Tiger’s ranked 5th in their first year of League 1
The Lanna Tigers ended their first year climbing up to 5th on
the table of the Yamaha League 1 in their last big match on November 1
against BBCU FC. The home team closed out the year with two goals
against BBCU FC’s one.
The Tigers made goals in the 5th minute and then again in the 27th
minute but the visitors managed a goal in the first half leaving the
teams to enter the second half 2 – 1. The Tigers saw Niran Phanthong
exit the field with a red card but the hosts still dominated the game
leaving the Tigers with a 2 -1 win.
The team lost top player Anggelo Machuca who did not renew his contract
with the Chiang Mai FC for next year and it looks as though he will end
up playing for Krabi.
Thailand’s Toughest Ultra-marathon in the Heart of the Golden Triangle
Over 200 runners from 25 countries participated
in the grueling ultramarathon that saw runners take part in two days of
running over two weekends for a total of 124 km of trail running. Photo by
Mead Norton Photography
The 1st Thailand Ultra-marathon took place in Ban Tham Lod featuring
a 100km (which had to be shortened due to safety concerns to 74ks) race on
October 18 and a 50km race was on October 25 and by all accounts it was by
far one of Thailand’s toughest ultra-marathon races.
The race attracted a few top international trail runners including the
eventual long course winner Salvador Calvo Redondo from Spain as well as
quite a few Thai runners from Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Overall there were
over two hundred runners from over 25 countries came to the race.
The course was a 50km loop that started at Cave Lodge and took runners up
and over Ban Tham Lod cave, through the Karen village of Muang Paem and CP1,
before tackling the first of many hills up to the remote village of Eyla
which was CP2. The runners then climbed up from Eyla to the highest point of
the course and were treated to some amazing views of the area. In fact, the
views were so spectacular that the finishing times would have been even
quicker if the runners had not stopped to take photos. Chris Bachhman, the
winner of the 50km race, estimated that he spent probably ten minutes taking
photos and video along the course which almost cost him the win in the end.
The descent from the high point down to E-ko which was the third checkpoint
along the course was particularly steep and brutal since there was hardly
any shade along this section of the course. CP3 at E-ko was a welcome relief
where most people spent at least a couple of minutes resting, refuelling
before continuing on for the last leg.
The last leg did not get any easier for the racers. It featured a mixture of
steep climbs, technical descents, and more stunning trails with a few stream
crossings thrown in for good measure. The cheers from the finish line could
be heard from about five hundred meters away, even before they could see
Cave Lodge, which gave them a final boost of adrenaline to climb the last
set of stairs up to the finish line, at least for the 50km racers. The 100km
racers came through the finish line after completing their first lap knowing
that they would have to make two more trips up those stairs before
Salvador Calvo Redondo finished the long course in a time of 9:51:17, a
pretty good time and not bad for a 52 Year old runner. Claire Gallagher was
the first female finisher winning her first ever race longer than 10km in an
impressive time of 12:24:12. Scott Bachhman won the 50km race in a
blistering time of 6:12:15 with Andrew Wyatt hot on his heals crossing the
finish line only 12 seconds behind him. Nassaporn Chumnarnsit was not only
the first female to cross the finish line of the 50km but was also the first
and only Thai runner to place in any of the races in a time of 8:26:33.
Overall the race was a huge success and Marcus and Julie, the race directors
put on a very impressive race particularly considering they had never
organised an event like this before and were doing it on their own without
any corporate sponsors to help them along the way. “We have gotten so much
support from the runners in the last few days and they just loved the
variety of the course, the amazing views, the hills and the involvement of
the local communities”.
Cricket season gets into full swing at Gymkhana
Chiang Mai cricket season returns as the
rains dry up and the Gymkhana pitch hosts friendlies in readiness for
the competitive season.
The beginning of November has traditionally seen the start of the
cricket season at Chieng Mai Gymkhana which has a long history of club
cricket on a historic ground and this year has been no exception. The
first two Sundays of the month have seen two friendlies played at
Gymkhana which have both been exciting contests which have been decided
in the last over.
