Chiang Mai Lanna CC's tribute to Phillip Hughes
Cricket bats lined up as Lanna CC players
pay tribute to fallen Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.
A minute's applause was made and the bats lined up in tribute to
Phillip Hughes before the start of Lanna CC's match against United CC
from Vietnam on Saturday. The match was played in a very good spirit and
the two teams met up again later in the evening at UN Irish Bar to
reflect on a wonderful match which saw the home side defend a total of
135 to win by two runs. Man of the match was Russell Ward on his debut
for the club as he scored a controlled 29 when he opened the batting and
then took three wickets for just two runs with his leg-spin as United
were bowled out for 133.
Another notable performance came from Lanna captain Pete Warner who
showed the virtue of years in the game by overcoming a sticky start to
make an unbeaten 26 from 29 balls as 39 runs came from the last five
overs. Russell Ward had batted very steadily but other batsmen had found
a varied attack difficult to get away.
After another sumptuous cricket tea it looked like the home side were a
few runs short of a good total as James blasted 33 from 21 balls before
retiring so Lanna knew they would have to bowl out the opposition.
Wickets fell regularly as Adam Green took 3 for 17 and Chairman Tom's
hypnotic lobs seemed almost unplayable at times.
Tanvir was one of three members of United CC (Chiang Mai) who were
welcome additions to the touring team and he made 21 while Guy brought
his side close to victory as he made 19 batting down the order but
Russell was well rested after his batting exertions when he came on with
11 runs needed from 3 overs. First he had Burhan caught at mid off as
Paul Johnson took his third catch and in his next over he had Guy
stumped and Mark Jones was brilliantly caught by Southend Pete to end
The dangerous James had come back to the crease at the fall of the ninth
wicket but he was left stranded without adding to his score and Lanna
had won a memorable match by two runs and an enjoyable day was had by
all as we reflected on the sad passing of Phillip Hughes.
Trip of a lifetime to Sri Lanka for Hill Tribe Boys
The boys at Galle.
Three talented young cricketers who are looked after by the Hill Tribe Fund
and play cricket in Chiang Mai have just returned from a memorable stay in
Sri Lanka. Bunchuai, Cher and Chanchai have been visiting the Cricket Live
Foundation to play, train and coach but their trip began with a visit to the
famous R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo to watch the first One-Day
International between Sri Lanka and England.
There had been rain in the morning leaving the ground fully covered as the
boys arrived but the rain stopped and the covers removed in time for a full
50-over match to be played and what a match the three boys were treated to.
Over 600 runs were scored as Sri Lanka reached 317-6 in their 50 overs but
only won by 25 runs as Moeen Ali hit the ball to all parts to reach his
century in just 72 balls.
It was a fantastic occasion for the boys to watch international cricket for
the first time and as the Sri Lankan crowd was in high spirits. Bunchuai,
Cher and Chanchai were accompanied by Richard Cowles and girl friend Pern as
well as their Lamphun coach Chris Dodd who as usual recorded the trip with
The boys with some of the kids from the
Foundation in Sri Lanka.
The boys' great adventure had begun in style and they were all able to
recover with a day's sightseeing which included a visit to the Cricket Club
Cafe which is a place to which all cricket fans visit while they are in
Colombo. Every item on the menu has a name connected to cricket and videos
of famous matches are played continuously.
The boys' trip continued on with their first visit to the Cricket Live
Foundation in Moratuwa where they met head coach Sanjeewa Silva and got some
high quality net practice ahead of playing in a match on Saturday. The boys
visited the Moratuwa Sports Club and looked round the Test match ground in
The boys would later help with coaching the young Sri Lankan children who
are looked after by the charity but this afternoon they were fully involved
in a session with the local youngsters which was designed to show the
benefits of team work.
There was an entertaining class room session which saw the use of the white
board and even saw the children making Christmas decorations. This was
followed by all sorts of fun and games in the garden where each boy had to
rely on the support of his team-mates in a variety of activities.
The Cricket Live Foundation is a New Zealand-run charity which helps
under-privileged Sri Lankan children by training them as cricketers and
teaching them life skills so there seems to be a special bond between the
locals and the Hill Tribe Fund children who have all their educational needs
looked after as well as developing as wonderful young cricketers.
Bunchuai, Chanchai and Cher were fully involved in the afternoon's
activities which ended with numerous presentations with the red Lamphun caps
to the fore and the boys were also able to say thank you for the tickets for
the ODI that were kindly provided by Cricket Live.
