Lanna Tigers take on Racha Navy FC
Chiang Mai FC defeat the visitors
Racha Navy FC players block a Lanna Tiger
(Photo by Noppadol Namwongphrom).
Chiang Mai FC played a home game against the Racha Navy FC on
August 3, 2014 in the Yamaha League 1. The Tigers played an attacking
game against the visitors who are second ranked on the table.
In the first half star player Anggello Machuca nearly scored twice but
the visitors managed to protect their goal. In the second half there was
a power outage that saw the game paused for 15 minutes.
The break inspired the home team and they fought hrd with Anggello
Machuca scoring the only goal of the game in the 75th minute. Noppadol
Wongjun played well, nearly scoring a second goal shortly after.
The Lanna Tigers beat the visitors 1 -0 standing 6th on the table with
10 wins, 7 draws and 7 losses.
Buakaw ready for Muay Thai WBC World Championship match in Chiang Rai
Buakaw Banchamek is joined by Chiang Rai
Governor Pongsak Wangsamer, Col. Bancha Duriyapunt, Deputy Military District
Commanding Officer of Chiang Rai; Somkiat Kanchanasirikul, WBC Executive
Director; and Patompong Polaree, Muay Siam team at the press conference to
announce the upcoming bout.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Surin native Buakaw Banchamek is ready for his welterweight Muay Thai WBC
World Chamionship match scheduled for August 15, 2014 against Abdul Turay
Buakaw, born Sombat Banchamek, started boxing at the age of 8 and won the
featherweight title in 2004 followed by a lightweight title and the K-1World
Max title, the first man to win it twice. He has 216 wins, 21 losses and 12
draws, 56 of those wins by knockout. He retired from boxing for several
years after years of dispute with his original gym and returned to
professional boxing full time in 2012.
Chiang Rai Governor Pongsak Wangsamer, Col. Bancha Duriyapunt, Deputy
Military District Commanding Officer of Chiang Rai; Somkiat Kanchanasirikul,
WBC Executive Director; Patompong Polaree, Muay Siam team and Buakaw Sombat
Banchamek joined together at the press conference to announce the bout. The
fight will be held on August 15, 2014 at Chiang Rai Rajabhat University and
will include other World Muay Thai matches.
Chevrolet gives Northern kids a chance to play for a dream
Play for Dream football camp
Chevrolet has launched the program “Play for a Dream” which will
bring 20 kids from 10 provinces to join a football camp in Bangkok with
5 of the top kids traveling to the United Kingdom to watch Manchester
United play at Old Trafford in October.
The campaign, which visited Chonburi, Surat Thani and other provinces,
saw kids ages 10 – 13 suit up in Chiang Mai on Saturday, July 26 at the
700 Year Stadium where two talented kids were chosen for the camp in
Over 300 kids took part in the session in Chiang Mai as they had to show
their football skills including dribbling, passing, heading, shooting,
teamwork and physical strength. Two students from Vachiralai School,
Warawut Saenbut and Chanchai Bounpeng were chosen for the Bangkok camp.
Narong Kongprasert, executive director of
Charoen Motor Company, the Chevrolet dealer in Chiang Mai, congratulated
Warawut Saenbut and Chanchai Bunpeng for being chosen as northern
representatives to compete the last round in Bangkok.
Chiang Mai’s cricket season ends with a flourish
Chanchai played well in the last games of
the cricket season and is a bright light for next season’s cricket.
Although high temperatures and the inevitable heavy rain have
eventually brought the local cricket season to an end, it was not before
the cricketers of Chiang Mai had entertained a series of touring teams
as visitors from across South East Asia enjoyed great hospitality and
some highly entertaining cricket. Chiang Mai’s junior hill tribe
cricketers gained more valuable experience against quality opposition
and the locals joined together to show that cricket played in coming
seasons would be both competitive and friendly.
The Sri Lankan Navy Sports Club was the first visiting team who had a
very strong side on show as the team plays in Sri Lankan first-class
cricket. The first match was a 40-over contest against a Chiang Mai
Select XI at Prem Oval. The visitors were asked to bat first as the
locals felt they were stronger in bowling than in batting. Samran and
Paul Johnson provided a pacey opening attack and they were well backed
up by Walter Persaud and Mohammad Makki.
The innings completely changed in character after Buddhika hit four
consecutive sixes from the bowling of Basharat Wani and the Sri Lankans
were able to accelerate to an impressive total of 300 for 6 in their 40
overs as Buddhika reached 69 and captain Suranga Paranavitana finished
Chiang Mai started well against the new ball as Naveed made 24, but the
middle and lower order struggled against the turning ball as Sujith and
Suranga both took three wickets. Few runs were recorded in the score
book but at least the local batsmen spent some time at the crease before
being dismissed. The Chiang Mai side was bowled out for 115 as the
locals were soundly defeated by 185 runs.
The two teams moved on to Royal Chiang Mai for a T20 match the next day
but although the home side made a good start thanks to Naveed’s 30, they
were dismissed for just 75 as Hasaranga took 3 for 11 and the Sri
Lankans scored 78 for 3 in 9.4 overs to race to a seven-wicket victory.
