Lanna B set the pace in the Chiang Mai Senior League
United CC v Lanna B at Gymkhana
Lanna Juniors and United CC team
The new season on the Chiang Mai Senior League is finally
underway with United CC joining three teams from Chiang Mai
Lanna CC to play some friendly but competitive cricket. Lanna A
and the highly promising Lanna Juniors are probably the
favourites for the league title, while Uniited's players, mainly
originally from Kashmir, are very enthusiastic cricketers and
were desperate to do well in the league.
But it was Lanna B, a team carefully put together after weeks of
detailed planning, who surprised United with the quality of
their play and defeated them convincingly by seven wickets to go
straight to the top of the league table at the December 21, 2014
Young Max Coombes made a rare appearance from his studies and
football training in Bangkok and the postman who always
delivers, Eddie Joyner, had caught the bus from Lamphun so the
Lanna B team looked strong on paper, but surely they couldn't
compete with the mighty Kashmiris selected for United?
United won the toss and confidently chose to bat first but Jun
Aryi took the new ball. He is not a wily veteran but he is a
superb young left-arm bowler whose services will be highly
prized this season. He started with two wides but suddenly found
the right line and had Asif, a tough opponent with bat and ball,
caught behind for a duck.
A wonderful start for Lanna B as Jun kept United pressed back in
their crease so that the batsmen had to look for easy pickings
against steady Eddie who is the archetypal wily veteran and he
has previous form against United.
But no one could have predicted that Eddie would run through the
top order in his opening spell as he took the next five wickets
to reduce United to 30 for 6. Four batsmen were bowled as they
were all deceived in the air or off the pitch by deadly Eddie
and Tariq hit the ball straight to the strategically placed deep
Both opening bowlers completed outstanding spells with Jun
deserving as much credit for his figures of 6-1-14-1 as Eddie
did for his wonderful stint of 6-1-16-5 that brought back vivid
memories of matches played at Edgbaston in the 1960s. Tanveer,
batting at number 3 had watched Eddie's devastating spell but
had survived unscathed as he had batted with more patience than
Yod, a young player from Buak Kroc Noi School and a regular at
Gymkhana nets, gave Tanveer some worthy support as a useful
recovery was mounted against the second-string bowlers. It was
time to turn to spin and Russell Ward was the ideal man for the
situation as he bowls very useful leg-spin and soon accounted
for Yod and fellow junior Min to leave the score on 79 for 8.
Tanveer was batting superbly and was moving effortlessly towards
his fifty and Rafiq came in at number 10 to hit some lusty blows
against Tom Salusbury's festive fayre. The hundred was raised
but Richard Young kept things tight and allowed Russell to claim
the last two wickets before the total got out of hand.
Rafiq was bowled for a bright and breezy 16 and Tanvveer was
finally lured out of his crease only to be stumped for 72 from
93 balls with 9 fours as he was last man out. His ten team mates
had managed only 34 runs between them in a total of 123 as
United were bowled out in 28.3 overs with Russell taking 4 for
27 in 5.3 overs.
This was a useful total given United had been 30 for 6 after 12
overs and would test the batting strength of Lanna B but luckily
the team had the dynamic opening combination of Coombes father
and son Chris and Max and they were both up to the challenge of
some pacy bowling and feisty appealing.
Coombes senior and junior both batted well and Mrs Coombes
arrived just in time to watch husband and son batting together
before Chris was caught behind off Tanveer for 26 and Max was
well caught by Min off Yod for 22 to complete a dismissal in
which all three players were aged under 16.
The opening partnership of 47 was just what Lanna B required to
calm the nerves of the later batsmen but Adrian Ballantyne hit
one superb boundary before being defeated by a straight one from
Burhan to leave the match in the balance with Lanna B on 65 for
But this was a perfect situation for the headmaster Hugh
Williams who was determined to make the most of his place at
number 3 and he was joined by Richard Young who knew this was to
be his last cricket for a few weeks as he headed off on his
travels later in the evening. There were a few risky singles to
start with but once the pair had both got their eye in the runs
began to flow.
