Sandy at UN Irish Pub has now held five editions of his Sixes warm-up competition he first named in honour of his friend Ian McDougall, which was renamed this year as the McDougall-Monaghan Shield following the passing of Graeme Monaghan who died on Christmas Eve last year. This sad turn of events has allowed us to run two divisions in the warm-up as the leading teams competed for the McDougall Stumps and the three more social teams played for the Monaghan Bat, a replica of the famous aluminium bat designed by Graeme.
It was a splendid day as All Stars brought an all-star team and so won the top division, but CMCC's master-blaster Abaid showed he was back to his best by scoring 30 from the first six balls of the day. He and Naveed, who played for All Stars both reached 30 three times in the day and they will be quite a sight when they play together for Kashmir Thunder in the main Sixes. Lanna were the third team in the elite group but lost both their matches before All-Stars won the final against CMCC by five wickets.
The second division was a much more social affair as Lanna International School, Lanna Thais and UN Irish Pub played some competitive cricket in the right spirit. Puy, Pin, and Noey joined the boys in the Lanna Thai team and all did well but it was LIST who won their two matches in the league despite UN Irish having both Sandy and Eddie at the top of their order.
UN Irish were able to turn the tables in the final as Chris Coombes and Ian Davidson saw the team home to victory, much to the delight of Sandy who again explained the special merits of social cricket in his presentation speech. The event went perfectly to plan as eight matches were played in the space of six hours and the new no ball and wide rules were thoroughly tested out as were the new pink Dukes balls.
Thanks to Sandy at UN Irish Pub for his sponsorship of this splendid event which helps us all look forward even more to the Chiang Mai Sixes which start next weekend.