Chanchai and Cher bowled well with the new ball with Chanchai picking up
The Sri Lankan Navy’s tour was a great success thanks to the efforts of
Thailand umpire Upul Kaluhetti and it is hoped that further visits will
follow and that the Thai youngsters can make regular tours to Sri Lanka
in the future.
Lamma are one of the most colourful teams to play in Hong Kong cricket
and they proved to be much more Lanna’s standard as cricketers. Chris
Coombes has played for both clubs and he was delighted to bring the two
sides together for some fantastically enjoyable social cricket.
Torrential overnight rain had put the first fixture in doubt but the
hard work of Prem’s ground staff meant that a twenty over match was able
to be played late on the Saturday afternoon. Lamma batted steadily to
reach 100 for 9 in their 20 overs as Choo took 3 for 23 and Chanchai 2
for 12. Lanna reached their target with three overs to spare to record
victory by three wickets, with Chris Coombes making 23 and Gary
Chatfield 22. It is notable that in a weekend of cricket between Lanna
and Lamma, the home side had as many as eight players with names
beginning with C.
Lanna’s victory was celebrated with the club’s inaugural barbecue and
plenty of beers were consumed in a very convivial atmosphere. Money was
raised to help support the Lanna Juniors team and the evening’s
entertainment may have contributed to the events of Sunday afternoon at
Gymkhana Club when the visitors were reduced to a pitiful 14 for 8.
Lanna’s opening attacking wasn’t speedy but it was accurate as Jon Danby
and Adam Green combined to bowl 14 dot balls and take the first three
wickets. The scoring rate clearly needed to increase so Tom Salusbury
was introduced but his tempting lobs only resulted in four batsmen being
dismissed for ducks. He did concede a solitary boundary but quickly got
back on track as he claimed his fifth wicket for six runs in two overs.
Remarkable figures for a veteran bowler who was soon to become the new
chairman of Lanna CC with big plans for the club but he will be unlikely
to be able to repeat those figures which are the best so far recorded
for the club. He also raised over 10 000 baht for junior cricket and the
Hill Tribe fund to celebrate his birthday, so he clearly richly deserved
this historic moment.
Lamma did recover to reach 77 as Simon Joyce made 31* but Lanna finished
the match off in style as Bunchuai made 37* and Tim Jones 22* to claim
victory by nine wickets. It had proved to be a wonderful weekend of
friendship on and off the field and it is hoped that the players and
supporters of Lamma CC will be returning soon.
Chiang Mai’s season finally concluded with the visit of Ctrack CC from
Malaysia who embarked on an ambitious programme of four matches in three
days but the visitors were more than a match for the locals as they won
all four matches.
Ctrack’s tour began with a 35-over match against United CC, a new team
put together thanks to the enthusiastic efforts of Burhan. Martin Cardno
made 40 and Bunchuai 37 in a total of 187 for 9 and Ctrack had to work
hard to secure victory by three wickets with just an over to spare as
Mansur saw his side home with an unbeaten 54.
Next day Ctrack’s batsmen were much more impressive as they scored 327
for 5 in 40 overs against Lanna with Dilawar making 79 and Ehtesham a
remarkable 77* in just 22 balls. Chanchai escaped too much punishment
and claimed two wickets. Lanna were soon 31 for 5 but recovered to reach
a total of 135 as Jason Bray made a determined 42 and Cher and Chanchai
both defended well. Ctrack had shown the difference in class between the
two teams as they recorded a crushing win by 192 runs.
Sunday saw two separate twenty-over matches at Gymkhana Club with Ctrack
defeating United CC by 72 runs in the morning as Javed scored 69* in a
total of 175 for 3, but Lanna almost pulled off a surprise victory in
the afternoon. Ctrack were restricted to 150 for 9 as Chanchai again
impressed with the ball as he snared four wickets. Cher and Richard
Cowles shared an opening stand of 52 and Martin Cardno hit a quickfire
44 but Lanna finished just eight runs short.
Ctrack had completed a perfect 4-0 record but the Malaysian team had
enjoyed their tour and the locals had taken part in a very busy month of
cricket and several people should be thanked for their great efforts
including David Holt, Nick Hanlon and Richard Cowles. The magical month
of May had shown just what was possible in future seasons for the
cricketers of Chiang Mai if they work together for the common good.
Chapchai takes Singha Chiang Mai Open
Fights off close challenge by Pipatpong Naewsuk
Chapchai Nirat poses with the champion’s
trophy after winning the 2014 Singha Chiang Mai Open on August 3 at the
Mae Jo Golf Resort & Spa. (Photo courtesy of All Thailand Golf Tour)
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat birdied the final 3 holes in to win
the Singha Chiang Mai Open on August 3, 2014. The tournament, which
started on July 31, saw runner up Pipatpong Naewsuk make a strong
challenge before 31 year old Chapchai fought back to finish strongly at
23 under par 261 at Mae Jo Golf Resort & Spa.
Pipatpong, who won two gold medals in the 2007 SEA Games and is just off
two years of Army service, was back in form at the Tour and was level
with Chapchai until the final hole when Chapchai birdied the final hole
on a hazard and Pipatpong dropped the only shot of the round.
Chapchai took home $9,000 for his first place win and Pitpatpong over
$5000 for his second place win with 21 under par 263. Jazz
Janewattananond took third place with a 19 under par 265.
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