Chiang Mai’s 24th International Cricket Sixes kicks off Sunday, April 3
The 24th Annual Chiang Mai
International Cricket Sixes begins on April 3 and sees 32 men’s teams and 3
women’s teams from 13 countries competing.
By Shana Kongmun
The 24th Annual Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes Tournament begins
Sunday, April 3 at the beautiful Chiengmai Gymkhana Club, Thailand’s oldest
sports club dating back to 1888. San Miguel Beer are the official tournament
sponsors and, as David Walker and Puttivat (Parn) Poshyanondo, Chairman of
the Chiang Mai Cricket Foundation and of the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket
Alliance, pointed out, their help has been very important not only for the
tournament but for the Sawasdee Cricket Program that has taught Thai
children, many from very poor schools, how to play cricket. Something at
which they have excelled with both the Chiang Mai boys and girls teams
winning the championship in the 2011 Under 19’s Thai National Youth Cricket
Championships held in January of this year. At the Sixes this year the
Juniors will have their own tournament with 12 teams of Grades 5 and 6
competing for the Sawasdee Cricket Cup.
The International Cricket Sixes will have 32 men’s teams and 3 women’s teams
from 13 countries competing for the trophy. A number of young local Thai
players who learned to pla in the junior program will be playing and one of
the men’s teams, the Thai Thevada is an all Tha, all Chiang Mai side. Over
the years the Sixes has seen a number of notable professional international
players and this year again sees Australian Test star Trevor Chappell in
Chiang Mai to play.
David Walker pointed out, “It’s worth mentioning that 2 young girls from
Chiang Mai played in the Ladies team at the Asian Games, at the time they
were just 14. We’ve been coaching them since they were 9 so it was quite
moving to see them so successful.” Additionally 2 Chiang Mai boys played in
the South East Asian Games.
“Cricket has been accepted by the Sports Authority of Thailand as a suitable
game for children and in the next few years you will really see cricket take
off in Thailand,” Mr. Walker added.
The Sixes is a much faster version of cricket and enjoyable even for the
first timer. Play begins on Sunday, April 3 at 9:30 a.m. and continues daily
until the finals on the 10th. The children’s tournament finals will be held
on April 7 and 8. Food and drinks are available at the grounds which are
easily found by driving along the old Lamphun road to the historic Chiengmai
Gymkhana Club. Admission is free for all.
1st round Northern Motocross/Supercross
The first round of the
Northern Motocross/Supercross was held in Doi Saket on March 13.
March 13 was the inaugural race for the Chiang Mai AusEco
Race Team held at the Talua track near Doi Saket. The team, consisting of
Chaowalit, Theerasak Somsai, Oomam Somsai, Tina and Jason Maloney, Paul,
Barry and Oscar Raven had a brilliant day with more than a few toasts to
celebrate after the meeting.
AusEco’s rider Chaowalit number 199 rode in the over 30 years class on a KTM
200cc EXC Enduro bike against a gaggle of late model motocross machines.
Fifth into the first turn and second at the beginning of lap 3 Chaowalit
made passing the younger riders look leisurely with his smooth riding style
and masterly jumping prowess over the supercross style triples.
With the leader in sight the AusEco rider hammered the model and had caught
him by lap 5. Taking advantage of the nimble KTM 2 stroke's ability to carve
a tight line through corners Chaowalit dove under the leader coming into the
whoops section blitzing them with authority and riding away to a commanding
lead and easy win. His win was even more remarkable given the fact he rode
the entire event with a dead flat front tire! (PR Aus Eco Sales)
Chaowalit of AusEco took first
San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes
As one festival of cricket played by teams from
across the world comes to an end, another will be just starting, from
April 3-9 at the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club.
The final of the Cricket World Cup is being held at the historic
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 2nd April with one billion Indian fans
hoping that their team will repeat its triumph from 1983.
The Cricket World Cup is being broadcast in 180 countries but before
many cricket fans will have even woken up, the next day will see another
worldwide cricket event begin as the 2011 Chiang Mai International
Cricket Sixes, sponsored by San Miguel, sees its first day of action at
the Gymkhana Club, another sporting institution with a long history.
The Cricket World Cup is being staged for the tenth time since the
inaugural event was held in England in 1975, the Chiang Mai
International Cricket Sixes is being held for the 24th successive year
since the first event was staged in 1988.
