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Buak Krok Noi win 16th Sixes Sawasdee Cup

All the players and officials from the 2015 Sixes Sawasdee Cup

Players in action on the pitch

The 16th Sixes Sawasdee Cup trophies on display

Richard Lockwood
The build-up to the 28th San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes continued as eight schools teams took part in the 16th Sixes Sawasdee Cup at Prem International School and it was Buak Krok Noi School from Chiang Mai who were victorious to crown a very successful year in softball cricket for the school.

The School had already won Sawasdee Cricket competitions held at Prem and in Mae On as well as going an enjoyable tour to Chiang Rai as the CMSCA schools program supported by the Sixes continues to go from strength to strength. Some of the older players from Buak Krok Noi already come to hard ball nets at Gymkhana and are desperate to start playing in hard ball cricket as their love of the game is beginning to grow.

The 2015 Sixes Sawasdee Cup was divided into two levels with Buak Krok Noi competing against Sahagon Song A, Mae On and Ban Jam in the top level, and Sahagon Song B and Muang Kwak playing against younger children from the international schools of Prem and Lanna in the lower level. Buak Krok Noi won all three of their matches as did Sahagon Song B and all the children had a fantastic day of soft ball cricket.

It was great to see the Thai government schools from Chiang Mai and Lamphun playing cricket against pupils from Prem International School and Lanna International School. Prem has returned to the fold of Sawasdee Cricket after a long absence as Mark Bowyer is trying to rebuild a junior team while Hugh Williams has done wonders at Lanna in creating a team in just six weeks. Lanna International School (LIST) have played parents and teachers matches at Gymkhana and made a donation to support cricket in the community as a sponsor of Lanna Cricket Club,

It was also good to watch the developing skills of the kids from long standing CMSCA schools at Buak Krok Noi and Sahagon Song where Martin and Puy Papworth continue to coach, while Bunchuai, a star player himself, is now in charge of coaching in Lamphun and is clearly doing a great job with the teams from Ban Jam and Muangkwak both having some impressive bowlers.

All the children were given lunch and enjoyed their snack packs at the end of the day.They were also all given medals and white Sixes shirts which they will be using for cricket over the next few years.

The best batsman award went to Tee from Buak Krok Noi as he hit a string of fours and sixes, while the best bowler was Laor from Muang Kwak and the best fielder was Chan from Buak Krok Noi who took several catches standing close to the bat.

The 2015 San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes will be held at Gymkhana Club from 5th to 11th April. Everyone is welcome and a good time will be had by all.

Chiang Mai and Lamphun juniors warm up for National Youth Games

Teams from Chiang Mai and Lamphun played a warm up match for the National Youth Games held in Chanthaburi from March 14-26, 2015.

Richard Lockwood
The junior teams from Chiang Mai and Lamphun made the most of the chance of a practice match at Royal Chiang Mai to complete their preparations for the National Youth Games which are being played in Chanthaburi from 16th to 27th March. It was a close contest between two of the teams who will be competing for gold medals over the next two weeks but Chiang Mai (effectively CPP School from Doi Saket) held on to beat Lamphun (most of whom have played for Lanna Juniors) by three runs, even though captain Cher made 42 and Chanchai 27.

Lamphun coach Chris Dodd certainly wouldn't have been pleased with his team conceding 44 extras but it was good to see the two Northern provinces playing a match after almost a year. Most of the other provinces in the cricket competition do not have the opportunity to play 25-over cricket in such good conditions.

The National Youth Games is organized by the Sports Authority of Thailand and sees cricket take its place alongside all the traditional Thai sports so it is the most important junior competition of the year. Lamphun are defending men's champions but Bunchuai has graduated from star player to coach and Chris' girls are also competing in the women's competition.

Eleven provinces have been divided into four groups in both men's and women's competitions and it is expected that Chiang Mai and Lamphun will reach the later stages of both competitions with the second round beginning on 21st March, the semi-finals scheduled for 23rd March and the finals for 25th March.

The latest news from Chanthaburi is that Chiang Mai and Lamphun will contest both boys’ and girls’ finals which is further evidence of the domination of the Northern provinces at junior level. The children have the benefit of wonderful facilities, good coaching and generous funding that has been provided by the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes since the introduction of Sawasdee Cricket in local schools began in 2000.

Prem Under 14 Boys Football team takes home the CMAC trophy

Prem Boys U14 Football team won the CMAC championships on Monday, March 9, 2015.

Prem Tinsulanonda International School's U14 Boys Football Team, coached by Coach David, won the 2015 CMAC Football Championships on Monday 9 March 2015.

