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MEMBERS of the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) sub-committee met on June 27 for a groundbreaking ceremony as development of the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) got underway.

Situated in the lakes area of Baan Liphon, the 10-rai site will be Phuket’s first dedicated cricket facility and house a 250-squaremetre, two-storey club house.

The land is owned by Alan Cooke MBE who donated the plot to develop a facility to lift the profile of cricket on the island. The ground will also be used to host other sports and major events.

Tropical Landsaping Interna- tional (TLI) has been selected for construction of the pitch. This process will involve laying a concrete wicket and then a synthetic playing surface. Turfing the outfield of the ground is also part of TLI’s remit.

“I am excited to be part of this project. TLI is carrying out the work as a service to the community and as our Managing Director, Alec Pettigrew, and I are keen cricketers,” said Ben Davis, head consultant for TLI Asia Pacific.

Modern Zen Architecture, managed by Anthony Van Blerk, is responsible for the pavilion-style club house design which on the lower level includes: men’s and women’s changing rooms, showers and toilets.

On the upper level, there is a bar and dining area as well as a balcony for spectators.

Last week, the facility received a one million baht boost from an anonymous donor.

A press release from the PCG indicated that 500,000 baht would be directly invested to ensure a quality finish for the clubhouse.

The remaining 500,000 baht will be put towards other facility improvements including a separate umpires’ and scorers’ room, nets training area and boundary fencing.

“I think most cricketers have a mental image of their ideal ground. The PCG sub-committee are all working to fulfill this vision, now shared by our donor,” said Mr Cooke.

The contract for construction of the clubhouse has yet to be awarded, but an announcement is expected later this month and construction should start at the beginning of August. - Neil Quail

© ACG Phuket Cricket and Sports Club • Supported by The Courtyard, Island Furniture and Alan Cooke MBE