Sri Lankan schools cricket is world famous as a breeding ground for
first-class and Test players so it was a great opportunity for Bunchuai,
Chanchai and Cher to be involved in a junior match played at St Benedict's
College in the Kotahena district of Colombo. The school was founded in 1865
and is considered as one of the leading schools in Sri Lanka and known as
the oldest catholic school in the island with a history of almost 150 years.
The school has a long history in playing sport with a champion cricket team
as well as enjoying great success at football and rugby so the boys will
have learnt a lot from being involved in a match with some outstanding young
Sri Lankan cricketers.
After spending Sunday working on their game, it was time for a day out for
the boys so the tour party headed for Galle. The Galle International Stadium
is one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world as it is
overlooked by a historic Dutch fort and stands beside the Indian Ocean on
the south coast of Sri Lanka.
Richard and Chris took the boys on a sight-seeing trip that involved a visit
to the Test ground that was completely rebuilt after the tsunami of December
2004 and was the ground on which Muttiah Muralitharan took his 800th Test
wicket to bring down the curtain on an outstanding Test career.
The boys then looked round the historic fort which was first built by the
Portuguese in 1588 and then heavily fortified by the Duch in the 17th
century. The fort has had a colourful history which is reflected by the
architecture of the buildings inside the fort and its importance has been
recognized as it has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it perfectly
illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian
traditions over four centuries.
With the history lesson over, Rich and the boys soon found a game of cricket
to join in on one of the grassy areas within the fort. Chris was busy taking
several memorable photographs of the interaction between Thai and Sri Lankan
cricketing traditions which has been the centre point of this wonderful
After an enjoyable trip to Galle the tour party returned to Colombo to
sample another part of the local cricket scene after they had been invited
to visit Colts CC which is a leading first-class club by their Secretary
Sanjaya Attanayake who is an enthusiastic supporter of junior cricket in Sri
Lanka and has shown great interest in the development of cricket in Thailand
following a recent visit by his Sri Lankan Masters team.
Richard Cowles provided the details:
'We had a nice afternoon today with the sun finally shining in Colombo
at Colts CC. Sanjaya took us all out for a superb buffet lunch, followed by
nets at Colts and coaching with their senior captain Muthumudalige
Pushpakumara ("Pushi"). We then had a few beers in the clubhouse and talked
about Thailand cricket and met Nishantha Ranatunga, brother of former
national captain Arjuna, who is president of the club and secretary of Sri
Lanka Cricket, who was inspecting alterations to the pavilion. Ranatunga
said Thai juniors would be welcome at the Colts academy.'
Lanna Juniors and Lamphun coach Chris Dodd also reflected on a very
enjoyable and successful trip:
'It has been a great trip, the boys have thoroughly enjoyed it and will
definitely go back more knowledgeable about what it's like to be in a real
cricketing country. The boys haven't looked out of place here, their skill
levels are good and their performances have been high. They'll need to tweak
some things when we get back but generally I'm very happy with it all.'
The boys only played in one match but they were immersed in a cricketing
environment on every day of their trip that will benefit them greatly.
Contacts have been made in Colombo, Moratuwa and Galle that should ensure
the boys will return again to play more cricket and receive more high
The last day before the boys returned home was again spent in Moratuwa with
the Cricket Live Foundation as they had a last net practice in the morning
and then visited two schools to help Sanjeewa Silva as he put the local
youngsters through their paces.
This gave Bunchuai, Cher and Chanchai the chance to try their hand at
coaching which will also prove invaluable experience when they return to the
schools of Lamphun where they help Chris with the coaching. They were
familiar with the throw downs and the perfect forward defensive shots being
practised but it was quite a sight when the mat was rolled out and a mini
game was played.
Perhaps one of the Sri Lankan children they coached will become the next
Kumar Sangakkara or Mahela Jayawardene and the three boys certainly returned
home with their appetite for cricket re-invigorated after a very memorable
trip. They went straight to the nets to demonstrate what they had learnt to
their young team-mates.
There was almost a fairy tale end to their Sri Lankan adventure as the three
boys all played for Lanna Juniors in the inaugural Lanna Sixes and reached
the Cup final before being narrowly beaten by Bangkok Spirits. The five HTF
girls also played and looked splendid when wearing their new Sri Lankan
Funding for the boys' tour to Sri Lanka has been provided by The Willows CC
in New Zealand, Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes and Chiang Mai Lanna
Cricket Club and the financial assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks
also to Sanjeewa Silva and Alex Rees at Cricket Live Foundation for all
their help in arranging this wonderful trip.
A full range of photographs from this trip and further details on all
cricket played in Chiang Mai can be found on www.lannacricket.org
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