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    Chiangmai Cricket Sixes - 1/4/2007

    Chiangmai Cricket Sixes - 20 Years of Fun
    <BLOCKQUOTE><FONT face=Arial size=2>Michael McCune
    The 20th annual Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes will start on April 1, 2007 at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club cricket grounds, and it will be the largest Chiang Mai Sixes ever, with more teams and more matches and more fun than ever before.

    For one week, 33 teams from countries around the world will meet to play cricket and enjoy the warm welcome that Chiang Mai provides to its visitors. The sounds of willow bats striking leather cricket balls, the cries of “Howzat!”, and the pleasure of a cold drink in the warm April sun will be enjoyed by everyone who attends.
    For those who are not familiar with the lively and action-filled Sixes version of cricket, it is a fast, much-shortened form of the one day game, and the short format produces an intensity of play that even first-time viewers can enjoy. Each team fields six players, and the batsmen face a total of but 30 balls (five overs of six balls each). Run totals have exceeded 120 runs from five overs, which is prodigious batting! Of course, with the entire fielding side being only six players, there is a lot of open field to hit into, but that is all part of the excitement as the two teams struggle for dominance.
    Each day’s cricket will commence at 8.30 a.m. and up to 14 matches are scheduled each day before drawing of stumps around 5.30 p.m. The fact that up to 14 games will be played per day gives you an idea of how fast and furious the action will be. While cricket is the main theme and topic, fun and socializing are also high on the agenda.
    So far, team entrants are from thirteen different countries for this year’s tournament, including Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, England, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, UAE, Vietnam, and Wales. And then there is the one team billing itself as coming from “the rest of the world”. The week also includes matches by two women’s cricket teams and an “Old Crocks” game. A number of notable players with international experience are usually on hand and playing with some of the teams, so who knows what cricket star you might see?
    In 2006-2007, a number of improvements were made at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club cricket grounds. First, a set of turf wickets were installed, and new drainage put it to help with the maintenance of the grounds. These turf wickets enabled the first-ever international cricket matches to be played at the Gymkhana Club in December 2006. Next, an entirely new scoreboard was installed with quite large numbers that can easily be viewed from anywhere on the grounds. Last, an enclosed area has been created to host the equipment and people who will be supporting the Sixes.

    Once again this year, every day of the Chiang Mai sixes will be broadcast in both audio and video formats. Full details of the broadcasts and other details of the tournament can be found on the Sixes website at Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes
    In order to encourage the development of cricket in Thailand, a simplified version of cricket was introduced to Chiangmai schools some years ago. It is called “Sawadee Cricket” and the juniors will have their own tournament, competing for the Sixes Sawadee Cricket Cup, from the 4th - 6th April. They will be playing on a field adjacent to the adult pitch and it is marvelous how these young Thais have taken to playing cricket! Some of the first players from Chiang Mai have now graduated to playing the hard ball game and are now representing Thailand in junior international matches.
    So now is the time to dust off that old cricket cap and blazer and get along to the Chiangmai International Cricket Sixes. Lots of action-packed cricket, lots of fun and a major measure of friendly socializing!
    The Chiengmai Gymkhana Club is situated on the old Chiangmai Lamphun Road just north of Nong Hoy Market (before the Sheraton Hotel) and is an easy tuk-tuk or songthaew ride from any part of Chiang Mai. Admission to the beautiful, spacious grounds of the Gymkhana Club is free and there is ample, shaded seating for cricket spectators. As always, there will a wide variety of foods on sale, plus cold beer and other beverages will be available from the “Boundary Bar” which is located right in the heart of the action. The Sixes is sure to be a fun-filled seven days and a big crowd puller for residents of Chiang Mai and visitors to our northern city.
    To get there: Gymkhana Club, Raj Uthit Rd, trisection on Lamphun Rd., Tel

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    I believe "our" roving reporter, CMn, will be covering this event (with pics) for us. Some sort of arrangement he has with MM, if I'm not mistaken

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    Yes but the agreement was to pay him wiuth beers so I am assuming his reports will not be coming through.

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    well if your past record with KW (of paying up on beer debts) is anything to go by, who could blame the poor guy

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    Oi! Hang about! I havent had the chance to meet the indo bastard to pay off me debt!

