Since its inception in 2012, our club has a proud history of supporting youth cricket in Chiang Mai. In four seasons we have sponsored junior teams in the Chiang Mai League – in 2016 and 2017 the Lanna Thais were good enough to win it with a little help from some of the more experienced Lanna hands.
CMLCC provides regular opportunities for young cricketers to train and play at no cost in friendly weekend matches, and when there is senior cricket booked in the afternoon, grounds are made available for junior matches in the morning.
Aside from local cricket, we have included young Thai players on all outbound tours – including trips to Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and in the past few years the popular Koh Chang beach cricket tournament.
The Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance (CMSCA) has been developing cricket in Chiang Mai for more than 20 years. Prior to the Covid pandemic, the CMSCA was teaching soft ball ('Sawasdee') cricket in up to a dozen schools on a weekly basis. The more capable players would then train with Lanna players at the Gymkhana nets and eventually join the senior ranks. CMSCA players made up the majority of the successful Lanna Thais teams and several players are still playing today.
The CMSCA programme was necessarily mothballed during the pandemic, and due to a lack of funding for coaches it has been a challenge to get things started again. Many CMLCC members are keen to see a revival so watch this space!
The other major force in junior cricket in the region is based in Lamphun (about 25km from Chiang Mai) who have churned out many skilled cricketers in their boys and girls teams over a long period. Several have gone on to represent Thailand and qualify as coaches. Lamphun have been regulars in the Chiang Mai League and always provide an injection of enthusiasm and energy, particularly in the field.