In the end an unbroken partnership of 59 brought Lanna B to a
famous victory by seven wickets with 7.3 overs to spare. The
margin of victory could prove important in the make-up of the
final table and was welcome in the circumstances as a festive
buffet had been provided by Lanna Chairman Tom Salusbury who
puts as much care and attention into his food as he puts into
A splendid day was had by all with the United players very
gracious in defeat even with Lanna's festive celebrations going
on around them. Lanna B had gone straight to the top of the
league which no doubt delighted their captain who also quietly
enjoying his new nickname of Brearley.
Comfortable win for Lanna A as United lose again
United CC v Lanna A at Gymkhana
The Lanna juniors team photo
With Lanna B beating United CC so convincingly, Lanna's
A team were under pressure to match or better their less vaunted
team-mates at the December 28, 2014 match. It was certainly a
case of ground hog day as the game played at Gymkhana followed a
remarkably similar pattern.
United batted first and were bowled out for 127 just four runs
more than they had made in the match against Lanna B. Jamie
Cardno, brother of Martin, was nervous on his debut for Lanna
but did take a wicket and it was Jun who claimed the crucial
wicket of Tanveer who had made 72 in his last innings. Asif was
run out as was Choo and spinners Russell Ward and Ubaid both
bowled accurately with Ubaid bowling two wicket maidens as he
dismissed Suhail and Cher.
United's team had been strengthened by the addition of Choo and
Cher who are promising young all-rounders but United's innings
lacked a big individual score as Suhail top-scored with 25 as
they were dismissed in just 24.2 overs. Lanna B had won their
match in just 22.3 overs so the A team would have to match that
performance to go to the top of the league table on net
Richard Cowles was looking to give the innings a fast start but
he fell second ball as Imtiyaz took a brilliant catch to bring
to the crease Adrian Ballantyne who had been promoted to the
unexpected heights of number 3 in the A team batting order. The
pocket rocket tried to curb his attacking instincts as he added
26 with Bunchuai for the second wicket but the early
introduction of Tom Salusbury, guesting for United, proved a
master-stroke. Tom's legendary lobs proved far too tempting and
a pair of boundaries was followed by Ballantyne's dismissal for
13 from 23 balls.
Martin Cardno has been in fine form throughout the season
whether playing in Chiang Mai or Bangkok but he hasn't had to
face anything like Tom and although one six did clear the
boundary he was soon caught attempting another big shot. Luckily
for Lanna A, Bunchuai had finished college early and was batting
with great dedication as he played every ball on its merits.
Left-hander Ubaid is also a high quality player to come in at 51
for 3 and he hit his first ball for six to calm any Lanna
nerves. He also hit three fours before being caught by Suhail
off the bowling of Burhan for 24 and Jamie Cardno only made one
before being bowled by Asif to leave the scoreboard reading 96
32 runs were still needed but captain Pete Warner has years of
experience behind him and he played himself in before hitting
two fours in an over from Asif and another from Burhan who
brought himself back in a final effort to stay in the match.
Bunchuai had been largely content to push the singles and wait
for the bad ball and the statistics of his innings show he
fulfilled his opening role to perfection; when he hit the
winning boundary it was only his fifth four yet he had reached
45* from 54 balls in another very mature display.
Lanna A had won by five wickets and scored 131 runs from 21.1
overs to place them just above Lanna B in the league table after
the completion of the first two matches. United could at least
reflect on claiming five wickets but they had lost their second
successive match without batting out their 30 overs.
Juniors beat United as Bunchuai and Chanchai impress again
United CC v Lanna Juniors at Royals
Bunchuai and Chanchai at the match.
On Saturday, 3 January 2015 the Lanna Juniors held their nerve
to defeat United CC by by six wickets in their opening match in
the Chiang Mai Senior League as Bunchuai and Chanchai shared an
impressive opening partnership of 91 but United fought hard in
the field and victory for the boys came with only two balls to
United were playing their third match in successive weeks and
again they batted first but their batting line-up looked much
stronger as Iqbal and Ismail were welcome additions to the side.
