Cricket players and fans in Knysna are enjoying the new PG Bison Oval at Abbotsfield, which opened earlier this year.
Deon Kok, Sales and Marketing Manager, Thesen Sawmilling at PG Bison, explains that there are currently four full-size cricket pitches built on the land that belongs to PG Bison South Cape Forests. “They get used for cricket, hockey and soccer tournaments for all ages,” he says. “This piece of land was previously used as grazing land by the previous owners but has been converted to developmental sports fields since PG Bison bought it in 2011. It has always been part of PG Bison’s philosophy to contribute to the communities that we operate in. Aside from making the property available, PG Bison makes an effort to assist with the development of the infrastructure of these sports fields as and when resources are available.”
Keith Cretchley from Sport at Backward Point developed the land and says the field is helping him with his goal of providing cricket to anyone who wants to play the sport.
According to both the operational manager and HR manager for PG Bison, Heine Müller and Davy Carelse, HR Manager at PG Bison says the company hopes the new pitch will continue to help Keith with his sports development programmes, but that it will also develop cricket in the broader Knysna area too.