|Professional groundsman Dixie Joy, a member of the Perth Postels, arrived in |
Phuket early to prepare the wicket for the tournament.
|Rain on Monday afternoon meant the rolling had to be postponed |
until Tuesday to give the ground sufficient time to dry.
|Netting was improved and added to various parts of the stadium in an effort to |
prevent too many balls disappearing out of bounds, and of course,
to prevent injuries to innocent by-standers unfamiliar with the hazards of this strange sport.
|The stadium staff mark the boundary|
|Torrential rain on Tuesday night failed to damage the prepared playing area |
and early morning sunshine helped to dry it out.
The new matting surface was unrolled and pegged into position.
|Postels’ Mark Molinari and Mark Wiley assisted Dixie each day with laying the mat |
early in the morning before play, and then rolling it up and covering it at the end of the day.