Probably one of the prettiest cricket grounds in the world. Pictured above is where I often sat, round about square leg under the shade of the trees, with the Kelvin Grove end bar within easy walking distance.
In the background (the silver towers) is The Ohlsen Cape Brewery and unseen, just in front of it runs a railway line, just as well because even when capacity was probably half of what it is now parking was always a problem. That would be back in the early ’80’s.
But it’s the mountain that gives splendour, the mountain that you see in the background is of course Table Mountain (currently a finalist as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.) The mountain of course can and often does interrupt play with either a rolling mist smothering the ground or low cloud affecting the light.
What about the cricket? I hear you say.
Well much has been made of the Graeme Smith / Mitchell Johnson duel, the fact the the Aussies don’t have a recognised test spinner (Newlands has always been a turner come day 4 and 5, perhaps the only pitch in S.A. to be so) and of course the selection of the repective squads.
Time will tell, it’s a 10:30am (08:30gmt) start.
Tickets are a most reasonable R50 – R80 (£4 – £8.) I’d certainly be there if I lived in the area, we, that is The Eastern Cape have lost our Test match status to the wealthier and more powerful provinces, that despite the very first Test outside of England and Australia being played right
here at St. Georges Park, Port Elizabeth.
So, today is the start of a two match visit by the Aussies, is the the umpire decision review system (DRS) going to be used? I hope so!