    You should know that an Aussie is never left behind on a shout!

    Now if someone would hurry up and organise the next teak door meeting http://teakdoor.com/the-captains-lou...or-soiree.html we might just be able to rectify this terrible situation
    News is what someone, somewhere is trying to suppress - everything else is just advertising.

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    On the subject of beer and the Chiangmai 6's.
    if you are planning to attend this odd little event, be sure to take your tinnies, cans or whetever you drinkers call them with you.

    They charge something like 75 or 80 baht a can at the ground.

    I whinged to the committee who told me that the money was ploughed back in to cricket type things... but fuk that, the committee are a bunch of tosser twats.

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    ^

    I gather that you aren't on the comittee any more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    I gather that you aren't on the comittee any more?
    The writing was on the wall when I put half a years subs on an odds on favourite at Chepstow.
    Last edited by ChiangMai noon; 09-03-2007 at 07:01 PM.

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    So you are also addicted to gambling as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    So you are also addicted to gambling as well?
    I might simply be addicted to lying.

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    jolly good show old chap

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    So you are also addicted to gambling as well?
    Might I improve my chances of a job on your staff by pointing out the redundancy in the sentence above?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon
    I might simply be addicted to lying.
    The sum of ones addictions is a constant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock
    So you are also addicted to gambling as well?
    I might simply be addicted to lying.
    sounds like you're the right man to be writing match reports on England games

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    20th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes begin this weekend

    20th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes begin this weekend

    Setting the pitch by Peter Cummins, Special Correspondent, Chiangmai Mail

    In spite of the dire environmental conditions prevailing in the north and north-east of the Kingdom, the 20th Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes competition will, no doubt, be on schedule, from 31 March to the seventh of April. Tournament organizers expect that the pall of smoke covering the northern city will lift by then, and the record number of 33 teams coming from the world’s nations of cricket-lovers will have their usual week of exciting competition, social intercourse, camaraderie and the odd beer or six between the fast-moving games.



    Admission is free, there are many shady areas for spectators, a well-stocked bar (of course!) and snack areas - so come along and experience the 20th Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes.

    Played, as always, at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club cricket ground, there will be teams from 13 cricketing nations, including some “wannabe” cricketers: Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, England, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and Wales.

    With 14 matches scheduled for the first few days from 8.30 until “stumps” - usually in the failing light around 17.30 - it is going to be a real feast for cricket lovers. Not only will the action be relayed in both audio and video formats - this latter re-played at the cricketers’ bars in Chiang Mai - but also the aficionados will be able to catch up on the great event being played out in the Caribbean, “My Cricket World Cup”. And, throughout it all, will be the dulcet tones of perennial commentator, Ric (Viking) Davis who has only missed two years since the tournament was established in 1988.

    Defending Cup champions from former years will also be back to contest the five major divisions, the Cup, the Shield, the Bowl, the Plate and the Spoon.

    As usual, there will also be an “old crocks” challenge but, unfortunately, one of the ‘master old crocks’, Bangkok Post’s Old Crutch, will be absent this year and it was suggested that Peter Cummins, definitely the oldest “old Crock”, pad up for the game. But, as he has said every year, “I will be too busy hiding behind my camera to do anything strenuous like that.”


    The ever-popular Women’s Challenge will again pit the Chiang Mai Chassies against the World Women Dixie Belles - two formidable teams who are careful to have lots of liquid refreshments prior to their game: “One must avoid dehydration,” one of the ladies pointed out last year, as she downed prodigious quantities of beverage.

    Another highlight will be the Eighth Sawasdee Cricket Cup for Thai juniors, comprising a number of schools affiliated with the Chiangmai Schools Cricket Alliance. A number of these budding Thai cricketers, supported by the International Sixes teams, have developed into international stars.

    Besides the regular supporters of this week-long cricket fest, ESC (European Security Concepts) and the re-opened Chiangmai Mail newspaper will be the major sponsors.

    The driving force behind the International Cricket Sixes has been the Bromleys - Maurice and Renita - who have worked hard and diligently to ensure the success of the event. Maurice, as tournament director through all these years, has vowed that this will be his “Swan-song” but, somehow, after knowing him through our long association, I doubt it!