The Prem team beat the hosts, Grace International School, 5-2 in the final. In the group stage, the boys beat Lanna International School 5-2 and the American Pacific International School 5-0.

The final with Grace was a rematch of the group stage game, which ended 2-2. In the semifinal, the team overcame Nakornpayap International School in impressive fashion, 6-1.

Muay Thai win by Spaniard in TKO

Esteban from Spain (right) walks in and throws a kick at Lui Petchmuanglee before winning a TKO in the 4th round at the Kalare Night Bazaar Boxing Stadium Chiang Mai on February 28, 2015.

Tigers end in a draw against Sukhothai FC

Chiang Mai FC Lanna Tigers ended their fourth match of the Division 1 season in a draw against Sukhothai FC.

The Lanna Tigers Chiang Mai FC started their fourth game in their second year in the First Division with a home game against Sukhothai FC. The Tigers scored two goals during the match but Sukhothai evened the match with two smashing goals scored by “Burning Bat”. The game ended in a draw at the 700 year Stadium on March 7, 2015.
The Tigers stand at two wins, one draw and one loss after four matches for a total of five points.
Their next match will be an away game at Rayong against PTT Rayong on March 11, 2015. Their next home game will be at 700 Year Stadium on Saturday April 4 against Thai Honda.

Lanna win Chiang Mai Big Bash 2015

Pattaya and Phuket were both generous supporters of the local Thai youngsters and enjoyed their weekend in Chiang Mai

Richard Lockwood
Chiang Mai Lanna won the Chiang Mai Big Bash title for 2015 after a very hectic weekend of cricket played at Gymkhana Club. It was a four-team tournament with Lanna being joined by fellow Chiang Mai team United and by visiting teams Pattaya and Patong, as the four teams played three 15-over matches with the first three matches played on Saturday and three more on Sunday.

Martin Cardno hit two fifties to help Lanna to victory in the Chiang Mai Big Bash

Lanna finished the competition as clear winners as they won all three of their matches while the three other sides only won one match apiece with Pattaya finishing second, United third and Patong fourth by virtue of the bonus point system.

But Lanna's eventual success was by no means as clear cut as the final table made it seem, as going into the last match again Pattaya, both teams could win the title as Pattaya needed to beat Lanna and achieve one extra bonus point to win the title and when they scored 146 for 3 in their 15 overs, they looked to have a good chance.

Dan Nicholson laid the foundation with 28, Paul Hack made 53 before retiring and Simon Philbrook raced to 34 as the total mounted rapidly and Lanna knew they had a fight on their hands when Walter Persaud was stumped first ball off the bowling of Chanchai as he failed to notice that the keeper was standing up.

Martin Cardno came in to join young Bunchuai with Lanna's hopes largely resting on their shoulders. Luckily Cardno had rediscovered his best form following a night out at Zoom Bar and hit his second fifty of the day while Bunchuai had arrived from college and played beautifully as he punished anything short.

Both batsmen had to retire on reaching their fifties and there was still work to do as the wickets began to fall at an alarming rate. Once Pattaya had claimed a bonus point for taking their fifth wicket, Lanna had to win or tie the match to claim the trophy and they only stumbled over the line with two balls to spare by virtue of a wide.

It was a gripping end to an exciting weekend's cricket with the two touring teams playing their parts to the maximum as they fully involved the Thai youngsters as Chanchai and Cher played for Pattaya, and Por, Champ, Yod and Beer for Patong. All the boys were given shirts and had their travel and food costs paid for and Pattaya kindly donated a bag of junior equipment.

The first match of the weekend was played between Pattaya and United and it was the visiting team who came out on top as they scored an impressive 139 for 3 in 15 overs as openers Dan Nicholson (52 retired) and Colin Clark (41) both played excellent innings. United never looked likely to reach a stiff target once Chanchai had dismissed the dangerous Ismail. United were restricted to 104 for 7 as Pattaya won by 35 runs.

The second match was an eagerly anticipated clash between the two local sides as Lanna faced United. Bunchuai batted confiedently before running himself out for 40 and he was well supported by Richard Young (26) and Richard Cowles (23) before Lanna's innings was given an explosive finish thanks to Hamish Weir's 22 from 9 balls and Shine Thomas' 14* from 3 balls.

The total of 161 for 6 was the highest of the weekend and even though Ismail made a classy half-century United again never threatened to overcome their massive target and they reached 118 for 5 as Lanna enjoyed an impressive victory by 43 runs.

