Cricket Sixes: Bashundhara make it four out of four
Bashundhara continues to dominate
the Cricket Sixes in Chiang Mai with their fourth win in a row
Bashundhara Cricketeers won their fourth Cup title in
succession as the Bangladesh side’s domination of the San Miguel
Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes is now complete as they
have won the main competition in six of the last seven years.
Bashundhara were simply too good for the remaining teams in the
tournament as they won every match by substantial margins. In a
one-sided final the Bangladeshis restricted Chiang Mai Warriors
to 38 for 3 in 5 overs before reaching their target in just two
overs without losing a wicket
Even the return of Redland Tigers, a strong team from Brisbane,
who are the only side to depose Bashundhara as Cup champions,
and the arrival of the Wolfpack, imposing newcomers from Perth,
could not prevent another Bangladeshi triumph as these two
strong Australian teams had to be content with places in the Cup
Chiang Mai Warriors had been losing finalists in 2014 and Wani
had put together a stronger team for 2015 with players from
India and Pakistan returning to the Sixes, but they were still
no match for Bashundhara.
Local Chiang Mai sides dominated the Shield competition as UN
Irish Pub recovered from a slow start to the week to win the
second strongest competition as they defeated Kashmir CC by six
wickets in the final. The Irish had one of their strongest teams
in recent years with Mohammad Javed, a formidable first-class
player in his time joining forces with the Lorimer brothers, and
the Bromley Shield was some consolation for missing out on the
The San Miguel Thais had been promoted to the Players’ section
of the competition on the basis of their fine performances last
year and they won their first two matches to put them within in
touching distance of a prized place in the Cup. It was a step
too far for the young team as the boys (and girls) missed out on
a place in the top six by just two balls but Wheel and Nai both
enjoyed their chance to take the field.
Although the SM Thais lost to UN Irish, they beat Clifton Hill
to reach the semi-finals and their match against Kashmir CC was
one of the best of the tournament, as they were electric in the
field as four catches were taken as the Kashmiris continued to
hit the ball in the air. Choo took three wickets in an over but
a total of 68 for 4 was still a formidable one but after a slow
start Bunchuai found his range and hit the last four balls of
the innings for four.
Action was quick as the Sixes
players took to the pitch.
It was not enough as San Miguel Thais lost by three runs but Jun
and Choo both won Player of the Day Awards and the team hit 26
fours and four sixes which brought a donation of 17,000 baht
from Floggers & Robbers, always great supporters of the Sixes
and of Chiang Mai junior cricket.
Floggers & Robbers had a great week on the field as well as off,
as they reached the final of the Plate before being beaten by
Hit n Miss, a new team from Australia that revolved around the
Barrington family and Trent Barrington won Player of the Finals
as he and his brother Tyson saw the side through to victory
after Floggers had made 61 for 2.
Standards were high throughout the competition in 2015 as Lord’s
Taverners beat Darjeeling in the Bowl Final and Armadillos
defeated Tokyo Dingbats in the Spoon Final. The Chiang Mai
Chassies and the Dixie Belles competed in a highly enjoyable
women's competition with the teams winning one match apiece.
Sanjay Rathod of Awali Taverners was named man of the tournament
for a string of outstanding performances that made him the
highest scorer in the FantaSixes competition that helped raise
money for the Hill Tribe Fund and for junior cricket.
Bashundhara were clearly the dominant force but many other teams
gave good accounts of themselves and so it was a notable
achievement that four local teams finished in the top ten places
in the 32-team tournament. Chiang Mai Warriors finished second,
UN Irish Pub seventh, Kashmir eighth and SM Thais ninth.
With the introduction of several more top teams from overseas
expected in 2016, the San Miguel Chiang Mai International
Cricket Sixes should continue to be a world class event for many
years to come.
The opening night party at the River
Market was a great reunion for players who come to Chiang Mai
every year for the Cricket Sixes tournament.
Hill Tribe Kids win Worldwide Award
The ICC have recently held their annual awards with
entries from around the cricketing world and the latest news is
that the Hill Tribe Cricketers supported by the San Miguel
Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes for so long have won the
worldwide spirit of Cricket Award after being put forward by the
Asian Cricket Council.
This gives international recognition for our Hill Tribe kids who
have filled many pages in the sports section in the Chiang Mai
Mail over the last few years. Full credit must be given to
Martin and Puy Papworth and to Chris and Toy Dodd for all their
hard work and to the children themselves who work so hard on and
off the cricket field.
Hill tribe children are the “Spirit of Cricket”
Win award from Asian Cricket Council
Young hill tribe cricketers are
lauded as the true spirit of cricket.
By Richard Lockwood
The emergence of a generation of talented young hill
tribe players has been one of the most encouraging developments
in Thailand cricket over the last few years and this has
recently been recognized by the Asian Cricket Council who have
announced that the Hill Tribe Cricketers of Northern Thailand
were the winners of their Spirit of Cricket Award.
