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Lanna B set the pace in the Chiang Mai Senior League

United CC v Lanna B at Gymkhana

Lanna Juniors and United CC team photo

Richard Lockwood

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 match

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 mid-wicket.

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 his colleagues.

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 3.

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 his bowling.

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

Richard Lockwood
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 run-rate.

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 for 5.

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.

Richard Lockwood
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 spare.

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 overs.

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 first wicket.

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 (Chiang Mai).

Everyone got together for the group photo.

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 enjoys.

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.

Richard Lockwood
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 Prem wrote:
'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.

Richard Lockwood
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 result.

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 experience.

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.

Richard Lockwood
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 to play.

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 three times.

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 done.

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 centuries.

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

Richard Lockwood
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 with wickets.

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.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Lanna B set the pace in the Chiang Mai Senior League

Comfortable win for Lanna A as United lose again

Juniors beat United as Bunchuai and Chanchai impress again

US Consulate hosts Annual Friendship Soccer Tournament

Sawasdee Cricket returns to Prem

Sawasdee Cricket reaches Chiang Rai

Gymkhana Club visit Royal Bangkok Sports Club

CMSCA turn tables on Lamphun in junior hard ball league