The final match of the opening day was played between the two touring teams, and although Pattaya were clear favourites after their impressive performance in the morning, it was Patong who came out on top as they were able to defend a total of 120 for 5. Raju made 38 from 16 balls but it was young Por who took Patong to a defendable total as he hit two sixes in his unbeaten 20.

Thai boys Por and Yod also bowled well and Pattaya looked likely to finish well short as they slipped to 80 for 6 but Dan Nicholson and Paul Hack had been dropped down the order and their seventh-wicket stand almost saved the day before Patong held on to win by 10 runs.

Pattaya captain Simon Philbrook held a slammers session at the end of the day and reflected on his side's inconsistent performances but all was still to play for on Sunday as three sides had now won one match in the tournament.

The first match on the second day saw Lanna take on Patong and even though Imtiaz reached 50 and Por hit another six, the visitors made only 108 for 5 as Lanna's bowling attack proved very effective with the two Js, Jun and Joyner, opening up and Walter Persaud taking two wickets and JD conceding only 14 from his 3 overs.

Martin Cardno had made only nine in the first match, so had turned to Leo in his search for form and thankfully the prescribed medicine did the trick as he raced to fifty from 25 balls as Lanna reached their target in only 11.1 overs.

Patong then had to face United and did so with four Thai juniors in the team and Ismail made his second fifty of the weekend as his team reached 146 for 4. Por was promoted to open the batting and Raju again batted well as he reached fifty from 28 balls with nine fours and a six but Patong could only make 113 for 5 as United won their first match of the tournament by 33 runs.

The stage was set for Lanna and Pattaya to decide the competition winners in the final match and it was Lanna who triumphed with their third victory of the weekend thanks to fifties from Bunchuai and Martin Cardno but it was a very exciting match that brought an enjoyable tournament to a close in exciting fashion. All four teams had played their part and the generosity of the two touring teams, Pattaya and Patong, towards the local Thai juniors is greatly appreciated.

New practice nets at Mae On Wittalayai are officially opened

New practice nets were officially launched at Mae On School with the headmaster cutting the ribbon.

Richard Lockwood
Amid great fanfare with the school band on show and with many important dignitaries the new practice nets at Mae On High School were officially opened at the start of a busy day which also saw a softball tournament involving six schools.

The Headmaster cut the tape on the school's new facility as the English and Sports teachers watched alongside the council head, and the three lane net built on the school playground with a new artificial mat has already been put to good use by coaches Martin and Puy Papworth.

Martin put most of the work in building the net himself as well as arranging the funding which was generously provided by the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes. Tokyo Dingbats provided the portable bowling machine which Martin was able to demonstrate to children and special guests alike.

Pupils from the school will get good use of the new nets as well as other schools in the district such as Sahagon Song and Huai Kaew who were also playing in the Sawasdee Cricket tournament as the coaches seek to find the next generation of young Thai cricketers. Even David Buck from Prem International School which had a young team in the competition was impressed by the progress made at a school he had first visited more than ten years before.

This is the third net to be built with funding from the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes to stand alongside facilities at Gymkhana Club and at Muangwak School in Lamphun and it is no coincidence that the Thai youngsters who use these nets are improving so fast they are now regularly visiting Bangkok to play in Premier League matches as well as playing for Lanna Juniors in the Chiang Mai Senior League.

Buak Kroc Noi triumph in Sawasdee competition in Mae On

CMSCA held a Sawasdee Cricket competition with children from six schools at Mae On high school.

Richard Lockwood
It was a great day at Mae On Wittalayai when CMSCA held a Sawasdee Cricket competition with children from six schools enjoying themselves immensely as each team had the chance to play three softball matches. These children will build on an early love of cricket and become the hardball stars of the future.

The school's headmaster is a great supporter of cricket and he went to a lot of trouble to put on a big show as he invited dignitaries from the local council to watch proceedings and provided the school band to take part in a parade with the teams. It was a very special occasion as the national anthem was played during a flag-raising ceremony. The school's new net facility was also officially opened with a ribbon being cut and a demonstration of the bowling machine being given.

It was also good to see Peter Dawson on hand to present the prizes as Peter has been a dedicated servant of CMSCA, standing both as secretary and treasurer. Martin and Puy Papworth can be proud of their efforts in putting on such a wonderful day for the children and Martin's parents were there to enjoy it all.

Buak Kroc Noi School beat Huai Kaew on the final, while Mae On girls beat Sahagon II A team to come third, while Prem finished fifth and Sahagon II B team sixth. All The children will have a chance to play another day's softball cricket in the Sixes Sawasdee Cup which will be held at Prem International School on the 7th of March.

