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May 11, 2012

Sahara Park Newlands rated second best cricket ground in the world!

Sahara Park Newlands cricket stadium. Photo courtesy smee.bruce

In a survey of the best cricket grounds in the world, published in the May 2012 issue of The Cricketer magazine, a panel of 40 cricket experts has rated Sahara Park Newlands as the second-best cricket ground in the world, after the historic Lord's Cricket Ground in London.

Sahara Park Newlands, home of Western Province Cricket Club and the Cape Cobras, has seating for 28 000 people, and hosted the opening match of the 2003 Cricket World Cup. 

Fans have taken to the I ♥ Cape Town Facebook page with congratulatory wishes:

Chris Els: "I'd say it even beats Lord's, if it wasn't for the history of the old ground! Sure beats it hands down with the wonderful view of Table Mountain!"

Mwana Wevhu: "Never miss a match when the Proteas are in town. Lovely atmosphere always, love it on the Oaks grass embankment."

And Andrew Andy Jacobs sums it up: "Not only does Cape Town have one of the best cricket grounds, the Newlands area alone has so much historical background. The SAB breweries, Springboks Pub, the UCT Sports Science Institute, as well as top notch shopping up the road at Cavendish Square. I have lived, travelled and explored all over Europe, Africa and Asia but nothing can directly compare with Cape Town. Its 'lekker', easy laid back vibe, cosmopolitan people, and international quisine makes it a top contender as a holiday destination or better yet a place to call home."

Photo courtesy Craig Strachan

Andre Odendaal, CEO of the Western Province Cricket Association, said, "This is an important endorsement of a place that has special meaning for Capetonians and South African cricket, and the WPCA is proud it has maintained the high ratings Sahara Park Newlands has traditionally enjoyed in world cricket."

Jacques Kallis walks to the pitch. Photo courtesy mikkelz

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