First Day of the Cricket Sixes at Gymkhana Club

April 1

The Sixes, held at the historic Chieng Mai Gymkhana Club, itself now 120 years old, runs for seven days from 1st to 7th April. There will a total of 109 matches with 16 five-over matches played on the first six days with semi-finals and the finals being held on Saturday 7th April. This makes it one of the largest editions of the Sixes ever held with 36 men’s teams and four women’s teams. There will be 20 teams in the Gentlemen’s Section and 16 teams in the Players’ Section so matches should be competitive throughout. All 36 men’s teams will play three group matches in the first round and then will be divided into six different competitions for the second round. The Cup will see the six best teams in the competition compete for the main prize and spectators should see some top-class cricket played with a number of high class teams involved. It is exciting that two teams are coming from Bangladesh this year and they will be challenged by local teams CMCC and UN Irish as well as several strong teams from Australia such as St Francis de Sales, Clifton Hill and a young team from Melbourne called Get the Runs may well live up to their name. With four ladies teams also competing in their own competition, there will be a very busy week ahead as cricketers of all abilities and from all over the world take the field and enjoy the social events provided for them. All players in teams that win a competition will be awarded with a prize and this year it is a wonderful memento in the style of the competition’s logo produced by Elephant Parade. Best of all, we will see a large number of young Thai cricketers involved in the competition, probably more than ever this year, as the Thai Thevada team will give a chance to the younger Thai boys, while the best players, all close to national selection, will have the opportunity to play for Lanna CC and UN Irish in the Players Section. The Thai girls are not forgotten as Thai Angels are defending champions of the Ladies Cup but will face stiff competition from a new Australian team called Central Spirit. Spectators are more than welcome with several outlets for food and drinks available.

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