Jun has proved a handful in the last two matches when bowling
against United for the two Lanna men's sides, and he took a
wicket with his first ball as Burhan was bowled to again put
United on the back foot.
Iqbal and Tanveer batted sensibly and each hit important
boundaries as they survived a difficult period against the new
ball on a green wicket at Royals. Cher's first over seemed to
lift the pressure but Tanveer was caught by Chanchai at
mid-wicket as the second wicket fell at 38.
Bunchuai brought himself on to bowl his leg-spin but Ismail
looked to settle in at the crease and Iqbal was playing more
aggressively, sweeping Bunchuai for six, but he was beginning to
tire and finally was bowled by Cher for 27 as the third wicket
fell on 68.
Asif came to join Ismail and started strongly as he hit Bunchuai
for 4-6-4 and with two quality players at the wicket, United
looked set for a formidable total. The Juniors needed a wicket
and Jun returned for a second spell and again took a wicket with
his first ball as he had Ismail caught and bowled for 15 and had
Suhail lbw two balls later. 88 for 3 had become 88 for 5 and the
match had been transformed.
Asif still looked dangerous but Champ took a one-handed catch
down the leg-side to remove him for 25 to leave the score on 104
for 6 and Por took a wicket in his first over to keep up the
pressure. Sameer made 17 but his innings was ended by Chanchai
and the last two wickets fell to run outs as Shaffi tried to
farm the strike.
United had made their highest total of the season so far as they
reached 140 but had again been bowled out as Jun returned
excellent figures of 3 for 19 and Cher backed him up with 2 for
34. A target of 141 in 30 overs would require some mature
batting from the boys but Bunchuai had regularly shown he was
capable of timing a run chase to perfection. Would the other
boys be able to support him?
Chanchai is Bunchuai's opening partner and he is also growing in
experience and has been working hard on his game after coming
back from the boys' trip to Sri Lanka. Bunchuai took the lead
role and showed he meant business by cutting the first ball for
four but Chanchai also batted very sensibly and did very well to
cut out the occasional impetuous shot that often marked his
innings in the past.
The boys kept their run-rate close to five an over, running well
between the wickets and pouncing on the bad ball as Tanveer
tried out all his bowling options. Ishmail bowled very steadily
and Burhan moved the ball away from the bat but nothing seemed
to trouble the opening pair as they reached 80 for 0 after 15
overs at the drinks interval. Only 61 runs were needed in 15
But the serene run chase suddenly became more difficult as
Ismail began to find the edge of the bat in his next over and
although Bunchuai completed an excellent fifty in 58 balls with
7 fours he was dismissed soon afterwards as he was well caught
by Burhan at short extra-cover as eighth bowler Firdous took the
The opening partnership was an impressive 91 in just 18 overs so
only 50 more runs were needed but batting had become more
difficult with Formot searching for form and Chanchai trying so
hard not to give his innings away. The second-wicket pair had
managed 16 runs in 6 overs when Formot was run out. Jun had
managed to get some impetus back into the chase but Chanchai was
suffering from cramp and his fine innings finally ended on 45
from 74 balls with 3 fours.
It was undoubtedly the longest and most sensible innings of his
career but his side still needed 11 runs to win and Jun then ran
himself out for 10 to leave two new batsmen at the crease. Nine
runs were needed from two overs and Burhan bowled a fine over
that allowed only one run.
Eight were needed from the last over as Cher faced up to Firdous
and he was able to hit the first ball away for two and the
bowler followed with a wide. A crucial boundary meant that
scores were level and the field was brought in and Cher was able
to hit over mid-on to score the winning run with two balls left.
Lanna Juniors had won by six wickets and although United had
lost for the third week in succession they had again contributed
greatly to a fine match played in good spirit. The three Lanna
teams all have one win apiece with three out of six matches
played so the top three places in the league are filled by Lanna
teams. The boys should have a great chance of winning the league
as they seem to be improving week by week and should be well
pleased with a fine win against a strong adult team.
US Consulate hosts Annual Friendship Soccer Tournament
Senior officers took a group photo
before the start of the game.
