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January 05, 2010

South Africa vs England cricket at Newlands: Day three

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Newlands cricket ground with SA Breweries and Table Mountain in the background. Photo courtesy Badger Swan

Thousands of English cricket fans have joined their South African counterparts in enjoying wonderful weather and captivating cricket during the third test at Newlands in Cape Town.

While friends and family back home watched the match on television next to the fire, the Barmy Army and other English spectators made the most of the glorious sunshine Cape Town has to offer.

The English fielders however did not enjoy conditions as much, as they chased leather all day.

At the close of play, South Africa were 312/2, with Graeme Smith not out on 162 and first inning’s centurion Jacques Kallis with him on 20. South Africa lead by 330, with two days left in the match.

Captain and Cape Town resident Smith reached his 19th test century and shared a partnership of 230 with Hashim Amla, who fell five runs short of his century.

Capetonian Ashwell Prince was trapped lbw by Graeme Swann for 15.

Morne Morkel removed Swann and James Anderson in successive deliveries very early in the day, to claim five wickets in the innings. South Africa-born Matt Prior top-scored for England with 76, but was eventually the last man out, bowled by Dale Steyn, who took four wickets in the innings.

Controversy: Alleged ball tampering

Proteas’ media officer Michael Owen-Smith told News 24 that the South Africans had lodged a complaint with match referee Roshan Mahanama, that England seamer Stuart Broad had deliberately scuffed the ball with his spikes while fielding it.

International online debate continued throughout the afternoon, as to whether Broad had intended to alter the condition of the ball, or had merely been clumsy in his efforts.

Mahanama told various media organisations that he could not comment on the matter at present.

It’s not just cricket…

The 25 000 seat Newlands Stadium is situated about 9km from Cape Town central, 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 aren’t all 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 Table Mountain as its backdrop.

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