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Prem students win Track and Field Championship

Prem won its first team Chiang Mai Athletics Conference championship of the year as the Junior Track and Field Team finished first in the overall team standings at last week’s championships.
Scores were as follows:
1. Prem - 444 points
2. CMIS - 371.75 points
3. Lanna - 321 points
4. NIS - 253.50 points
5. German Christian School - 227.75
6. APIS - 47 points
The Chiang Mai Athletics Conference is made up of eight member schools in Chiang Mai; American Pacific International School (APIS), Christliche Deutsche Schule Chiangmai (CDSC), Chiang Mai International School (CMIS), Grace International School (GIS), Lanna International School Thailand (LIST), Nakornpayap International School (NIS), Prem Tinsulanonda International School (PTIS), and Varee Chiangmai International School (VCIS). CMAC works to promote and coordinate city-wide athletic tournaments and cultural festivals for international schools in the Chiang Mai area.

Lamphun reach final of National Youth Championships but lose in Super Over

Lamphun’s Junior Cricket Team showing off their new shirts provided by Lanna CC

Richard Lockwood
Lamphun's boys had a busy week of cricket in Khon Kaen at the National Youth Championships and did extremely well to reach the final with a young team captained by Cher who was also the opening bowler and most experienced batsman.

The boys lost two of their four qualifying matches but reached the semi-finals on run-rate and gave their best performance of the week in beating Rattanakosin to reach the final where they faced Chanthaburi. This proved to be an extremely exciting match as Chanthabui were bowled out for 82 as Field took five for 10 and wicket-keeper Champ held six catches.

Lamphun didn't pace their chase very well as Cher was out early, and Formot and Por used up too many dot balls but Champ and Min somehow managed to tie the scores which meant the competition would end in the excitement of a Super Over.

It was all down to captain Cher who would bowl the over for Lamphun and then face first ball when they batted but he couldn't quite see Lamphun home to victory under intense pressure and Chanthaburi won by the narrowest of margins.

Cher had tried his best and was rewarded with the all-rounder of the tournament award while young Field who has only been playing cricket for six months was the leading wicket-taker with 12 wickets. Champ had shown his skills behind the stumps and coach Chris Dodd was very pleased with the performance of a new look squad.

Lamphun will have the chance to improve further with all the junior league matches they are able to play as well as the boys gaining more experience playing for Lanna Juniors against adult teams. The competition winners Chanthaburi don't have the chance to play cricket outside the national championships, so Lamphun could go one better in the next competition in March.

Gymkhana Club beat British Club as young and old have an enjoyable day

British Club lend their exotic head gear to a young Gymkhana side.

Richard Lockwood
British Club have been visiting Chiang Mai from Bangkok since 1982 and it is a tradition that a social match involving the local juniors is played on the Saturday before the serious business of the Dick Wood Cup is played on the Sunday. Many of the best juniors were away as Lamphun were playing in the National Youth Championships and it was also a busy weekend of exams but several juniors were still able to play in the Gymkhana side that was selected on the basis of giving everybody a chance to play against prestigious opponents.

Gymkhana Club batted first and worries of an early collapsed were quickly dispelled as Richard Cowles and Shine Thomas matched each other stroke for stroke as they shared an opening partnership of 87 in just 7 overs. Shine was dismissed for 29 from 21 balls but Richard reached 44 from 20 balls to retire shortly afterwards.

Choo was the most experienced of the juniors and batted well and he was also required to retire on reaching 40 but Daeng and Ong also hit some good shots and Lou Gleeson enjoyed the luxury of a runners to save his knees only to hit four fours in an innings of 28*. Min, Yod and Chat all made noughts but a total of 189 for 6 in 25 overs was still an impressive one.

British Club's reply did not start well as Nick White was no doubt reflecting on a nice on-drive rather than sprinting for the crease and was run out by a bullet-like throw from Choo. JD was unable to repeat his normal success with the ball against British Club but he managed to be standing in exactly the right place to catch a flick off the legs from Vaughan McClear off the bowling of Tingtang who has made a recent return to cricket and can still bowl very useful in-swingers.

She is still only 17 having played cricket at Prince Royal College alongside Jean who is doing so well for the Thailand women's team. Tingtang completed a wicket maiden and took two more wickets in her next over as British Club slipped to 49 for 4. She finished with outstanding figures of 3 for 9 and it is hoped she will get more opportunities to show off her bowling.

