The 31st tournament brings hundreds of people to visit the historic city of Chiang Mai each year for seven days of partying and cricket.
The 2019 Sixes will run from Sunday, March 31 to Saturday, April 6 at the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club, where 30 men’s teams will be competing for five trophies.The ladies competition involves six teams.
The 2018 champions, NCL Dynamites, will be returning from Bangladesh to defend their title, while local favourites Lanna CC are tipped to win the Bowl again.
New entrants, the RUC Rascals, a gold mining team from Indonesia captained by Colin Harlow, are also expected to field a strong unit, while old favourites including Blythswood CC of the UK, the Tokyo Dingbats, Ios Malakas and the Beijing Ducks all return for another year.
Last year was full of junior cricket events and none more memorably than the Sixes Sawasdee Cup, held at Prem International School in February.
For many years local school the junior cricketers played their matches at Gymkhana Club alongside the main Sixes tournament but in recent years the children from schools across the provinces of Chiang Mai and Lamphun have been brought to the wonderful ground at Prem International School to play on four pitches cut on the splendid outfield.
Martin and Puy Papworth of the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance put in weeks of planning to ensure the day was a great success with the 12 teams being divided into three groups so that children of all abilities could play matches of an even standard.
The schools providing teams were longstanding CMSCA members Sahakorn Song and Huai Keaw, the International Schools at Prem and Varee, two combined Lamphun Schools teams, as well as two teams involving children from the CricKids program that has been run on Saturday mornings at Gymkhana.
Huai Keaw A just edged out Lamphun A to win Group A as both teams finished with two wins out of three, Lamphun A surprisingly being beaten by the CricKids teams in their last match. The calculators were out and Huai Keaw were declared the winners as they had scored more runs in their three matches than Lamphun managed. Sahakorn Song A and CricKids A both won one match out of three.
Groups B and C were dominated by teams from Prem International School as both Prem B and Prem C remained unbeaten with three wins out of three. In Group B, Huai Keaw B came second, Sahakorn Song B third, Lamphun Schools fourth, while in Group C, Huai Keaw C came second, CricKids C third and Varee C fourth.
It was a wonderful day’s cricket at the David Buck Oval, with all three winning teams received trophies and medals for their players and tribute should also be paid to the older children from Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Association who acted as coaches.