|Chiang Mai’s Boys and Girls: National Youth Cricket Champions 2011|
Chiang Mai confirmed its supremacy in Thailand’s domestic cricket scene by winning both male and female events in the National Youth Championships. Chiang Mai’s boys successfully defended the title they won in the inaugural championships in 2009 with the women, led by U-19 national captain Phira-on Kamla knocking over title holders Bangkok. “It’s good to see cricket branching-out beyond Bangkok,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura, “Chiang Mai have now set a mark for others to match.”
Chiang Mai beat new participating province Supanburi in the boys’ final, winning by eight wickets as they chased 60 in the 15-over match. For Supanburi Nanthacod Ansuan was the tournament’s best batsman with 92 runs in four matches. Kitikoon of Chiang Mai was bowler of the tournament with nine wickets in four matches, including a devastating performance in the semi-final when Bangkok were bowled out for just 5. 15-year old Somrak Pansakun of Phuket was the Boys’ Player of the Tournament with 76 runs and 5 wickets in his three matches.
Chiang Mai won the girls’ final by seven wickets after restricting Bangkok to 47 for nine in their 15 overs and scoring 49 for three in 13 overs. Chiang Mai’s Phira-on Kamla with 67 runs won the best batter award; Watchariporn Beaupan from Bangkok with 6 wickets in 3 matches was best bowler, and Varanya Beaupan from Bangkok was the Girls’ Player of the Tournament with 47 runs and 4 wickets in her 3 matches.
The reasons for Chiang Mai’s supremacy are clear – they have an active coaching program with dedicated staff and league-cricket for U-19s and U-16s. New talent, watching from the sidelines during the recent ACC Trophy Challenge matches in Chiang Mai, has also been recruited from the outlying parts of Chiang Mai province.
The Cricket Association of Thailand has pledged “to continue the development process by sending coaches and equipment to all the provinces as they look forward towards the next National Youth Games in which cricket now plays a part.”
Cricket Association of Thailand
Thailand Cricket Profile
Filed January 19th, 2011