Prem students win Track and Field Championship

Prem won its first team Chiang Mai Athletics Conference championship of the year as the Junior Track and Field Team finished first in the overall team standings at last week’s championships.
Scores were as follows:
1. Prem - 444 points
2. CMIS - 371.75 points
3. Lanna - 321 points
4. NIS - 253.50 points
5. German Christian School - 227.75
6. APIS - 47 points
The Chiang Mai Athletics Conference is made up of eight member schools in Chiang Mai; American Pacific International School (APIS), Christliche Deutsche Schule Chiangmai (CDSC), Chiang Mai International School (CMIS), Grace International School (GIS), Lanna International School Thailand (LIST), Nakornpayap International School (NIS), Prem Tinsulanonda International School (PTIS), and Varee Chiangmai International School (VCIS). CMAC works to promote and coordinate city-wide athletic tournaments and cultural festivals for international schools in the Chiang Mai area.

Lamphun reach final of National Youth Championships but lose in Super Over

Lamphun’s Junior Cricket Team showing off their new shirts provided by Lanna CC

Richard Lockwood
Lamphun's boys had a busy week of cricket in Khon Kaen at the National Youth Championships and did extremely well to reach the final with a young team captained by Cher who was also the opening bowler and most experienced batsman.

The boys lost two of their four qualifying matches but reached the semi-finals on run-rate and gave their best performance of the week in beating Rattanakosin to reach the final where they faced Chanthaburi. This proved to be an extremely exciting match as Chanthabui were bowled out for 82 as Field took five for 10 and wicket-keeper Champ held six catches.

Lamphun didn't pace their chase very well as Cher was out early, and Formot and Por used up too many dot balls but Champ and Min somehow managed to tie the scores which meant the competition would end in the excitement of a Super Over.

It was all down to captain Cher who would bowl the over for Lamphun and then face first ball when they batted but he couldn't quite see Lamphun home to victory under intense pressure and Chanthaburi won by the narrowest of margins.

Cher had tried his best and was rewarded with the all-rounder of the tournament award while young Field who has only been playing cricket for six months was the leading wicket-taker with 12 wickets. Champ had shown his skills behind the stumps and coach Chris Dodd was very pleased with the performance of a new look squad.

Lamphun will have the chance to improve further with all the junior league matches they are able to play as well as the boys gaining more experience playing for Lanna Juniors against adult teams. The competition winners Chanthaburi don't have the chance to play cricket outside the national championships, so Lamphun could go one better in the next competition in March.

Gymkhana Club beat British Club as young and old have an enjoyable day

British Club lend their exotic head gear to a young Gymkhana side.

Richard Lockwood
British Club have been visiting Chiang Mai from Bangkok since 1982 and it is a tradition that a social match involving the local juniors is played on the Saturday before the serious business of the Dick Wood Cup is played on the Sunday. Many of the best juniors were away as Lamphun were playing in the National Youth Championships and it was also a busy weekend of exams but several juniors were still able to play in the Gymkhana side that was selected on the basis of giving everybody a chance to play against prestigious opponents.

Gymkhana Club batted first and worries of an early collapsed were quickly dispelled as Richard Cowles and Shine Thomas matched each other stroke for stroke as they shared an opening partnership of 87 in just 7 overs. Shine was dismissed for 29 from 21 balls but Richard reached 44 from 20 balls to retire shortly afterwards.

Choo was the most experienced of the juniors and batted well and he was also required to retire on reaching 40 but Daeng and Ong also hit some good shots and Lou Gleeson enjoyed the luxury of a runners to save his knees only to hit four fours in an innings of 28*. Min, Yod and Chat all made noughts but a total of 189 for 6 in 25 overs was still an impressive one.

British Club's reply did not start well as Nick White was no doubt reflecting on a nice on-drive rather than sprinting for the crease and was run out by a bullet-like throw from Choo. JD was unable to repeat his normal success with the ball against British Club but he managed to be standing in exactly the right place to catch a flick off the legs from Vaughan McClear off the bowling of Tingtang who has made a recent return to cricket and can still bowl very useful in-swingers.

She is still only 17 having played cricket at Prince Royal College alongside Jean who is doing so well for the Thailand women's team. Tingtang completed a wicket maiden and took two more wickets in her next over as British Club slipped to 49 for 4. She finished with outstanding figures of 3 for 9 and it is hoped she will get more opportunities to show off her bowling.

Tingtang had the best figures of the day but everybody was given at least one over by captain Locky who even gave himself a bowl and took a wicket with his first ball. It was that sort of day as every move he made seemed to pay off in rather unexpected fashion. Chat had also taken a wicket first ball but Ong and Min were more expensive but Locky was still credited with keeping the game alive.

