There is nothing quiet like a day at Newlands cricket ground (NCG).
This year we were treated to our fierce rivals, Australia. This is the least that Cape Town could have been given seeing that we were snubbed by the all powerful BCCI. Powerful in the boardroom alone and not on the sports field especially away from home.
A day at the cricket has always been a highlight on the social calendar and this time around was no different. This year we decided to make the natural trek from the grass to the stands and got our team of 40 together and took to the railway stand for a day of cricket. It is truly special bumping into old school friends, spotting the odd Smurf in the crowd or bumping into Wally. The bars open up at 11am prompting a collective sigh of relief and a knowing smile of the festive cheer to follow. Pacing is the name of the game from here on end (a tough task in the sun for most people).
The actual cricket game slowly becomes a bit of a side show as the day goes on BUT make no mistake, when the Proteas are scoring freely or taking important wickets… the Newlands faithful are in full force and behind their home team. Unfortunately this year this was not much to shout about, besides a fiery Morne Morkel spell to Michael Clarke.
To be surrounded by beautiful people, friends, family, world class views and a good game of cricket is a treat and makes you realize that life is good and beer is wonderful.
We love you Newlands!