The Gymkhana Club in Chiang Mai is getting ready for the 2017 edition of its perennially popular International Cricket Sixes tourney. The thirtieth Cricket Sixes is set to feature both local and international teams and will take place between the 2 and 8 April 2017.
Although billed as invitation only, coordinator Barrie Radburn says new teams are always welcome, but preferably those with cricketing abilities of a reasonable standard. Teams will either be entered into the Players’ or Gentlemen’s divisions and compete for different five trophies. The Cricket Sixes website has more details about how to enter.
Matches are played on all seven days of the event. While the 2017 schedule is as yet unconfirmed, the first days are usually devoted to preliminary rounds and the latter to the knockout competitions which will decide the winners in each particular category.
The Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes is an amateur event with teams limited to one professional player apiece. As the organisers say, the event has the motto of making friends while playing cricket. The action at the Cricket Sixes is not restricted to on the field as players and spectators crowd into Chiang Mai’s pubs and nightspots once each day’s play is over.
Dating from the 1890s, the Gymkhana Club is located slightly south of central Chiang Mai. As well as a well-maintained cricket pitch and practice nets, the club features a nine-hole golf course, squash and tennis courts, a snooker room and a restaurant. The Gymkhana is a private member’s club, but guests can use most of the facilities.