Successful Thai cricket season concludes
It was another tough season, with some great cricket being played and a big improvement in quality of play seen from the 19 teams in Bangkok.
The Premier Grade champions were Bangkok CC, captained and managed by Mahesh Malani, who beat Indian CC in the final. A Grade saw Indian Cricket Club (2) beat Asian Institute of Technology in a close final, with Thai junior representative Adarsh Mukherjee receiving the Man of the Match award for his magnificent 98 runs. Champions (2) won the B Grade final against competition debutantes Maxwin CC.
The Thailand junior Cricket League also finished in late May, with 100 or so young cricketers between 8-17 again receiving fantastic coaching this year. This dedicated young group of boys came each Sunday to Bangkok Patana School who have set up a fantastic cricket venue, with two practice nets and a beautiful field being provided for the development of cricket. Some of these youngsters have been training very hard in preparation for the Asian Cricket Council UNder 15 Championships to be held in Thailand in December.
The Bangkok Patana School has also started their own tournament, with the inaugural winners Bangkok looking forward to an extended tournament next year. Plans are for this event to be held in January each year, with six teams are expected to play next year, including four from Thailand, and one each from Singapore and China.
In further development news, Phuket completed their first league season with a successful tournament being run on the tourist island. BCIS CC won the Island Furniture League, which is looking to expand next year both in number of teams and the possible construction of a dedicated cricket field. Watch out the new exciting news in the future from here.
The Lighthouse Phuket International Cricket Sixes hosted an amazing 28 teams in April, deservedly winning the ICC Global 'Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative' in just the tournament's third year.
The world famous Chiang Mai Sixes was also a huge success, 30 teams competing in arguably the toughest of the sixes tournaments held in Thailand each year. The Cricketeers from Bangladesh took out the cup final, with great skill on show from some former Bangladesh Test players.
Next year is the 20th anniversary, and promises to be the biggest and best yet. The Sawasdee Cricket Cup held alongside the Sixes, gives hundreds of local school children the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of an appreciative audience.