About the Phuket Cricket Week

Welcome to the official blog of the Phuket Cricket Week

The Phuket Cricket Week is run by the Asian Cricket Sixes Tour (ACST) (www.cricketsixes.com)

The ACST continues to organise superb club cricket events at fantastic locations across Asia Pacific since it was founded in 2000.

The Phuket Cricket Week comprises of the ICC Award Winning Phuket International Cricket Sixes and the Thalang International 7's (formerly known as the Kata International 7's)

The Sixes were first held in 2004, while the 7's made its first appearance in 2012. Both events have helped raise substantial sums through the kindness of its worldwide participants to assist in the next generation of Thais falling in love with the game through the Phuket Cricket Group's Junior Development Fund. The ACST would like to thank the PCG for their continued and invaluable support as the Phuket Cricket week continues to flourish.

All enquiries for anyone wishing to come along and make friendships through the game, whether as a team or individuals should contact the ACST Chairman, Michael 'Cat' Maher at mmaher.padmir@bigpond.com or by telephone on +61 407 385 481.

We hope that you enjoy looking through the archives of this brilliant event. Look at the index page down the right-hand side and click on the year and feature you wish to see. Content will continually be updated. If you see an untitled image you can assist with, please get in touch!

Monday, December 21, 2015

2011 - Kids Development

Phuket Sixes Stars Give Helping Hand to Local Youth Players

Monday 11th April 2011

Several experienced stars of the game of cricket and the forthcoming Asian Cricket Sixes Tour Phuket International Cricket Sixes Tournament gave up their free time to coach local Phuket youngsters this morning.

The juniors of Bansapam School were given tuition by former Australian Test star Trevor Chappell, Australian Indoor World Cup player Will Badger and former Australian Women’s captain and record holder Karen Rolton along with Mark and Rachel Thamm of the competing Custom Cockatoos of Adelaide.

The session was arranged between Tournament Co-Ordinator Rob Bernard, Raju Seemant of the Phuket Cricket Group and Anongnart Seemant, the PCG Youth Officer.

The coaching clinic lasted for a couple of hours in the extreme heat as the twelve youths were given tips in their batting and bowling before engaging in some fielding drills which were all met with great enthusiasm.

Eight of the players will make up the PCDC Natives team at the tournament starting at the Karon Stadium from this Thursday, as well as being joined by several others to appear in the O’Tool’s Phuket Junior Cricket Exhibition Match on Friday at Karon Stadium from 5.15pm.

Mr Bernard said, “It was a wonderful sight to see how the boys have progressed from last year and watching how quickly they put into action the advice that was given to them. Credit must go to their coach Kru Took and the boys themselves. It really has given the week the most tremendous start.”

The following article has been taken from the 2011 Tournament Magazine...


A History of Fundraising at the Phuket International Cricket Sixes

When the ACST set up the Phuket Junior Cricket Development Fund in April 2010 it added to a long history of proud fund raising at this magnificent event.

The history of the Phuket International Cricket Sixes goes all the way back to April 2004 when twelve teams competed for honours at that first tournament.

December 2004 saw personal, economic and physical devastation hit the Phuket community when the tragic tsunami struck. Much incredible work was done at the time, and many local Phuket cricketers were heavily involved.

The ACST were determined that the tournament would still go ahead as scheduled the following April and showed great determination to ensure that Phuket would not suffer further from a shortfall of tourists. Eighteen teams and the entourage of spectators and officials pumped an estimated US$300,000 into the tourism economy on the island.

A first in 2005 saw the introduction of the Twenty 20 Charity Fundraising Match which was played under the lights of the Karon Stadium. This match and other fundraising activities helped to raise 75,000 baht for a local orphanage charity.

As the Phuket Sixes tournament continued to gather credence, so did the charity work. This was assisted by the ‘Fun in the Sun’ event truly encapsulating the ACST ethos of ‘Making Friendships Through Cricket’ and with teams adhering to the MCCs Spirit of Cricket. It is that atmosphere that has always brought out the best in people while at the tournament.

