The Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club

Thailand’s Oldest Sports Club – Open to all

The Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club

Thailand’s Oldest Sports Club – Open to all

Cricket

Cricket is played between October and May. If you would like to play ask at the Clubhouse for details of local teams and events.

Every year the Gymkhana Club hosts the Chiang Mai Sixes, the world’s oldest international six-a-side tournament attended by teams from around the world. 

Cricket at gymkhana club: a sport for young and old

Cricket has played an integral part in the long history of Gymkhana Club as the sport was first mentioned in club records in 1898, the year that Gymkhana Club was formed. More than 120 years later cricket still brings great prestige to Gymkhana Club with a range of international tournaments.

The Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes was first played in 1988 with amateur teams coming from all round the world to take part in a wonderful tournament which allowed cricketers of all abilities to play together and build friendships over the next 33 years.

A cricket fixture with an even longer history is the annual match played between Gymkhana Club and the British Club from Bangkok and the trophy has a charming story behind it. British Club first visited Gymkhana Club in 1982 and Dick Wood, son of a Gymkhana Club founder-member, watched the first ever contest and was so delighted with his day that he provided a trophy for future matches and the Dick Wood Cup has been competed for ever since.

Matches in other sports are also played on the British Club Weekend with a large party coming from Bangkok and the 2021 edition of the Dick Wood Cup now being played on 15th March as British Club are defending the trophy as they gained their first victory for 10 years in 2020. The 40th Anniversary match is coming up in 2022 so there is all to play for both this year and next.

Some of the cricketers involved in the Dick Wood Cup can be described as veterans but the juniors are just as important part of the cricket scene at Gymkhana Club. The Sawasdee Cup has been played since 2000 as part of the Chiang Mai Sixes as local schools have an enjoyable day of softball cricket as the Thai kids take their first steps onto the cricket field.

Those first steps can lead some young Thai cricketers all the way on to the international stage and even to take part in a World Cup as recently happened to Nattakan Chantam from Prince Royal’s College in Chiang Mai. The Thailand women’s team has often taken part in international tournaments at Gymkhana Club and their journey across Australia as they played in the Women’s T20 World Cup was one of the best cricket stories of 2020 as Nattakan impressed the cricket world by scoring fifty against Pakistan.

Chanchai Pengkumta has grown from a diminutive 10-year-old when he first played cricket at Gymkhana Club to become one of the best young players in Thailand and a role model for other junior cricketers. He is now working and playing in Bangkok but regularly returns to Gymkhana Club where his cricketing journey first began.

With the Chiang Mai International Sixes unable to be held in April 2020, the Gymkhana Sixes were held over three days at the end of November for 14 teams from across Thailand and Chanchai was back to lead the young Lamphun side to the Cup title as he bowled a fantastic last over in the final against Pattaya.

The Gymkhana Cricket Section and the Chiang Mai Sixes have always promoted junior cricket and so another highly significant day in the cricket calendar is the Sunday before Christmas when the best junior cricketers compete for the Terry Skillett Cup to pay tribute to Terry and his partner Jenny who raised so much money over the years so that a generation of Thai children could play cricket and also be supported off the field.

 

Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes