Thursday, June 2, 2016
2013. Tournament Reports
2013 Tournament Reports
Lanka Lions Make it Five in a Row
Finals Day Wrap
The Lanka Lions took the honours as they were crowned Cup Winners for the fifth time in six years at the Chaophya Park Thailand International Cricket Sixes for 2013. The Singaporian based side beat the Hong Kong Challengers United to lift the cup with a brilliant performance. Chetan picked up the honours for the victorious side as he was named Man of the Match.
Earlier Lanka Lions had defeated MG7 in the semi-final with a polished performance, while the beaten finalists from Hong Kong had earlier seen off host club Southerners. Asif Ismail of the Challengers was awarded the Player of the Tournament trophy to round off a superb few days for his debutant side.
The Plate went to Mariners CC, also of Singapore who were too strong for Drunker Lions in the second grade final with Samir Apte being announced as the star man, following a fine performance. Beaten semi-finalists MG Warriors and Rayong Indians contributed much over the weekend and can leave with their heads held high.
The third grade Plate, which saw plenty of moments of the lighter side of the game, was won by Patong Pelicans of Phuket. They defeated Lamma CC in a gripping finale as they got over the line with a couple of balls to spare. Ian Beck starred for the runners up and picked up the award as Man of the Final. England’s sole representatives, the Beer Battered Seadogs and Thai based side Pattaya CC gave much to the event but couldn’t quite cross the line in the race for honours as they bowed out as beaten semi-finalists.
The ACST Spirit of Cricket Award went to ony, a regular at the event over the years with the Lanka sides, who’s all-round attitude deservedly led to his trophy. The ACST also presented first timers Sanya with some cricket equipment to take back to their base on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.
Following the trophy presentations ACST Chairman Michael ‘Cat’ Maher said. “It’s been a pleasure to share the company of so many wonderful people who played the matches in the spirit in which the game is intended while making friends off the pitch. I can’t thank everyone enough, including all our tremendous sponsors. 2013 has surely being one of our best events, and I already can’t wait for 2014.”
Southerners of Bangkok Shine on Day Two
Day 2 Wrap
Host club Southerners stole the show at the Chaophya Park Hotel International Cricket Sixes on day two in beautiful sunshine at the excellent Harrow International School ground. The team from Bangkok put Rayong Indians and Beer Battered Seadogs to the sword with some scintillating cricketing skills which illuminated the days play. They went on to score a further victory against Rayong in the Cup/Plate Division once the teams had found their allotted positions following round one. Only a defeat against the outstanding side of day one; Hong Kong Challengers United put a dampener on their day. United also scored a win over Rayong Indians.
Pre-tournament favourites Lanka Lions found form with a fine win against their junior side, Drunker Lions. Mariners CC of Singapore once again put on an excellent showing with a hammering of the CBB’s. This was required following a defeat against the strong MG7 outfit.
Lamma CC beat Shanghai Hot Dogs in the third grade Shield before England’s Seadogs sealed their first ever win against the Hong Kong club. Patong Pelicans saw off Pattaya CC in the other half of the draw.
Tournament Referee Ian Liddell had a fine view of the action from the scorer’s table and was most impressed with what he saw. “We’ve once again had a great day’s play with some brilliant virtuoso performances, but the spirit of the game is always just as important and that has been a real joy to see, as it shone through as brightly as the weather once again.”
Following the days play, all involved decamped to the title sponsors hotel function suite for the annual Tournament Dinner where the fun continued as tales were shared and further friendships made.
Play will begin at around 9am on Sunday with proceedings coming to a close around 5pm followed by the trophy presentations at the school, which is located approximately one kilometre west of Don Muang Airport. Admission is free, refreshments are available and all spectators are welcome.
Hong Kong Challengers Shine at Harrow
Day One Wrap
The sixth Asian Cricket Sixes Tour (ACST) Thailand International Cricket Sixes sponsored by the Chaophya Park Hotel got underway on Friday morning at the Harrow International School ground with the Hong Kong Challengers United stealing the show on the opening day with a victory over four time Cup Winners, the Lanka Lions. Later in the day the Challengers also saw off Patong Pelicans in a dramatic last over win. The Phuket based outfit were also defeated in fine fashion as the Lanka Lions found form to get their campaign back on track with Malinfa and Cheta scoring retirements.
The Kuwaiti club MG7 put in two excellent performances to push their claims for honours at the end of the weekend. Tournament debutants Sanya of China were put to the sword, which was followed by a fine victory over Mariners CC of Singapore, who thrilled the crowd with some fine catching.
Other outstanding performances came from MG Warriors of Kuwait as Lamma CC of Hong Kong were beaten from the final ball of the match in the days closest encounter. Thai based side Pattaya CC handed Lamma their second defeat of the day as skipper Simon Philbrook led the way.
The returning Shanghai Hot Dogs defeated the Drunker Lions in a tight battle, before the Lions re-grouped and saw off the internationally sprinkled veterans of the CBB’s. The days final encounter was a very one sided affair between two new teams to the event. The Thai based Rayong Indians gave the Beer Battered Seadogs of England a real lesson in the game.
Vaughan McClear of the locally based Southerners club was delighted to see the international tournament return once more. He said, “It’s wonderful to see so many people travel from all over the globe to compete and get on with each other. Cricket is the winner.”