After a solid and hard fought game of Rugby on Saturday afternoon up against the Chaing Mai team in Chiang Mai, and of course a “regular” night on the town, the rugby lads along joined forces with a team of local youngsters in a 20/20 game against the farangs in Chiang Mai. Despite being abit disjointed at the start, all the guys showed the skills with the bat including virgin cricketers Andy, Rollin who both hail from the USA and Ultan who sounds like an Irishman, lived in Canada but reckons he’s from some small country no-one knows!

Defending about 120 or so, the Southerners unit fielded together as a team for the first 10 overs which yielded 5 wickets for 67 runs. After that, it was left to the Thai youngsters to steer the combined team to victory though victory eluded the star studded combination only to falter on the last ball of the innings with the farangs getting home with a boundary off the last ball. Commendable effort by the team with the following notable efforts:

1. Andy and Rollin being the first American to don the whites for the Southerners
2. Ultan for scoring a run off his first ball ever in cricket
3. Mossy for putting the ball over the ropes twice after a long break at the game
4. Kristian knocking Ritchie out in 2nd slip with his first ball bowled.
5. Ritchie for picking up 2 wickets
6. Josh Black bowling for the first time since U13A’s in Sydney…and picking up a wicket and grabbing a catch.
7. Uncle Vaughany’s diving backward and to his left Derrick Randall catch at covers
8. Brendon Jones bowling one superb over of pies and picking up a wicket
9. Cameron picking up a wicket in 2 tidy overs
10. Ultan, Jonesy and Kristian all need to attend the gym so they can build up their “custard arms”

Thanks for the Chiang Mai guys for the game and it is a commendable sight seeing what has been done getting local Thai youngsters playing a good standard of cricket up in the North…..we at the Southerners take our hats off to you all, both players and coaches and of course all the helpers up there in the cricket.

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