Thailand has completed their third National Youth Cricket Championship, this time in the eastern province of Chanthaburi. Teams from twelve provinces took part this year, five more than last time. All players in the 21 teams, the coaches and officials were Thai. The Cricket Association of Thailand says that “the tournament will showcase some of the emerging talent from every province enabling them to pick target squads for national age group teams.”
Thailand is emerging as one of the region’s success stories for the number and quality of indigenous cricketers that are coming through. The successful passage of these National Youth Championships will go a long way in advancing Thailand’s stature in the ASEAN region as they looks forward to the SEA Games, Asian Games and further Asian Cricket Council events.
44 15-overs a side matches were played at two grounds over the six days with Khon Kaen and defending champions Chiang Mai in the Boys’ Final and Chiang Mai and Uttaradit contesting the Girls’ Final. Chiang Mai retained their titles remaining unbeaten in all their matches, “but it was a lot closer than last year. Both the girls’ semi-final and final were tight games and Chiang Mai had to work hard to win against the other teams who have improved a lot since the last time,” says CAT Chief Executive Mohideen Kader.
Best Batsman: Sittipong Hongsi (Khon Kaen)
Best Bowler: Pongsakorn Sirichaiyodsakun (Chiang Mai)
Player of the Tournament: Premsak Suttisamnan (Khon Kaen)
Best Bat: Chanida Suthiruang (Chanthaburi)
Best Bowler: Maneewan Jala (Chiang Mai)
Player of the Tournament: Suleeporn Laomi (Chiang Mai)
”What was very encouraging was how enthusiastic all the provincial teachers and officials were. They have all asked for equipment and coaching from the Cricket Association of Thailand, which we will be providing,” says Mr. Kader. The next National Youth Cricket Championship will take place in Chiang Mai at the end of this year.
Cricket Association of Thailand
Thailand’s First National Youth Championships
Filed April 4th, 2012