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January 07, 2010

South Africa vs England cricket at Newlands: day five

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Cape Town-born English batsman Jonathan Trott. Photo courtesy Chris McAtominey.

Graham Onions once again showed great composure with the bat to deny South Africa a win on day five of the third Test at Newlands in Cape Town.

England appeared to be coasting towards a draw after tea, when two quick wickets by Capetonian JP Duminy suddenly gave South Africa hope.

Paul Harris then claimed the wicket of Stuart Broad, who made global headlines during the match for standing on the ball with his spikes.

South African supporters around the country began leaping with excitement when Morne Morkle ended Ian Bell’s heroic knock of 78, leaving Onions and Graeme Swann to survive 17 deliveries.

The Barmy Army went wild as England secured a draw and ensured that they can’t lose the series.

Cape Town-born England batsman Jonathan Trott set the tone for England’s resilience, seeing out the first hour of play before being dismissed by Dale Steyn for 42.

Proteas’ skipper Graeme Smith changed the state of the match with his brutal knock of 183 in South Africa’s second innings, the bulk of which he scored on day three. A disappointed-looking Smith stepped up to the podium to receive the Man of the Match Award. He and his team will have a chance to level the series next Thursday, when the teams meet for the final match of the series at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

It’s not just cricket…

The 25 000 seat Newlands Stadium is situated about 9km from Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs, easily accessible from most of the city’s accommodation outlets. If you don’t have a car, you can take the train to Newlands station or get off the bus near SA Breweries on Main Road, which is within walking distance of both the cricket grounds and the rugby stadium.

In the event that not all members of a family or tour party are cricket lovers, there are other visitor attractions near the stadium, including Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Table Mountain National Park.

Many English expats have chosen to live in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town and many English visitors are expected in a few months’ time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, during which England play Algeria in a group match on June 18. The R4.5-billion Cape Town Stadium is a sight to behold, and has the splendid Table Mountain as its backdrop.

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