    Actually, prior to last year’s devastating floods which inundated Chiang Mai and virtually washed away the surface of the grounds of the now 109-year-old Gymkhana Club, cricket there was facing a dismal future and, during the 19th tournament, the cricket area, at times, looked like the Gobi Desert.

    But, since then, major improvements have included a set of turf wickets, new drainage and an up-to-date highly visible electronic scoreboard, guaranteeing the beautiful ground many more years of great cricket. Ironically enough, now that the ground is in great shape, we have to worry about the air above. Let’s hope that the burning off, causing much contaminated air, will be a thing of the past, come the first of April.

    Entry to the event is free and there are many shady areas for spectators, a well-stocked bar (of course!) and snack areas.

    Programmes will be available on arrival and, in the meantime, if any further information is required, go to the Sixes web-site: www. chiangmaisixes.com

    To finish with an immortal cricket phrase: “HOWZAT!”


    Chiang Mai Mail

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    Excuse me, but where the fuck is CMn's report on this?

    Budding jurno my arse (CMn that is). I need to know what happened here!!

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    I've been very busy this week consulting on languages and stuff.
    I'm going to the 6's tomorrow and Tuesday.

    unfortunately my wife has taken my camera to Petchabun with her and isn't back till Wednesday... maybe Frankie would come along and be my photographer person.

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    ^call youself a jurno - let the missus take the camera on the most important wk/end of your life

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    bladdy hell, yet more trollop from the welsh git..... does he even unnerstand cricket? do they play it over there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwillyhggtb
    bladdy hell, yet more trollop from the welsh git..... does he even unnerstand cricket? do they play it over there?
    played in the same county junior team as Adrian Dale and Steve James.... no shit.
    Also the same club team as Mathew Maynard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    Oi! Hang about! I havent had the chance to meet the indo bastard to pay off me debt!

    You should know that an Aussie is never left behind on a shout!

    Now if someone would hurry up and organise the next teak door meeting http://teakdoor.com/the-captains-lou...or-soiree.html we might just be able to rectify this terrible situation

    a man could die of thirst......

    hehehehe

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    Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes comes to exciting conclusion

    Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes comes to exciting conclusion

    Story and Photos by Alan Parkhouse
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    One of the world’s biggest amateur cricket tournaments ended last Saturday in Chiang Mai after one week of exciting competition, socializing and getting to know Thailand’s second largest city.
    A record number of 33 teams from 15 countries took part in the week-long tournament, which was held at the historic 109-year-old Chiengmai Gymkhana Club grounds in the heart of Chiang Mai.
    At the end of a long week of tough competition the biggest winners were the many local children who play cricket in Chiang Mai’s junior league, with all proceeds from the annual Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes going towards developing the game locally at the junior level.

    An indication of how successful the local junior cricket program has been over the many years the tournament has been supporting it was the inclusion of a team of young local players in the senior competition for the first time.
    A team of young Thai boys aged between 15 and 17 entered the senior competition and played under the team name of Thai Thevada, and they surprised everyone by doing very well.
    They had a couple of wins and a narrow loss in the provisional games to determine which of the four groups the various teams are grouped in, and Thai Thevada made it into the second top group, the Shield.