Good news obviously travelled fast and 2006 saw twenty eight sides enter. ‘Cricket Heaven’ was how one player famously described what he found. The mixture of players of all abilities including Test caps Trevor Chappell, Allan Mullally, Pranab Roy and Adam Hollioake thoroughly enjoyed their week at the Phuket Sixes 2006.

During the tournament, generous players and spectators dug deep with more than 100,000 baht being raised for local charity Childwatch-Phuket and the Youth Development Programme of the Phuket Cricket Union. Karyn ‘Kitten’ Brown worked tirelessly while Allan Mullally generously donated a lovely piece of Ashes cricket memorabilia which was auctioned off for US$1,500.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) were so impressed with the tournament and its excellent charity work that its President, Ehsan Mani and other distinguished members of the selection panel awarded the Phuket Sixes the ICC’s Global & Regional ‘Best Spirit of Cricket Initiative’. By winning the awards the Phuket Cricket Union received US$1,000 of cricket equipment from Kookaburra to help develop cricket on the island.

The Twenty 20 game of 2007 saw substantial funds being raised on the night for the Phuket Sixes charity Childwatch despite a heavy shower on the night. The generosity of the Sixes participants and spectators towards all the charity fundraising activities continued, which included a sponsored head shaving by Kevin Bishop, one of the event officials. 70,000 baht was raised throughout the week by the spectators and players of the nineteen competing sides.

The charity work continued apace in 2008 around the event, particularly at the Closing Awards Dinner at the Hilton Arcadia Hotel. New team entrants entrants Toorak Prahan from Australia started a proud tradition as they left their kit at the end of the tournament so that the juniors on the island had proper cricket equipment to use and continue their development. Toorak’s continued donations have helped many Phuket locals over the ensuing years.

2009 saw twenty six teams decamp on the island for the week of fun. Many new teams joined up and got involved throughout. A team made up of Worcestershire and City Police were in Phuket for a full tour as well as entering two sides into the sixes. They kindly brought a large kit bag with them full of equipment to donate to the juniors. The Awards Dinner took place at the Moevenpick Resort where many funds were raised, aided by the top after dinner speaker Bob ‘The Cat’ Bevan MBE conducting the auction.

Last year Karen ‘Kitten’ Brown returned with some wonderful fundraising innovations for Phuket. She brought along a supply of small fluffy ducks which any batsmen failing to trouble the scorers put into the charity bucket in return for wearing the duck throughout the event. She also worked tirelessly selling squares on her cards with many winners walking away with wonderful prizes donated by our kind sponsors. Some of the generous players were so overcome from the first appearance of the local PCDC Junior Natives in the senior competition that they bought the lads cricket equipment and clothing.

The Thai boys captured the hearts of all at the event. It undoubtedly assisted everyone involved in the newly formed Phuket Junior Cricket Development Fund to raise a staggering 130,000 baht (approx US $4,000).

The Fund was set up to specifically assist junior cricket in Phuket and in July 2010 donated 43,000 baht (approx US$1,530) to support the Phuket Under 15 teams tour and participation in the 4th Kuala Lumpur Cricket Association / Royal Selangor Club International Youth Under 15 Cricket Carnival tournament which was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between July 30th and August 1st.

The Phuket Under 15 side was made up of young Thai players many of whom competed in the local Phuket league and played at the Phuket Sixes the previous April.

Look out this year for our fundraisers led by Carolyn Latter and her team who are kindly giving up their time to help others. If you have some spare cash please feel free to have a go on the cards or auctions. You could go away with some magnificent prizes whilst knowing you are doing your bit to help a new generation of cricketers with things we so often take for granted. If you have spare kit that you no longer require please leave it with us on Finals Day so it will find a good home and continue to go to good uses.

Here’s to the 2011 Phuket International Cricket Sixes. Let’s have a great time Making Friendships Through Cricket and help others at the same time!

Rob ‘Chops’ Bernard
Tournament Co-Ordinator
Phuket International Cricket Sixes 2011

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