December 06, 2012
Cricket at Sahara Park Newlands – a great start to the summer season
Ever wonder what a day of cricket at Newlands is like? The Champions League T-20 tournament, in October 2012, was the perfect event to get the cricket season off to a smashing start.
The day we decided to go turned out to be a wonderful day of cricket at the revered grounds of Sahara Park Newlands cricket grounds. Admittedly, my friends and I were concerned about the weather conditions on the day as rain was expected, however, the weather played along and there was not a drop of rain to be seen. We took some time to walk around the stadium and found the grass banks packed with picnicking Newlands crowds.
First to step up to the crease, the Perth Scorchers from Australia, were up against the Delhi Daredevils from India. It was a feast of sixes and fours and the atmosphere was amazing!
Next up was the Kolkata Knight Riders from India – the current IPL champions. Loads of fans came to support the star-studded team that includes Brett Lee, the former Australian fast bowler.
A colourful carnival atmosphere was fuelled by local music acts performing on the stage during intervals, cheerleaders, a fireworks display, and handing out of team merchandise such as flags was fantastic for the supporters' spirits. And there was no need to go hungry as vendors offered food ranging from pizza, burgers, boerewors and delicious beverages. It truly was an awesome experience, and best of all, this match was just a prelude to the season’s premier domestic competition which has also kicked off.
Even if you are not a fan of cricket you can visit Newlands and browse the cool novelty items and merchandise on offer; enjoy the live music and atmosphere and when you strart struggling to differentiate between the sixes from fours – just sit back and soak up the sun.
Ticket prices start at R30 and can be bought online at www.ticketpros.co.za.