African Expedition 2000
Tuesday 18 January 2000
The sun was beating down when we left for Centurion Park. We
arrived at the ground expecting to see some cricket (at last), but the teams going through
the motions towards a draw. There had been talk that Nasser Hussein had offered to scrap
the match and play a one dayer, but this had been turned down for contractual and TV
And so we watched as play trundled along, just grateful that it
wasnt raining. A few wickets fell, some runs were scored, and South Africa declared.
Then came the announcement that would make test history. England
declared at 0 for 0, and then South Africa forfeited their second innings. England would
need to score 249 in 70 odd overs to win. GAME ON !!!
|England started off confidently, keeping pace with
the 3½ runs per over required. But then Atherton was out, and the run rate slowed.
Butcher kept on going, and scored a useful 30 odd. Nasser didnt do much, and then
out came Michael Vaughan. He looked very nervous early on, playing a missing 2 or 3 times
an over. Wayward Haywood was getting particularly frustrated at not getting him out.
But Vaughan and Stewart soon started to move the score along. Stewart
played the shots, including one massive 6 over long on off Peter Strydom, whilst Vaughan
took the singles.
- Dave and Matt wave to the camera
|England needed about 30 or so when Stewart was out.
Adams then came in and played like the rabbit he is, and was out for one. Wickets kept on
falling, and it seemed that a game that was there for the taking was going to be thrown
away. Vaughan was out bowled stepping away, and it was left to Silverwood and Gough. 7
runs needed off 2 overs. Silverwood faced 5 dots (7 of 6), and then cracked Pollock for a
4 through cover, the fielder misjudging the ball and going the wrong way.
Gough was to face the first ball of the last over, and promptly smashed
Haywood through mid-wicket for 4 to seal a dramatic victory. What a game.
Needless to say a few beers were consumed a Pretoria town that
night. And why not ?
Tomorrow, Kruger National Park awaited.
- Gough and Silverwood come off to a standing
- ovation after securing victory