Newlands Cricket Ground

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Sahara Park Newlands
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Ground information
Location Cape Town
Capacity 25,000
End names
Wynberg End
Kelvin Grove End
International information
First Test 25-26 March 1889: South Africa v England
Last Test 1-5 March 2014: South Africa v Australia
First ODI 7 December 1992: South Africa v India
Last ODI 24 November 2013: South Africa v Pakistan
First T20I 12 September 2007: Australia v Zimbabwe
Last T20I 22 November 2013: South Africa v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Cape Cobras (2005 – present)
As of 5 March 2014
Source: Cricinfo

Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town is a South African cricket ground. It is the home of the Cape Cobras, who play in the Sunfoil Series, Momentum 1 Day Cup and RamSlam Pro20 competitions. It is also a venue for Test matches. Newlands is regarded as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world, being overlooked by Table Mountain and Devil's Peak. It is close to Newlands Stadium, which is a rugby union and football venue. The cricket ground opened in 1888.

The ground hosted its first Test match on 24 March 1889 when England defeated South Africa by an innings and 202 runs. As of January 2014, there have been 50 Test matches played at the ground of which South Africa has won 18, their opponents 22 and 10 which ended in a draw. The last team besides Australia to beat South Africa there was New Zealand, in January 1962 [1].

The first One Day International played at the ground was on 7 December 1992 when South Africa beat India by 6 wickets. As of January 2014, there have been 36 One Day Internationals played at the ground including five in the 2003 Cricket World Cup. South Africa has won 25 of its ODI games here and lost 5 (Pakistan being the most recent opposition victor in November 2013)[2].

Between 1991 and 1997 numerous changes were made to the ground. Large portions of the grass embankments were replaced by pavilions increasing the seating capacity to 25,000.

Newlands is one of the few cricket grounds in South Africa that tends to favour spinners. Most grounds tend to favour pacemen or batsmen, but the Western Cape has had a history of having very good spinners, a recent example being Paul Adams.

The ground has also hosted exhibition matches in Australian rules football. In 1998, a crowd of 10,123 saw the Brisbane Lions play Fremantle.

Official name[edit]

The ground's official name is "Sahara Park Newlands", acknowledging a commercial sponsorship arrangement. It is still often referred to by its historic name, simply "Newlands".

History[edit]

The title deed for the land currently containing the ground was granted to a brewer, Jacob Letterstedt in 1845, who then presented it to his daughter, Lydia Corrina, as a wedding present upon her marriage to the Vicomte de Montmort.

The land, partly wetland and heavily wooded, was rented to the Western Province Cricket Club in 1887 for £50, with a twenty-five year lease being signed in 1888 and the rental increased to £100. Each of the club's life members contributed £25 towards the costs, and a further £350 was received in donations towards the construction of a pavilion.[1]

The ground was levelled and officially opened with a two-day match between Mother Country and Colonial Born, which went on to become a regular feature. There was no scoreboard, and a pond existed behind the location of the current scoreboard.[1]

The scoreboard at Newlands cricket ground Cape Town South Africa during the match between Western Province and Eastern Province in February 1972

Before the arrival of the Australians in 1902, which included Victor Trumper, the pine trees, which extended from the "B" field along Camp Ground Road and around the pavilion, were replaced by oak trees. This is the site of the current Oaks Enclosure, one of the most popular vantage points. A then-record crowd of 10 000 arrived to see the Test.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "History of Newlands". Supersport. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 

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Coordinates: 33°58′25.32″S 18°28′8.16″E / 33.9737000°S 18.4689333°E / -33.9737000; 18.4689333