day 7 match report
Justin Moseley " Chiang Mai
Bashundhara Cricketeers lift the Cup at the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes
Finals day of the San Miguel Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes at the Gymkhana Club saw the Cup won by the Bashundhara Cricketeers, the Bowl by Yarrambat, the Shield by the Surrey Vagrants, the Plate by the Lords Taverners Postels and the Spoon by the Wombats.
In the tense Cup Final the Gloucestershire Gipsies from England batted first against the Bashundhara Cricketeers from Bangladesh. After losing the talents of Mark Briers early on through injury the Gipsies went on to score 59, their batting being restricted by some excellent fielding. The Gipsies put up a tough defence of their score, and took it down to the final over, but the Cricketeers did enough to become the 2009 Cup Winners.
Earlier in the day, in the first Cup semi-final the Perth Postels were contained to 58 after fine bowling and fantastic catching by the Bashundhara Cricketeers, who followed up with batting that saw them win by the third over. Not having lost a game all week the local Irish Pub lost four wickets in the second semi to the Gloucestershire Gipsies, whose Bill Johnson was given the chance he needed to finish off with a super final over and win the match.
In the first semi-final of the Bowl the Drifters from England got an early first wicket against Darjeeling from the UAE, who went on to score 64. The Drifters made a fine effort to beat the score set, but good bowling and fielding in the final over just prevented it. The second semi-final saw Yarrambat take five wickets from Thai Thevada, who did well to score 40 after this loss and were unable to contain their opponents from scoring more. The performance of the Thai lads against much older and experienced opposition has been an inspiration to the tournament. In the exciting Final a determined Darjeeling batted very strongly to score 87, but Yarrambat responded magnificently and fine batting from Simon Bray and Daniel Shaw saw their score rise to 88 and victory in the final over. Celebrations started at the Boundary Bar soon afterwards and are probably still continuing.
Competition for the Shield began with a victory for the Tokyo Wombats over the Yorkshire Puddings who could not quite rise to the occasion this time. The Surrey Vagrants were set a good 77 target by the Armadillos, but a strong batting response settled the game. In the Final the Tokyo Wombats were in fine form again, but 2008 Cup winners the Surrey Vagrants used a score of 86, with great batting from Mark Higgs and Steve Naylor, to win the game.
In the Plate Final the Lords Taverners Postels overcame a hard-trying and spirited effort from Sa Pa and in the Spoon Final the Wombats continued their winning ways this year with a victory over the Bangkok Postels.
It would certainly be true to say the wheels came off the chassis for one of the teams in the Ladies Final as the Thai Angels resoundingly beat the Chiang Mai Chassies with much better bowling and batting and two great catches.
The organisers of the tournament are most grateful to all the teams who have donated so much high quality equipment to the local cricket scene - for more information, check out www.chiangmaisixes.com.