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Coffin’s out for the new Phuket cricket season!

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PHUKET: The cricketing fraternity on Phuket is preparing for the upcoming 2011/2012 Island Furniture League, and all fixtures will be played at the sport’s new dedicated facility – the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) in Thalang.

Martin Foster, club affairs representative of the Phuket Cricket Group, which is responsible for organizing and running the league, is looking forward to seeing the teams compete at their new home.

“The ground will have a lush cover of grass, so expect to see many more players diving around in the field. The synthetic turf pitch will also result in a much more consistent bounce, enabling the batsmen to play their shots with more confidence,” said Martin.

With a new facility on the horizon, the appeal of playing cricket in Phuket is attracting more players.

“We expect to have at least six teams this season, which is testament to the popularity cricket is gaining here in Phuket,” added Martin.

Many different nationalities are involved with cricket on the island, including the main test nations of England, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, a Thai youth team will also compete in the league.

The main senior competition is played on a Sunday and is a 35-40 over format. There is also likely to be a 20/20 competition for “die-hards” who can’t get enough cricket.

Expect to see more events and touring sides, such as the Singapore Cricket Club, due to play here in November 2011. The prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), known as the home of cricket, will also play at the ACG as part of their Thailand tour in February, 2012.

In March, 2012, the ACG will host the Thailand Youth Games’ cricket competition, with the local Phuket team hoping to secure a medal, if not becoming outright Thai Youth cricket champions.

With only a few weeks remaining before the start of the new season, anyone interested in playing or assisting in any way should contact the Phuket Cricket Group.

“We’re always interested in welcoming new people, whether they are players or just want to enjoy relaxing with friends watching the game,” said Martin.

For further details visit phuketcricketgroup.com or contact [email protected].

— Neil Quail



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Fourteen kilograms of marijuana seized in pre-Songkran drug crackdowns

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Phuket police have sized a total of 14 kilograms of marijuana in three separate cases, including intercepting parcel post yesterday. It’s all part of the annual pre-Songkran drugs crackdown.

Phuket Provincial Police have seized a parcel box sent via Thai Post in Rawai where they found 12 kilograms of marijuana. Police are now tracking down the sender.

In the second case police have arrested 46 years old Kamon ‘Noom’ Teeratrakunchai in Wichit. Police seized one kilogram of marijuana inside a Kerry Express parcel box. The suspect has been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug.

And in the third case Patong police arrested a suspect near a market on Bangla Road in Patong. Police seized one kilogram of marijuana during that arrest. That suspect has also been charged with illegal possession of a Category 5 Drug.

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Emergency crews participate in fire drill at Phuket airport

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PHOTOS: The Phuket International Airport

Phuket International Airport emergency crews battled fake fires near the main runway today.

Firefighters and rescue workers were deployed on the tarmac as part of regular drills aimed at improving response times and emergency response efficiency. This was the first such drill at the airport this year.

Observing officials reported that the emergency crews were timely and effective in their response during the exercise. The drills follow a standard of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and are carried out periodically to check on preparedness for various emergencies.

No flights were reportedly affected by the drill.

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Power outage in parts of Chalong tomorrow

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PHOTO: PEA

Residents of Chalong should be aware that there is a scheduled power outage from 9am to 4.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday) as the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) continues its work on high power voltage systems in the area.

The blackouts will affect the areas from the Shell petrol station on Patak Road to Bayshore law office opposite Chalong Beach Hotel on Wiset Road.

As always, the PEA apologises for the inconvenience.

For more information contact the Operations and Maintenance Department of the Provincial Electricity Authority on 07 652 1099 (24 hr)

 

 

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