The Sixes Sawasdee Cup was held for the 18th time on Sunday 5th March at Prem International School on the David Buck Oval as the ground has been renamed after David, previously a CMSCA coach and the man responsible for the creation of a beautiful cricket ground, passed away in 2016.
David would have been a proud man as head groundsman Piron had prepared four pitches so that 13 teams could play a total of 23 matches as a festival of junior cricket unfolded in idyllic surroundings.
The teams were divided into three groups so that all standards and all ages could have an enjoyable day of cricket. Lamphun Schools won Group A as they won four matches out of four with Sahakorn II School finishing second, Prem third, Nongpaklang fourth and Varee fifth as the teams played a round robin league.
Group B was made up of six teams split into two groups and this was won by Sahakorn II who won all four matches with Lamphun finishing second, Huai Keaw third, Prem fourth, Lanna International School fifth and Nongpaklang sixth. SKII beat Lamphun in the final by scoring 247 to 232.
Group C for the youngest children saw a three match series between Huai Keaw and Prem ruam and this was won by Huai Keaw who won all three matches.
Gai, the winning captain for Lamphun, has already started playing hard ball cricket but player of the tournament was young June from Prem who is a delightful girl and a very enthusiastic player and this certainly would have made David Buck smile.
140 children had a wonderful day of cricket and were well looked after with lunch supplied together with goodie bags, tee shirts and towels. Thanks go to Linda Rolph and Mark Bowyer at Prem and Martin and Puy at CMSCA for all their hard work, along with the junior coaches who looked after their teams and helped with the umpiring.
We are also grateful of the support of Hugh Williams at LIST and Ian Davidson at Varee and of course to Chris Dodd for bringing his teams from Lamphun. Last but not least we thank all the players and supporters at the Chiang Mai Sixes for helping us put on this event and for supporting our on-going program of coaching in local schools. Thai and farang children alike love to play this game.