    The tournament is divided into four groups according to the playing levels of the team - some teams are made up of very amateur pub sides while others include regular first-class players and even former internationals.
    So being drawn into the Shield group, the second highest at the tournament, seemed a bit tough on the youngsters at first, but they soon proved the doubters wrong.
    In fact, the Thai Thevada team did so well against teams of grown men who had played the game all their lives that they made it through to the semi-final, along the way clocking up some great
    Their dream run came to an end, however, when they faced the Tokyo Wombats, a team of expats based in Japan, in the Shield semi-final, but it was a narrow, and heartbreaking, loss.
    The Thai boys batted first and made a good total against some tight bowling from the Wombats, setting the Tokyo boys a good run chase.
    But the Wombats dug in and the match went down to the final ball with the Thais one run in front. As the crowd cheered on the young Thai bowler as he ran in to deliver the final ball, the Wombat batsman stepped up the wicket and hit him for two runs and a victory.
    The poor Wombat batsman later came and apologized to the Thai team, saying he felt terrible that he’d bought their great run to an end.
    In typical Thai fashion the boys smiled and told him “mai pen rai”.
    While the local boys grabbed a lot of attention, a team of Englishmen were having a lot more luck than their national team and quietly making their way through to the finals of the top flight Cup group.
    The most exciting match at this year’s Sixes, and one of the most exciting finishes in Sixes history, was this year’s Cup final.
    Bangladesh team the Cricketeers batted first in the Cup final against English side the Gloucestershire Gipsies and made a subdued start, taking only 12 off the first over and eight off the second.
    Tight bowling and good fielding by the Gipsies held the normally big-hitting Cricketeers to a modest total of 75 in their innings.
    The Gipsies then took the game to the Cricketeers when it came their turn to bat, smashing sixes and fours and racing to 46 after three overs.
    The match went down to the wire with the Gipsies needing 10 runs off the last two balls and they hit a four from the second last ball and then smashed a brilliant six off the final ball for victory. It was the most exciting finish in the 20 years the Sixes has been held and had the very vocal crowd on their feet.
    The rest of the finals were also top quality cricket, if not as exciting as the main game.
    In the Bromley Shield final, Japan-based team the Tokyo Wombats batted first against the Irish Pub Gang Green from Thailand and clocked up 67.
    Tokyo Wombat Ian Gason, who suffered a fractured nose during his team’s earlier match against Thai Thevada, returned to take the field against the Irish Pub Gang Green and opened the bowling for his side.
    However, Gason’s efforts were in vain as the Irish Pub Gang Green raced to a winning total of 69.
    Two Thai expat teams made it into the final of the Bowl group when the Floggers and Robbers took on the Southerners. The Southerners batted first and scored the respectable total of 85 runs for the loss of three wickets, and in reply the Floggers and Robbers stole the match with a winning score of 86 for one.
    There was also an exhibition game on the final day between an All Star team led by former Australian international Trevor Chappell and a Rest of the World side led by former Sri Lanka international Lantra Fernando, and it was one of the best games of the day.
    Young Thai player Suranya “Off” Chanai, who has come up through the local junior league and played with the Thai Thevada side, joined Chappell’s team and bowled very well, helping restrict the Rest of the World to 57 runs.
    “Off” also played a starring role with the bat and hit the winning runs for Chappell’s All Star team, with a great six off the second last ball followed by a quick two runs off the last ball for a winning total of 58.
    The Joe Carpenter Plate final saw two Aussie sides, new team Yarrambat and regulars the Sugar Shack Postels, battling for honours. Yarrambat scored 83 in their innings while the Sugar Shack melted with only 51.
    There was also a women’s match between local ladies team and defending champions the Chiang Mai Chassies and visitors the World Women’s Dixie Bells.
    The more experienced Chassies knocked up a big total or 71 for victory, while the visiting ladies only managed 48 in reply in an entertaining match which featured champagne bottles behind the stumps at each end.
    The last of the finals was in the Spoon division and the Maythais, an offshoot of regular Chiang Mai tourists the Warathais, faced the IOS Malakas in a low scoring game. The Maythais had a good knock of 52 in their innings, while the Malakas knocked up 54 in reply for victory.
    Tournament director Maurice Bromley and other officials presented the trophies to the various winners at the end of play.
    The final party was held on Saturday night at the Central Duangtawan Hotel where a number of items signed by famous players were auctioned off with the proceeds going towards developing local junior cricket, which is going from strength to strength.
    The Sixes official sponsors, European Safety Concepts (ESC) headed by Steve Graham, and the Chiangmai Mail have announced that next year the Cricketers can continue to count on their support. The winning team will be able to return next year with an added bonus of complimentary accommodations while the runners up will enjoy a fun packed weekend in Pattaya. San Miguel Beer, an additional sponsor, provided cold brew throughout the event and all were very grateful.

    More pictures and info here


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    good on them, thai thevada is one o my ole teams!

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    2010 Chiang Mai Sixes

    23rd "San Miguel" Chiang Mai
    International Cricket Sixes


    Sunday March 28 -
    Saturday April 3, 2010



    And to any of the tight bastards who quibble about paying a bit extra for the beer at the ground, yes the profits from the tournament are ploughed back into developing cricket in Thai schools (not too much support from the gov't or the ACC), so don't be so farking keeneaow

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