The U.S. Consulate General, Chiang Mai hosted the7th Annual
Friendship Soccer Tournament among U.S. Mission’s Foreign
Service Nationals Communities in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to
strengthen the Mekong Sub-Region Ties on January 18, 2015 at the
700 Year Stadium. The tournament has been held annually to
strengthen ties among the Department of State’s locally employed
staff in Thailand, Lao and Vietnam. Over 300 participants from
U.S. Embassy Bangkok, U.S. Embassy Vientiane, U.S. Embassy
Hanoi, U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh and U.S. Consulate
General Chiang Mai joined the event. Senior leaders include
Chargé d'affaires W. Patrick Murphy (U.S. Embassy Bangkok), U.S.
Ambassador to the Lao PDR, Daniel A. Clune, Deputy Chief of
Mission Claire Pierangelo (U.S. Embassy Hanoi), Consul General
Rena Bitter (Ho Chi Minh) and Consul General Michael Heath
Everyone got together for the group
The Mekong sub-region continues to increase its global
importance in industry, trade, culture and politics. This event
is a great opportunity for U.S diplomatic missions in Thailand,
Laos and Vietnam to gather in Chiang Mai and foster friendship
in the region. Sport is a universal language that can bring
people together and soccer is a universal sport that everyone
The U.S. Mission’s Friendship Soccer Tournament among Foreign
Service Nationals Communities in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam
began in 2008 in Bangkok.
Daniel Clune, Ambassador to the Lao
PDR and the team celebrate their victory.
Sawasdee Cricket returns to Prem
Lynda Rolph, President and Head of
Community at Prem presented the Winner’s Trophy to the players
from Buakrocknoi School.
A lot of hard work is being put into re-establishing a
junior cricket team at Prem International School and coaches
Mark Bowyer and David Buck now have a squad of 19 children who
are desperate to play cricket. Aged between 7 and 10 years old,
the children have been practising hard and finally had the
chance to take part in a tournament that was held on the
marvellous Prem Oval as Constitution Day gave them the chance to
have a day playing Sawasdee Cricket.
Prem used to take part in Sawasdee tournaments and hard ball
leagues but in recent years older children at the school have
concentrated on their academic studies and on the other sports
available rather than playing cricket. This season a new effort
has been made to build a new young cricket team and the
wonderful facilities at Prem were laid open to schools in Chiang
Mai and Mae On with young cricketers coached by Martin and Puy
Papworth delivered to the ground in a fleet of red taxis.
Buakrocnoi School came from the city, while teams also came from
schools in Mae On, including Sahagon II and Huai Keaw which have
had a long history of success in Sawasdee tournaments arranged
by the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance.
Medals were present to all the kids
who took part in the day.
Five schools took part in a round robin league so each team had
four matches and although the children from Prem were younger
than their opposition they gave a good account of themselves
showing off some very good bowling actions despite only having a
few weeks of coaching. They even won a match to the great
delight of the parents who were watching as they beat the girls
team from Mae On.
Buakrocnoi and Huai Keaw were the strongest teams as each won
their first three matches and so the last match of the
competition between the two sides would decide the winners. BKN
came out on top as some of their players have already been
attending hard ball nets at Gymkhana and possibly the highlight
of the day was the award of player of the tournament to young
Gop who is not naturally athletic but threw himself around
enthusiastically in the field and took two wickets in his over
against Huai Keaw. His team-mates had selected him as their best
player and cheered as he proudly claimed his trophy.
It was clearly an important day for all at Prem, both in giving
their own young cricketers a chance to play in a competition,
but also in opening up the facilities at Prem to other local
children. Lynda Rolph, President and Head of Community,
presented the winners' trophy to Buakrocnoi and gave medals to
all the children who took part. Sandwiches and cakes were
provided by Linda Buck and a number of parents from Prem so it
was a wonderful occasion that was enjoyed by all the children.
Mark Bowyer who has done so much in creating the new team at
'One of my students has told me, "This was the best day of sport
ever". The kids had such a fantastic time that they have been
begging their coaches for more match play ever since. We are so
proud to be involved as the last time Prem played at this level
was 2006, so it's wonderful to have 19 young ones keen to play.'
