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Redlands Tigers take top honours at Chiang Mai Sixes

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Redlands Tigers take top honours at Chiang Mai Sixes

2011 San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes

Redlands Tigers lift the Chiang Mai Sixes Cup.

Justin Moseley

The San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes at the Gymkhana Club came to a conclusion last Saturday with the Redlands Tigers winning the coveted Cup.

The Bowl was won by Thai Thevada, the Shield by Bristol, the Plate by the Zoom Bar Drifters, and the Spoon by Blythswood.

In an exciting all-Australian Cup final, tournament newcomers the Redlands Tigers faced previous Cup winners the Lords Taverners.

Despite great fielding, an innings of good running and fine big-hitting (including Trent Conwell retired) saw a respectable 88 scored by the Tigers.

The Taverners responded magnificently, with Luke Towers and Andy Walton retiring but, with six to win needed off the final ball, Tigers' birthday boy James Carr took a magnificent wicket to win the game and the Cup.

Earlier in the day, the Cup semi-finals saw three Australian teams aiming to prevent 2010 Cup holders the Bangladeshi Bashundhara Cricketeers from retaining the trophy.

In the first game, the Lords Taverners, helped by fantastic hits from Luke Towers, beat the Lik Lik Wombats, who went down fighting after good batting by Brook Grumont.

The second Cup semi-final saw a magnificent effort from the Redlands Tigers as they defeated Cup holders the Bashundhara Cricketeers.

The Tigers produced some fine batting, followed by tremendous catching (including a caught and bowled by Lenny Wyatt), which ensured an exit from the tournament for the Bangladeshis, despite their stupendous batting that started with a six for Khaled off the first ball and then went down to the last over.
The Bowl final was between Thai Thevada and the Chiang Mai Hot Dogs, a game notable for being the first time in the history of the Sixes that an all-Thai team (Thai Thevada) has ever made a final.

The game itself was spoiled by lots of wides which prevented both teams from batting properly.
At the end the scores were tied but, as Thai Thevada had not lost any wickets and the Hot Dogs had lost two, they were declared the winners to much applause around the ground.

A very wet early morning pitch affected the Shield semi-finals. In the first game, good fielding from the Kiwi Divine Felons (four wickets including three in one over) saw them defeat Darjeeling from the UAE, and in the second good bowling and careful batting ensured an English win for Bristol against the Australian Perth Postels.

In the final the Divine Felons scored 51 in their innings, but fielding woes let them down and left Bristol to cruise to victory on their first visit to the Chiang Mai Sixes.

In the Plate semi-finals, Almar's quality batting easily defeated the Gymkhana Cavaliers, and the Awali Taverners could not match the innings score set by the ZoomBar Drifters.

The final saw the ZoomBar Drifters from England score 75 in an innings with good performances from Langham and Hall.

In response Almar from South Africa lost three wickets and failed to reach the score set.
In the Spoon final, Blythswood from England set a score of 66, despite good fielding by Sa Pa from Vietnam which included a one handed caught-and-bowled by Jimi Green and good boundary stopping.

Sa Pa responded well to take it down to the final over, but even a fine six could not quite match Blythswood's score.

In the Ladies' final, at the end of another fine tournament, the Thai Angels beat the Chiang Mai Chassies.
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Thai Thevada beat the Chiang Mai Hot Dogs in the Bowl final.

Action during the final day of the Chiang Mai Sixes at the Gymkhana Club.

The Sawasdee Cricket tournament gave the youngsters a chance to get involved in the sport.

A big hit down the ground.

The colourful Moonshine team wait to bat.

Every delivery has to count in this shortened format of the game.

The ladies had a separate tournament with the Thai Angels team prevailing.


Bangkok Motor Show

Elegant dressed ladies show off the new Mercedes at the Bangkok Motor Show.

By Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon

The 32nd Bangkok Motor Show, which takes annually place in Thailand’s capital, presented a fabulous choice of cars from all over the world.

The selection of the German BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke Munich) group and also the selection of the rival Mercedes Benz based in Stuttgart were very popular with show goers.
The new S-Class of Mercedes had a group of onlookers while others preferred the 740 LI the new Flagship of the BMW group.

There were no clear trends among the cars this year, of course pickups and off road vehicles were popular but there were also more minibuses and sports cars present.

A very interesting car was the Toyota Alphard which sent an interesting message out to the exhibition visitors. People who are handicapped were the new target group. While the classic Alphard costs between 3 and 5 Million Baht, the special Wheelchair and Handicapped equipment costs an additional 650,000 Baht/ For low and middle class people in Thailand for sure unavailable, but for those who want to still be part of society and not to give up their life – this offer is special and a lot of people attended the presentation.

Hyundai’s new new Mini Bus offers the same luxury but at a much cheaper price.
Still a classic fight in the Off Road car section is the fight between the Toyota Fortuner and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Both Japanese car manufacturers tempt customers with new designs, new technology and new engines. The Pajero, if you would ask me, is still the better car.

I made my choice already 2 years ago at the 2009 Motor Show when Mitsubishi presented the Pajero Sport for the Thai Market the first time. It is a tick cheaper and the engine,
Porsche also attended the show with a mix of sports cars and four wheel drives. The Porsche Cayenne was a big draw.
Show goers really enjoyed the fun section with golf cars, electric cars, sand buggys and more.

Pretty girls were the order of the day but the cars still shone through.

Show goers enjoyed viewing the various cars
on display and the opportunity to view them up close.