A decade of keen Southerners commitment, dedication and fundraising for the development of cricket in Thailand finally paid off when three native Thai’s traveled all the way from Petchabun to make their debut in a senior Southerners side against the Punjab CC at Harrow School on 12 March.

Despite being at the end of a 88 run loss, all three players performed well in their first senior game playing with, and against, some “seasoned” cricketers.

Fielding first, the Southerners could only restrict PCC to 6/181 after 25 overs.  The highlight of the innings was Khun Boy snagging his first wicket in senior cricket, finishing with figures of 1/29.  Khun May, a Thailand U19 Ladies Player, bowled well going wicketless for 25 runs from 4 overs, and was also involved in a very true Southerners incident………..dropping a catch when the bowler was on a hat trick!!!!  Now that is a TRUE Southerners moment!

Khun Oh batted for the Southerners at number 4 and second top-scored with 17 classic runs, complete with a Bradman-like cover drive for 4.

It was a huge success bringing these youngsters down and the club looks forward to more of it towards the end of the season.  Next year we may see the 3s team with over 50% players being from Petchabun.

If you would like to know more about helping the Petchabun Junior cricket, please contact the Southerners cricket rep, Vaughan McClear.

Words/pics – Vaughan McClear