It is hoped to stage more matches for the children to play in,
and a number of similar tournaments in the lead up to the Sixes
Sawasdee Cup that will also be held at Prem in March. Other
International Schools such as Varee, Lanna and even Chiang Rai
are also keen for their children to have a chance to play
softball cricket, and with a junior hardball league also
underway for older children, cricket in Chiang Mai and beyond is
catering for players of all ages.
Sawasdee Cricket reaches Chiang Rai
Chiang Mai plays Sawasdee cricket
match at Chiang Rai International School.
Lanna CC member Jon Danby is a very keen player and very
well versed in cricket history and makes the journey from Chiang
Rai on a regular basis to play in matches in Chiang Mai and
Bangkok, so it was a great day when Martin and Puy Papworth
could take a schools team from Chiang Mai to play a Sawasdee
Cricket match at the Chiang Rai International School where JD
works as a teacher.
He has done his best to create a cricket culture at a school
where only a limited number of children have any idea about the
game coming from a variety of countries where cricket is a
minority sport so he was delighted to give his kids a team to
play against and a 12-aside Sawasdee Cricket match was the
Martin and Puy hired a minibus for the day and the children
enjoyed the luxurious travel to Chiang Rai before being given a
guided tour around the impressive Chiang Rai International
School. The children warmed up and practised before playing the
match and enjoying the lunch provided in the school canteen.
JD is obviously serious about academic studies as he sent his
team back to their class rooms but Martin and Puy took the
chance to stop off at the famous White Temple on the way back to
Chiang Mai and the children were given an important cultural
Gymkhana Club visit Royal Bangkok Sports Club
The Chiengmai Gymkhana Club team had the
lucky opportunity to play cricket on the prestigious grounds of the
Royal Bangkok Sports Club.
Royal Bangkok Sports Club is one of the most prestigious sports
clubs in South East Asia as it a members only club in the centre of
Bangkok so opportunities to play cricket there are extremely rare.
Gymkhana Club in Chiang Mai has a long history of sporting excellence
itself so the invitation came for the cricket team to travel to Bangkok
RBSC members had enjoyed themselves during the wet season in a pair of
matches at Royal Chiang Mai but this was a special occasion indeed on a
sunny day in perfect conditions with a spectacular skyline of sky
scrapers surrounding the ground.
Places in the Gymkhana team were highly sought after and a squad of 15
was assembled for the trip and after a quiet evening in Bangkok on
Saturday, everybody was ready for an early start on Sunday morning and
all 15 members of the Gymkhana tour party (and all CMLCC members) played
some part in a very special occasion.
Gymkhana started well as Ubaid and Wani both showed they could open the
bowling with pace rather than bowling their more normal spin. Ubaid,
always keen to play quality cricket, was impressive bowling sharp
left-arm round and RBSC were reduced to 37 for 3 as the stumps were hit
Left-handed South African Daniel Jacobs, who played schools cricket for
Free State with Test player Ryan McLaren was joined by Vishal and the
pair was content to rebuild the innings at a leisurely eight runs an
over. JD had arrived late the previous evening from Chiang Rai and
probably wished he hadn't as his only over went for 22.
Chris Coombes juggled his attack but the results remained the same as
Russell Ward went for 20 and Eddie Joyner went for 30 in single over
spells as Daniel accelerated through the gears after reaching his fifty
as a succession of fours and sixes flew out of the ground. He raced to
his century and although Walter Persaud was relatively successful in
restricting the run-rate as his 7 overs went for 49, the damage had been
Daniel was finally caught on the boundary by Ubaid for 105 but Vishal
also completed a century and next man in Sarbi also passed fifty. The
runs continued to flow but somehow wickets began to fall as Eddie was
given a second chance and so was Russell who managed to finish the
innings off with four wickets in ten balls.
Ubaid had three catches to add to his two wickets and Russell's
excellent figures of 4 for 28 did not tell the whole story of what had
been a deluge of runs. In the end RBSC lost 12 wickets in reaching 320
in their 35 overs and eight batsmen were dismissed in single figures.