British Club captain Sarg batted so well on one leg that his team only needed 40 from the last three overs so Locky was beginning to wonder if he had control of the match. Luckily, his tenth and eleventh bowling options did well as Shine bowled Patrick for 17 and Jack Dunford was bowled by Lou Gleeson to bring the match to an end as British Club were bowled out for a respectable 158 to lose by just 31 runs.

The match had been played in a wonderful spirit and many kind words were exchanged and probably the highlight of the day was eight-year old Alex guesting for Gymkhana and showing he had great potential with the bat at the end of the innings. It is thought he is the youngest person to play cricket for Gymkhana Club and his performance will be one of the lasting memories of a marvellous day.

Gymkhana Club retain Dick Wood Cup for fifth year in a row

British Club play Gymkhana Club for the Dick Wood Cup and use their traditional array of slips

Richard Lockwood
If Saturday's match had been a high-scoring encounter on the artificial, Sunday's contest between Gymkhana Cub and British Club as the two teams competed for the Dick Wood Cup saw an even battle between bat and ball on a new grass pitch. Gymkhana Club looked in trouble at five for three after two overs as Nick White claimed the first wicket in the opening over and Choo, brought in to strengthen British Club's team, dismissed both Tanveer and Burhan without scoring as he started with a double-wicket maiden.

Adrian Ballantyne stood firm with Richard Cowles dropped down the order to number five but neither found batting easy and Afrian was bowled by Haroon for 11 and captain Pete Warner shot great sportsmanship on taking the wicket-keeper's word that a low catch had just carried.

This left Gymkhana Club in trouble at 36 for 5 and although Adam Green made a positive start to his innings, Richard Cowles just managed to dig out Yod's first ball only to see the youngster take a good caught and bowled. The score was now 63 for 6 but Hugh Williams is also a useful batsman to be found at number eight and he helped Adam add 56 for seventh wicket.

Even though Nick White returned to dismiss both of them Adam had made 39 and Hugh 23 and the extras had also been mounting steadily. Tom Salusbury and Martin Papworth each hit a boundary apiece and the total reached the dizzy height of 150 for 8 in 30 overs.

After the traditional Gymkhana Club fayre of sandwiches and chicken legs, British Club began their chase looking to end a run of four wins in succession for their hosts in the Dick Wood Cup. Vaughan McClear is a quality player but he could do nothing about a ball from Adam Green that practically rolled along the ground. Ben did well to survive for 10 overs and the total increased steadily as Nick White built his innings.

Martin Papworth beat Nick's defensive shot with a ball that cut back sharply and Ben's valiant stay at the crease was ended by a sharp stumping from Richard Cowles as Adam finished with figures of 2 for 11 in his 6 overs. Martin and Burhan continued to bowl steadily but David Dance and Choo built a good partnership and at 74 for 3 in the 20th over the scoreboard was looking healthy.

The introduction of spin brought an unexpectedly rapid end to the match as Tom Salusbury induced Choo to charge down the wicket and fail to clear short cover, then after being hit for three fours from his first four balls Hamish Weir's fortunes changed as David Dance skied to the keeper to be out for 37. Tom picked up a second wicket and Hamish three more as he finished with figures of 4 for 19 and British Club were dismissed for 102.

Gymkhana Club had won by 48 runs but the match had been much competitive than that for most of the day and the hosts had only scored 10 more runs from the bat so generous had British Club been in the field as they conceded 46 extras.

Another enjoyable day came to an end with the traditional fines session as many beers and vodka slammers were consumed. The presentations were made with British Club also generous in giving out their touring shirts to David Walker, cricket captain of Gymkhana, and to Locky, as well as caps to Choo and Yod who had made such a good impression over the weekend.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Update March 25, 2015

Buak Krok Noi win 16th Sixes Sawasdee Cup

Chiang Mai and Lamphun juniors warm up for National Youth Games

Update March 12, 2015

Prem Under 14 Boys Football team takes home the CMAC trophy

Muay Thai win by Spaniard in TKO

Tigers end in a draw against Sukhothai FC

Update March 7, 2015

Lanna win Chiang Mai Big Bash 2015

New practice nets at Mae On Wittalayai are officially opened

Buak Kroc Noi triumph in Sawasdee competition in Mae On

Update March 1, 2015

Prem students win Track and Field Championship

Lamphun reach final of National Youth Championships but lose in Super Over

Gymkhana Club beat British Club as young and old have an enjoyable day

Gymkhana Club retain Dick Wood Cup for fifth year in a row