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Coffin’s out for the new Phuket cricket season!

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Coffin’s out for the new Phuket cricket season! | The Thaiger

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 or contact [email protected].

— Neil Quail

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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong

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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | The Thaiger

A district livestock development office in Phuket province has announced a Rabies outbreak zone in the Chalong area yesterday.

Sutat Niyomthai, Chief of livestock development officer of Mueang Phuket District, has announced that the Baan Na Yai, Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong is a designated outbreak zone after a dog tested positive for Rabies.

A rabies temporary control zone will run from January 17 to February 16 in a radius around the Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong:

• North to Baan Ketho in Moo 7, Kathu.

• South: to Baan Bang Kontee in Moo 5, Rawai.

• East: To Baan Borea in Moo 6, Wichit.

• West: To Karon Temple in Moo 1, Karon.

Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | News by The ThaigerPhuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong | News by The Thaiger

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery | The Thaiger

A woman from Chumphon, who helps out her sister in Phuket, returned to her hometown last week where she bought a lottery ticket.

The ticket won her the first prize in the lottery.

38 year old Thai woman Chonrada Laimer from Chumphon went to Chalong Police Station yesterday with the first prize lottery ticket number 197079. The weekly lottery numbers were announced yesterday. She claims 6 million baht as the first prize.

Khun Chonrada says, “I am from Chumphon. I help my sister to sell goods in Rawai during high season. I had to visit my home in Chumphon last week and bought the lottery ticket there. It is the number of my car number plate. Then I returned to Phuket.”

“I am very happy. I will use this money to fix my parent’s house. I will still help my sister to sell goods.”

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days | News by The Thaiger

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