The first match was open to all Gymkhana Cricket Members and saw 16
adults and 6 juniors put on a good display .Gymkhana B, captained by Tom
Salusbury, just came out on top as Gymkhana A needed four runs to win
from the last over but managed only two singles to lose by one run.
Gymkhana A looked the stronger side on paper but Shine Thomas and Adam
Green provided Gymkhana B with a rousing start as the score reached 50
in just 6 overs. Adam ran himself out and Shine fell for a
swash-buckling 33 from 24 balls, then Michael Cant and Chanchai also
looked set for good scores before falling for 14 and 24 respectively but
Champ and Por got useful runs at the end.
Gymkhana B were bowled out for 143 in 23.2 overs with Asif and Ubaid
taking two wickets apiece and both teams then enjoyed a tea that
wouldn’t have been out of place in an English village.
Chanchai started well with the ball as he dismissed the dangerous Ubaid
but Chris Coombes looked solid and Martin Cardno continued in his rich
vein of form, rarely seeming to use the middle of the bat but racing to
an early retirement on 40 nevertheless.
Adam Green was able to bowl a very steady spell of 2 for 13 from 5 overs
including the crucial wicket of Richard Cowles for 23 and Wani backed
him up well to ensure there would be a tight finish. Asif was batting
sensibly but Captain Tom was able to turn to Michael Cant who proved
hard to get away. Shine Thomas was asked to bowl two at the other end
and the match looked to have slipped away when guest player Hermes hit a
four from the last ball of the 24th over.
Only four to win from the last over and Asif took a single from the
first ball but the decisive moment of the match came from the next ball
as Shaffi seized on the ball at mid-on and somehow hit the stumps when
falling backwards as Asif was run out as he looked to get back on
Michael Cant was bowling a superb final over as two dot balls and a
wicket followed and a single from the last ball of the match was not
enough as Gymkhana B won by 1 run. Captain Tom was proud as punch having
again proved his skill as a tactician but his real talent is for
producing wonderful cricket teas and spectators are all invited to join
in the feast.
The following Sunday also saw a close contest with members of Lanna CC
making up both teams, a vibrant mixture of seniors and juniors, as all
22 players enjoyed themselves on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Lanna A
defended a total of 137 for 8 to win by 10 runs but the contest was an
intriguing one throughout with the two sides evenly matched throughout
It was the head to head battle between the two captains in the last over
of Lanna A’s innings that proved decisive and showed the narrow margin
between success and failure. Delighted to have restricted a strong
batting line up to 120 for 8 and with young Bunchuai returning
outstanding figures of 4 for 22, Lanna B captain Richard Lockwood took
the ball himself but conceded 17 runs in the over, despite being
agonizingly close to taking the wicket of his opposite number, Pete
Warner, who instead would celebrate hitting a six as the ball just went
over the outstretched fingers of the fielder at long-on.
A target of 138 in 25 overs was still well within reach even though Hugh
Williams was dismissed for a duck. Daniel Lawson was pushing the singles
while Martin Papworth went for his shots. The second-wicket pair could
only hit one boundary between them and the running between the wickets
on a hot afternoon began to take its toll.
Martin was run out after picking up an unfortunate foot injury, while
Daniel was tiring and could only spoon up the first ball after drinks to
the wicket-keeper as he tried to hit out. He believed he had left his
team in a winning position at 45 for 2 with 13 overs left, and the
required rate never got out of hand even though Wani was dismissed after
hitting a six. Bunchuai placed the ball into the gaps to make 26 and
Jason Bray hit a six over extra-cover as 18 runs came off leg-spinner
Hamish Weir’s first over.
Wides contributed no fewer than 29 runs during the innings and only 31
were needed from the last four overs before Martin Cardno bowled a pair
of tight overs and claimed the wicket of Bunchuai. Hamish held his nerve
in the last over with 18 runs needed as Chanchai and Cher tried to hit
out but could not match the memorable six hit by Pete Warner earlier in
Losing captain Locky would console himself by reflecting on the
enjoyable day had by all and the support that CMLCC are giving to a
talented crop of junior Thai cricketers.