The Cricket World Cup has been staged every four years across the
cricketing world, but for the Sixes the cricketing world comes to Chiang
Mai and keeps coming every year. The 2011 Cricket World Cup will see 49
matches staged in three countries in seven weeks but the 2011 Chiang Mai
International Cricket Sixes will see almost 100 matches played on one
ground in seven days.
14 teams play in the Cricket World Cup, with future tournaments being
trimmed down, but 32 teams have the chance to play in the Chiang Mai
International Cricket Sixes. The Cricket World Cup is just for men, but
in Chiang Mai there is a women’s competition and a junior Sawasdee
cricket tournament, where young Thai children take their first steps on
to the cricket field.
The Cricket World Cup is often predictable with the minnows being
heavily beaten and 50-over matches dragging on, but at the Chiang Mai
International Cricket Sixes there are five trophies to be won at various
levels of ability and 5-over matches never drag on.
The Cricket World Cup is a far off dream for cricketers in Thailand, but
the Thai Thevadas are always one of the teams to watch out for in the
Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes. The team is made up of young
players who have learnt their cricket in Chiang Mai as the Sixes plays
an important part in developing youth cricket.
Bangladesh has never won the Cricket World Cup, but in the Chiang Mai
International Cricket Sixes it is a question of whether any Australian
or English teams can bring the domination of Bangladesh to an end. The
Bashundhara Cricketeers have won the Sixes Cup for the last two years.
Television coverage of the Cricket World Cup is a big business with six
full crews being used across three countries with a multitude of cameras
and other technology, but coverage of the Chiang Mai International Sixes
is just as compelling if on a slightly smaller scale. Video feeds will
be available on the internet in Thailand and across the world.
The Cricket World Cup is organised by a vast team of officials with a
large budget to work with. A much smaller team has been hard at work in
Chiang Mai in the lead-up to the tournament and there will be many more
officials and volunteers arriving for the week’s cricket. Large sums of
money have been raised to support junior cricket development in Chiang
Mai and to help boys from the local Hill Tribe areas stay at a local
hostel. The boys are educated both at school and on the cricket field.
Players will take the Cricket World Cup seriously as the pinnacle of the
sport with the mandatory iced baths at the end of a long day. Players
take the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes just as seriously but
the only place for ice is to keep the San Miguel cool until the end of
So cricket followers of the world don’t despair when the World Cup is
over or the IPL is yet to start, the San Miguel Chiang Mai International
Cricket Sixes will provide the perfect answer.
An impressive playing year for TGGA’s Team Elite players
Kittirattanpaiboon with his first place
win in the TGA-CAT Junior Golf Ranking at Santiburi Country Club.
Three-Generation Golf Academy’s Team Elite
player, Chayutpol “Smart” Kittirattanpaiboon, took home the first place
trophy (boy’s B division) in the TGA-CAT Junior Golf Ranking (Northern
Thailand) held at the challenging Chiang Rai Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed
Santiburi Country Club.
Shooting an impressive 76 on the first day awarded Smart the lead advantage
on the second day of the tournament. Waking to an injured left hand finger
that left him holding the club “like an Englishman sipping a cup of tea”
Smart says, along with a bleeding nose on hole number 12 added some
unexpected challenges to Smart’s day on this 6853 yard course. Holding it
together, but grappling with a string of bogeys on holes 13-17, Smart
managed his round well to finish with a par and impressive score of 79.
Smart’s win at this final 6th event of the 2010-11 TGA-CAT Junior Ranking’s
qualified him to represent northern Thailand Junior TGA at both the TGA-CAT
Junior Golf Championship 2011 (Asia Pacific), 27-30 March at Royal Hill,
Nakorn Nayok and the TGA-CAT Junior Golf Championship 2011 (Junior World),
5-8 May at Blue Sapphire, Kanchanaburi. Smart’s entry fee to both events has
also been waived for his win.
More good news for TGGA Team Elite on March 5-6 competing at the Thai Junior
Guardian Golf Assoc iation’s (TJGGA) Optimist qualifier in Chonburi, both
Smart (under 15) and Es (over 15) have qualified for the final match" 2011
Optimist International Junior Golf Championship Qualifying Tournament
Thailand" on 4-7 April, Pattana, Chonburi.
Winners of this final qualification will receive an all-expense paid trip to
play in the final Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in the
USA this summer.