Junior cricket takes centre stage as the Skilletts gain dual victory

21 December 2020
Junior cricket takes centre stage as the Skilletts gain dual victory

The Terry Skillett Memorial Cup was held for the second time at Gymkhana Club on Sunday 20th December as we paid tribute to the wonderful fund raising efforts of the late Terry Skillett and his partner Jenny Morgan.

Two matches were played between the Morgans and the Skilletts first at under-15 level and then in a contest played on grass open to all our Thai cricketers. The Skilletts won both matches each by the margin of five wickets and a great time was had by all as junior cricket was again showcased on the Sunday before Christmas.

The under-15 match held in the morning saw the CMSCA team playing as the Morgans take on Lamphun playing as the Skilletts. The Morgans made 72 for 3 in 15 overs with openers Joker and Nirwan catching the eye.

The Skilletts lost early wickets as Julian and Tom impressed with the ball. Namtan made 16 before retiring and left-hander Patter hit well to leg to reach 22* as the Skilletts won with eight balls to spare. There was also a beginners match held on the edge of the main pitch to keep everybody involved and more than 60 young cricketers were given Thai food lunch before the start of the main match and all the players posed in front of the sponsor's banner in their new white shirts provided by Decathlon.

The teams were selected before the toss and Chanchai captain of the Skillets asked the Morgans to bat first. Frame top scored with 29 and Duan took two wickets in two balls before the two girls Yok and Pin claimed three wickets each as the Morgans were bowled out for 95 in 16.5 overs.

Afternoon tea was provided by Lanna chairman Tom Salusbury and the Skilletts looked to be favouites but lost three wickets with just one run on the board as Leng and Frame caused problems. The reliable Choo was run out but this brought Chanchai to the crease and batting soon looked rather easier.

Chatree another talented all-rounder matched Chanchai shot for shot as both hit six boundaries as both reached 30 before retiring. Sir took a wicket with his first ball but Duan and Feem saw the Skilletts home as they reached 99 for 5 in 14.4 overs.

The Skilletts thus retained the Terry Skillett Memorial Cup and the presentation was held after the match with Chanchai again lifting the trophy on a brief trip from Bangkok where he and Champ have new careers and are playing for Southerners. Frame and Chatree were prizes of Decathlon jackets as players of the day and marketing manager Khun Oak explained her company's new interest in cricket.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this day a great success and particularly to Rob Bernard and George Appleton for their fund raising efforts. George completed the 10k event in the Chiang Mai marathon earlier in the day before umpiring the main match. We are doing our best to make sure junior cricket continues as Terry and Jenny would wish.

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