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CAPE TOWN. – He played with Kevin Pietersen, did his apprenticeship under Phil Russell and has set the scene for two of the most dramatic test wins in the history of cricket. Apart from the Newlands-faithful, the fans at Sahara Kingsmead and his friends and family, few know Evan Flint well.
Yet Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander have fond memories of the curator at PPC Newlands where South Africa will meet England in the second test from Saturday 2nd January. A capacity crowd is expected to support South Africa’s quest to score the series-equalizer.
Flint is understated, but extremely knowledgeable, a man who will oversee his tenth test at PPC Newlands as head curator of the Cape Cobras and PPC Newlands since starting in 2009.
Before making this iconic venue his home, he had two stints at Kingsmead under the astute leadership of Russell.
The former Derbyshire-player was head groundsmen and coach of the Sunfoil Dolphins during the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
While Flint was at the helm, South Africa has constructed a fortress at PPC Newlands. The country has won 11 out of its last 15 tests at the venue. Kallis has been the most prolific with the bat, scoring 2181 runs at an average of 72.70.
Steyn is at the summit of the list of leading wicket-takers. The Phalaborwa Express has nipped out 65 batsmen in 13 tests at an average of 21.93, while Philander has accounted for 31 scalps, including 5-17 on debut against Australia when the Baggy Greens collapsed to an extraordinary 49 all out.
South Africa won that dramatic contest by eight wickets in 2011.
Few stunned fans need reminding of Philander, Steyn and Morné Morkel’s collective destruction when they dismantled New Zealand for 45 at the same venue in 2012/2013. Philander finished with 5-7.
“I think those successes were built on the attack we had. I’m preparing it for the test to last five days, but the Cobras batsmen says there is always something in the wicket in the morning session,” says Flint.
A former teammate of Pietersen at Martizburg College, Flint cannot predict which of the South African bowlers will be the most productive. The answer (with apologies to Bob Dylan) is blowing in the wind.
“The South Easter will be a factor, as well as the heat. I will always select a spinner if I was the captain, at this ground.
“The length is a factor at PPC Newlands, as you get reward when you pitch it further up,” he adds.
Craig Matthews, a former South African vice-captain and Western Province captain, said Newlands is a more of a ‘kiss-the-turf’ kind of wicket than a ‘bang-it-into-the-surface’ type of pitch.
South Africa will probably be without two of the three bowlers who have caused the implosions of Australia and New Zealand in recent memory, but Morkel will still be there, and he has taken 29 wickets at this ground at an average of 30.48.
Two South African top-order batsmen have also found PPC Newlands to their liking. AB de Villiers (1029 runs, average of 44.73) and Hashim Amla (1007, 43.78) are third and fourth on the list of the most productive batsmen to have played at the foot of Table Mountain.
Geoffrey Toyana, the bizhub Highveld Lions coach, reckons the combination of Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada might be a smash-hit at the ground.
“I distinctly remembered how they had the Cape Cobras in disarray on 20-4 at Newlands in December last year (it was 23-4 and their scalps included three international batsmen in Richard Levi, Andrew Puttick and Justin Ontong). I think they can repeat those type of performances at Newlands.”
Tickets for day 1 and day 2 of the second Sunfoil Test match at PPC Newlands in Cape Town starting on the 2nd January between the number-1 ranked test team in the world, South Africa, and the recent Ashes-winners, England, have been sold out. Capacity crowds are expected to flock to the iconic ground for the duration of the Sunfoil Test.
‘’The record-attendance for a test at Newlands, which was achieved in the Millennium test between South Africa and England, is under threat as sales are already closing in on the 75 000-figure without any signs of abating,” said Nabeal Dien, Chief Executive Officer of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA).
“Our fans have demonstrated the allure that good test cricket still holds and have been die-hard supporters of the Proteas at PPC Newlands, which help to explain why we the hosts have won 11 out of their past 15 tests at this picturesque ground.
“The enthusiastic support of a very knowledgeable home crowd can just bolster South Africa’s chances of adding to their impressive win-loss record in tests since unity,” Dien added.
Several Cobras’ stars like Dale Steyn, JP Duminy, Hashim Amla and Stiaan van Zyl form part of the South African 13-man group for the test and will lure even more local enthusiasts to Newlands.
“Cricket, like the minstrels, has been part of Cape Town’s New Year’s Celebrations for as long as we can remember and one of the undoubted highlights of the sporting calendar of the Mother City, on par with a rugby test at Newlands,” said Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA.
“We are proud to host our South African fans from the Western Cape, domestic tourists from Gauteng and our England visitors on a ground which has won universal acclaim as one of the most picturesque venues globally.”
Details of the Sunfoil Test match are as follows:
Date: 2-6 January 2015
Venue: PPC Newlands
Start of play: 10:30 am (gates open at 8:30am)
Ticket prices: Tickets from R140 onwards
Tickets for the remainder of the Castle Test match are still available and can be purchased through the following channels:
1. Campground Road at Kelvin Grove
2. Campground Road to Marienthal Road
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In a first for a national sporting federation in South Africa, Cricket South Africa and Uber have signed an agreement that will see cricket fans being able to make distinctive use of the Uber service to and from Proteas home matches for the upcoming international season.
The Uber service will be available for matches played in Gauteng (Bidvest Wanders Stadium and SuperSport Park), Western Cape (PPC Newlands), Eastern Cape (St Georges Park) and Kwa-Zulu Natal (Sahara Stadium Kingsmead).
The service will commence with the first Sunfoil Test match against England in Durban on Saturday and will conclude at the end of the 3rd KFC T20 International against Australia in Cape Town in March next year.
“We are always looking at new ways to enhance the experience of our fans and stakeholders,” said CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“Fan and stakeholder research plays a big part in our planning and with parking and traffic related issues being identified as one of the key challenges at stadiums around the country, we needed to find a solution.
“I’m grateful to Uber for responding to our challenge and look forward to our fans making use of Uber’s special services to enjoy every Proteas match,” concluded Lorgat.
Uber will provide a 10% discount to all fans making use of Uber to and from every cricket match - unique discount codes to activate the discounts will be provided via email, sms and on social media.
In addition, those who have not yet used Uber will receive, up to the value of R100, a free first ride in any city in South Africa where Uber operates. To redeem this first time free ride simply download the Uber application and enter the promotional code, CRICKETSA.
Alon Lits General Manager for Uber, Sub-Saharan Africa says “This is the first partnership of its kind in South Africa and we are excited to be partnering with Cricket South Africa. The Proteas and the game of cricket are much loved by all South African’s and we are proud to offer cricket fans safe and reliable rides to and from stadiums across the country.”
Fans will benefit from a dedicated drop off and pick up area at stadiums, making access easier in and out of stadiums.
For further enquiries, please contact:
Cricket South Africa Communications:
Altaaf Kazi: 082 553 9595 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha Allenberg: 082 453 7495 or email@example.com
The Uber network is now available in 364 cities across 63 countries and 6 continents.
Uber’s mission is nothing less than a revolution in the way citizens of the world move, work and live. It aspires to transform the way people connect with their communities and to bring safety, reliability, convenience and opportunity to transport systems.
To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone or register for Uber at https://get.uber.com/go/cricketsa.
Uber is available is Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. For more information please visit: www.uber.com
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