Hill tribe kids in action on the
Under-privileged children from hill tribes in Northern Thailand
such as Hmong, Karen and Akha who had been sent to Chiang Mai by
their families have seen their lives transformed after being
given the chance to play cricket. The San Miguel Chiang Mai
International Cricket Sixes has played a crucial role in this
transformation by supporting the program of schools cricket
developed by CMSCA and by funding many of the children’s living
costs through the Hill Tribe Fund.
Cricket was taken to the schools in the north of Thailand in the
years after 2000 thanks to a team of volunteer coaches and the
two outstanding sides to emerge in the junior league, CPP at Doi
Saket and Wat Don Chan in Chiang Mai, were largely made up of
hill tribe players.
Nok, who played in the Sixes
Sawasdee Cup only two years ago, has now joined the Thailand
training squad and made her debut for the women’s team in the
Bangkok Cricket League.
In recent years CPP has become a Centre of Excellence for young
cricketers in the North of Thailand where children have been
give the chance to continue with their education as well as to
practise their cricket every day.
At the same time several of the boys from the Wat Don Chan
cricket team were taken out of their hostel and placed in a
house in Chiang Mai before later being moved to Lamphun with
their living costs and their education funded by the Hill Tribe
Fund thanks to money raised by cricket enthusiasts from around
the world. Girls (Nok, Aree and Dao) from a local children’s
home are now also being looked after and have developed as
outstanding young cricketers.
These hill tribe children have been the outstanding young
players at the National Junior Championships as Chiang Mai
developed as the strongest provincial team and Lamphun emerged
as their main rivals. The older boys have had the chance to
coach the younger players and have the opportunity to take
coaching courses to improve their skills.
The Thailand’s women team has enjoyed some outstanding success
over the last few years and some of the younger players, Anna,
Min and Amee, come from hill tribe backgrounds and have
benefited greatly from their stay at CPP.
Young Nok, player of the tournament in the Sixes Sawasdee Cup
only two years ago, has now joined the Thailand training squad
and made her debut for the women’s team in the Bangkok Cricket
League. She will be staying at the new Bangkok Cricket Academy
and has a good chance of being selected for the Thailand squad
in the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier which will be held in
Bangkok in November.
Three boys from Wat Don Chan, Bunchuai, Chanchai and Cher became
the mainstays of the Lamphun provincial team and also play for
Lanna Juniors in the Chiang Mai Senior League, and have just
returned from a trip to Sri Lanka that was also partly funded by
the Sixes. The Willows CC from New Zealand paid for the boys’
flights so it is appropriate that they will be playing for a
Thailand junior team against The Willows’ under-19 team in
Bangkok just before the Sixes
The boys had the chance to watch Sri Lanka play England, took
part in a schools match themselves and enjoyed high quality
coaching at the Cricket Live Foundation in Moratuwa. They even
helped to coach local Sri Lankan children who are looked after
by the New Zealand backed charity.
Along with Jun, who is now helping with coaching in Chiang Mai
schools, the boys are now playing regularly in the Premier
Division of the Bangkok Cricket League, as their talents are
being appreciated across Thailand. They have played for Bangkok
Spirits and Siam CC and they also helped Lanna Spirits win the
Southerners Social Sixes alongside other Sixes regulars.
Hill tribe boys first played for the senior Thailand side in
2012 and a full ethnic junior side played against the MCC in the
same year and it will soon be possible to field a senior side
made up from players with hill tribe backgrounds. A Northern
Thailand team largely made up of hill tribe children won an
international women's tournament held at Royals and Nok won a
player of the match award, while the Juniors came second in the
inaugural Lanna Sixes held at Prem in December.
Hill tribe children have shown a real aptitude for cricket but
it is just as significant that their education has also been
looked after, with several of the players now at college, and
other older boys returning to play in local cricket even after
leaving to take up jobs. Kids used to make up the numbers in
senior cricket in Chiang Mai but the two junior teams, Lanna
Juniors and CPP, quickly became the strongest teams in the
The future of cricket in Northern Thailand will be based on this
new generation of hill tribe cricketers all of whom have also
been given the chance of education and a career path they would
never have dreamed of a few years ago.
The teams, players and supporters of the San Miguel Chiang Mai
International Cricket Sixes have very much played their part:
All the hill tribe children mentioned in this article have
played in the Sixes with the SM Thais winning the Bowl and Nok
being an important part of the Gymkhana Cavaliers Spoon-winning
All the money raised by Jenny and her wonderful team of helpers
goes to fund schools cricket in Chiang Mai and to support the
Hill Tribe Fund’s wonderful efforts in looking after these young
hill tribe cricketers. Thank you again for all your support and
the Spirit of Cricket Award is well deserved recognition of all
that has been achieved.
Kashmir CC win Ian McDougall Shield in UN Irish Sixes warm-up
Kashmir Cricket Club won the Ian
McDougall Shield in the third edition of the UN Irish Sixes
warm-up to the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes.
