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Vol. XIII No.23 - Sunday November 16, 2014 - Saturday November 29, 2014


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Tiger’s ranked 5th in their first year of League 1

Nopniwat Krailerg
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

Mead Norton
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 finishing.
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.

Richard Lockwood
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 strike.
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 both innings.
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 the day.
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.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Tiger’s ranked 5th in their first year of League 1

Thailand’s Toughest Ultra-marathon in the Heart of the Golden Triangle

Cricket season gets into full swing at Gymkhana

 

 



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