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The new home ground for the Phuket Cricket Group
Home ground for Island Furniture Senior League games
Home ground for Outrigger Hotels Twenty/Twenty League
Official venue for the Thai national youth cricket games June 2012
The AGC is approved and supported by:
The sports Authority of Phuket & Thailand
The Cricket Association of Thailand
The Asian Cricket Council


  results 2011/12:  
MCC deliver Phuket a cricket masterclass 16th February 2012

Cricket's bible, the Wisden Almanac, may not record the result of Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) match against the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) select XI, but February 16 will long live in the memory of those who were at the ACG that day.

Despite arriving the previous night from the cold conditions in Old Blighty, the MCC team showed no signs of jet-lag and immediately turned up the heat on the PCG.

Lizards chase the Tiger's tail 19th February 2012

Unlucky for some, the 13th match of the Island Furniture League saw a battle between league newcomers the Thanyapura Tigers and former champions the Liquid Lounge Lizards (LLL), at the ACG last Sunday.

Both sides were in desperate need of a win to advance up the table and boost their title hopes. In a closely fought match, the Tigers eventually managed to wrestle victory from the Lizards, largely due to timely captain’s innings from Barrie Buck.

Laguna pillage the Village 26th February 2012

Following Laguna CC’s recent loss, the Island Furniture League season was thrown wide open with the in-form Village Cricket Team holding all the cards going into the last round of matches.

The fourteenth match of this season saw an undefeated Village team up against Laguna at the ACG on Sunday with the latter still licking their wounds from their failure to secure a win against Island CC last month.

Laguna pillage the Village 4th March 2012

Following Laguna CC’s recent loss, the Island Furniture League season was thrown wide open with the in-form Village Cricket Team holding all the cards going into the last round of matches.

While the Village were looking to consolidate their position at the top of the table and guarantee a finals berth, Laguna knew that their season simply hinged on a victory.

Mydeen knocks first ACG ton 18th March 2012

Recovered from their recent defeat at the hands of the Laguna CC, the Village showed no mercy to Phuket’s youth development cricket team in dishing out a 235 run demolition of the Leopards.

This season’s 15th match of the Island Furniture League became batting practice for several of the Village players while the Leopards were hoping to gain valuable match practice prior to their participation in the National Youth Cricket Championships, from March 23 to 28 in Chanthaburi.

Patong CC back in the hunt 15th April 2012

Last season’s 35 Over Champions Patong CC were in an ‘all or nothing’ situation last Sunday for their Island Furniture League encounter against the Thanyapura Tigers at the ACG, knowing that not only it was necessary to win, but that securing all available bonus points would also be crucial to keeping their title aspirations alive.

Batting brilliance buries Patong 22nd April 2012

Liquid Lounge Lizards recorded only their second win of the Island Furniture Cricket League season last weekend – yet in doing so they delivered one of the finest individual innings played on the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG).

Patong, with their reputation for taking things seriously at the best of times, were particularly focused going into the game, as they needed a win to stay in finals contention. Lizards, meanwhile, were looking to put a disappointing season behind them with a consolation win over their fierce rivals.

Laguna reign supreme 13th May 2012

Laguna entered the final of the Island Furniture Cricket League last Sunday (May 13) as firm favourites.

And they lived up to the tag, claiming a comfortable 110 run victory over the season’s surprise contenders, the Village, thanks largely to the efforts of man-of-the-match Val Guirard.

Laguna won the toss on a warm morning at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) and elected to bat first, knowing they had a little more depth with the bat and also possessed the bowling stocks to defend any reasonable score.

Young cricketers prepare to grab Games by balls 24th May 2012

Phuket’s young cricketers may have had a disappointing season in the Island Furniture League (IFL), but for most of them, the year’s biggest event is only just getting started.

The Phuket Youth Development squad will be one of 20 cricket teams – 10 boys and 10 girls – arriving in Phuket this weekend for the start of the National Youth Games.

Phuket will only compete in the boys division, but team manager Anongnart ‘Mam’ Ningnoi-Raju is confident that the team will be competitive.

MCC coming to the ACG 8th February 2012

The rise of Phuket in world cricket continues next Thursday 16th February 2012 with the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), from Lords, the home of cricket, kicking off their Thailand tour with a T20 match at the ACG.

Since recently opening in November 2011, the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) and ACG have hosted several high profile tours including the long-established Singapore Cricket Club, the Delhi Viceroys and most recently the Cricket Association of Thailand national youth team vs Asian Invitational XI which featured former Bangladesh test captain, Aminul Islam.

ACG is bowled over by plaudits 8th February 2012

Sport enjoys more than its fair share of ceremony from presentations to event openings and their eventual finales.

Every one of these occasions first heralds, then celebrates the victorious and also commiserates with those that will have to try again, in order to achieve that title, trophy or winning time.

One sporting occasion that inspires hope and limitless possibilities, undemanding of competitive exertion, is the cutting of a ribbon, announcing a new ground is ready for play.

The South will have to rise again 3rd January 2012

Cricket’s stronghold of Southern Hemisphere (SH) representatives on Phuket had their Christmas celebrations cut short after a sound thrashing from their Northern Hemisphere (NH) counterparts at the ACG on Boxing day.