Kashmir CC won the Ian McDougall Shield in the
third edition of the UN Irish Sixes warm-up as six local teams
battled for honours in a one-day competition at Gymkhana as
players gained valuable practice for the San Miguel Chiang Mai
International Cricket Sixes which get underway on Sunday 5th
Kashmir CC proudly showed off their new shirts and had a strong
team thanks to the addition of Ubaid to the squad of six who
have represented United CC in local cricket this year. They won
their first two matches to reach the final but it was UN Irish
who were the surprise package thanks largely to the exploits of
Martin Cardno who was making a rare appearance in Chiang Mai
before flying off to Hua Hin.
With Sandy Cullen, Dean Henderson and Nick Hanlon, more often
seen in the bar than on the cricket field, also in the team UN
Irish raised their game impressively and won two matches to
reach the final.
Lanna A, with Jun and Choo getting ready for their duties for SM
Thais in the main Sixes, and a team representing the tobacco
industry which included a few Floggers & Robbers favourites,
each won a match apiece, while Lanna B and Lanna International
School made up the rest of the competition.
Even though Martin Cardno and Jason Bray, who will be behind his
video camera during the Sixes, both batted well for UN Irish and
Sandy Cullen took a magnificent catch in the outfield, Kashmir
CC were too good and comfortably won the Ian MacDougall Shield,
and the enthusiastic Kashmiris will be looking to perform just
as well next week.
Kashmir CC have been enthusiastic opponents of Lanna throughout
the season, and they thoroughly deserved their success in the
Sixes warm-up as they became the third winners of the Ian
McDougall Shield. Lanna A beat the Floggers to finish third and
Lanna B defeated LIST to finish fifth.
Another enjoyable day was completed by the Chiang Mai Chassies
and Dixie Bells playing their own practice match in preparation
for the ladies competition at the Sixes, while the team of
umpires and scorers should also be applauded for their efforts.
Thanks to Sandy and Dean at UN Irish for overseeing a marvellous
day's cricket in memory of their friend. The food provided was
splendid and lasted all day as the beers continued to flow until
the sun went down. It was an occasion that Ian McDougall would
have thoroughly enjoyed and may many more days like this follow
in the Chiang Mai Sixes which begins on 5th April. Everybody
will be made most welcome.
The local teams should all give a good account of themselves
with Kashmir CC, UN Irish and Chiang Mai Warriors competing in
the players section alongside defending champions Bashundhara
The Warriors reached the Cup final in 2014 and they have
gathered together a strong team with players returning from
India and Pakistan, while one team who have beaten the
Bangladeshis are Redlands Tigers from Brisbane who are back this
year and Wolf Pack from Perth are highly competitive newcomers.
The San Miguel Thais have been promoted to the top level
following their victory in the Plate in 2014.
The second tier of teams which feature the more social players
will see local favourites Floggers & Robbers and Gymkhana
Cavaliers compete for the Spoon, as a total of 32 teams all have
a chance of glory in five divisions.
Play gets under way at Gymkhana Club at 9.30 am on 5th April,
and the competition continues for seven days with Finals Day on
11th April. Almost 100 five-over matches will be staged and a
full bar and a range of catering are provided every day.
Full information of the San Miguel Chiang Mai International
Cricket Sixes can be found on www.chiangmaisixes.com
Chiang Mai and Lamphun contest men's and women's finals at National Youth Games
Chiang Mai and Lamphun Men’s teams.
The northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Lamphun continue to lead the
way in the cricket competition at the National Youth Games as the two
provinces contested both men's and women's finals in the 2015 Chanthaboon
Games. Chiang Mai have been the leading force over the last few years but
have recently been challenged by Lamphun, with Bunchuai leading the boys to
victory in 2014.
Chiang Mai re-asserted their authority in 2015, with Bunchuai now coaching
the team, as they won the men's final by 20 runs, having already won the
women's final by seven wickets after Lamphun were limited to 98 for 7 in 20
overs. Eleven teams contested both boys and girls competitions after a
series of qualifying competitions across the country but it is only the two
northern provinces that play cricket on a regular basis.
In the men's competition, Chiang Mai won group matches against Yala and
Uttaradit, while Lamphun defeated Lopburi and Pattani, while in the second
round Chiang Mai beat Chonburi by 10 wickets and Lamphun overcame Bangkok by
nine wickets. The men's semi-finals were more closely contested as Chiang
Mai held off Khon Kaen by five runs, while Lamphun reached the final by
defeating Chanthaburi by three wickets.
In the women's competition, Chiang Mai beat Chainat and Bangkok in the group
stages, while Lamhun beat Mahasarakham, then Chiang Mai beat Mahasarakham in
the second round, while Lamphun beat Chainat. The simi-finals saw Chiang Mai
overcome Pattani by nine wickets and Lamphun defeated Sri Saket by 49 runs.
Thailand's junior cricketers had a busy week and were given the chance to
mix with athletes from many other sports. The best players from the National
Games were invited to stay behind in Bangkok for an Elite Women's
Championship, while a Thailand junior men's team will play two matches
against The Willows CC, a touring team from New Zealand.