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Phuket Sport: Twenty20 cricket returns to the ACG

Phuket Sport: Twenty20 cricket returns to the ACG

CRICKET: THE Outrigger T20 cricket league gets underway at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) in Thalang district on Sunday, July 7 with the opening match between the Island Cricket Club (ICC) and Village, followed by a match between Laguna and Patong.

Friday 5 July 2013, 01:22PM

A Phuket Cricket Group Youth Academy team is also taking part in the competition, and play their first match the following Sunday, July 14, against the ICC. 

The Outrigger T20 league will continue each Sunday at the Alan Cooke Ground until the end of September, and spectators are welcome at the excellent ACG pavillion during the games.

The Twenty20 (T20) format gives each team a single batting innings of 20 overs, which is said to result in more athletic cricketing action and demand higher levels of fitness from the players.
Each match lasts about three hours, and so the Outrigger league features two T20 games on each day of play.

Last year the Outrigger T20 league was won by Laguna, who defeated the ICC in the finals. Laguna also topped the 35-over Jones League Lasalle league at the ACG that finished up in May, so they’ll be the team to beat in the T20 competition.

In other local cricket news, the Phuket Cricket Group held its annual general meeting last month, which saw Chairman Mark Ashman, Secretary Stuart Reading, Treasurer Simon Samaan and Member’s Representative John Whetton re-elected to their posts for a further year.

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In a statement to members, Mr Ashman hailed the successful T20 and 35-over competitions, which he said had seen an improved standard of play this year.

He also commented on the success of the PCG’s Youth Academy cricket programme, which has included regular training sessions at the ACG and mobile cricket coaching clinics visiting Phuket schools.

Mr Ashman said the PCG had now taken over the management of the ACG, thanks to the generosity of its founder Mr Alan Cooke MBE, and were completing the details of a three-year rolling lease on the grounds.

He also said that the new electronic scoreboard for the ACG has been ordered and was on “a slow boat from the UK”, with delivery expected in about six weeks.

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