Phuket's ACG coming on nicely
PHUKET: Significant progress has been made on the Phuket Cricket Group’s (PCG) new home, the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG).
Friday 7 October 2011, 06:03PM
The grass and the concrete base for the pitch has already been laid and the high-tech synthetic turf pitch, being provided by the Cricket Association of Thailand, will follow shortly.
“It won’t be long now before the Island Furniture cricket season gets underway, and the players are eagerly awaiting trying out the new ground,” said Pat Cotter, chairman of the PCG, who recently visited the site to view progress.
“The PCG is extremely proud of our new home, provided by Alan Cooke, one of Phuket’s long-time residents and most avid cricket supporters.
“Now that the turf has been laid, we need a growing in period for it to take root. We expect it to be ready for the soft opening on Saturday, November 6, when a Phuket All Star team will take on the Singapore Cricket Club in a Twenty20 exhibition match.”
Construction of the two-storey clubhouse is also well underway and making rapid progress. Once complete, players will have the luxury of dressing rooms to ready themselves for battle.
Supporters will also be well catered for as they watch their favourite team from the comfort of a bar, which will serve food and drinks.
“With this new facility, we really believe that local residents and visitors alike will be able to have a great day out watching either the local Island Furniture League or matches against touring teams,” Cotter said.
“We plan to create a social atmosphere where everyone is welcome including families and their kids.”