had the strength to lift his bat and to walk off the field with a big
smile on his face.
Martin had faced 74 balls, batted for 104 minutes and hit four
boundaries and he had played an admirable sheet anchor role as Gymkhana
Club reached a total of 191 for 5 in their 30 overs but he didn’t have
much time to celebrate before Singapore began their reply.
Both Gymkhana opening bowlers, Khurram Rauf and Eddie Joyner, operated
from short runs and both bowled their six overs straight off. Khurram
bowled with good accuracy and with useful pace but it was Joyner who
dismissed both openers, John Thornback and Rohit Shah who made 35.
Singapore were behind the rate and their middle-order proved unable to
deal with the gentle flighted off-spin propelled by Tom Salusbury as he
claimed two wickets bowled, one caught and bowled and one stumped to
finish with figures of 4 for 35. On any other day his performance would
have made the headlines but he was pleased as punch with his four
wickets after being hit out of the attack the previous week.
With seven wickets down, some resistance came from wicket-keeper Martin
Seabright and tall fast bowler Matthew Streeton but Gary Chatfield
brought a quick end to proceedings as he collected the last three
wickets as Singapore were bowled out for 158.
Gymkhana Club had won the match by 33 runs and Chanchai was presented
with a polo shirt for being junior of the day, but man of the day was
clearly Martin Papworth after his marathon performance with the bat had
brought to an end a very long wait for a cherished milestone.
Cricket took a well-deserved break after all the excitement of the Sixes
and the school holidays saw many of the hill tribe children go back to
visit their villages, but the month of May will see a series of fixtures
against touring sides.
The Sri Lankan Navy are visiting over the weekend of 10th and 11th May
and the 50-over match planned for the Saturday at Prem Oval will see the
best cricketers in Chiang Mai take on a side which plays in the
first-class competition in Sri Lanka. The following weekend will see the
visit of Lamma CC from Hong Kong and it is hoped that a side from
Malaysia will also tour before the end of the month as Chiang Mai
continues to be a favourite destination for a variety of touring teams.
Siam Sport donates
equipment for schools
Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo received donations
from Siam Sport for needy schools and foundations in Chiang Mai on April 23,
2014. The company has organized nationwide donations to celebrate their 40th
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Students in Chiang Mai will receive books and sports equipment
thanks to a donation by Siam Sport on April 23, 2014. Chiang Mai Governor
Wichien Puthiwinyoo was on hand to receive the donations to be distributed
around the province to needy schools.
Siam Sport Syndicate Public Company Limited launched the nationwide donation
project to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary this year. The company
has been working with PTT Public Co Ltd as well as Toyota, iMobile, Honda
Motorcycle SCG and FBT to coordinate the donations.
The company wants to give back to the community and inspire youth in
Thailand to make their dreams come true to become athletes,. The company has
also donated picture books on their 40th anniversary, as well as produced
the show Sports Wow which shows 8 top Thai athletes visiting schools around
Thailand meeting kids and donating books and sporting equipment to schools
and to foundations for disabled children.
Bangkok Air offering luggage allowance to golfers
Golfers will get a free extra 10kg of
luggage for the Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2014 (Photo by RockyGoat via
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Bangkok Airways will offer golfers who travel between Bangkok – Chiang
Mai to participate in “Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2014”. An extra 10kg
baggage allowance will be offered on top of the regular limit of 20kg at
check-in. This offer will be available during 1 May – 30 June 2014.
Currently, Bangkok Airways operate 7 daily flights between Bangkok –
Chiang Mai. The Chiang Mai Golf Festival 2014 is being held in May and
June to promote golfing tourism to Chiang Mai and to give golfers the
chance to compete and play on eight different golf courses. The Festival
began on May 1, 2014 at Chiang Mai Highlands Golf & Spa Resort will
continue on 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 Resort.
Tigers win two matches
and lose one
Climb up the table to 10th in Yamaha League 1
Chiang Mai FC fans show support for their
team at their home games.
The Lanna Tigers played a home game on April 20, 2014 at the 700 Years
Stadium against Phuket FC. The Tigers which were at 12 on the table
fought hard against the visitors who are 4th in the Yamaha League 1 and
Babo Mark Lauddry made the first goal against the visitors in the 35th
minute. The Tigers got another goal when Anggello Machuca scored on a
The visitors fought back and made a header for a goal in the 62nd
minute. However, the Tigers proved too strong for the visitors and took
the match 2 – 1.
The Tigers next match was the 3rd round of the Thaicom FA Cup 2014 where
they played Division 2 team Lampang FC at Lampang. The Division 1 team
proved to be too strong for Lampang and Chiang Mai FC took the match 3 –
0 to move into the fourth round.
Chiang Mai’s away match at Ayutthaya FC in a Division 1 match on April
27, 2014 saw the hosts win 1 – 0. The next match in the Yamaha League 1
is at home against Pattaya United at 6.00 p.m. on May 4 at 700 Years
Thai football fans shell out 60 billion baht on World Cup merchandise
According to a recent finding by the University of the Thai Chamber of
Commerce (UTCC), Thai soccer fans are willing to shell out around 60
billion baht on World Cup merchandise each time the season begins,
effectively breathing life into local vendors at the time of sluggish
economy threatened by months of political conflict.
The finding suggested that each World Cup stimulates spending of around
50-60 billion baht, depending on economic conditions at the time.
Business revenue is usually spurred by public spending on commodities
and recreational items related to the football matches, television sets,
as well as other products and services offered in the promotional
Despite the ailing economy triggered by prolonged political turmoil,
public spending during the World Cup is likely to remain the same,
according to Director of the UTCC Center for Economic and Business
Forecasting Thanawat Polwichai. He said that for football fans, the
event is special as it happens only once every 4 years, and that the
business should be even more lively given this year’s better global
economic climate. (NNT)