Gymkhana Club had shown great character in not giving up with the ball
disappearing to all parts of Bangkok and there was much talk of what
might have been if one more wicket had fallen before two batsmen smashed
Gymkhana's openers, Chris Coombes and Ubaid, had a difficult job on
their hands as they required an asking rate of more than nine an over
from the start. Ubaid is an elegant left-hander and Coombesy can cut and
pull effectively but although they shared a partnership of 70 they could
not compete with RBSC's extraordinary stroke-play.
The home side was not taking any chances as Daniel and Vishal both
bowled their full seven overs and Daniel also claimed two extraordinary
catches to show he was a cricketer of a completely different class.
Ubaid top scored with 45, but Chris Coombes made 26, Richard Young 32
and Adrian Ballantyne and Russell Ward also made good contributions to
what would normally be described as a very solid scorecard.
Eddie finished the innings with a nice boundary and the total of 178 for
8 was very much a par score but since the opposition had made 320 the
match was lost by 142 runs. Consolation was gained in the great team
performance that had been given as four fewer wickets had been lost and
11 bowlers had been used.
After the match RBSC proved very generous hosts in providing a much
needed supply of Heineken and it is hoped that Gymkhana Club will be
able to reciprocate in the very near future. Negotiations have already
begun to bring Daniel to Chiang Mai as his fabulous display of straight
hitting will linger long in the memory.
CMSCA turn tables on Lamphun in junior hard ball league
The third match of the junior season saw the CMSCA side drawn from Mae On
and Buak Kroc Noi School in Chiang Mai finally beat the more polished
Lamphun team at the third time of asking as the enthusiastic kids from CMSCA
chased down a total of 93 to win by five wickets. The performance of their
boys (and one girl) would have delighted coaches Martin and Puy Papworth and
shows the value of perseverance and of course practice, while Chris Dodd
will no doubt soon be laying down the law with his team as they prepare for
a provincial tournament in Khon Kaen in January.
CMSCA have been steadily improving after being beaten by more than a hundred
runs in the first match of the season. Lamphun again batted first and were
restricted to 93 as they were bowled out inside the 25 overs on a bright
Saturday morning at the new ground at Royals which is becoming a centre for
junior cricket. Lamphun's openers made a steady start with a partnership of
32 but the bowling of Yod and Hloo was impressive and both were rewarded
Beer is also an experienced member of the Lamphun side and started with a
pair of boundaries before being trapped lbw by Tee who has been practising
hard and enjoyed himself at the recent Lanna Sixes. Ang has also benefited
from regular net practice at Gymkhana and he bowled three of the lower order
as he claimed four wickets for 12 in his 5 overs.
A comfortable position of 45 for one soon became 50 for six, then 65 for
eight and even the late appearance of Cher at number 11 couldn't repair the
damage as he was caught by Yod off the bowling of Top, a powerful figure who
has returned to cricket in recent weeks now he has discovered a friendly
young team to play for.
The last nine wickets had fallen for 48 runs and the highest individual
score was only 11 and the boys from CMSCA felt they had a chance of a famous
victory if their batting performance could match the high level of their
bowling. Daeng the captain wanted to lead by example and tried to rein in
his attacking instincts before pinpointing short fine leg but Hloo and Tee
did very well to see off the new ball with some resolute play.
The total reached 37 for one after 10 overs but a flurry of wickets kept
Lamphun in the match before Min launched a stunning counter-attack as he hit
three fours and the only six of the day in an innings of 18 and Yod batted
very sensibly to make an equally valuable unbeaten 7 from 26 balls. This
enabled Jun, who had tried his hand at wicket-keeping to give others the
chance to bowl, to show his growing maturity by making a measured 17* and
the winning boundary led to great celebrations.
The long ride back to the city in a red taxi gave an insight into the young
team's recipe for success: a reward of barbecue chicken that was well
deserved given the hours of practice they have been put in at the nets in
Gymkhana and at Mae On. The boys have recently been joining in with the
adults at Lanna nets which again paid dividends the next day as Jun, Yod and
Min played in the Senior League match.