Shah of the Sahara

One of the things we’d promised ourselves while we were in Cape Town was to take in a match at Sahara Park, the famous Newlands test cricket ground which is where we were on Friday night.

It was a Pro 20 match between the Cape Cobras and the reigning champions, the Chevrolet Warriors from Port Elizabeth which the Cobras had to win for a place in the semi-finals.

Newlands is one of the most beautiful grounds being overlooked by Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak, but it wasn’t quite that way on Friday as the clouds had covered the peaks all day and it was our first chilly evening in Cape Town.

There was a good sized crowd, but the match wasn’t the best Twenty20 match I’ve seen. The Warriors made a moderate 127, but the Cobras looked to be making heavy weather of it, losing three wickets for 36, including the great Herschelle Gibbs. And after eleven overs, they had made a paltry 54 runs.

But I’m pleased to say that an Englishman won them the match. Owais Shah hit the winning run and an unbeaten 58  with an over to spare.

Although it wasn’t the greatest match, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. It was great to see so the fans of both sides mixing freely and exchanging friendly banter. Also the number of children at the game which always bodes well for the future.

If there was a down side, it was the loud Warriors fan sitting behind us. It wasn’t his vocal support, but it limited repertoire which consisted  entirely of “Let’s go Warriors, let’s go!” when batting and “Bowl him!” at almost every ball in the field, on the assumption I suppose that he would be proved correct eventually.

Match report.

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