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Thailand’s king in the hearts of women’s cricketers competing in Hong Kong World Cup qualifiers

Captain Sornnarin Tippoch dedicates victory over Nepal to their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on Thursday at 88

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 October, 2016, 2:41pm
UPDATED : Friday, 14 October, 2016, 2:55pm

Thailand’s women’s cricketers competing in Hong Kong on Friday mourned the loss of their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on Thursday – dedicating their victory over Nepal to the late monarch.

Thai captain Sornnarin Tippoch, clutching a picture of King Bhumipol, said the result of their match in the ICC World Cup Asia qualifiers at Hong Kong Cricket Club mattered little. They were simply playing for their king.

“Today we play cricket but we play for our king,” said Sornnarin. “My king is everything for the people of Thailand and we love our king.

“We have lost everything [with his passing] but today we try to beat them [Nepal] because we play for our king, for my king. We have nothing to lose because we play for our king.”

King Bhumipol was the world’s longest-reigning monarch and revered by the Thai people because of the numerous times he had intervened during political turmoil to bring stability to the country.

The Royal Palace issued a statement on Thursday announcing the ­88-year-old monarch, following long, age-related illness, including renal failure, had died. Thailand’s junta named the king’s 64-year-old son, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, as his successor.

Nepal won the toss and batted first and reached 108 for four wickets from their 20 overs, with Nary Thapa hitting 32 not out.

The Thais, in reply, got off to a strong start but lost their way mid-way through the innings. In the end, they scraped home by one wicket after scoring 109 for nine in 18.4 overs.