Tingtang had the best figures of the day but everybody was given at least one over by captain Locky who even gave himself a bowl and took a wicket with his first ball. It was that sort of day as every move he made seemed to pay off in rather unexpected fashion. Chat had also taken a wicket first ball but Ong and Min were more expensive but Locky was still credited with keeping the game alive.

British Club captain Sarg batted so well on one leg that his team only needed 40 from the last three overs so Locky was beginning to wonder if he had control of the match. Luckily, his tenth and eleventh bowling options did well as Shine bowled Patrick for 17 and Jack Dunford was bowled by Lou Gleeson to bring the match to an end as British Club were bowled out for a respectable 158 to lose by just 31 runs.

The match had been played in a wonderful spirit and many kind words were exchanged and probably the highlight of the day was eight-year old Alex guesting for Gymkhana and showing he had great potential with the bat at the end of the innings. It is thought he is the youngest person to play cricket for Gymkhana Club and his performance will be one of the lasting memories of a marvellous day.

Gymkhana Club retain Dick Wood Cup for fifth year in a row

British Club play Gymkhana Club for the Dick Wood Cup and use their traditional array of slips

Richard Lockwood
If Saturday's match had been a high-scoring encounter on the artificial, Sunday's contest between Gymkhana Cub and British Club as the two teams competed for the Dick Wood Cup saw an even battle between bat and ball on a new grass pitch. Gymkhana Club looked in trouble at five for three after two overs as Nick White claimed the first wicket in the opening over and Choo, brought in to strengthen British Club's team, dismissed both Tanveer and Burhan without scoring as he started with a double-wicket maiden.

Adrian Ballantyne stood firm with Richard Cowles dropped down the order to number five but neither found batting easy and Afrian was bowled by Haroon for 11 and captain Pete Warner shot great sportsmanship on taking the wicket-keeper's word that a low catch had just carried.

This left Gymkhana Club in trouble at 36 for 5 and although Adam Green made a positive start to his innings, Richard Cowles just managed to dig out Yod's first ball only to see the youngster take a good caught and bowled. The score was now 63 for 6 but Hugh Williams is also a useful batsman to be found at number eight and he helped Adam add 56 for seventh wicket.

Even though Nick White returned to dismiss both of them Adam had made 39 and Hugh 23 and the extras had also been mounting steadily. Tom Salusbury and Martin Papworth each hit a boundary apiece and the total reached the dizzy height of 150 for 8 in 30 overs.

After the traditional Gymkhana Club fayre of sandwiches and chicken legs, British Club began their chase looking to end a run of four wins in succession for their hosts in the Dick Wood Cup. Vaughan McClear is a quality player but he could do nothing about a ball from Adam Green that practically rolled along the ground. Ben did well to survive for 10 overs and the total increased steadily as Nick White built his innings.

Martin Papworth beat Nick's defensive shot with a ball that cut back sharply and Ben's valiant stay at the crease was ended by a sharp stumping from Richard Cowles as Adam finished with figures of 2 for 11 in his 6 overs. Martin and Burhan continued to bowl steadily but David Dance and Choo built a good partnership and at 74 for 3 in the 20th over the scoreboard was looking healthy.

The introduction of spin brought an unexpectedly rapid end to the match as Tom Salusbury induced Choo to charge down the wicket and fail to clear short cover, then after being hit for three fours from his first four balls Hamish Weir's fortunes changed as David Dance skied to the keeper to be out for 37. Tom picked up a second wicket and Hamish three more as he finished with figures of 4 for 19 and British Club were dismissed for 102.

Gymkhana Club had won by 48 runs but the match had been much competitive than that for most of the day and the hosts had only scored 10 more runs from the bat so generous had British Club been in the field as they conceded 46 extras.

Another enjoyable day came to an end with the traditional fines session as many beers and vodka slammers were consumed. The presentations were made with British Club also generous in giving out their touring shirts to David Walker, cricket captain of Gymkhana, and to Locky, as well as caps to Choo and Yod who had made such a good impression over the weekend.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Prem students win Track and Field Championship

Lamphun reach final of National Youth Championships but lose in Super Over

Gymkhana Club beat British Club as young and old have an enjoyable day

Gymkhana Club retain Dick Wood Cup for fifth year in a row



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