In a 40 over seasonal special, the batting of Seemant Raju and Rishi Sadarangani proved to strong for the southeners with both players scoring 50 to help secure the inaugural title by 5 wickets.

17 November 2011

With the soft opening last weekend games will now be played on the ground at every opportunity. Starting 13 November Senior League 40 over fixtures will be every Sunday, with once they can be organised T20 games on Saturdays afternoons.

On Friday the 2 December and Saturday 3 December we play two games against Delhi Ex-Pat Cricket Club, who are on tour. There is great enthusiasm to get the cricket nets started along with rugby training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, again as soon as they can be organized, which will be soon. On Boxing Day a special North South game or some such configuration will be played.

The official opening will be on the 22 January with special games arranged. The MCC are still on track for their first game in Thailand at the ACG – 16 February. The National Youth Cricket Games will be played on the ACG, because of the flooding rescheduled from March to May June. The government schools cricket youth coaching will continue with a Saturday morning move to the ACG. To assist in transporting the kids, cricket and rugby about, I have purchased a ‘baht bus’ type bus. – Alan Cooke
Youth Games targeted 28th October 2011

CRICKET may not be a sport familiar to many Thais, or expats for that matter, but local school chi dren in Phuket have taken to this skilful pursuit thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers from the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG).

Youth development officer for the PCG, Bill Stahmer, and his coaching unit visit local schools around Phuket such as Baan Sapam (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), Cherng Talay (Thursday and Friday), Khatuwittaya (Monday) and Thai Hua International (Tuesday) to develop batting, bowling and fielding skills.

Turfed club 28th October 2011

IRONING OUT THE CREASE: The new ACG is nearing its first test.

RAIN and thunderstorms have not hampered progress on the Phuket Cricket Group’s (PCG) new home, the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) in Thalang.

The grass and the concrete base have already been laid while the synthetic turf pitch, being provided by the Cricket Association of Thailand, will soon be in place.

No grounds for complaint 16th July 2011

News of a new sports facility, namely the cricket ground in Thalang has generated much excitement among those who enjoy knocking one out of the park every now and again.

The generosity of one man in donating a patch of land big enough for two football pitches is extraordinary to say the least. To then have another soul willing to donate one million baht to the same venture is fantastic, and both gestures are truly worthy of comment.

For cricket's sake: A field of dreams 9th July 2011

Cricketers get a vision of their new pitch
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.

ACC web site on-line 3rd July 2011

Phuket is to have its own cricket ground. Work starts on the 16,000 sq metre site in June. The multi-purpose facility will have an Astroturf wicket and a two-story clubhouse and aims to host regular Phuket league matches.

In March 2012, Phuket will host the Thai National Youth Cricket Championship

Cricket bowled over by mystery donation 25th June 2011

PHUKET’S cricket fraternity got a “two-for” this month with the announcement that an anonymous benefactor has donated one million baht to help develop the new Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) in Talang.

Members of the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) were delighted with the news, but are completely stumped as to who their mystery supporter could be.

One man who does know the identity of the donor is of course...
Mr Alan Cooke MBE.

Press Notice 23rd June 2011

The Contract for the ACG Cricket and Sports Ground was awarded on the 31 May this year. Initial preparatory works have been completed.

Ground Breaking for Construction will take place at 8:30 am Monday 27 June at the Lakes Area Baan Lipon.

MCC to play in Phuket 23rd June 2011

The prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announced today that the first match of their Thailand cricket tour will be played at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) in Phuket. According to information received by the Phuket Gazette, “The [ACG] has been designated the venue for the first game of their [MCC] Thailand tour in February of 2012.”

The news comes just a few days before the official ground-breaking ceremony, which will take place at 8:30am Monday. The ACG is located near the lakes area of Baan Lipon, Thalang.

Asian Cricket Council Newsletter June 2011 11th June 2011

Phuket is to have its own cricket ground. Work starts on the 16,000 sq metre site in June. The multi-purpose facility will have an Astroturf wicket and a two-story clubhouse and aims to host regular Phuket league matches. In March 2012, Phuket will host the Thai National Youth Cricket Championship.

The ground’s development is being funded by expatriate Englishman Alan Cooke MBE, who has for the past six years been the main sponsor of cricket on the island. “They’re making an effort in Phuket which is good to see,” says Cricket Association of Thailand Chief Executive Mohideen Kader.

Cooke stumps up for cricket 4th June 2011

THE Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) will begin construction on June 27 to establish Phuket’s first dedicated cricket facility.

Alan Cooke MBE has sponsored the Phuket cricket leagues through his company Island Furniture, and financing this venture will certainly drive the success of his beloved sport.

“The ACG will in a small way do for cricket what the reduction in boat tax did for marine tourism,” said Mr Cooke.

ACC Newsletter June 2011 1st June 2011

The ACG Phuket is a brand new cricket and sports ground currently under construction. The playing area will be completed in November this year and the clubhouse substantially complete towards the end of the same month.

The initial ground facility will be the cricket playing area, with an astro surfaced concrete strip, as approved by the Cricket Association of Thailand (CAT). The clubhouse will comprise some 300 s m on two floors, changing rooms, showers, toilets plus open veranda area. On the upper floor, will be the club bar and further toilets, plus the excellent viewing balcony.

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