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Tickets for the New Year’s Test at PPC Newlands between the Standard Bank Proteas and Sri Lanka are selling at the rate of knots as capacity crowds are expected on the first two days and available seats for day three are disappearing fast.
More than 48 800 tickets have been sold for the five days of the second Sunfoil Test, which commences on 2nd January at PPC Newlands, one of the most iconic international grounds.
In January 2016, a record crowd of 85 340 assembled to witness the scintillating contest between South Africa and England which went the distance.
South Africa has won 19 tests since unity at this fortress of Proteas cricket and have only lost to Australia at this venue in the past 26 years in white uniform.
Of the current squad, Vernon Philander has taken the fifth most SA Test wickets at PPC Newlands, with 31 scalps.
“The first day of a PPC Newlands Test match is always special and no matter which team is in town, there are always great crowds. There are literally just a handful of ground tickets available for day one, with day two and day three selling like hot cakes,” said David Brooke, Brand Activation and Sponsorship Manager of the Western Province Cricket Association.
“There are various VIP and Suite options available for all five days,” he added.
The VIP Package in the President’s Pavilion suite includes an open local bar, food, coffee and tea and a ticket for this fully shaded and excellent ticket can be purchased at R1 250 per day by contacting Gwen at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 082 801 6223.
The Supporter’s package in the President’s Pavilion suite includes a cash bar and the availability to purchase light snacks. Tickets are available for R600 per day.
Gwen can be contacted at the same e-mail-address and mobile number.
“The support by the die-hard fans and a very knowledgeable crowd has been one of the premier reasons why South Africa has been so rampant in Tests and One Day Internationals at PPC Newlands. We also know that the spectators will flock in greater numbers to the ground when the South African team travels to Cape Town and the net practices start,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the Western Province Cricket Association.
“We witnessed highlights at the start of the year in a memorable contest in which Ben Stokes hammered 258, Hashim Amla produced a defiant double century and Temba Bavuma recorded his maiden ton off only 148 balls.
“We also had England in dire straits on 159 for six in their second innings on the final day. There was a faint chance of sneaking a surprise win. If they had collapsed, like Sri Lanka on Wednesday at St. George’s Park, we could have clinched it, but fortunately for England and the Barmy Army, the visitors consolidated.
“I don’t have any doubt that another excellent clash is on the cards,” Dien added.
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